Books Read in July 2016

I read a fair amount in July, including a book series! In total, I completed five books this month.

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The first book I read is The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I read this book for school eons ago and when I saw it at the library, I decided to give it a re-read. Plath has a raw writing style that grating, captivating, and powerful.

The book series I read was the Bride Quartet Series by Nora Roberts. I read all four books. There a few things that I pointedly didn’t like the book. The first thing I didn’t like was the repeated use of the Lord’s Name in vain. it was J this, or J C that and it upset me that a different word couldn’t have been chosen to relate the same sentiment.

The second thing I didn’t like was the sexual content. This is one of the reasons I stick to love-inspired romances. It is possible to inject romance and love into a book without all the semi-graphic sex. Now, Nora Roberts is new to me but apparently this is how most of her books are. If I had know that, I wouldn’t have started the series.

The third thing I had issue with was the fact that the book needs better editing. This series is one of her older novels I would imagine/hope that her later novels are better written and edited.

So what kept me reading? The character development. Roberts does a great job developing her characters. The series revolves around four long-time friends who own a bridal service. Each book focuses on one of those women; however, all the women are woven through all the storylines. And so do their men. She does such a marvelous job with keeping the reader engaged with the characters that I overlooked the other issues and read all four books. having said that, I will not be reading any more of her books.

Right now, I am reading a book called The Incubated Author: 10 Steps to Start a Movement. I am not in far enough to make an honest judgement of the book, however, so I will keep my comments until next month’s round-up. πŸ™‚

What are you reading? Do share!

Books Read in June 2016

Books read in June 2016

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For June, I went on a Debbie Macomber kick and read three of her books from the Rose Harbor Novel book series:

Rose Harbor in Bloom

Love Letters

Silver Linings

Of the three, Silver Linings is my favorite but I enjoyed them all. They are quick, predictable, easy reads that are perfect for summer reading. πŸ™‚

I also read the book Aromatherapy Revealed: How to Use Essential Oils for Everyday Living. I have been hearing about the wonders of essential oils and so I read this book because I think I am going to buy some essential oils soon.

For July, I am reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I actually have started the book but I am only on page 72 so I am considering this a July book. I read it a long time ago for school and when I was at the library recently the cover caught my eye so I thought I would re-read it.

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Books Read in May 2016

Well, I didn’t read much in May. In fact, I read almost nothing at all, especially compared to last month. This is partly because there were a lot of scriptures for May’s bible study (which was a good thing!) and partly because I wasn’t particularly motivated to read. Not sure why that is, but it is what it is.

Books Read in May 2016

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In any case, here are the three books that I read this month:

Next: How to Start a Successful Business That’s Right for You and Your Family. As a business book, it is okay; however, as an inspirational and encouraging book, it terrific.

The New St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism (No 2). I have been working on this with Andrew in his home school.

The Way of a Pilgrim. I am not quite done with this book I am including it any way. πŸ™‚ It is a beautiful book and I will be doing a separate review on this book once I am finished.

As for June, I don’t have any specific books I am going to read but I want to read at least four books. What about you? What books have you been reading lately?

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Books Read in April 2016

In spite of the crazy month of April, I managed to read A LOT. This is because I was able to take advantage of the many snippets of wait time that I had, especially while Andrew was a soccer practice and CCD or waiting to hear about Michael.

Books Read in April 2016

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Plain Paradise by Beth Wiseman. Good book! It is a part of a series of books that includes Plain Pursuit.

Plain Pursuit by Beth Wiseman. I think I liked this even better than Plain Paradise! I got both of these books from the library and I am so glad that I did.

A Dream of Miracles by Ruth Reid. There are some good points to this story but, sadly, I didn’t enjoy this book that much. I gave the book two (2) stars in my review which you can read here.

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. I have been wanting to read this book for a while and finally got a chance! It was pretty good. You can read my review of the book here.

Family Affair by Debbie Macomber. This is a sweet book. I really enjoyed this story.

Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia. I read this with Andrew. It was one of his history books but we would up reading it for pleasure, too. It is a good book!

The Secret by Beverly Lewis. I used to be a fan of her books but now I just find them a little over the top. I just couldn’t get into this book and wound up just turning the pages to get it done.

