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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My Stacks Runneth Over (What’s On Your Nightstand: May 2013)

I have been being a good little reader (ok, by my own standard!) lately.
I have bitten off more than I could chew for myself in terms of Reviews, since I am the slowest reader ever. BUT, I have been moving along through my pile (s). 
So many books so little time, right?
So here’s what has made it to the nightstand and beyond!
14 is my lucky number this month!

I read my first book by Anne Lamott. I know, you are wondering to yourself.
I found her to be amazingly quotable. I wrote down two and a half pages of quotes in my journal from this book. Hmm. Will have to read more by her before I draw conclusions. But I did finish it in a week which is miraculous for me! Prompted by the library’s deadline, of course! 
Because the fact is…I needed to have this book!
 I spent a Friday night pouring over this book after attending a giant Homeschool Conference!
This book was such a great help with soting through all of the information and compiling a lot of information from one of the best compilers/reviewers going.  

I was so excited to finally get to read and participate in Rene Swope’s Online Bible Study. This book is so good, I actually read the last three chapters in one sitting. The timing was so good as I needed every reminder that Rene used from God’s word for this season of my life. I thought it would be more of the same kind of bible chick stuff, but when a woman takes her heart and braves sharing it in a book, God has a way of taking her story and making it powerful, practical and encouraging. It has to be the Holy Spirit and His faithfulness. 

Again, with the seasons! Did you ever get nervous when everything you read starts to have a theme? Steve Reed does a great job of discussing “The Suffering Clause”. Which is possibly exactly the opposite of some of those very popular best sellers which rave about God’s blessing and prosperity.
A reality check and blessing. Read my review of Transformed by Tough Times.

The Tin Man – Voice of and Incest Survivor by Holly Otten, is a book which shares poetry, stories and artwork as a reflective look at Holly’s journey of healing.
Read my Review of The Tin Man.
Have you read this wonderful book by Kylie Bisutti?It is fantastic. I loved reading Kylie’e story which really details more or less God’s transforming power in work in the life of one beautifully redeemed young girl. A great book for young girls…of all ages! One detail I failed to mention in my review is that there is a 30 Day Beauty Makeover Devotion at the end of the book ( I read the ADvanced Readers Copy which did not include it. I also have the Hard Copy (which I gave to a reader) which includes that excellent biblical beauty makeover! Read my review of I’m No Angel- From Victoria’s Secret Model to Role Model.
I forced  firmly encouraged  my daughter to read this book as part of Homeschool reading.
Theology, reason, and logic mingle freely in this read.
I reviewed Reasons for Belief– check it out!

Homeschool mom’s required reading this month. Payback! Brushing up, we are reading and working through the Constitution so I read this before including it in my additional required reading list for daughter!

Love this handy book of all our favorite RI restaurants.
Great details and historical bits. Or bites. 

So there I was in the waiting room at the Doctor office.
There it was Jan Brett’s The Hat. It brought me right back to reading to my daughter
in 1st grade and reminded me how much I love this author’s work, as well as children’s books in general. Charming, sweet and exquisite artwork. Gift it to your favorite child. Or own inner child! 
I have read and continue to read many books on  prayer. So far I have to say…I am loving this one. I am behind in my review schedule, but  can only say  I am highlighting and making notes. Review to come soon! I was given Prayer Warrior Mom  as part of the Bloggers book program from Booksneeze for Purpose of Review. 
The Toy Story Trilogy recently won my daughter and me over, hands down!
We are loving it! Read my take on The Toy Trilogy by Emily Jenkins.
I am currently enjoying this with my morning (or afternoon or evening) devotions!
Read my Review of Prayers for a Woman’s Soul by Julie Gillies!
I just started reading this book by Holly Otten on Kindle.
I have had the privilege of meeting and speaking with Holly, and she is one inspiring woman with a story to tell worth listening to! I will review it soon! Check out hand in Hand by Holly Otten
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The Toy Trilogy by Emily Jenkins (Joyful Adventures in Children’s Books)

Recently while visiting the library, I noticed a book standing upright on a shelf as I passed by the children’s section. As a lover of books, including children’s books, I picked it up and looked through it, deciding to take it home. Having just recently read the Velveteen Rabbit with my 12 year old girl one afternoon (for the umpteenth time but not in a very long while), I thought perhaps we might enjoy reading this together. I knew it would be either a hit or an “epic” miss. To my delight and both our joy, we have been reading through with tears of laughter and utter enjoyment what is called the Toy Trilogy by Emily Jenkins.

Although this story and series is for the age range of 7-10, it is one of those magical and timeless stories that can be enjoyed by everyone and will be a treasured classic to be re-read again and again.
My daughter already made me re-read certain parts that were especially amusing!

The characters are memorable and distinct in their personalities. The adventures and experiences they have are entertaining and hilarious. These three best loved toys of a young girl share many misadventures and a few messy moments along the way as they live their daily lives. Rich in laugh out loud outbursts, flashbacks to elementary days and childhood memories lessons, I just can’t say enough good stuff about these books except- Just read them. Recommended, in my opinion for children of ALL ages. Mother and Daughter give them a four thumbs up, and 5 stars for on the couch read aloud time!

Black and white pencil drawings accompany these adorable toy adventures by award winning illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky.

Below are the links to each of these books through Random House Kids where you can see the books for yourself with a handy gadget like the one below! Also if you click on the gadget below it will open in a larger screen so you can take a peek!

Toys Go Out
Toy Dance Party
Toys Come Home

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I am a slow reader with a serious stack! 
So sad I missed “What’s On Your Nightstand” last month, so I decided to share this 
delightful reading pile with my Wordless Wednesday, friends.
Because. 
Books.
Are.
Friends, too.
Enter satisfying sigh here. 
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends;
 they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, 
and the most patient of teachers.  ~Charles W. Eliot

I find television to be very educating.  
Every time somebody turns on the set, 
I go in the other room and read a book.  ~Groucho Marx

Books are not made for furniture, 
but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. 
 ~Henry Ward Beecher
“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last
 page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”
Paul Sweeney

What’s Still On My Nightstand…

Excited to be reading these two books by Elisabeth Elliot

Well, thanks to Lisa over at Lisa Notes… I am going to attempt to come clean. I am very behind on my reading again but since I can write about my “still reading” list (thank you, Lisa for inspiration)- I will share the reading list. But if you visit her she has some wonderful books she has been diving into and also stop by and see the many other ambitious readers at 5 Minutes For Books.


What I finished (walking the walk of shame… as this is my shortest list ever!)
The Grace of Giving by Marja Meijers- Which I reviewed HERE. Put it on your own MUST READ list. It’s short but excellent writing. Rich.

Still Reading (Yes, really!) :
Goodness Gracious Green by Judy Christie
Bringing Up Girls by  Dr. James Dobson
Praying For Your Prodigal Daughter by Janet Thompson

And then I Added These
The Journals of Jim Elliot by Elisabeth Elliot
The Savage, My Kinsman by Elisabeth Elliot
Breaking Free From Anger & Unforgiveness by Linda Mintle, PH.D.

I have been meaning to get to This:
Heaven In Her Arms by Catherine Hickem

Big confession and conclusion. I do NOT like to read books on my computer so I bailed on the Online Study by Rene Swopes. I love the idea of the free book (and appreciate it) but miss my Kindle in that I could read in a relaxed place. I do not have a laptop, so curling up to read this and the other free books on my computer is about as appealing as say… scooping my eyes out with a melon ball spoon…um, sorry. I just can’t sit at the computer more than I do for blogging and other research, work etc. Sad.


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