Monday, January 21, 2008

Recent Reads

Those of you who know me, know that I LOVE to read. I am constantly reading magazines, listening to books on tape, or at the library getting new books. I read while I'm brushing my teeth, using the facilities, taking a bath, eating get the picture! I tend to read mainly fiction books, but occasionally venture into non-fiction. The problem that I have discovered with getting motivated to read non-fiction books is that I feel smarter merely by buying them and putting them on my shelves! Almost like I learn through osmosis. As a result I have a lot of really good titles sitting on my shelves that make me feel smart or make me a better person just by looking at them! Anyone else have this problem? 

Recently I have been reading a couple of non-fiction books that I'm enjoying so far. The first is Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas. I started reading this book last night and it seems pretty good. The premise is that marriage is not for our happiness and romance only, it is primarily designed to make us holy. A very different perspective than one we are given these days. So far it looks a lot at how loving our spouse can help deepen our love for God. So far very interesting. I'm only about 50 pages into it, so I'll let you know what I think when I am finished. Looks like it will be one of those "convicting" books! 

Another book that I'm reading is called The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. It was lent to my by one of my teacher-friends, but as a mother I am finding it very motivating! It talks about how to read-aloud to kids, why, and gives some new ideas on how to connect stories with everyday life.

This weekend I finished a fiction book Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos. This was a beautiful novel about families and love. The author has a different rhythm to her writing that took a little getting used to, but I really liked once I got used to it. The author was very descriptive and almost poetical. One of my favorite quotes from the book was "Maybe love comes in at the eyes, but not nearly as much as it comes in at the ears". An interesting thought.

What have you been reading lately? Anything really great, fiction or non? 

P.S I've signed up for goodreads...and will post a little button on the sidebar for it as soon as I figure out how!


Anonymous said...

I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver over Christmas. It was fantastic. It's about a family who moves to a farm in Virginia and decides to only eat what they can buy locally for an entire year. She does a great job of mixing stories, personal experience, etc. with with more journalistic essays that educate you on appropriate topics. I enjoyed her writing style so much that I think I'll go find some of her other stuff to read.

I'm about to read Persuasion by Jane Austen. We're doing a little online book club discussion, if you're interested.

I read all the time, too, by the way. I'm famous for asking my kids to fetch me my "nursing book--" whatever book I've designated to read while I nurse the baby. They always know exactly which one I'm reading at the time.

Shari said...

I'm so excited to have won the contest!!! How did you know I was craving chocolate. Can't wait to see what I won. Fun contest. Good luck couponing. I am reading some elizabeth berg books now. I heard she has quite a few so that should keep me busy.

Anonymous said...

I'm working on some classics i just finished...secret garden, pride and prejudice, around the world in 80 days, anne of green gables, and am tring to get into the time machine but so far VERY borring! I might be changing paths here soon.

I noticed the sacred marriage book in your house and agree it was a GREAT book but definately a different and awesome way to look at marriage.

Mostly though I read curious george books, Bible stories, and fairy tales:)


Kim said...

Barbara Kingsolver is a great writer. I have read two of her books and loved every page. I have been wanting to read her latest. Other favorites are Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner.

My non-fiction that is sitting on my shelf is "1491" about how developed Native American civilizations were pre-Europeans. It's good, but academic.

For great kids' book recommendation (by age, genre, topics, etc.) go to

Great blog!!!

Kim said...

"The Amateur Marriage" by Anne Tyler

If anyone does a book club, this would be a great one to discuss with other women.

Amber said...

Serina, I too read AVM by Kingsolver. Very interesting and inspiring. I thought it was interesting to read when the veggies and fruits are in season and how they grow. It's sad we don't already know those things!


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I am a sinner who has been chosen by God and redeemed by the death and resurrection of his son Jesus. I am a full-time wife and mom, though I hope to someday return to my job as an SLP. I love photography, coffee, reading, and adoption. I hate to clean, but sometimes do it anyway!
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