Salad Recipes: Super foods Kale. It was free so I snagged a copy because I keep hearing how good kale is. I’ve used it in a few smoothie recipes but this book also has recipes for salads and main dishes that I want to try.

Fast and Easy Clean Eating Cookbook by Heather Choate. This book as some good looking recipes that I want to try. The tone of the book is a little dry and repetitive but there are good suggestions on going organic on a budget, and how to easily incorporate clean eating into your diet.

For Mercie’s Sake by Sharon Srock. In some ways, this book is very sad but also inspiring.

How to Say No: 10 Steps to Saying No by Matthew Lewis Browne. This book was okay. There was a lot of repetition but there were some snippets of takeaways.

Looking at this list, I have a little bit of a theme: Amish love-inspired novels and cookbooks. LOL! What have you been reading lately? Do share in the comments!

As for May, I don’t have any specific book planned, and I doubt I will read as much as I did this month!, but I do want to try and read at least a few books. We will see what happens. πŸ™‚

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Books Read in March 2016

March was the opposite of February. I actually didn’t get much reading done. However, I am just happy that I got any reading done! In any case, here is what I’ve read:

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1. The Power of Broke by Daymond John. I LOVED this book. You can read my review here.

2. The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace. I am reading this as part of a book study I am doing with some friends from the homeschooling co-op. We are getting ready to discuss chapter seven (aff). All I can say about this book is that it is CHALLENGING in so many ways!

3. The Power of Intent by Tom Meitner. This book was pretty good. My review for this book will be published tomorrow (Thursday).

Of course, I also have been reading the Mercy Bible Study. For April, I do not have any specific books in mind. I will keep up with the bible/book study and I’m sure I will find some books to read. I always do!

What are you reading this month?

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Books Read in February 2016

If you read Monday’s post, you know that last week was CRAZY, and now I feel so behind! That is why I am getting this post out in the 2nd week of March instead of the 1st. πŸ™‚

Books Read in February 2016

Amazingly, I did a fair amount of reading in February:

Trim Healthy Mama – very good!

An Amish Year – very good, too.

Choosing Joy – Like I wrote in the post, this one is a MUST READ

How to Get Honest Reviews – This is an excellent book that I hope to implement soon.

The Healing of Families – I’m still not sure how I feel about this book. There were a lot of good points but there were also some areas where I questioned the theology. I need to process this book a little more before making a final judgement.

Feels Like Love: A Snow Valley Romance – This is a Christmas story and although I know Christmas is over, I read it anyway. It is a cute and clean romance story.

Sugar Detox: Uncovering the Guide to a Healthier Lifestyle… – There were a lot of problems in this book including way too much repetition. It also read too much like a commercial. The concept is good and I have personal experience with sugar as an addictionΒ  and the few recipes at that end that I tried were good but not enough to recommend the book.

How I Sold 80,000 Books – Got lots of great marketing ideas from this book!

Book Publishing for Beginners – This book is okay. There are some good ideas but, and I hate to write this, it was kind of boring. It was basically a play-by-play of a few of his book launches without much else. I wouldn’t recommend this book either.

Yes, I really read all thoseΒ  nine books this month! Several of those books weren’t very long and I had lots of “pockets” of time where I was able to read for a bit.

Books I’m Planning to Read in March

I am not planning to do much reading in March, per se, unless I have unexpected reading time like I did in February. But here are the few (Not including the bible study):

The Power of Broke – I am reading this for the Blogging for Books review program

The Excellent Wife – I am reading this with some fellow homeschooling moms as a book study. So far, it has been very challenging – in a good way!

Living with Intent: How to Choose Joy and Success, and Change Your Life in 7 Days – I found the book free on Amazon and decided to check it out. The title is certainly interesting. πŸ™‚

What are you reading this month? Do share!

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Choosing Joy When it Seems Impossible

I don’t do book reviews on this blog anymore but I must tell you about the book Choose Joy. It is co-written by Sara Frankl and Mary Carver and if you read just one book this year, read this one.

Choose Joy

For over 20 years Sara Frankl suffered from a rare autoimmune disease, causing her chronic pain and slowly depiliating her body until she passed away in 2011. If there was one person who had a right to complain, be angry and/or become bitter it would be Sara.

