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what i read : april 2015

May 1, 2015

This month I started letting some things go to get my stress level down (see my last post) and although reading is definitely still part of my life it obviously took a back seat in April. Only one (and a half) books finished! Oh well. The Magician King by Lev Grossman – this is the second in this modern fantasy series and it was just as good or better than the first. Definitely not your typical middle-of-a-trilogy slump. (5 stars) The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku – this nonfiction book about technological advances regarding understanding and manipulating the power of the mind was for book club, and I wasn’t able to finish because I had to return it to the…
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tips for raising your spirited child

April 16, 2015

I don’t read a lot of parenting books. I know there isn’t one certain parenting style that “works” and so every book written on the subject will have things in it that I can take or leave. But with Meredith at age 3, I needed help. (I still need help.) So last year I read Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka and it was incredibly insightful. Here is a summary of the book and the notes I took. This post is pretty long and I considered breaking it up into parts but ultimately I thought it would be more helpful to have it all in one place. If you have a spirited child, you will definitely want to read this! What is…
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what i read : march 2015

April 7, 2015

This month in reading I finished two audiobooks (yay road trips), my book club book, and one faith-based book I was reading for a small group Bible study. Glad the audiobooks picked up my slack! In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides – I made a happy discovery that my husband recently acquired several audiobooks on Audible that I want to read. He read listened to this one first and couldn’t stop raving about it to anyone who would listen, so it jumped to the top of my list. It is a true survival story about an ill-fated journey to find the north pole back in the late 19th century. It’s strange to think about now, but they actually thought…
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what i read : march 2015

April 7, 2015

This month in reading I finished two audiobooks (yay road trips), my book club book, and one faith-based book I was reading for a small group Bible study. Glad the audiobooks picked up my slack! In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides – I made a happy discovery that my husband recently acquired several audiobooks on Audible that I want to read. He read listened to this one first and couldn’t stop raving about it to anyone who would listen, so it jumped to the top of my list. It is a true survival story about an ill-fated journey to find the north pole back in the late 19th century. It’s strange to think about now, but they actually thought…
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what i read : february 2015

March 3, 2015

The Strong-Willed Child by Dr. James Dobson : I have a lot of caveats for this book, and I’m not prepared to get into a discussion about the “right” way to discipline, but this book did help me to realize that we needed to firm up our methods of disciplining and to be consistent about what we do/when we do it. (3 stars) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline : Just SO much fun. I had heard high reviews of this one but I admit that for some reason I thought it was nonfiction so it didn’t interest me as much. When I got it in the mail for postal book club, I was so excited to see that it’s fiction! And it’s fast-paced, smart,…
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