From My Bookshelf to Yours: What I Read in October

Another month of reading is now under our belts. I challenged myself to read 40 books by the end of the year, and I far exceeded that goal already. I’m going to have to make a more lofty goal next year!

This goal includes the chapter books I read-aloud with the children as well as what I read for myself. This has been a fun new season of motherhood for me as we have begun to read aloud together as a family at night and now during our daily homeschool time. It is hands down my favorite thing to do with my children, and it blows my mind how much they love it too!

I am keeping up with my progress on Goodreads, which is my favorite way to keep a record of what I’m reading! By the way, if you’re on Goodreads, I’d love to be friends with you! I love seeing what others are reading and adding books to my “to read” shelf that have recommended. Click here and add me as a friend!

Oh, and since I’m ALWAYS asked how I get so much reading done, you can check out this post that gives you 15 of my best tips for making time to read. I always have several books going on at one time. Okay, now for what I finished reading this month!


What I Read in October:


Brokenness: The Heart God Revives by Nancy Leigh DeMoss – This book is part of Nancy’s Revive Our Hearts Trilogy. This book effected me in all sorts of ways (you can read some of those ways here). If you’re looking for something rich with truth and not a fluffy, feel-good, Christian living book, then pick this one up. It’s completely worth it!


Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World by Emily P. Freeman – I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this book. I actually almost laid it down halfway through, but I kept coming back to it in the wee hours of the night as I nursed the babe in my arms. It was such a great middle of the night read, those moments that seem to stand still all on their own in the middle of a fast-paced life. I don’t know that I took anything profound with me, but it was a comforting, easy read that felt like sitting down with an old friend who just gets me.

What I Read-Aloud with the Children:


Poppy by Avi – I had never heard of Avi before joining the Read Aloud Revival. Once I learned that he was lined up for an Author Access, I knew I needed to snag one of his books. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t all that excited to start a book about a mouse, but I was terribly wrong. Poppy did not disappoint us. In fact, it hooked us all the way to the end. It made us cuddle with fright, laugh until we cried, and every emotion in between. Avi is a gifted writer, and we look forward to reading more of his books together. Plus his live Author Access (part of the paid membership at RAR) was so cool! Such a neat man!


Who Was Paul Revere – My three year old picked this book up at the library and REALLY wanted me to read it to him. I’m not entirely sure why, but I obliged and much to the entire family’s surprise, we really liked it. All of us looked forward to reading a chapter about Paul Revere each night before bed.


Monday with a Mad Genius (Magic Tree House Series) – We are currently immersed in studying the life of Leonardo da Vinci for art and history study. He was such an interesting man and filled with plenty of teaching moments. I picked up this book for some fun living book reading material during school time, and we all loved it. The boys both wanted me to read “one more chapter” every single time I opened it up. It was a fun way to learn some more facts about Leonardo da Vinci and was a great launching pad for the next eight weeks of study.

What did you read in October? What about your favorite read-alouds with your children?

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  1. Your booklists are so funny – because we are reading outloud to our children nearly the same exact titles! We just started Poppy, nearly done with Who was Paul Revere, and we just finished Monday with the Mad Genius! I’m not wild about Poppy yet – but, maybe we should push through? (My own reading titles tend to the more fiction and classic literature than yours seem too). We don’t homeschool – but we supplement heavily with history and science around here for after school fun. I’d love to know what you are doing for the Leonardo Da Vinci unit….

    1. Yes, definitely push through with Poppy. It was such a delightful book. I wasn’t sure at first, but Avi has such a neat way of gripping you with fear, wondering what is going to happen, and then he makes you laugh in the next breath. Phew! I’ve not talked to anyone who didn’t like Poppy, BUT of course, I haven’t talked to everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d be interested to hear what you think of it if you push through.

      And so funny that we are reading similar books with our kids. We are so random with our book selections that it makes it even more amusing!

      As for Leonardo da Vinci, I found this via Pinterest, and will be using it as a guide for my own use. Like with our book selections, we’re a little random and I’m big on picking and choosing, but that post was super helpful in helping me break up the many facets of Leonardo’s life into teachable units!

  2. We LOVED the Magic Treehouse books. I’ve always read with my son before bed (he’s now 13, but we still do a devotion each night). That series is one we loved during his elementary years. Reading with your children is such a wonderful thing! Special moments!

  3. I used to love reading aloud the Magic Treehouse books to my 4th graders. I need to dig out my set to start reading aloud to Silas. I know he would LOVE them! Thanks for the reminder! ๐Ÿ™‚