Summer Reading Programs 2016

As I mentioned last year, our family needs no incentive to read, but it is a fun bonus when there’s a prize for reading books. I’ll add to this list as the programs start and updates as we finish them! ūüôā TIP: Make sure to have a timer on hand to track those minutes! Pizza Hut BOOK IT! App is great for this!!

CEREMONY(Click HERE to read about some books and series we recommend.)

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Triathlon
Half Price Books Summer Reading Program
Alameda County Summer Reading Game
San Leandro Public Library Summer Reading Challenge
Others


Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Triathlon
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The free book prize is listed for kids in grades 1-6. If you have done this program in the past, it looks like it is different this year. Print out the form HERE, have your child answer the questions, drive them to your closest B&N, and choose your free book! There is also an activity kit on the site for more reading fun for the summer. Runs May 17 to September 6. 2012 |  2013

5/26 Update: The girls were able to go with their friends to redeem their prizes (and make other non-essential purchases). They all chose books from series that were new-to-them!

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Half Price Books Summer Reading Program

There are two programs at Half Price Books – one for 8th grade and under and one for high schoolers.¬†Not sure we have many blog readers with high schoolers, so for my sanity, I’m just sharing about the one for younger kiddos. Print out the form HERE, read for 15 minutes daily from June 1st to July 31st, add up minutes, get parent/guardian initials, turn in complete reading log (300 minutes/month) after the end of each month to earn $5 toward something¬†in the store. I believe there is a kick-off event Sunday, June 5th.

7/5 Update: Well, we went into turn in the June minutes, and the girls decided to save their $5 Bookworm Bucks to use after they finish their July minutes. It was a hard decision as you can tell from the pics below. There were so many books they wanted, and they were calculating which ones they could get without wasting any of the $5 because if you don’t use it all, it’s gone. So…they are hoping some of the books they wanted will still be there when we go back in August to redeem the Bucks.

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Alameda County Summer Reading Game

There are programs for all ages at the Alameda County Library branches. This year, there are two options – go and pick up a game board and/or play online to collect badges! I love this added online option because the girls go through their reading so quickly. I actually tell them not to color in what they have actually read because no one will believe them. #bookworms If you participate with the game board at the library, you will get one spin for every 30 minutes read. To get the first prize, you need to get a row stamped like in BINGO. For the final prize, you need to get all the squares stamped. If I did my math correctly, you would need to read 24.5 hours to complete the board. You can check here for the online game –>¬†summer.aclibrary.org. The last day to sign up is August 13th. You can spin until August 20th. You have to claim your prizes by August 31st. 2010

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6/22 Update: Melody got a BINGO on her gameboard and received her first prize, which included passes to Chabot Space & Science Center, Legoland, The Lawrence Hall of Science, and sticker sheet, and a Smencil.

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6/29 Update: Emily got a BINGO on her gameboard and received her first prize. Melody got a blackout on her gameboard and received her final prize, which was a book of her choice. She chose Dragonwings by Laurence Yep.

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7/13 Update: I finally got 25 points, which is the halfway point, so I got my first prize. We love these book bags. Now we have them in four colors. Emily got a blackout on her gameboard and received her final prize, which was a book of her choice. She chose Flower Designs Coloring Book. I thought she would go for one of the fairy books, but I was wrong. :p Note: We go to the library every week, but the other weeks when she spun the wheel, she never got enough squares stamped even after completing the hours to color in the sports balls and some of the activities. She pretty much had to do all the activities to get her board stamped. And even then, when she spun the wheel, it took a long time because she kept spinning squares that were stamped already. All that to say, you need a bit of patience when getting those last few squares stamped.

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San Leandro Public Library Summer Reading Challenge

There are programs for all ages at the San Leandro Public Library¬†branches. Same details about online and reading log, but the difference is how you receive prizes. If you participate with the reading log¬†at the library, you will get your prizes for every 6 hours read. The log¬†goes up to 24 hours, but you can get an extra card to complete more hours. (This is different for toddlers.) You can check here for the challenge¬†–>¬†SL summer reading. The carnival is on Saturday, August 13th. 2010 | Completion 2010¬†|¬†Melody 2011 | Emily 2011 | ¬†Carnival 2011

