Now that summer is here, I hope to get in some grown up books. These books are on my To Read List: Hands Free Life, Fear and Faith, Do These Jeans Make Me Look Fat, Made to Crave, The Most Effective Way to Lead, 40 Days of Decrease, Beowulf, I am Malala (the adult version), Hold Me Like a Breath, Where I Am, and the Copper Gauntlet.
I have to say, it was a complete failure.
For whatever reason....laziness, unmotivated, busy with other things......I didn't read much of my summer reading list.
Here's my newest update.....
Last year, I joined in the 52 Books in 52 Weeks reading challenge. I read 14 amazing books. This year, I have now completed 14 books. Yes! I have met my reading list from last year, so there is room to blow right past it!
For those of you looking for a few good books to read (or want to add to your kids' reading list), here's what I've completed in 2016 so far:
A book that cost less than $1
I cheated a bit. This book actually cost $1. I loved it so much. It was a life changer for how I view my ever-changing body compared to how Christ views me.
A book given to me
This book was given to me by one of our church members. She thought I might enjoy it, and she was so right. There are so many things I have been able to use in conversation and Sunday school. Billy Graham says things so much better than I ever could...right, Leslie?
A book in a genre I don't typically read
The Iron Trial was a recommendation by a student in my class. He is really into stuff like this. I promised him I would read it. I did, and it wasn't too bad. I actually have the second book in my bag to read this summer.
A book recommended by someone I just met
One of my new students was reading If I Stay as her AR book. I asked her if it was any good, and she said yes, and then she told me I should read it. I really liked the book. I watched the movie and did the ugly cry even though I knew what was going to happen.
A book with a title that describes my life
LOVE this book. LOVE a good pair of jeans. LOVE Jesus.
A book with a blue cover
I used this book in lit circles with my fifth graders. I read it beforehand and fell in love with it. The jaw dropping ending really got me. Loved the movie too. Be sure you read the book before you watch the movie!
I am fascinated by Malala's story. After reading this, I used it for lit circles in my classroom. My students loved it. It was a wake up call for them because they had such a hard time believing that children in some countries aren't allowed an education like they are.
A book based in my town
The setting of this book is my hometown. Our librarian used this book in her Battle of the Books program a few years ago, and I fell in love with it. All church goers (young and old) need to read this. Its a story of forgiveness and how God works through all things.
A book I haven't read since high school
I had forgotten how good this book was. I love that it is referenced in so many other pieces of literature.
A book I've already read at least once
This is another book used in our Battle of the Books program. To Kill a Mockingbird is referenced in this book, you'll have to read it to find out why. I've always loved this book, but this year, after I completed it as a read aloud in my classroom, one of my autistic students said that he really liked it because it helps you understand how people think differently. Score one for the teacher!
A book published this year
A fellow Five Minute Friday Retreat friend wrote this wonderful book about trusting God even if He doesn't answer our prayers the way we want. For anyone who has had trouble trusting Him, read this book. Some people are bothered by the fact that Kaitlyn didn't go into extreme details in some of her stories, however, I don't think she needed to. I think we can all relate no matter what.
A book that's under 150 pages
This is an older book that I love and use as a read aloud in my classroom. It touches on bullying in a way that all of my students can relate. I love that it reinforces 2 facts: A) If you don't step up and stop bullying, you are just as guilty B)Bullying has negative effects
A book written from a child's perspective
This is another book I used as a read aloud in class. I love this book for so many reasons. It is actually told from the perspective of a classroom of children and demonstrates the love their teacher had for them and the love they had for him.
A book thats more than 600 pages
I thought reading War and Peace was going to kill me! It took almost a year, but I did it though. I was proud of myself for not giving up although I wanted to at times. I was so excited about the mini series until they cancelled it right in the middle.
If you payed close attention, you'll see that I only added two books from my last update. However, I've add many more books to my TO READ LIST! Stacked up are Giddy Up, Eunice, Triggers, Uninvited, and One of the Few. So many books! Where to start?
What have you been reading lately?