Booking It with Mandi Ehman, Kristen Welch, and Andrew Peterson

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Are you Booking It this year? Yesterday we discussed the “assigned” reading of the month, The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. Today we’re sharing all the reading we’ve done over the last month.

I’m actually surprised at how much reading I did. I credit a lot of it to owning a Kindle. Not only does the Kindle make it very easy to carry many books around with me, but it also keeps track of my place in my reading as well as shows me my progress through the book. Looking at the bottom of the screen to see that I’m 20% finished is much less daunting than seeing that I have 100’s of pages until the end. And sometimes the reading goes faster than I expected.

An added bonus is that I’m not having to wait for the library to get free books or pay for books to own. Almost everything that I’ve downloaded to the Kindle has been absolutely free. Cool!

How to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too

Last month I told you about my friend Mandi’s book on balance and being a work-at-home mom: How to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too.

This was a very timely book for me. I quit full-time “work” fourteen years ago when my first child was born. And for the bulk of these past years, I have focused solely on home and children and been quite happy to do so.

Over the last year or two, however, I’ve had writing opportunities come my way that hubs and I both thought would be good to pursue. My childhood dream was to be a writer. And so, I’ve become a work-at-home mom. It’s been a new journey and one that has surprised me in many ways.

That said, I’ve appreciated the insights Mandi has shared in pursuing your passions and still being an intentional mother.

Per Laura’s suggestion last month, I emailed my pdf copy of the book to my kindle so that I could take it with me. While the print was a little tinier than I had expected on the Kindle, it was great to be able to read it anywhere I pleased.

Don’t Make Me Come Up There!

Don’t Make Me Come Up There by Kristen Welch was a book that I was able to download from Kindle. What a great read! I laughed out loud, many, many times. I cried, too.

While Kristen’s blog has been there for the taking, I’ve not been a regular reader until very recently. Apparently, I’ve been missing out on a wealth of depth and understanding and compassion. I really enjoyed Kristen’s devotional for moms. Two thumbs up. And I look forward to following her return trip to Kenya.

(By the way, all the proceeds from her book and blog go to Mercy House, a pregnancy care center for young girls in Africa.)

Update: 6/11 – 8 am: Please pray for Kristen. I just found out that she was hospitalized last night with severe kidney issues. They are supposed to leave for Africa this afternoon.

The Monster in the Hollows

The Monster in the Hollows by Andrew Peterson was an amazing ride. I read through it basically twice, once ahead of my children and then once with them. Yes, I read ahead. That’s considered almost a sin at our house, but I did.

And I’d do it again.

Can’t recommend this series of books enough. At first glance, they are children’s books. But, can I just say that FishPapa, who generally scorns fiction of all kinds, stayed up late on a number of occasions, reading the first two books? ‘Nuf said.

You can read my recent review of it here.

What have YOU been reading lately?

Disclosure: I received review copies of both How to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too and The Monster in the Hollows by Andrew Peterson. However, I truly believe they are both great books. My opinions are my own.

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  1. Molly says

    I finished the first Wingfeather Saga book last night and it was great. Thank you for the recommendation!

  2. Ive been reading Growing Strong Daughters by Lisa McMinn. I can’t say enough good things about this book. Highly recommended reading!

  3. Those sound like fun books, especially Don’t Make me Come up There. I’ll have to check out her blog.

    The most fun thing I read was The Sweetness at the Bottom of the pie which has a precocious eleven year old as the heroine. It was so enjoyable, and it’s not for children!

    You can see everything that I read here:

  4. Well, here’s the link to my review of what I consider to be the most fun book I’ve read yet in 2011. Right up there with Guernsey Literary last year…

  5. I just started Kirsten Welch’s book on my Kindle. I’ve been doing a lot of reading this past month and this is what I have been reading

  6. I’ve really enjoyed ‘Mitten Strings to God’ and have loved Grace Livingston Hill books as wonderful daily perks. Many of them are fit for read aloud time for families. The gospel is artfully and gracefully woven through her books but not whimpy in the least. My daughters are enjoying them too.

    Thank you for your suggestions, those look like some great books! : )

    My husband loves ‘Pilgrims Progress’, that would make a great read aloud story for the family! Such truths in that book, just as relevant for today.


  7. I am reading a lot of classics this year…here is my post

  8. I recently read Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe by Todd Wilson – very good read.

  9. I read 14 books this month. You can see the list here:

    And, for the pdf documents on your Kindle – you can change the direction of the text to be along the wide part of the screen and it will give you bigger print.

    Dr. Laura

  10. I read three books this month, Finding Your Purpose as a Mom, Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad, and The Silver Chair. They were all great! I’m looking forward to reading about what everyone else has read.
    Here’s a link to my post:

  11. I read a few books this month, but the only ones that seemed worth a mention were by Grace Livingston Hill:

  12. I read Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge:
    I’m also working my way through Don’t Make Me Come Up There! I am really enjoying it.

  13. Carri says

    I am reading The Gift of an Ordinary Day. I really like it.

  14. Reading some hard things this year, as I desire to continue to grow through some very difficult circumstances. But I’m also trying to make sure I do some lighter reading too 🙂

  15. I loved The Glass Castle and Unplanned, which I wrote about here:
    I also read The Forgotten Garden since I wrote that post and loved it. It’s hard to have a 550 page book that you can’t put down when your kids are on summer vacation but I did it and it was great!!

  16. I know this post is late, but I wanted to link up anyway! I finished “The Ragamuffin Gospel” recently.

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