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6/28 Update: Emily completed 6+ hours of reading for her 6 hours of reading prizes, which includes passes to Fairyland, Oakland Zoo, Lindsay Wildlife Experience, The Lawrence Hall of Science, and a prize of her choice from the prize board (she chose a bracelet and Melody chose a pen bracelet). Melody completed 12 hours of reading, so she got all of the aforementioned items, plus Loard’s ice cream gift certificate, 1 Free Junior Green Fee at Monarch Bay Golf Club, and a raffle ticket to enter the drawings available (she put it in the Great America envelope, also available was the Ringling Bros, Oakland A’s game, SF Giants games, Water World, etc.). (FYI, these statues at all the libraries are their favorites since they were little. :p The statue people didn’t want to look at the camera for the pic though. haha!)¬†Oh, and I got one card to put in for the weekly drawing. ūüôā

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7/5 Update: Emily finished 18 hours of reading, so in addition to the 12-hour prizes (she put her raffle ticket in for bowling), she also received a swim pass, a free Mini Murph Pizza Kit from Papa Murphy’s, and a prize of her choice from the prize board (she chose the pen bracelet). Melody finished 24 hours and received the aforementioned, plus an invitation to the summer carnival, a free Chipotle kid’s meal, and a raffle ticket for a grand prize. I think she put it in the bowling envelope as well).

20160705_12530620160705_125015 7/8 Update: Emily finished 24 hours of reading! She collected all her prizes and put her raffle ticket in for bowling. I guess they want to go bowling! :p Also, she really likes that dress. ūüôā Also, it was an oddly cold summer day and we all brought out boots back out.

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I’m not familiar with the rest of these summer reading program, but you can check them out for more free stuff! I’ll add in the dates as information arrives.

Books I’ve Read {November Update}

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Own Your Life: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous Love¬†by Sally Clarkson – Living in survival mode and working to simply get through the day can be stressful. This is a great book to give you the pep talk you need to guide you on the path to intention and purpose. I think I have watched one too many webinars with Sally because I could “hear” her soothing voice talking to me through the words on the page. She is the mentor that many of us need to gain encouragement and motivation to get through our days of mundane tasks, but also to remember our dreams and to find rest of our soul.

Strong and Kind: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed by Korie Robertson – Times are changing, and sometimes I am a little puzzled if it is changing for the good. I know a lot of good things are still happening, and there are still lots of good people, but¬†I am feeling like values¬†are not aligning with actions. I think Korie has better words than I do to share the thoughts on really teaching our children the virtues to help them be world-changers. It isn’t easy, but it’s possible to guide our children toward being strong but kind, as well as learn to be honest, compassionate, patient, joyful, loyal, and humble. CLICK HERE for a¬†few other thoughts I had on the book.

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Looking forward to reading these books in December. Anyone else want to join me?

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Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference by Crystal Paine
Raising Uncommon Kids: 12 Biblical Traits You Need to Raise Selfless Kids by Sami Cone
A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live by Emily Freeman

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Books I’ve Read {September Update}

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Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World by Emily Freeman –¬†I will be reading this one again in October with the in(courage) book club. You can join in too! Grab your copy by clicking the title, and get more details on the book club link. I will write up my thoughts and share some great quotes from the book through the month on our review blog.

Get Yourself Organized for Christmas: Simple Steps to Enjoying the Season by Kathi Lipp – I¬†LOVE the breakdown of how to prepare for the holiday season. I’m not one of those people who have a huge list of must-dos each year, but there is quite a lot that happens before, during, and after Christmas, and I would love to not have all of that stuff in my head. I know I will be able to enjoy the holidays more because of Kathi’s projects, and the small things she has us do to get ready for the festive season. I read through this book this month, but I will be reading it again in October to actually put into action each of the steps. If you want in, get the book (click on the title of the book) and join me! I will be blogging all about it for 31 days!

The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills by Daniel Coyle – I had no idea what this book was about when I decided to read it, but I have credit in my Google Play account for the occasional surveys I do, so I got this one which is on the book list for the LIVE course that I have been taking this year. I really enjoyed it and even recommended it to my eight-year-old. Daniel Coyle has another book about talent, but I think this is maybe a condensed version of that one? If you want to do some reading but don’t have a lot of extra time (or attention span) to read, this one is great because the tips are short and sweet. Practice makes perfect! ūüėČ

Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer – If anyone has read this book, did you hear Priscilla’s voice in your head as your read it? Because I did! If you have ever watched her speak before, there is power in her messages. She can definitely preach it. Priscilla shares 10 strategies of our Enemy and how he plans to derail us from God’s plans for us, and then she goes on to share 10 strategies for our battle plan. I love the stories she tells in the book, and along with each of the strategies, there are plenty of Scripture passages to pray, and each chapter (strategy) ends with a Call to Prayer. And you better believe Priscilla is praying for each person who reads this book.

