Booking It: Monthly Update

How are you doing on your reading? It’s amazing that we set reading goals almost nine months ago. Where did the time go?

Today would be a great time to review what you’ve read, especially if you’re not sure how much you’ve read this year. You’ve still got a little more than three months until the year ends. And a 3/4 check-up is always nice to get an extra burst of motivation.

This year I’ve read 16 books!

I feel so much better just having compiled the list. Part of my original goal was to have read 12 books by the end of the year. That part of the goal has been met. The other part was to diversify the list a little by reading books in different categories, like parenting, finance, homekeeping, etc. Obviously, I haven’t completely done that, but still, I think it’s good progress.

Recent Reads

Over the past month, I’ve continued with my Bible reading and have, more or less, been able to keep up with Bible in the 90 Days schedule. I’m amazed, quite honestly.

Now, there have definitely been days when I was grossly behind in the reading. But, since Amy requires a kind of check-in at the beginning of the week, that has been great motivation to get caught up. So, if I fall behind, I’m usually able to catch up on the weekend.

It’s been a very good discipline to spend time in the mornings reading what God has recorded for us to remember and take to heart. One of the thing that has really struck me about the Old Testament is that the Patriarchs messed up really bad, and then in the Law, God very specifically tells His people not to do many of the same things that the Patriarchs did. Proof that all have fallen short and need a Savior.

I don’t think I would have noticed this if I was taking the slow road through the Bible. Reading it more quickly has enabled me to make some connections that I’m not sure I would have made otherwise.

Thoughts on Education

Another book that I’ve pored over recently is The Well Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise. I reread it in preparation for planning our homeschool year. I first read it when FishBoy13 was just a toddler.

And even though my copy was written over 10 years ago, I find myself going back to some of the methods and practices that I used when we first started this homeschooling journey in 2002. Some things just don’t to be messed with.

I’m using The Well Trained Mind this year as a loose guide to teaching my 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 8th graders, especially as we work Latin and Logic into our homeschool.

Thoughts on Management

The third book that I read was super helpful for all phases of my life. Even though The One-Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson is not really about parenting, its message is definitely applicable.

This classic message of how to be a successful manager is told in the form of a story about a young man who wants to learn how to be a good manager. He approaches a man who has a reputation for being just that. There’s a pretty high cheese factor in how they dialogue with each other. But, if you can get past the cheese, there are huge nuggets of wisdom to learn from.

The ideas of making goals and expectations clear, praising for a job well done, and effectively reprimanding definitely fall in the category of parenting. So, it’s easy to take the ideas imparted in this book and apply them to motherhood.

They had me at the first page in describing the clock symbol on The One-Minute Manager which is “to remind each of us to take a minute out of our day to look into the faces of the people we manage. And to realize that they are our most important resources.”

I manage a family — and thus, my children, the people I “manage” are the most valuable. I have the privelege of influencing how they think about themselves and how they reach their full potential. Whoa, not something to take lightly.

The One-Minute Manager is rife with reminders to set personal goals and to compare our results with our goals to make sure we’re on the right track. I so needed to hear this as it’s easy for me to get lost and distracted amidst all my tasks and responsibilities in my life as MOM. It’s a very easy read and one with plenty to apply.

So, what about you….

Read any good books lately?

Share on your blog what you’ve been reading and bring the link back here. OR just tell us in the comments. Booking It is proving to be a great source of book recommendations for me. I hope it is for you, too.

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  1. I have been reading a lot of great marriage and frugal books this year. I linked my post under Jacinda. Thank you :)

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      @jacinda w., that’s great. Thank you! Next time make sure you link to the post, not just your blog. It will make it easier for people visiting on a later date. They won’t have to scroll through more recent posts to find your booking it post.

  2. Okay…I’ve left three links this time (!) and am now leaving a comment. I’ve rather fallen behind with my official Booking It reads, but at last count I think I was working on books #15 and 16 – so not too bad. :-) LOVED the Guernsey book as well as My Life in France!!

    • @Carrie, Need to add a P.S. – I totally agree with feeling overwhelmed by a need for Grace and a Savior when reading through the OT. I’m not doing the 90-day program, but have been trying to read through the Bible in a year on my own (usually between 5 and 10 chapters a day – though I’m behind as well). Even though I have read through the Bible before, I have caught so many things this time by reading it through quickly – more like a book. The stories fit together so well and I am amazed and encouraged by the failings of the “heros” of the Bible and yet how God used them mightily – so He will use ME!

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      @Carrie, yes, that is totally fine.

  3. I set a goal of 40 books for the year. I’m on #30 right now. One year I’d like to hit 52, but not a very realistic goal with my reading habits.

    10-10-10 by Suzy Welch and the The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches: A Practical (and Fun) Guide to Enjoying Life More by Spending Less by Jeff Yeager were 2 more memorable ones. Lots of romance and fiction – Pride Prejudice and Zombies and several by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Rhett Butler’s People.

