She Fancied Herself a Reader (alas it was just a dream)

My head is spinning and I have been having a hard time focusing on reading with preparing for Home School, last minute Summer excursions and general randomness. Oh, did I mention we have had a huge decluttering going on in the house?  I still refuse to part with but a few books, despite Saturday yard sales for most of August! 
I did start a couple of books, but due to my focus factor have relegated them to the “to read” list!
They include:
Paris in Love by Eloisa James – I do love a good memoir- and picked up this book one wonderful night at Barnes & Noble. I sipped Starbucks, enjoyed my Rice Krispie Treat (standard order) while reading this little gem. Timing is everything and focus, as well.
  Borrowed Names by Jeannine Atkins- how can I resist poems about Laura Ingalls WIlder, Madam C. J. Walker and Marie Curie AND their daughters? Resisting due to timing again… this looks like a great winter curl up with tea read!
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- My daughter read this and insists I read it. She made me read The Hunger Games, which I really could not put down. Fact is my daughter can read five times as fast as me. Anyhoo…
Meanwhile, I have a Giveaway for this sweet devotional going on: 1000 Gifts Devotional by Ann Voskamp. What more can I say than, it’s divine. But if you want to know more check out the Review and Giveaway.

Of course I did not read this whole book, but I am going to use it for my daily reading starting September 1. I reviewed the NIV Homeschool Mom’s Bible, so if you are in the market for a fresh start for the school year with a new Bible just right for you as a Homeschool mom- Here it is! 
Another devotional I read is Jesus Today by Sara Young. My thoughts are available at the link, but I am a fan of this faithful woman. I find her writing is spiritually rich and truly ministers grace. This one is great for anyone facing a long trial with health or discouraging circumstances. 
hand in Hand – A True Life Story by Holly Otten is a beautiful journey of faith from an incest survivor’s own first hand experience. I happen to know Holly as she is a local author and friend. This is a life changing book and presents some challenging, faith busting truth- by that I mean, it will push against denominational boundaries in a beautiful way…oh, goodness just read the review, and check out my interview!
One book I recently received for review was Board Book called Jesus Invites Me. It turned out to be such a pleasant surprise. Written for 0-7 year olds (and for kid at heart types like me) it takes Matthew 11:38, lays it beside beautiful photographs and matching explanation appropriate for young ones. I am looking forward to sharing this with my 1st and 2nd grade Sunday School class! 
How about you? What have you been reading over the Summer?
What is your favorite type of book?
I think I need to stretch my Fiction Reading Muscles over the Fall- any recommendations? 
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Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at

6 thoughts on “She Fancied Herself a Reader (alas it was just a dream)

  1. I read 'Mistaken' by Karen Barnett its a Christian Historical Romance.I also read “Sapphire Ice, “Greater than Rubies”, and “Emerald Fire” By Hallee BridgemanI am presently reading “Topaz Heart”, also by Hallee Bridgeman.The first two Bridgeman titles are in a bundle (#1)The second two Bridgeman titles are in a bundle (#2)


  2. Hi Dawn! I wish I could be more help to you, but I really only read one spiritual book. It's called Coming Home to Your True Self, by Albert Haase. I read it with my summer Bible Group. I liked it!Good luck with the start of school! You'll be fine :)Ceil


  3. I keep hearing about The Fault in Our Stars. I'm going to have to check it out. Great list! And I totally understand about the head spinning…we're in the midst of starting school and all the fall activities and some major decluttering here too!


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