Friday, February 14, 2014

Reading in 2014 - January Update

I have always been an avid reader.  When I was younger, my favorite books were the Bobbsey Twins and the Sweet Valley Twins series.  My mother, also an avid reader, would indulge me with the next book in the series as a special treat.  As I got older, I read Victoria Holt.  My favorite of her books was the Landower Legacy.  I had tried reading her other pen name, Phillipa Carr.  I only read a few of hers.  Then I got hooked on the Regency Romances.  The time period was fascinating to me.  In the 12th grade, we were required to read Jane Eyre.  I loved it!  Then I learned of Jane Austen.  Oh my, Jane Austen.  Honestly, I haven't actually read her books, but I love the movies.

I will read them one day.

I have them.

On my fireplace mantle.

One day.

I even read cookbooks as novels.  I know...a little crazy.

I have some personal goals to increase my reading habits.  I've been following Life as Mom's booking it series for a years.  I thought I'd share what I've been reading so far this year.

Children read aloud:

We finished Black Beauty in January.  The littles loved it.  I want them to love to read as much as my husband and I do.  Even our oldest son, Wooley, loves to read.  We are currently reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

My personal reading:

I am happy to report I finished reading the Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses.  It's filled with encouraging experiences of faithful Christians all over the world.  I won't spoil it for you if you haven't read it yet.  It's available online for free.  There are also older copies available as well, if you need to catch up.

I found an interesting book at the Dollar Tree a few months ago and thought I'd try it out.  Tomorrow River.  The author's style was very hard to read.  It was almost like they thought we could follow along without actually telling the story completely.  Anyway, I read almost half of it and then skipped to the end and read the last 5 chapters to found out what happened.

My mother let me borrow The Pursuit of Mary Bennet.  Wow!  It was fantastic!  I love Pride and Prejudice and have read Mr. Darcy's Little Sister in the past. (Which happened to be a really good read as well).  The Pursuit of Mary Bennet even brought me to tears a few times.  Such a good book!

I have been drawn to "end of the world" books in the past.  My husband read One Second After.  He has warned me that it's very dark and emotionally disturbing.  I've decided to try and read it. If I don't like it, I can put it down.

That's what I've been reading.  What have you been reading lately?  Any suggestions for me?

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1 comment:

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

We don't have our new yearbooks yet! I didn't think of looking online. There is something about an actual book I like though!

I read the Sweet Valley High books also. I had them all! I loved the Little House on the Prairie books too. I have all those still!

Love, love, love Jane Austin movies. Love the time period.

Check out Michael Lee West books. She has a bunch, Crazy Ladies, Mad Girls in Love, Consuming Passions. I have a bunch of them but I it's been awhile so I can't remember if there is an order that they need to be read. It's like reading a cook book with plot.

I like Jodi Piccoult, strange twists and interesting reading.


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