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I feel like I haven’t posted on here in forever! Well, it’s been about a month, which I think is the longest I’ve gone without posting since I started this blog. At the end of October I was so excited that I only had 11 books (and as many weeks) to finish my 2009 book list.

No, my blogging absence isn’t because I’ve been ferociously reading. And, sadly, neither is it not due to the completion of NaNoWriMo (but congrats to my friend Charlotte who did do it!) I’ve just been busy trying to make (yes, make) all our Christmas presents, plan and execute a 1st birthday party for my little man, and traveling for Thanksgiving.

Throughout the month I felt like I didn’t get much, if any, reading done, but I did!

I finished…

  • Emma (Jane Austen) – Technically, I think I finished this at the end of October, but I feel like it was November since I watched a few Emma adaptations.
  • Arms & the Man (George Bernard Shaw) – Funny. Sometimes laugh out loud funny. It’s a play, so it was a quick read.
  • Sacred Chaos (Tricia Rhodes) – Good. Making the chaos sacred. Much needed.
  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life (Don Whitney) – It’s done, because my class is done.
  • The Measure of a Lady (Deeanne Gist) – A fou-fou read. I needed something to get me through all the nonfiction. It was a less than 24-hour read…it had me sitting in the bathroom “brushing my teeth” after my husband went to bed.

Now I’m reading…

  • God is the Gospel (John Piper) – I started this on the drive to visit my family for Thanksgiving. I don’t think it should take too long. So far it’s simple, digestible, and good.
  • The Journals of Jim Elliot (edited by Elisabeth Elliot) – I thought this would be a pretty quick read given it’s simply journal entries, so far it hasn’t been. Do keep in mind I’ve picked it up all of twice.
  • The Little Prince (Antoine De Saint-Exupery) – Totally forgot I even had this on my list for November. I don’t know if I’ll read it or not this month. We’ll see.
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It’s late and I’m tired, but I wanted to post this before I forget. Looking at my read list, I’m kind of surprised at how much reading I got done! Was October really that long?

After finishing Emma last week, I realized I only had 11 books left to read on my book list for the year which means I have to read about a book a week to finish. Unfortunately, but not too unfortunate, I had three books on hold that I picked up at the library today that weren’t on my original list (In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, How To Raise An Amazing Child the Montessori Way, and Writing the Breakout Novel). I did have The Day the Falls Stood Still, but returned it when I realized I probably wasn’t going to be able to finish it and couldn’t renew it since there were other holds on it.

This month I finished reading:

I’m still reading:

Next month I plan to read:

I wonder if I’ll be as successful in the coming month as I was this last month!

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This month I finished reading:

I’m still reading:

  • Emma, by Jane Austen (I’ve finally made it over half way! Yeah for me! It is picking up…thanks for all the encouragement to stick with it. I’m enjoying Emma more and more. I watched the Kate Beckinsale version last week and it’s hard to believe there’s still so much book left knowing what part I’m at in the movie.)
  • The Montessori Method, by Maria Montessori (I don’t think I’ve even picked this one up since last month! I have been reading on the prepared environment in a few other Montessori books.)
  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, by Don Whitney (for my Discipleship class with the Seminary Wives Institute at my husband’s school. The author is also a professor at  the school and my husband is taking his class, however Dr. Whitney’s on sabbatical so Joe doesn’t actually have him for a professor. But Dr. Whitney did come and speak to our class, but I was so tired that evening I was having a hard time staying awake! )

Next month I plan to read:

  • When the Morning Comes, by Cindy Woodsmall
  • Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born, by Tina Cassidy (I’m super excited for this one! I first heard about it in my prenatal  Bradley class when we were getting ready for Joey’s birth. I thought I’d have to knock it off my list, because PaperBack Swap nor my old library had it! Good thing I thought to check if the new library had it…I’m picking it up tomorrow from the holds!)
  • Sacred Chaos: Spiritual Disciplines for the Life You Have, by Tricia McCary Rhodes (This is by my pastors wife. I love her! She’s a great writer and has such a heart for the truth. I have definitely been blessed by her teaching and guidance over the last few years.  Her passion is encouraging others to have an intimate relationship with Christ specifically through prayer and contemplation. I actually read half this book when it was first published, but life got busy and I didn’t finish it.)

