These past two months have flown by, and during them I’ve managed to do a good bit of reading. Here’s what I’ve enjoyed:
- How We Love by Milan and Kay Yerkovich. Steady Eddie heard an interview with the authors of this book and decided he needed to read it. He read it and recommended it highly to me, so of course I read it. I’ve read several marriage books over the years, and I have to say that this one has resonated in terms of its practicality the most. The Yerkoviches discuss the different “ways” of loving, and they narrow it down to a few categories: the Avoider, the Vacillator, the Pleaser, and the Controllor and Victim (these are known as the Chaotic Love Styles). A person’s love style is something acquired early in life through observation and experience during childhood, and this “intimacy imprint” has far-reaching impact into his or her adult life. This is something I’ve always known intuitively, so this book really gave me lots of evidence and examples to support that. A workbook is available to help couples put into practice the skills necessary to heal these relational deficits brought about by their individual styles; I think we’d do well to order it. I give this one a Highly Recommended. (WaterBrook, 2008)
- I purchased Carrie Rocha’s Pocket Your Dollars for my Kindle months ago when I saw it on sale on some FB group that we’re both a part of. Steady Eddie and I have some financial goals that we have made little progress in over the past seventeen years of our marriage, and this little book gave me a lot of insight into the power of our attitudes toward our finances. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Rochas’ story and Carrie’s can-do attitude. I have Victoria at Snail Pace Transformations to thank for reminding me via one of her blog posts that I even owned this book; her blog is another resource in my mental and emotional arsenal in trying to change my mindset about money. (Look! Carrie has a blog, too!) Highly Recommended if frugality is your thing or if it needs to be your thing! (Bethany House, 2012)
- A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck in audiobook. If you haven’t read Peck, do yourself a favor and read him ASAP. Richard Peck in audiobook is even more fun.
- A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck, also in audiobook. The sequel is just as poignant as its predecessor. Both of these books were re-reads, but oh how I love love them!
- Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. This was a re-read for me from years ago, but it made me cry more this time than the last time I read it–probably thanks to the fact that now I’m the mama of a girl approximately the same age as Sal in the book.
- Shabanu by Suzanne Fisher Staples. This is yet another re-read from my pre-blogging days. It was just as colorfully descriptive and shocking to my Western sensibilities as I remembered.
- Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt in audiobook. If I love Richard Peck, I adore Gary D. Schmidt. Don’t miss either one.
- “The President Has Been Shot!” by James L. Swanson in audiobook. Riveting.
- Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie Tolan. I enjoyed this one better than I expected to.
- The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt in audiobook. This might be my favorite piece of JF/YA literature ever. This one is yet another re-read because I love it so much.
- The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog by John R. Erickson. This seemed like the right read-aloud for the boys at the time. I’ll admit to not loving it; I think Hank translates much better to audiobook. The DLM hung in there, though, and we finished it, and I daresay he’d sit and listen to book two right now if given the chance. That’s a pretty good recommendation.
- Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery, a continuance of our Year of Anne. Not one of us–neither I, Lulu, nor Louise–consider this one a favorite. However, we do love Anne, and of course, this book does give us Rebecca Dew. It took us a long time to read it, but when we finished, I think we can all say we’re glad we revisited it.
I also shared a few picture books that we enjoyed in August and September in the following posts:
- Burt Dow, Deep Water Man by Robert McCloskey
- Some new titles, one of which I nominated for the Cybils!
The DLM listens to audiobooks daily, but I don’t even try to keep up with what he listens to. I do know that he discovered the Magic Treehouse books via audio this go-round. I’m not sure if I’m happy or sad about that. 😉
And that’s it! The next couple of months should be busy in terms of reading, and I already have a backlog of reviews to share (after I write them 😉 ), so stay tuned!