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Looking forward to reading these books in October. Anyone else want to join me?

Preemptive Love: Pursuing Peace One Heart at a Time by Jeremy Courtney
Moms’ Night Out and Other Things I Miss: Devotions To Help You Survive by Kerri Pomarolli (I highly recommend MOMS’ NIGHT OUT the movie if you haven’t already watched it…or if movies aren’t your jam, there is also THE BOOK.)
Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World by Emily Freeman (re-reading with in(courage) book club)
Get Yourself Organized for Christmas: Simple Steps to Enjoying the Season by Kathi Lipp (re-reading with launch team)
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Books I’ve Read {August Update}

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Project Inspired: Tips and Tricks for Staying True to Who You Are by Nicole Weider –¬†You can read some thoughts on our review blog. –> https://ourthotfulspot.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/project-inspired/

The Unwired Mom: Choosing to Live Free in an Internet Addicted World¬†by Sarah Mae – You can read some thoughts on this older blog post I wrote. –> https://joyceandnorm.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/the-unwired-mom/

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain – I either really need to start reading this one as soon as I check it out from the library or I need to buy my own copy. There is always a waiting list for this one, so whenever it is due, I have to return it. Anyhow, I didn’t finish reading this, but love discovering more about what makes me tick, my strengths/weaknesses, etc. (in terms of my personality, temperament, etc.).

Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction¬†by Candace Cameron Bure – This was a great read. I loved watching Full House growing up. Anyone else excited about Fuller House? I loved watching Dancing with the Stars. It was one of the few shows we watched streaming online since we don’t own a TV. I went into reading the book wanting to get some behind-the-scenes look at Dancing with the Stars, which I did, but also came out with so much more. If you follow Candace on social media, you know that she loves God and she loves her family. Even with her deeply-rooted faith, she went onto the show knowing she would need a team of prayer warriors and cheerleaders to help her through the journey.

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The girls shared a little about Peter’s Perfect Prayer Place HERE, and we are reading Prayer Works together right now. Simply Tuesday is on my upcoming to-read list, and I may try to squeeze in one of the others as well for September, but I will have to save the rest for later in the year. Psst, I am hearing great things about the movie War Room, so check it out if you get a chance!

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Looking forward to reading these books in September. Anyone else want to join me?

Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World by Emily Freeman
Get Yourself Organized for Christmas: Simple Steps to Enjoying the Season by Kathi Lipp
The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills by Daniel Coyle

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Books I’ve Read {July Update}

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Talking with Your Daughter About Best Friends and Mean Girls (8 Great Dates) by Dannah Gresh РI have a few friends who plan one-on-one dates with each of their kiddos, and it is something I would love to incorporate into our family life. We do a ton of stuff all together, but one-on-ones have been rare since Emily started Kindergarten and is able to participate in most of the activities that Melody participates in. As the tween years approach, I think this is a great guide to help me stay connected, especially with Melody as she deals with more relational stuff with friends, neighbors, mean girls, BFFs, her sister, God, boys, and us Рher parents! Each date includes an overview, an audio message from their website, a challenge (object lesson), and some girl talk time. There is also an alternative to do this as a small group, and do the girl talk time alone. And it ends in a short time of prayer.

A Girl’s Guide to Best Friends and Mean Girls by Dannah Gresh – I only skimmed this one as it is actually intended for tween girls. It is another great resource for young girls to read through. Instead of having to make decisions on the fly about choosing friends, it is a guide to being intentional about who to build relationships with and how to deal with relationships that might not be great.

Classical Christian Education Made Approachable by Classical Conversations – I needed this one to get my head into the homeschool game. This is a second reading for me since we started preschool homeschooling years ago. (Although I didn’t really realize that was what I was doing…) The book discusses the different educational models, and in the appendix there are practical real-life schedule for a homeschool day. I really like how the book also compares education to building a home and what it takes for it to all come together.

