Booking It – August Updates

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Are you Booking It this year? Yesterday we discussed the “assigned” reading of the month, The Help. Today we’re talking about all the books we’ve read this month.

But first, can I wax eloquent about the Kindle?

Truly, winning that Kindle months ago has changed my life. Well, at least my reading life. I find that reading is so much easier to fit into my day when I have a range of books within easy reach. An e-reader can hold so many books in such a small physical space, that you can lug a ton of books around with you without hurting your back.

The Kindle is also helping me provide reading material for my kids. When FishBoy9 runs out of library books, which he is apt to do within three days of our library trip, I just download a few classics to the Kindle for him to read in the interim. And last week when I was looking for books for our school year, I even found some of the books we’ll be reading for free on the Kindle! Yeah!

The only thing that I’m not sure about is the price of the Kindle. I love the version I have which is the 4G. I won it by filling out a survey I received via email. However, to buy it would have cost me $189. I’m not sure if I love the Kindle that much. Yes, there are less expensive versions, but I’m not sure that it’s worth the money. It does amazing things, to be sure, but so does the free library.

What I Read

That said I read three and 1/3 books on the Kindle last month, most of them for freeeeeeeeeee. I’ve made a point to download any interesting and free Kindle books that Money Saving Mom and Jungle Deals and Steals share about. In this way I always have free reading material at my disposal. But, I still like to have real books, too. Let’s not lose our love of paper! OK, onto my good reads….

Yesterday I told you about The Help. Last night I watched the trailer to the movie version and can tell you that a girls night out is in order!

Other books that I read this past month:

Eight Cousins and the sequel, Rose in Bloom, by Louisa May Alcott – These are probably my favorites of the Alcott books — even if the heroine does end up marrying her cousin. (I know.) Last month when we were discussing Little Women, Carrie reminded me of these books, so I looked up free versions on the Kindle. I devoured them in a matter of days.

The books tell the story of orphan Rose Campbell who comes to live with her uncle and learns to go against the grain of the antebellum period in New England. She chooses authenticity over money and show. It’s full of great lessons that have withstood the test of time.


The Real Food Cleansing Guide – This is an ebook by Lisa Byrne that I emailed to my Kindle for easier reading. Lisa had sent me a review copy — as well as a promise to help me get healthy! How nice is that? Regular readers will know that “to get healthy” is one of my goals for the year. I’ve got a physical scheduled for next week; I’m exercising about three times a week; and I’m trying to watch what I eat.

This book helped me dispel some myths about what a cleanse is. I feared that it was some funky thing that involved drinking gross stuff and spending the day in the bathroom. Au contraire, mon frere. It’s simply the idea of abstaining from a certain food or group of foods for a certain amount of time to let your body have a break from it.

Lisa breaks the idea down into easy steps and gives you the tools to make a cleanse a success, as well as describing a range of eating programs from really easy (like omitting red meat for a time) to the more difficult (eating only raw foods). While I can’t vouch for the health benefits of a cleanse, I do appreciate the education I gleaned from this book and am thinking of trying a farmer’s market cleanse sometime before school starts.

(Psst. that is my affiliate link for the book. Feel free to hop over to Lisa’s main page if you prefer.)

The Bible in 90 100+ days – Last month I started reading the Bible along with Mom’s Toolbox. I am not on the reading schedule. The train left the station and I wasn’t on it. But instead of walking home, kicking up dirt, or running after the train trying to catch it, I decided to just take the next train. I’m behind the group, but feel better just taking it one day at a time. The important thing is to be reading what God has to say, so I’m good.

On a practical note, I downloaded both a free Kindle Bible as well as a sample of the 90 Days Bible that included the reading schedule. This helps me keep the Bible with me wherever I go — and I don’t lose my place.

Read any good books lately?

Tell us in the comments all the great stuff you’ve been reading. If you’ve got a Booking It post, link it up below.

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  1. I know – the whole “marry your cousin” thing is so strange and icky to us now, but it used to happen all the time (think about “Mansfield Park” as well). They are still great books though – and thanks for the shout out as well. 🙂 I’ve linked up with my three reads for the last month.

  2. I’ve loved all the old Alcott books… I ordered Rose in Bloom from interlibrary loan pretty recently.

    I don’t suppose you’d share how to do one of those surveys, wouldja? Do you just have to get lucky and be sent an email? =)

    You might like to read all of L.M. Montgomery’s more obscure books. I’ve ordered a few in the last few days for my nursing time reading starting SOON (I hope).

