Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Books

I have always loved to read. In first grade, I won the reading contest (based on number of books read) and got to take some new books home at the end of the year. I'll never forget that! One was a hardcover Pinocchio chapter book. Oh, how I loved that book!

When the 6th Harry Potter book came out, I read it in a day. My husband got home from work and asked me how the day had gone. I realized I had NO idea what my kids had done all day. They were around 6, 4 and 2; I'm lucky they made it through that day alive.

My time for reading ebbs and flows. There are seasons of my life that I do nothing but read. Then, months could pass and I'll realize I haven't done much. I like the feel and smell of books, but do have a Nook. Reading that way has made it easier to read library books that I'm not sure I'll want to read again.   It's also a lot easier to take my Nook on car trips.

My favorite genre is definitely young adult. This is a bit odd, as I'm approaching 40. But, there is it. It's easier now that I have a pre-teen daughter who shares my love of reading and likes to discuss the books she has read. Her love of the Huger Games and Divergent series sparked my interest to read them. Our favorite series to read together is the Percy Jackson (and following) series. The next one comes out in October and we're both very excited.

In addition to young adult, I've read a number of Christian life books recently. I'm currently reading Rhinestone Jesus (affiliate link) and am loving it. This book was the catalyst in my decision to start this blog and seriously move forward with my dreams and plans. (I know I haven't told you yet. I promise, when the time is right - you'll be the first to know!)

Other recent titles include (all affiliate links):
Sparkly Green Earrings
The Antelope in the Living Room
Surprised by Motherhood
Chasing God
Grace for the Good Girl
1000 Gifts

We try very hard to have the kids read for 30 minutes each night before bed. We all sit together and read our individual books. This is one of my favorite parts of the day! (I can tell you that I'm typing this around 7:45pm on the last evening of spring break. I'm pretty sure there will be some meltdowns when I announce that it's time for everyone to come inside, shower and settle down. So, please don't think we're believing ourselves to be fabulous with our reading time!)

What books are you reading right now?