August-September-October Books

The number of books I read this year is looking to be much lower than previous years. I wasn’t really aware of how much time homeschooling takes in a day, and how much I want/need a nap in the afternoon rather than reading. I also haven’t had many books that I want to read. I will read a bit and enjoy it, but I cannot keep with it. To everything there is a season…

21. The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan – this tells the author’s story of being diagnosed with breast cancer as a mother of two preschool-aged girls. It was sweet and sad, and I enjoyed reading it.

22. Stolen Innocence by Elissa Walls – my book club read this for October. It was the author’s story of growing up in the FLDS community, being forced to marry at the age of 14, and taking Warren Jeffs to trial. It was very interesting and a glimpse into this group and their twisted theology.

23. Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist – This is a collection of essays. Each one is short and thought-provoking. I cried reading a few of them, and I thoroughly enjoyed her essays on becoming a mother. I liked that each one was not related to the previous ones, so I could pick it up and read one or more at a time here and there.

24. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg – My friend, Corrie, recommended this book, and both Thomas and I enjoyed reading it. I am successfully breaking my dark chocolate chip habit (one week in!) and it has made me think through many of my habits and how to create different ones. The chapter on Target knowing way too much about its shoppers scared me a little. They knew I was pregnant when I was pregnant with Micah, even though I never registered there or signed up for anything. Some of the topics in the book are found in this article, by the author.

I feel like I am forgetting one, but I guess that happens when you don’t write anything down!
For the kids, I read aloud abridged versions of The Jungle Book, The Little Princess and The Secret Garden. We enjoyed all of them, especially The Little Princess. I highly recommend it! I can’t vouch for the unabridged version, but the abridged one was perfect for a four and six year old.

2 Responses to “August-September-October Books”

  1. leslie ness says:

    Rachel,

    I just requested The Power of Habit from the library- I’m hold number 26 so apparently it’s a popular book. I read the article that you linked to- it is fascinating and disconcerting! Like you mentioned, I face a daily temptation to nap in the afternoons when the kids are sleeping. I want to break this habit. Maybe the book will give me insights. However, my nap habit cemented itself when I started my 5:30 am exercise habit. So, I’m wondering if there are any behaviors that will actually just increase the number of hours in the day so that I can nap, exercise and still do the dishes (and read books)? Wishful thinking?

  2. rachel says:

    Perhaps the answer is a caffeine habit? My exercise habit has pushed my reading habit out the window as well. And if I am being honest with myself, my Call the Midwife and Parenthood habits have taken up some of my former reading time as well.