The Get Yourself Organized Project by Kathi Lipp – I was a little hasty in choosing this book for my to-read list this month because all I did was read it. I did not have time to actually put anything into action, which defeats the purpose of the book. But I do always enjoy a good Kathi Lipp book, and they’re all good! Next go-around I would love to actually implement the steps to having less mess and stress in my life!! :p

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Looking forward to reading these books in August. Anyone else want to join me?

Project Inspired: Tips and Tricks for Staying True to Who You Are by Nicole Weider
The Unwired Mom: Choosing to Live Free in an Internet Addicted World by Sarah Mae
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction by Candace Cameron Bure
20150805_114801-1But then, I also have these waiting for me… and for you!! Be on the lookout for giveaways coming soon on our review blog!
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Books I’ve Read {June Update}

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Notes From a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider – I ended up not reading this book because I received the launch team copy of Longing for Paris, and didn’t have time to read both. (You can read more about this book HERE, and about us meeting Tsh HERE.)

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo – Hmm…where do I start with this one? I have lots to say about it, but that would turn into a long review, and I know you are in the middle of summer fun. I love Marie’s perspective on clutter. She pretty much says get rid of it all!! The more I have decluttered, the more happy I have become, for sure, but I can honestly say I will never be a minimalist. There are items in my life I would love to pass on to my future generations, photos or items that hold great memories which I will forget if I tossed them, etc. I really like the process she describes to go about decluttering so you can be tidy, but I am not a huge fan of all the talk about (spiritual) energy and saying “thanks!” to my possessions when I get rid of them. I think she does more or less trash (maybe recycle) all items leaving a home, which I don’t like because someone else really can use them, or you can sell them. I also don’t believe that she has kids…when you bring kids into the picture, it’s a whole different story when it comes to the rate of accumulating things. :p

Be You, Bravely: An Experiment in Courage by MOPS РSo good! This book is a devotional for MOPS members this past year, so it is not a book you can purchase. I really enjoyed all the stories shared by the authors, and the questions at the end of each article were super thought-provoking. It gave me a new perspective on stepping out of my comfort zone and being brave(r) to do the things God has called me to do. I think there is a new book for the upcoming MOPS year, and I hope someone will let me borrow it when they are done reading it since I am not a member anymore.

Longing for Paris by Sarah Mae – I’ll be posting about this more later, but it is awesome. That’s all for now. ūüėČ It is only $8.37 on Amazon right now, probably for a limited time, so get on it! Anyone who pre-orders the book can fill out this form HERE and get an invite to a webinar with Sarah and Sally Clarkson. See the video about the book HERE.

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Looking forward to reading these books in July. Anyone else want to join me?

Talking with Your Daughter About Best Friends and Mean Girls (8 Great Dates) by Dannah Gresh
–¬†A Girl’s Guide to Best Friends and Mean Girls by Dannah Gresh
–¬†Classical Christian Education Made Approachable by Classical Conversations
–¬†The Get Yourself Organized Project by Kathi Lipp

20150708_165154Have you read any good books lately? What are your favorite kinds of books to read – mysteries, biographies, historical fiction, cookbooks?Book List 2015To check out the books on my book list, you can READ THIS POST or visit our Amazon store.

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Books I’ve Read {May Update}

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Desperate by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson – It was a busy month, so I didn’t get through the entire book. This is my third time reading this, and I pick up a few more great nuggets each time. I actually have two copies of this book, and the one I’m reading is the marked up one with underlining, notes, and highlighting, which is fun to go through, remembering the last season I read through it and things that were happening at that time. Here’s one I posted to my HelloMornings group:

“And above all, I need to remember that “good” motherliness has nothing to do with how God sees me. Nothing. I am pleasing to Him on my good days and my bad days. His love for me never wavers…and never will. Because I’m His.”

Sometimes all we need are reminders like these…that someone knows exactly how we feel, and that it is okay in the rough seasons because God still loves us.¬†Review

Flash by Rachel Anne Ridge – From the moment you read about Flash the Donkey’s arrival appearance in the Ridge family’s driveway, you will start to fall in love with his charming ways. I love Flash..both the book and the donkey. If you don‚Äôt think you could learn a thing or two from a donkey, think again! Flash may teach you something about life. Read more about the wisdom that Flash has to bestow upon us in the following links:¬†Flash | My Day with (Flat) Flash.

