33. Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow – the ladies in my church have been going through this book this year. I really enjoyed reading it. I think the title is inappropriate for the content of the book, as the book is more about finding contentment. I highly recommend it to any ladies looking for a good book to read.
34. Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic – this little gem is probably the best book I’ve read all year and the best mothering book I’ve read in a while. I felt like the author read my mind and knows my sinful tendencies perfectly. I highly, highly recommend it. I want to buy it for all of my mom friends, it was that good. One of my favorite quotes:
“When Scripture says to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, it is not talking about finding the most effective way to organize them. This is a very easy trap to fall in, because the more children you have the more difficult it is to keep them clean and clothed and fed. Just the basics are a full-time job…. Christian childrearing is a pastoral pursuit, not an organizational challenge. The more children you have, the more you need to be pastorally minded.”
35. Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen – not sure where I saw this recommended, but I gave it a try. It was really trite and the writing got on my nerves a few times, but it was a really cute story with some unexpected twists. Great light reading for nursing sessions.
36. Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath – Thomas was reading this, and it sounded interesting, so I read it too. It is about what makes some ideas stick and why others fail. I learned a lot that will make me a better teacher to Bud and in childbirth and breastfeeding classes. It also makes sense why Speedy’s birth story seems to precede me everywhere I go!
37. Heads You Lose by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward – I thoroughly enjoyed Lisa Lutz’s Spellman Files series of books last year, and I was so excited to hear she had a new book out. She wrote this murder mystery with her ex-boyfriend, each writing a chapter and then the other writing another chapter. Their footnotes in the writing to each other were hilarious. I laughed so much that I kept waking up Speedy while I was nursing.
And I’m going to count our read-aloud books of the summer, since they are real books and not just kiddie ones (I have not ever counted our read-alouds, but I enjoyed these and found myself reading ahead.)
38. The Magician’s Nephew
39. The Voyage of the Dawn Treador (twice)
40. The Silver Chair
41. The Horse and His Boy
(Bud listened to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.)