I’ve been trying to get some reading time in lately and I’ve really enjoyed it! There is nothing like being encouraged by a good book, and feeling refreshed in that area you need a boost in!
You might notice a lot of these are from the library. I tend to only buy books for myself that I know I will read over and over again. Since we are blessed with a really good library system I can find a lot of books there!
Sparkly Green Earrings – I found this book in the Christian book store and requested it because the Pioneer Woman endorsed it. I almost didn’t start reading it, but I’m so glad I did! If you are in the heart and soul moment of mothering a baby, this is a book for you. I literally laughed and cried for 2 hours while I read this book on a trip. My children kept asking what was wrong with me.
The book is a little more sarcastic and up to date on modern life (like tv shows that I don’t know about), but I could so relate to her story of pregnancy and birth, and tending to her little baby. As a mother of a fussy baby I appreciated the first half of the book. She puts her daughter in preschool at 2, and is not a homeschooling mother, so while I am close to finishing the book it was really the first half that spoke to me.
Mama Needs A Do-Over, Simple Steps to Turning A Hard Day Around – I have enjoyed reading Lisa Pennington’s blog, so I’m looking forward to this book! It looks like an easy yet really encouraging book from a mom who understands hard days.
Nourished, A Search for Health, Happiness and a Full Night’s Sleep – I might be crazy to read this right now. A full night’s sleep is high on my list of what I really need, but low on the list of what I’ll actually get. I’ve got a cute baby who loves to be up at night to eat, multiple times a night! However there is a lot more than just getting a good night sleep in this book.
It tackles the “Top 10 Stressors” such as cluttered surroundings, crowded schedules, negative body images, etc. Crystal from Money Saving Mom recommended it, so I added it to my book list.
Teaching From Rest – This is high on my “every homeschooling mama must own” list. It’s the only one in this stack that I actually own. If you need hot chocolate for your weary soul, this is the book. Reading her book and blog has helped me relax and fall back on all the principles I’m very familiar with. Having been homeschooled K-12th grade I know all about days that fall apart, but I remember how well my mom would pull those crumbing days together.
Homeschool Made Simple – This is not a book, rather a DVD set that Carole Joy Seid made. She is a veteran homeschooling mom, and it was like sitting there listening to my mom. Once again, this is an absolute must have if you want to homeschool with a literature approach. I’ve really enjoyed watching this while I fold laundry, or late at night while I’m up with Sophia (I’ve discovered that she enjoys watching videos, the little stinker! She can be screaming and instantly stop if I turn something on).
Deconstructing Penguins – I’m probably going to just skim through this book and get the main points. I’ve heard the author of Teaching From Rest recommend it. It’s supposed to help a parent create a bond of reading with their child, and learn how to ask the proper questions about a book. While I have a good bond with my boys already when it comes to reading, this book is written in a totally new approach to me.
The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages – I’ve read a few of Shaunti Feldhahn books before. Out of all the marriage books out there, I think I appreciate her books the most. A well balanced approach to marriage.
I’ve found marriage books are very healthy for me to read. They keep you focused on what is important and help keep the spark there!
Love The Home You Have – Love, love love! This book was one I read on a trip alone with Sean and it was so refreshing! I don’t love the house we live in (small for our large family), but this book helps you focus on how important it is to truly take care of your home, and all the little things you can do. Very good read!
The Perfectly Imperfect Home, How to Decorate & Live Well – This is a coffee table type book, I want to get some ideas from the pictures.
Money Making Mom – This book is only available for pre-order right now, but it’s a new book written by Crystal Paine on moms working (I assume from home since she does). I can’t wait to read it!