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Looking forward to reading these books in June. Anyone else want to join me?

Notes From a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Be You, Bravely: An Experiment in Courage by MOPS
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Summer Reading Programs 2015

If you haven’t already noticed, our family doesn’t really need much incentive to read, but it’s nice there are lots of places offering incentives for kids to read through the summer. Reading is one of our¬†favorite things to do when it’s too hot to go outside. I know there are many programs out there, but these are a few that we have taken part in and enjoy! For some others that we have seen listed, you would have to do a little something to actually earn the prize.

Half Price Booksfyb-BiggestStorytime2015b¬†– They have programs for different age groups. Kids 14 and under who read for 15 minutes a day¬†June and in July will receive $5¬†HPB Bookworm Bucks each month. Turn in your reading log at the end of each month. If you’ve been to HPB, you know $5 can go a long way if you find the right books. Runs from June 1 to July 31.
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Barnes & Noble¬†– This summer reading program, Imagination’s Destination, is only for kids in grades 1-6. I think this is the easiest program for my kids because they hate keeping track of the number of minutes they read. Read 8 books and write down the title, author, and a sentence telling who you recommend the book to and why in a journal. Then, pick a free book off of the list when you go to turn in your journal. Runs from¬†May 19 to¬†September 7. | 2012 | ¬†2013

Alameda County LibrariesRead-to-the-Rhythm-kids-and-instruments – This year’s theme is Read to the Rhythm. There are programs for all ages, from babies up to adults. Every 30 minutes of reading or listening to a story, or completing an activity (on the back of game board), color in one instrument on the game board. Each colored instrument is one spin. There is a First Prize halfway through the game board path and a Final Prize at the end of the game board path. Prizes range from museum and zoo vouchers to coupons for local restaurants. Sign-ups runs from June 8 to August 8. Program runs until August 31. | 2010 |¬†Game Begins 2011 |¬†Joyce 2011 |¬†2012

 

San Leandro LibrarySlogan_Text – ¬†This year’s theme is Every Hero has a Story. There are programs for all ages, from babies up to adults. Kids have to write a short report for each of the eight books they have to read. Bring in the reports each week to receive a stamp and small prizes.¬†Sign-ups run from¬†June 6 to August 2. Turn in reports by August 7 to receive an invitation to the end-of-summer carnival, and passes to local attractions. | 2010 | Completion 2010¬†|¬†Melody 2011 | Emily 2011 | ¬†Carnival 2011

I’m not familiar with the rest of these summer reading program, but you can check them out for more free stuff!

Books I’ve Read {March Update}

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marchbooksWe packed fairly lightly for our Australia trip compared to what we normally bring (our whole house), and I thought about not bringing a book since I have a Kindle app on my phone plus the iPad with Kindle on it plus we were off on some adventures, but let’s be honest, I prefer having a physical book to read and there are lots of waiting periods between adventures when traveling! I was able to finish three books – Interrupted, Read More, and Begin.

Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist – I read an advanced copy of this last year, and LOVED it! The girls love the blueberry crisp recipe from the book. I lent out that copy, and it’s nowhere to be found. I think I mentioned it to Kris and she sent me an extra copy she had!!! How awesome is she! Make sure to check out her wonderful site –> Grace Table. I love love love community, and so I love how Shauna shares about the different ways she has gathered community around the table…or at one point in time, around the piano in her bedroom. “We don’t learn to love each other well in the easy moments. Anyone is good company at a cocktail party. But love is born when we misunderstand one another and make it right, when we cry in the kitchen, when we show up uninvited with magazines and granola bars, in an effort to say, I love you.” Stories and food is always a good combo. This is definitely one I will read again.

Hope for the Weary Mom by Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin – I had read the older version of this book, but it is always refreshing to read words of encouragement from other moms who get it. It is a good reminder that we are not alone in this journey. Yes, we have our support systems of family and friends, but God is also there in the midst of the never-ending dirty dishes and laundry piles, and He wants us to come to Him with our greatest joys and our greatest needs as moms. I am still reading through this book again, but it’s wonderful to know that I can #choosehope. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12

Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker – Interrupted is one of those books you find yourself scared of starting because of what it might reveal about you, about God, about what God will call you to do if you really listen. And of course, it does just that! Jen shares how God, slowly but sure, took her from her comfortable life of “doing church” to answering the question of how He could use her to be the church for those who might not otherwise hear about Jesus. She challenges us to look beyond what we’re supposed to do as the church, but to pray, to listen, to read, to take action. Of course, this action doesn’t look the same for every person, but Jen shows us what can happen when we lean in to hear His voice. And also, an added bonus, she’s pretty funny.