Instead, she choose to live in love, and not to let her sufferings define who she is. She choose joy. She choose the impossible. She choose to live her life as is and that is a lesson that we can all learn (or remember).

This book inspired me, challenged me, and touched me deeply. I have no doubt it will do the same for you. GO READ THIS BOOK. πŸ™‚

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Books Read in January 2016

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Books Read in January 2016

I decided for 2016 that I am going to be a little more intentional in the books that I read. I plan to read at least one book on marriage and one book related to writing or business per month plus continue with book reviews. All in all, I will probably read fewer books this year but I am okay with that. I am going for quality over quantity here.

In that vein, I’ve completed three books in January:

greensmoothies

Green Smoothies: This was for a book review and the recipes in this book are delicious! If you like smoothies and/or juicing, or just curious about juicing, you may want to take a peek at this book.

Writing with Power

Writing with Power by Peter Elbow: This volume is chock-full of ideas and techniques for writing well and quickly. Elbow outlines several versions of the writing process and the editing process. A must read for any author/writer.

Better Forever

Better Forever by Gregory Popcak: One of the best books on marriage that I’ve read in a long time. This book is great for those who are engaged and for those who have been married a long time.

Of course, I’ve also read the introduction for the Mercy Bible Study I blogging through.

Books I’m Reading in February

The Healing of Families

How to Get Honest Reviews

An Amish Year

What books are you reading this month? Do share in the comments!

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Books Read in December 2015 and Reading Plans for the New Year

As predicted, I didn’t read very much in December. In fact, all the books I read I already posted in the list of

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books I read in November. I did, however, finish reading The Author’s Quick Guide to Marketing Your Book Online and Off (aff link).

I am giving myself grace, though, because all in all, I did read about 40 books in 2015. Not bad, if you ask me. πŸ™‚

As for the books for 2016, I don’t have any specific books lined up yet except for two books that I am waiting to receive in order to read and review. I would love to read 52 books this year which would be one book per week but I am not going to put unnecessary pressure on myself.

Thus, my goal will be to read two books per month which is 24 books for the year. One of those books will be a book on marriage and the other book will be a business or writing book. I will also be working through a bible study so I am counting that as a book, too. πŸ™‚

Having written that, I’m pretty positive I am going to read more books but I want to make my goal doable and whatever other books I read will be a bonus. πŸ™‚

How about you? What are your reading goals for the new year? Do share in the comments!

Books Read in November 2015

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I didn’t get to read that many books in November, just the ones I promised to read and review, but at least I was able to get some reading done. Here are the books I have read:

Books Read in November 2015

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Intentional Living. This book is full of wonderful advice. I took my time with it and I’m glad I did. I gave the book 4 stars in my review.

Your Daily Brain. Sadly, I was not a fan of this book. There was no real depth and it didn’t really give any real insights into how the brain works. I gave it 2 stars in my review.

H3 Leadership. I loved this book! It is full of actionable advice, it is written well, and it has lots of real-world examples that were interesting and relatable. I gave the book 4 stars.

Semi-Serious. This book is interesting and I enjoyed reading how the author went from a school teacher to a truck driver. My biggest issue was in how the book was organized because she kept interrupting her narrative with poems and prayers which, although good in and of themselves, they detracted from the story. I have the book 3 stars in my review.

Books I’m Reading in December 2015

Since we are almost half way through December, I’ve already read a couple of books which I will be including here:

Santa is Coming to the Jersey Shore. This is such a fun book! I gave it 4 stars in my review.

Money Making Mom. If you have read my blog at all, you know I am a fan of Crystal Paine. This is her latest book and I loved it. I gave it 5 stars.

City of Saints. “A Pilgrimage to John Paul II’s Krakow”

T’was the Night Before Christmas. Of course! It is a tradition for us to read this book every Christmas Eve just like it is for many families.

Author’s Quick Guide to Marking Your Book Online and Off. I am not sure if I will get to this because because of the craziness of getting ready for Christmas but I will try!

What books have you read recently? What are you planning to read next? Tell me in the comments. πŸ™‚

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