As always, my reading goals for January were lofty. January 2015 hasn’t been as reading-friendly as past Januarys have been, but that’s okay. I am pleased to report that this month I have achieved a couple of my reading goals, with a wildcard thrown in for good measure. 🙂
- I read/listened to (and LOVED) Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. You can read more about why I loved it here.
- On a whim, I read The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst. Whim reading is one of the reasons I like my Kindle (and simultaneously it’s one of the reasons I don’t like it–I end up spending more money on books than I’d usually spend 😉 ). Anyway, one reason this month hasn’t been quite as productive reading-wise is that I’ve had a pretty big and important decision to make and thus have had a lot on my mind. While the decision isn’t a bloggable one, I do want to report that reading this book helped clarify some things for me. It’s nothing really earth-shattering, but Terkeurst asks some tough questions and then asks her reader to ask those same questions to herself. Having read one of Terkeurst’s books before, I knew it would be an easy read written in a conversational tone, but that’s just what I needed. She really made me consider all sides of the decision I had to make, which is something I have a hard time doing, especially as it relates to things I’m committing myself to. Too, this time of the year I find myself really thinking ahead to our next year of homeschooling. Opportunities abound for homeschoolers, even here in our little corner of Alabama, so I needed this little voice of reason to remind me to keep our goals, our priorities, and yes, my sanity, utmost in my mind as we plan for next year. I give this one a Highly Recommended for the right person at the right time.
- I was determined to get to my TBR Pile Challenge book for January, How to Live on 24 Hours a Day by Arnold Bennett. As I detail in my challenge post, all of these books are ones I’ve had on my Kindle for a while. I believe I first heard of this book at The Common Room blog (quote here, and lots of other places) and was intrigued by it. As is indicated by both this book and The Best Yes, I am actively looking for ways to “balance” (and I use that term somewhat tongue-in-cheek) the various aspects of my life. Well, this book really didn’t help me do that. Bennett does have some entertaining and thought-provoking things to say about the nature of time itself, and he is 100% British in the way he says it. That was fun. However, I can’t say that this is a book that really helped me figure anything out. It’s a short book, or otherwise I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have finished it. Your mileage may vary, of course. 🙂
That’s all I’ve finished. Well, that’s not completely true: I have some read-alouds to share, but Read Aloud Thursday comes around this Thursday, so come back then to find out how I’ve spent most of my reading time this month!
And now for what’s coming up. I have a couple of things in progress right now:
- I’m reading The Windy Hill by Cornelia Meigs for January’s Newbery Through the Decades Challenge. I hope to finish it this week!
- I’m listening to The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, narrated by Norman Dietz, via OneClick Digital while I walk (which I do very inconsistently) or putter about in the kitchen. I enjoyed Dietz’s narration of Huck Finn so much, and since I have The Prince and the Pauper on my Classics Club list, I thought, why not? So far, I’m really enjoying it!
- I’m very hesitant to even mention this since I’m already days and days behind in my reading, but I am attempting to read the Bible through chronologically this year. I’m using The Narrated Bible in NIV, and I’ve been surprised at how much I’ve enjoyed reading great swaths of narrative with no verse markings. Anyway, I HOPE to catch up and keep up! (Carrie’s #10 in her 2014 Reading Year post really inspired me.)
As for what I hope to read, well, we’ll see. 🙂 What’s noticably absent from this post are a L.M. Montgomery Reading Challenge book and Cybils finalists. I planned to read Emily’s Quest for the LMM Challenge but finally figured this wasn’t the year for it. (Don’t worry–a LMM book will make an appearance for this month’s RAT!) I still have hope for some Cybils middle grade fiction finalists, or at least one. 🙂 One book I do intend to read is Chasing China: A Daughter’s Quest for Truth by Kay Bratt for the TBR Pile Challenge.
I also plan to keep up with my Newbery Through the Decades Challenge each month. I will post what I plan to read for it on February 1. 🙂
I try not to box myself in too much. I find that when life gets hectic (as it so often is!), I enjoy a little bit of wiggle room in my reading plans.
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