  3. I read The Help awhile ago and loved it! I’m taking my mom to see the movie Monday for her birthday…can’t wait! I just finished Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson and loved it!

  4. Ok, 2 questions:

    1. What is this amazing list I see behind the kindle?

    And 2. When do you read?? I love reading but don’t seem to have the time. And I also have a kindle, it seemed like a great idea. But, I just never get around to it. I have 4 kids and I homeschool. Maybe that’s why?

    1. Where do I start? The list is part of my Brain on paper. I’m working on a photo tutorial of it. But, you can read some of the details here:

      I budget myself 30 minutes of reading on most days, so that’s when I read. You can read about my time budget here: (I homeschool as well, but I am making a more concerted effort to read real stuff instead of computer. It’s hard, but good.)

  5. I read the Help and I thought it was a good read. I LOVE my Kindle too!! I actually bought it because I wanted to have ALL the G.A. Henty Books…and this is the cheapest route to go! I love having all the classics available for FREE!! You can’t beat that price. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    1. I had no idea the Henty books were FREE on Kindle. Thanks for the head’s up!

  6. I read The Help last week and really enjoyed it. I adored Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom as a girl. I haven’t read them in years. It’s definitely time to pull them off my shelf. Yes, I have all of my older favorites in paper still. I’ll never give up my love of paper, even if I do adore my Nook!

  7. I felt the same way after watching the trailer for The Help!

    I never thought a Kindle was for me. I mean, I live practically next door to an awesome library that has (almost) everything I want, if not literally next door, then just a few clicks away. Why pay for an e-reader?

    But yesterday I had to go to the DMV, and not knowing how long the lines would be, and what I’d “feel” like reading, I jammed 3 (THREE) books into my purse. One novel, one organizational book, and the book I felt like I “ought” to read in the dead time.

    Having a purse stuffed with books is pretty typical for me. It definitely would be easier with a Kindle!

  8. I love my Kindle, too! I never thought I would enjoy reading on it better than a real, life book, but I do.

    I read Eight Cousins recently (last year) and really liked it. I didn’t know there was a sequel, and I will have to check it out, especially if it’s free for my Kindle.

  9. Haven’t read it yet, but I want to check out “How Shakespeare Changed Everything” by Stephen Marche. Heard about it on the radio and it sounds really interesting…all the ways Shakespeare’s work influences us today without us even knowing it.

  10. My favorite Alcott book was The Old Fashioned Girl! I loved that she could be pleased to be a wife and mother, aspire to be old fashioned and be a strong woman still!!
    I have had a slow month when it comes to reading, compared to last July, when I read over 50 books….
    It seems like my to-be read pile is higher this month as I have been busy with my sister’s wedding!
    However a couple of good books I have read – When Bad Christians happen to good people
    Never Without hope by Michelle Sutton- about a couple recovering after adultery.
    I also read a good one by Ann Shorey….

  11. I love my Kindle. Of course, I have no library access! It’s also great for traveling. We can put books for the whole family on there, and save on space.
    A couple of non-fiction books I would recommend are “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women WorldWide” and “A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman.” They are not easy reads, but I read them a little at a time. They are informative and will give you much to think about.

  12. This month i read The Sharper Your Knives the Less You Cry. Very interesting and easy reading. I liked it.
    I always get such good tips on books to read here, thanks!

  13. I haven’t read Little Women since I read The Woman Behind Little Women. It kind of put a whole new spin on things for me.

    I’ve been getting lost in some light reading.

  14. Thanks for the suggestions! : )

    We’ve really been enjoying Grace Livingston Hill books.

    I’m reading ‘The Girl from Montana’ and finished ‘Lo Michael” last month,excellent books. Christ’s message is woven throughout her books.

    There is a Grace Livingston Hill book club too that is kind of fun to check into on the web with a message board and works.

    My girls are older and they love the sweet messages woven throughout these books, so does my hubby. ‘Lo Michael’ would be good for boys and girls as many of her books.


  15. I read When I Lay My Issac Down by Carol J. Kent. This is an unbelievably hard book to read but has many, many good lessons for us. A well-known Christian speaker and author, Carol faced the unthinkable when her only son murdered his wife’s ex-husband and received a life sentence in prison with no chance for parole. I won’t tell you the rest of this true story…. just know it is well worth the time to read! I downloaded it free to my Kindle app on my iTouch and read it while taking my father to the doctor to hear he is terminally ill. I will definitely be laying my Issac down, too.