Recent Reads

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For the past several years one of my goals has been to read 100 books in the year.  Some years I hit it, some years I do not.  I’m not too bothered if I don’t hit that number, because I know that it is a lot to read 2 books per week for an entire year.  There are some weeks that I read a lot, and others that I don’t pick up a book to read for myself at all.

I used to share pretty much weekly what I was reading, and at some point I stopped that, but I want to pick it up again, so here are the books that I read last month.

I may be one of the last people that have read this book.  I heard about it on several podcasts, right around the same time I heard about hygge.  I thought the book was quite interesting and only focused on hygge at the beginning of the book.  I don’t agree with a lot of the political elements (because I am a libertarian at heart), but I enjoyed seeing the author come into acceptance of the Danish way of life.  I would definitely recommend it.  I’m actually  really looking forward to her book LeapYear which is the exploration of her making the decision whether or not to move back to the UK after living in Denmark for several years.

This book came out of the author’s TEDTalk, which is one of the most popular TEDtalks out there.  I really enjoyed how she clarified shame.  It was spectacular view on what shame is and how we can overcome it.  I spent a lot of time underlining in this book and nodding my head.  I also liked that it was so relatable since the author is a mother, and a lot of what she has felt I have as well.

I heard about this book on the Sorta Awesome Show Podcast, but also heard that I shouldn’t read this book first if I hadn’t read anything by Brené Brown before, so I dutifully read Daring Greatly first and then came back to this book.  It is a pretty quick read, but filled with a lot of amazing information.  Thinking about all the discourse in the country right now, and how so much of it is found on social media, it gives strategies to see the other side, and to realize that you can still be friends with someone who has a different opinion.  I loved it, you should read it.

I think I was expecting more from this book, mainly because I am an intentional living junkie.  I love to read strategies and tips on intentional living, but a lot of this book is stuff I already know and implement.  It was a quick read, and I do enjoy the author’s tone throughout the book.  If you are looking for a start into intentional living, definitely pick this up. 

This book was part of our homeschool curriculum, and it is the story of creating the Ferris Wheel.  My kids absolutely loved this book, and I did as well.  It was a really fun story, and if you have 7-12 I bet they will love it as well.

I received this book for Christmas from my lovely sister-in-law.  I haven’t been reading a whole lot of fiction as of late so this book, with its short chapters, was a fly through for me.  I really enjoyed it a lot, and look forward to checking out the HBO series.  I love to see movies/shows after reading a book to see the differences, what gets cut, how the books are re-imagined for viewing.  This is the first book I have read by this author, and there are a couple other books I want to read by her.

I have read a few other books as well –

TheClassical Unschooler – Purva Brown – Can you be a classical homeschooler and also unschool?  The author makes the case for just this.  It is interesting to see the combination of rote memorization while also trying to follow your children’s interests.

Bitten– Kelley Armstrong (also a TV show on Netflix) – I picked up this book on Kindle Unlimited because I had seen the TV show.  The book was very consistent with the first season of the TV show, so it was a quick read for me.  Definitely wish I had read the book first though!

TheDuggars – 20 and Counting – This is the first book they wrote which I read years ago, but decided to re-read.  I find their life fascinating despite all the issues that the oldest son has.

What is on your nightstand for reading right now?  Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?

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