I wanted to add the The Time Traveler’s Wife (and still do), but I’m having a hard time getting ahold of a copy. Both PaperBack Swap and the library have a long wait list and I’m pretty hestitant to buy a book if I’m not sure I’ll read it more than once.

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nightstandI really haven’t been reading much lately. Getting those last few touches on the house and just relaxing. I do hope that I get back into reading as we become more established here. I miss it!

I have been watching a lot of movie adaptations lately…Wuthering Heights, Tess of D’urbervilles, Emma, and Pride & Prejudice (1995).

This month I finished reading:

I’m still reading:

  • Emma, by Jane Austen (I’ve hardly picked it up and am going so slow. Honestly, this is my least favorite Austen story…book or movie.)
  • The Montessori Method, by Maria Montessori (I’m about halfway through and feeling good!)
  • Feminine Appeal, by Carolyn Mahaney
  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, by Don Whitney (for my class with the Seminary Wives Institute at my husband’s school)

Next month I plan to read:

I’m not planning on adding anything new…Oh! Except The Time Traveler’s Wife because I’ve heard amazing things about it and the trailer for the movie looks great! My husband and I are talking about a date night…

So…what have you been reading?

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Not much right now.

We’re still in the process of moving…yes, it’s still happening. But we’re getting closer to the end! Maybe even this weekend. We should find out tomorrow the official word whether we’ve been accepted to the apartment complex we want or not. We’re hoping and praying yes!

Onto books…

This month I finished reading:

  • The Longing, by Beverly Lewis
  • Queen of Babble, by Meg Cabot
  • Queen of Babble in the Big City, by Meg Cabot
  • Queen of Babble Gets Hitched, by Meg Cabot

I’m still reading:

  • Emma, by Jane Austen (I’ve hardly picked it up and am going so slow. Honestly, this is my least favorite Austen story…book or movie.)
  • The Montessori Method, by Maria Montessori (I’m about halfway through and feeling good!)

Next month I plan to read:

For August, I’m planning on finishing the two books above, move, and get settled in…Lord willing. Once the boxes are unpacked I’ll head back to my reading goals. On another note Julie & Julia got bumped off the list…indefinitely. You can read why here. I still want to see the movie.

I have a few reviews to write that I’ve been putting off, but hopefully I’ll get to them soon. Happy Reading!

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July 19-20 082 Since we’re spending the summer visiting my parents as we’re transitioning to Louisville, I didn’t bring too many books for my son. Trying to pack light, you know.

But my mom dug up some old board books that were my brother’s and we’ve been reading those. Come to think of it these books are about 20 years old! They’ve survived two kids (my brother and sister), a dog, and are now onto the next generation.

Joey’s been doing so much better not chewing on books since we first started reading to him (minus a little teething incident with Hop on Pop this morning). He’s moved onto turning the pages. It’s really quite cute.

Anyways, onto the Cubby Engine! He enjoys it and I pretty much have it memorized:

I am a Cubby Engine. I work the Cubby line. I have a Chubby coal car. It keeps me running fine.

I love reading to him now. He’s so cute turning the pages, which he’s often more interested in doing than continuing the book, but that’s okay. And he’s even taking a greater interest in the pictures. He’ll stare at them, touch the page,  look at me and then go “Aah!” in excitement.

He’s so much fun at this age and I know he’ll keep getting more fun and cuter as he grows!

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While May was a good month for reading, June’s reading was sidelined with all the packing and moving. I ended up bringing only one of the books on my ‘to read’ for June list, but also added a few more along the way.

This month I finished reading:

I’m still reading:

Next month I plan to read:

These got booted off the list…indefinitely.

Story, by Robert McKee, got knocked off the list. It’ll just have to wait for another time. 

Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler, by Wade Rouse, was just not doing it for me. It was entertaining. There were funny stories, but as I kept reading I just wasn’t all that interested in where it was going–and it seemed to be taking awhile to get there. It’d make for a funny movie, most likely.

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