Reading is Fundamental…

Reading is Fundamental…

Do you remember the RIF commercial when you were a kid? I remember the big van and the people in the commercial giving books away to kids. Imangine that! Free books! I have always loved reading, but actually being intentional about what I read only began when I was pregnant with my oldest daughter. I bought What to Expect When You’re Expecting and read it cover to cover. It was my mothering manual along with You are Your Child’s First Teacher (Rahima Baldwin) back in the early Mommy Years. I really wanted to be a good mommy and then in 1993 after I began following Christ, I really, really wanted to be a good mommy so the book reading about parenting exploded.I still love to read non-fiction. I am a pretty practical person, so if I am going to burn daylight reading I had better be able to actually use the information I am consuming. You will notice my NF list is about twice as long as my fiction list. I have chosen my fiction books with great intention, hoping they will also have a utilitarian, usefulness about them. I also hope they are entertaining, I can certainly use a little less utilitarianism in my life, too.

So, in no particular order, here is my Spring Reading Thing 2007 reading list…

Non Fiction

The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn
My husband and I are just finishing a Crown Study and this book seems like a perfect way to end the course.The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian
I have had this book on my shelf for a long time and am more convicted than ever to F.I.N.I.S.H. it!

Crazy Horse by Mari Sandoz
Because I want to learn more about Nebraska and the people who live here.

The Power of Play: How Spontaneous, Imaginative Activities Lead to Happier, Healthier Children by David Elkind
This book looked interesting to me. Our philosophical approach, I guess, is that our girls have as much free time as possible to enjoy playing with each other and their friends. We provide a rich environment with dress up stuff, dolls, trucks, boxes, rocks, dirt and open space and let them fill in the blanks.

Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman
Being the mother of three girls, this book looked like it could provide some insight into the world of girls and their relationships with others.

12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Woman by Lane P. Jordan
I love reading books on organizing and I have been slugging through this very handy book for a while.

The Best Life Diet by Bob Greene
I am choosing to live in a more healthy way…after having the babies I have slipped in my healthy habits…this book seemed honest and refreshing. I just wish the D word wasn’t in the title. I don’t believe in diets.

Having a Mary Spirit: Allowing God to Change Us from the Inside Out by Joanna Weaver
The back of the book reads: “You long to serve God with grace and strength, to reflect Christ in every word and action. Yet you find yourself continually struggling to bring that vision to life in your daily walk. At our very core, every one of us is a “twisted sister” within whom the flesh and disconnect between our good-girl desire to put Jesus first and our bad-girl realities that crowd our thoughts and push Him out of the way.” Yup…that sounds like me.

Body Clutter: Love Your Body, Body Yourself by Marla Cilley and Leanne Ely
I have followed Marla and the FlyLady Routines for years, she has been a wonderful blessing to our family!

To Know Him by Name by Kay Arthur and Timothy Botts
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it an is safe. Proverbs 18:10

I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron
Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally and You’ve Got Mail are favorite chick flicks of mine…as a woman of a certain age as well, this book seems very entertaining.

Fiction

The Giver by Lois Lowry
I have a friend who asked me to read this with her. I guess it is a banned book in many schools. I feel kind of like a rebel reading a banned book.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patersen
I am intrigued by the movie, but I want to read the book first.

Light from Heaven by Jan Karon
I have read the Mitford series and enjoyed it immensely. I look forward to reading this in early June, just after the school year ends.

Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani
The New York Times Book Review comment: “as comforting as a mug of chamomile tea on a rainy Sunday” and USA Today writes: “BIG STONE GAP is as comforting as a patchwork quilt, as charming as a country cottage. Readers would do well to fall into the nearest easy chair, cup of tea in hand, and savor the story of Ave Maria Mulligan.” Sounds like my kind of story.

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
A classic I haven’t read but am looking forward to devouring over the next few weeks.

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9 responses to “Reading is Fundamental…

  1. Ann

    I did it…I linked back and everything!!!! I am feeling so smart these days…it is only a matter of time until one of my dear little ones (or the dear teenager) dumbfounds me.

  2. Kelly

    Great list! I have read several-The Treasure Principle is a favorite.

  3. Kathleen aka Coffee Mom

    That is one big beautiful stack of books! I’m reading Having a Mary Spirit too, unfortunately I see I’m a bit of a Martha and not enough of a Mary – good thing I’m reading the book!
    I’d love to hear what you think of the Nora Ephron book, her movies are my favourites.

  4. Ellen B.

    The Treasure Principle is on my list, too. I love Jan Karon. Have fun reading!

  5. SweetMummy

    I love the picture of the books! I thought it was just a photo that you stuck in there until I read your list. Pretty cool!

  6. alisonwonderland

    i relied heavily on What to Expect before my oldest daughter was born too!

    you’ve got a great list! i’m more of a fiction reader, but i definitely want to check out some of the books you’ve listed. i attended a workshop that referred to Queen Bees and Wannabes; i think it’ll be a good one. i absolutely loved The Giver!

    happy reading!

  7. Rae

    Fantastic list! I love organizing books too, you’ll have to let me know how you like it. I can’t wait to see some of your reviews. Happy Reading!

  8. Ann

    Most of the pictures I use on my site are pix that either I have taken or my husband. We both love photography and capturing moments in time. I got the idea for the books stack from someone else who posted the stack they are reading. I like the picture, too. I actually have it saved as a desktop to remind myself to READ!

  9. Katrina

    Oh, what a beautiful picture! Love that stack of books! And you really brought back memories when you mentioned the RIF commercial — I had forgotten all about that. Thanks for being part of the Spring Reading Thing. Enjoy your books!

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