We’re in a busy season. Caleb is deployed, still. Meanwhile Hadden and I are just a few weeks away from our move to Ohio. If you’ve ever moved across the country, you know how much work is involved. There are endless To-Do lists. And if you’re ever done it without your spouse and with a two-year-old in tow, well, I’d love to know how many grey hairs you earned!
This seems like an unlikely time to be doing extra reading, but that’s exactly what I have been doing.
Since he’s given up his nap, I’ve instituted “quiet time” for Hadden. Each afternoon he plays in his room for 30 minutes or so while I regain my sanity. I usually consider using that time productively, to clean out a closet, make a phone call, or write. But each afternoon I find myself curled up with a book (or my iPad, for kindle reads). Late at night, with Hadden asleep next to me, I do the same.
In this busy season I’ve been craving silence and stories. I don’t have many words of my own to share right now. There hasn’t been enough time to process all of them. But I still need them. I love escaping into someone else’s story and to sit in (relative) silence for a half hour feels like a luxury. (Let’s be honest, when I read during “quiet” time, I still get interrupted a few times and I hear bumps and talking from the next room so it’s not actually silent!)
As always, I have been reading lots of blogs and articles. But today I’m sharing the books I’ve read during the past month and which books I’m reading next.
Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist
I’ve read two of Niequist’s other books (Bread & Wine and Bittersweet) and loved both of them. I was expecting to love this one as well, but, to be frank, I didn’t. This was Shauna’s first book and it felt like it. I wish I had started with this one and then moved on to the others.
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
I’m never sure where I land on the Young Adult genre and this was no exception. I enjoyed it, but it’s not one I would think to recommend.
Happier At Home by Gretchen Rubin
I skimmed over a few parts, but overall I loved this book. The former-psychology-major in me loved reading about her research and her experimentation. And, always the mark of a good book in my mind, I’ve been thinking back to specific parts and bringing it up in conversations.
Thirsting for God in a Land of Shallow Wells by Matthew Gallatin
I LOVED this one. Like Happier At Home, it has kept me thinking long after I finished it and has sparked good conversations with others.
This One is Mine by Maria Semple
Since I liked Where’d You Go, Bernadette? (also by Semple) I figured I would like this one. I was not expecting it to be so racy. The overall plot line kept me interested though!
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
I read this last year, but thought it was good enough to re-read. I’m waiting for the sequel to go on sale so I can read it too!
IN THE QUEUE:
Wearing God by Lauren Winner
Oh, how I love Lauren Winner’s writing. I’ve read and re-read her other books since I was first introduced to her seven or so years ago. My mom sent this, Winner’s latest book, in a care package and I’ve already liked the few pages I’ve read.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Friends recommended this and then it went on sale for Kindle so I snagged it. I know nothing about it, which sometimes is the best way to start a book.
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Since I loved Happier At Home, I’m guessing I’ll love Rubin’s original book!
- What have you been reading this spring? Have any recommendations?
- Have you read any of these before? What did you think?