    Plus our library has an adult summer reading contest and that helps!

  4. Just checked into what “Book It” was all about for the first time. I’m so excited! Really going to enjoy checking out all of the potential new reads. Thank You for providing such fun for an extreme book lover like myself. Better go see what everyone else is reading now!

  5. I am so excited for you that you are reading the Bible in 90 Days with us.
    I completely agree that reading at this pace allows you to make connections and see things that you might miss on a longer reading plan.
    I am thrilled you are keeping up and enjoying it.. we’re just about half-way there!!!

  6. I so admire your time managing abilities and your reading list.

    My list is quite short but I have loved studying the book of Habakkuk in the book LORD, Where Are You When Bad Things Happen? by Kay Arthur the last 9 weeks. I have one more week of study and I’ll be sad when I finish.

  7. I can’t believe there are only four months left in the year! While I’ve been working toward my simple goal of reading more non-fiction, I still find myself reaching for fiction books more often. Thanks for the encouragement and suggestions. I just recieved Financial Peace Revisited and it’s next on my list to read.

  8. I’ve been debating on which of my two recent updates to post (since the last time I linked up in July) but seeing Carrie post three made me decide that doing two was just fine!

    :)

  9. I’m actually almost surprised at the fact that I polished off 2 books this past month and am now reading a novel. (I had baby #2, a girl, in late June, and I have a very all-boy 3 year old. That’s nothing to what Fishmama and many of her readers have, but for me, right now, it’s busy!:)) I’ve been reading during my daughter’s feeding time that doesn’t fall right before my son’s nap- or bed-time (during which I read to him) or first thing in the morning (when I am often finishing up my quiet time).

    Anywho, this month I read “Girl Talk: Mother-Daughter Conversations on Biblical Womanhood” by Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Mahaney Whitacre. Love, love, love this book, as I do everything I’ve read by Carolyn Mahaney. Definitely a must-read for anyone raising girls. My husband is actually reading it right now on his lunch at work (which makes him a little self-conscious because the book is hot pink, and the “Girl Talk” part of the title is in big letters:)). He wants to make sure that he is on the same page with me (no pun intended) as we start thinking about how to raise our daughter–even though she’s only 8 weeks old.

    I also just finished “She Calls Me Daddy” by Robert Wolgemuth. My husband read that while I was reading “Girl Talk.” Also a good book, especially for practical tools for fathers raising girls. Yes, the book is for dads, but I read it for the same reason that my husband is reading “Girl Talk.” My only “negative” comment about “She Calls Me Daddy” is that it comes at things from a Christian psychology basis rather than a nouthetic (basically, straight Scripture) counseling basis. But, in terms of “tools” it’s a good book–just don’t expect it to really get to the heart of the matter.

    Now I need to figure out what to read when I finish up my novel–I hope to find some ideas from everyone’s comments!:)

  10. Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
    The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
    Hudson Taylor: Deep in the Heart of China by Janet and Geoff Benge

    Oh man! I remember reading those in highschool! It wasnt that long ago but it brought back memories. :D

  11. gosh I haven’t been actually counting, but my recent reads include Time of My Life, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (FANTASTIC read), The One that I Want, and I’m just starting The Red Thread. Also started How To Throw out 50 Things but I’m not getting very far (denial, procrastination?)

  12. I wish I would have set myself some reading goals for the year. I haven’t read near as much this year as oppose to past years! :(

  13. I too love The Well Trained Mind. I’ve only recently purchased it, but I’ve poured over it and will use it as a reference in the years to come as I begin homeschooling my children (the oldest is just three). Have you read any of their other books? I really enjoyed The Well Educated Mind and have put some of the principles to use in my own life, as well as Susan’s History of the Middle Ages. I’ve also purchased The History of the Ancient World by the same and it’s coming up on my reading list!

  14. Great job getting through all those books! Yeah, isn’t summer the best time for reading? I have about 20 books going at once — currently reading about preserving foods/making jam, that kind of stuff :) Happy reading!

  15. Thank you so much for this post! I used to devour books but since I’ve been a mom, reading has taken a backseat…or, perhaps more accurately, it was moved to the trunk, if was in the car at all! haha In fact, I would only read on vacation, where I would gobble up 5 – 6 books in a week. This post was the encouragement I needed to find ways to fit reading to my daily schedule. In the past 3 weeks I’ve read: The Princess and the Goblin, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society & The Search for Delicious. I love all of them! I’m also working my way through Created to be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl…that one with hit you where it hurts! This new reading challenge has started a new routine for me, after the kiddos are in bed I get to sit down to read & listen to my favorite Pandora station. (Paul Cardall) I’m lovin’ it!

    Thanks for the encouragement

  16. :-) Linking up – a little late — but what a great idea. I have done a few book reviews for books that I was sent by the publishers but have done loads of reading this summer that I didn’t review. Maybe I’ll post a few of them this week. :-) But there is a quick review of my lastest read UR by Stephen King on my most recent blog entry. Toodles!

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