Read More by Nicole Bennett – This was one I didn’t have on my list (I think probably because it hadn’t come out yet), but after I finished Interrupted on the plane, I went looking for something to read, and I found the download in my email. ūüėú I was blessed to have had Nicole in one of my HelloMornings group, and I love that we are in the same life stage homeschooling our kiddos. I also love that she loves to read and she loves ice cream (no joke, she loves it a lot!). Anyhow, I always feel like I’m a super nerdy bookworm because I don’t actually know people in ‘real’ life who read a lot (totally different story when it comes to my online friends)…or maybe they’re just all closet bookworms. And if you have kids, the closet might be the best place to read some days. ūüėú haha! I also know lots of people who say they would love to read, but don’t have time. Nicole shares in her book, like the tagline says, “why and how to make time for reading amidst the busyness of life”. Get your own free e-copy in the link above.

The Growly Books: Begin (Volume 1) by Erin Ulrich and Philip Ulrich – Melody got this book as a gift from my sister when it came out in 2013, and she has read it multiple times since then. It is her favorite of the three volumes in the series. She has been asking me to read it ever since she finished it the first time, but I always have other books on my own to-read list. After finishing Interrupted and Read More, I was looking for another book in the Kindle app to read, and it was one of the ones I had actually loaded (when it was offered for free). I have a ton of books, but not too many loaded to read offline, and on the plane, we were offline. So, I started reading this lovely story of the adventures of a young bear cub named Growly who sets off on his own. Short chapters (my fave!) made for a quick read even though there were 35 chapters. Detailed descriptions of the places he visited and friends he made helped the story to come alive. Now, Melody’s going to have me read Volume 2 and 3 in the upcoming months. ūüėú

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Looking forward to reading these books in April. Anyone else want to join me?

21 Days to a More Disciplined Life by Crystal Paine
The Art of Work by Jeff Goins
Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews (aff link)

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Books I’ve Read {February Update}

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I am going to try to remember to give updates on what I am reading, so I can keep to my book list for the year. If I miss an updates, please give me a reminder. ūüôā

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IMG_0580Happy Habits for Every Couple by Roger and Kathi Lipp РKathi Lipp is joined by her husband, Roger, to write this book. Don’t skip the first part of the book. It is important to be reminded why we need to have couple time. Whether we go out for dinner, out for a walk, or spend time doing some goal-setting, having some time together on a more or less consistent basis helps us to remember why we married our spouse in the first place! The second part of the book has lots of great ideas for date nights to connect. There is a bit of planning involved, depending on if you need to buy things for a particular task, or if you will be need of a babysitter, but whatever you end up doing, I know you will enjoy spending some time together as a couple without the kids around.

Mindset for Moms by Jamie Martin РAfter having kids, I am all about the short-chapter books!! Jamie Martin does a wonderful job helping readers to find refreshment in the midst of the messes that are sometimes involved in mothering during those early years. She shares the struggles she has had, and how she has found a different mindset when it comes to parenting her children with a more joyful heart. It was the perfect time for me to read this book as my girls were recovering from sickness. It’s not always rainbows and unicorns, but I have learned so much as we live life together, and the have brought so much joy to my life.

EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey РI know lots of people who have gone through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. They give raving reviews and it has truly proven to helped friends and others I know get out of debt!! Besides our mortgage, we have never been in debt. I am planning on reading Total Money Makeover and Smart Money Smart Kids, but I was intrigued by his book EntreLeadership, and wanted to know more of how Dave has found success. Since I had a few other books going at the same time, and this one was borrowed from the library, I only read a few chapters. It was a good read, and mostly things I knew already about being an entrepreneur and leader (I was a business major, you know), but great reminders about how to lead alongside the people in your team, not just overseeing them and managing them. I’m sure I’ll check it out again so I can finish the whole book.

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Looking forward to reading these books in March. Anyone else want to join me?

Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist
Hope for the Weary Mom by Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin
Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker

marchbooksHave you read any good books this month?Book List 2015To check out the books on my book list, you can READ THIS POST or visit our Amazon store.

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