Thursday, March 12, 2015

What I'm Reading

I love to read. I come from parents who are always reading and married into a family that loves to read. Both of our kids caught the reading bug. We just gave our daughter three books for her birthday and she was thrilled.

Even though I am in temporary housing right now while we wait to move into a house, I still have quite a large stack of books with me.

Book review time!

The top item is my Kindle. Hubby gave that to me for my birthday a few years ago and I have enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. My Kindle is perfect to take on a plane.

I've been trying to read Pride and Prejudice that was a free download (a lot of the classics are). I say trying to read because I find the style of writing difficult to understand. I might not finish it and just opt to watch the movie. ha. Queued up to read next on my Kindle is a book my sister gave me called, Extreme Grandparenting: The Ride of Your Life! I figured I better get to reading that since the granddaughter is due to be born soon! I also bought Sophie Hudson's (She blogs at Boo Mama) book Home is Where My People Are: The Road That Lead Us to Where we Belong. 

Next in my stack of books is one called Hansi the Girl Who Left the Swastika. I bought and read this book when we lived in Singapore. The author, Maria Ann Hirschmann, spoke at the church we attended. I even got the book autographed by the author. :)
The author writes about her life, orphaned, raised by a foster family in Czechoslovakia, then joining the Nazi Youth. She writes about her devotion to the Nazi party. She writes about her conversion to Christianity. I remember when she spoke at our church in Singapore she said you can believe wholeheartedly in something, but just because you believe it doesn't make it true. Good book.

Next in my stack of books is one I read out loud to my hubby. It's called The Melody Lingers On, by J.L. McDonald. Mr. McDonald was my hubby's boss for a number of years in Missouri and then in Singapore.  Mr. McDonald and his sweet wife have been married for 50 years. He wrote the book to mark that milestone. For every year, he picked a song that reminded him of that year and his wife and what they went through. It is the sweetest thing I have read in a long time. He even included three CDs with all the songs.

Next in my stack of books is My Life in France by Julia Child. It's an autobiography about when Julia and her husband, Paul lived in France and then a couple of other places in Europe and how she started her passion of French cooking. I really enjoyed the book. My perception of Julia Child is mainly based on the skits from Saturday Night Live. She's a much more interesting person than I thought! I've watched a few of her TV shows on YouTube. I might be a little more ready to try some of her recipes.

I haven't read the next four books yet.  I found recommendations for them mostly on other blogs. I picked the book on the bottom at the bookstore because I love anything Francine Rivers writes.

Many years ago I started writing a list of all the books I read each year. I was writing them on a document on a computer. It seemed like every couple of years, we'd upgrade the computer and I would loose my list. Several years ago I bought this journal from Target to record the books I've read.

As you can see, some years I stick to only a couple of authors. I like to read a series all in a row.

I always have a book I am reading. It's a great escape and a great way to learn new things.


  1. I love the journal idea for keeping record of books read. Happy reading, my friend!

  2. I'm always on the lookout for books to read (or listen to as I listen to audiobooks while I quilt/sew). I've added a couple of yours to my list.