What are you Reading These Days?

Ladybug was determined to celebrate Leap Day with all kinds of festivities, including ice cream sundaes for dessert. Dimples was at Aunt Michele’s, so she isn’t in this picture, but we saved her some treats.  And for those of you who commented on Honeybee’s natural hair – doesn’t it look fantastic!  I have something special to share about hair this Sunday and I think you’ll like it.

One of my favorite things I get to do as a mother is read aloud to my children.  Russ also often reads to the kids when he tucks them in at night.  We are making slow progress on our list of books this year, but despite that, we are still reading and enjoying it.

There are many bookshelves in our home, all packed with good books; I often walk by with a wistful glance and wish I could sit down and read for an hour or two.  I also have a collection of books on my desk that I am making my way through.  This is what is currently lined up on my desk. The bright pink case on the end contains my Kindle, which I especially love to use when I travel.

Russ and I have a goal to build our children’s libraries by giving them books each year for Christmas.  I spent a lot of time choosing books for everyone this year and had a great time doing it.  These are the books we gave:

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What are you reading these days?

Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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  1. Kim
    March 2, 2012

    Right now I'm reading "Our Own: Adopting and Parenting the Older Child". Next on the list: "Sacrilege" by Hugh Halter and "Simplicity Parenting" by Kim John Payne. (It bugs me that I can't italicize book titles in the comment. Okay, I'm over it.)

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  2. Amy
    March 2, 2012

    Working through Andrew Murray's works right now. I highly recommend it! Powerful!

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  3. Johanna P
    March 2, 2012

    I just finished Unbroken. It is incredible. So well written and such an amazing story. I was riveted from Page 1. And right now I'm reading Don't Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman. It's been very helpful to give me ideas for training and disciplining and loving my 2.5 year old,

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  4. Laurel
    March 2, 2012

    A GREAT read aloud that I read to the kids for a bedtime story this past year was, "Heaven Is For Real" by Todd Burpo. All ages will love it … from young kids … to teens … to adults. Wonderful true story.

    Laurel

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  5. Anne
    March 2, 2012

    Which books are for what age?i gave my 14 year old daughter moonlight and oranges.so I love your suggestions.thankyou

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 2, 2012

      Anne, I finally was able to read Moonlight and Oranges, and really enjoyed it, but I was worried because I think it is intended for mature young adult readers. Since it is based on a myth, there is a fortune teller and there are references to alcohol and sex, although married sex is clearly valued. Older teens and young adults will be fine with it, but it would really depend on the maturity of younger teens. What did you think? The Hunger Games is good for teens and Ladybug loved it; my bookgroup, which typically reads classics, read it this month so we could see what all the hype is about. Sweet Pea collects the P. G. Wodehouse books and loves British humor, so we give her one most years. I haven't read The Dragon's Tooth yet, but I hear it is full of suspense and appropriate for older children. The other books were either for our younger kids, or our older boys. I enjoyed A Million Miles in a Thousand Years and Samuel loved Unbroken; it is on my list to read.

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  6. Susan
    March 2, 2012

    Be careful and discerning with “Heaven is for Real” by Todd Burpo. I recommend reading this review: http://www.challies.com/book-reviews/heaven-is-fo

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    1. Cindy Blair
      March 7, 2012

      Loved "Heaven is for Real". You can find Anything on line that will take Any topic and completely say it's false. My children loved the kid version of Heaven is for Real and we had wonderful discussions about death and dieing. They are excited to talk about heaven to others and know that it is a real place they long to see,

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  7. AmyE
    March 2, 2012

    I'm reading Cutting for Stone …and then will finish the Hunger Games series. Have only read the first one so far. Also working through Wounded Children, Healing Homes.

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  8. Susie
    March 2, 2012

    We LOVE PG Wodehouse., My mom used to read him and laugh out loud, and there's a place in "Leave it to Psmith" where I always laugh, too 🙂

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  9. learningpatience
    March 2, 2012

    What a perfect question: I've felt sick, not really sick, but have-a-cold-run-down kind of sick, so I've decided that I'm crawling in bed and reading the second book in Andrew Peterson's series, North or Be Eaten! I've been wanting to read it forEVER, but these books are sit-down-and-read-them-all-the-way through kinds of books! Kids and adults in our house love them!

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  10. Mandy
    March 2, 2012

    Below are the books I am reading through currently, are about to start reading, or have recently finished:
    "Safely Home" by Randy Alcorn
    "7" by Jen Hatmaker
    "The Connected Child" by Karyn Purvis
    "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant

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  11. @mkgivler
    March 2, 2012

    Hey! You didn't include *my* Christmas book!

    "Time and Again" by Jack Finney. 🙂

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 2, 2012

      Mimi, you're right! I need to add that.

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  12. Anita
    March 2, 2012

    Susan's comment reminded me of a comment I meant to include on earlier post, where you mentioned reading the Driscoll's book on marriage. Tim Challies has some insightful and wise reviews on that book too: http://www.challies.com/book-reviews/the-driscollhttp://www.challies.com/book-reviews/real-marriag

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  13. Ashley
    March 2, 2012

    I'm "trying" to read through Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas with a small group of women from my church. I get to go and meet with this great group once a week in the mornings while the kids (5 littles) are in childcare there. This is what I call respite. 😉 This book has been reaching deep inside me and is so well timed (16 mo fost/adopt twins have been home 4 months.) The premise isn't about "how to parent" but about how God uses parenting to radically change, refine, mature, and grow us parents and shape our souls. I also love my Kindle, I again "try" to read the one year bible on it (I'm in December somewhere) and Spurgeon's Morning and Evening when I'm short on time but know my HUGE need to go to God. Also on the Kindle are many free public domain books we're using for Charlotte Mason style homeschooling. Understood Betsy was one of our recent absolute favorites. Amazing, touching book, incredibly written, but also with a huge theme of loss and adoption (it ends well) but that may bring up grief in your readers.

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  14. Elizabeth
    March 2, 2012

    We just finished By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman. We have been studying the California gold rush and everyone loved it. I would recommend as just a fun family read aloud.

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  15. Lisa
    March 2, 2012

    One of my VERY most favorite topics! Books! I love everything about them! I have a stack of great books right now. I just finished the Hunger Games series and Tim Tebow's new book and I'm in the middle of the Driscoll's book on marriage. I'm also reading Chuck Swindoll's book on public speaking, and a new southern gothic novel called, "The Rebel Bride". And I'm wanting to read "7" by Jen Hatmaker. I also have a book called "A Heart for Freedom" about a student leader from Tiananmen Square who became a believer and now advocates for girls in China. Sooooo many good books, so little time!

    I don't think anything makes me feel as rich as a stack of good books!

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  16. Julie B.
    March 3, 2012

    We love read alouds; and our all-time favourites are always: anything by Patricia St. John!!

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