Thursday, January 18, 2018

September through December Reads

Reporting On My Final Reads of 2017

The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers
Loved It, Liked It, So So, Not For Me ||  Liked It

What's It About || When Cammi’s mom gets cast in an American television show and the family moves to LA, things change, and quickly. 

How Did You Read It || Audiobook, Overdrive

The Bird in the Tree by Elizabeth Goudge
Loved It, Liked It, So So, Not For Me ||  Loved It

What's It About ||  The Bird in the Tree takes place in England in 1938, and follows a close-knit family whose tranquil existence is suddenly threatened by a forbidden love . . . . 

How Did You Read It || Book, Library

Pioneer Girl by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Loved It, Liked It, So So, Not For Me ||  Liked It

What's It About ||Hidden away since the 1930s, Laura Ingalls Wilder s never-before-published autobiography reveals the true stories of her pioneering life.

How Did You Read It || Book, Library

Daily Rituals by Mason Currey
Loved It, Liked It, So So, Not For Me ||  So So

What's It About || A collection of 161 inspired—and inspiring—minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks.

How Did You Read It || Book, Library

Some Writer! by Melissa Sweet
Loved It, Liked It, So So, Not For Me ||  Liked It

What's It About || Caldecott Honor winner  Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell the story of this American literary icon.

How Did You Read It || Ebook, Kindle Library

The Problem With Pain by C. S. Lewis
Loved It, Liked It, So So, Not For Me ||  Liked It

What's It About || C.S. Lewis, one of the most renowned Christian authors and thinkers, examines a universally applicable question within the human condition: “If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain?”

How Did You Read It || Audiobook, Overdrive

Go Forward With Faith by Sheri Dew
Loved It, Liked It, So So, Not For Me || Loved It

What's It About || You can always tell when you study the life of a prophet that the Lord has had His hand in his life from the beginning, says Sheri Dew, author of Go Forward with Faith. She also wrote the first biography of Ezra Taft Benson.

How Did You Read It || Audiobook, Overdrive
Half Magic by Edward Eager
Loved It, Liked It, So So, Not For Me ||  Liked It

What's It About || It all begins with a strange coin on a sun-warmed sidewalk. Jane finds the coin, and becasue she and her sblings are having the worst, most dreadfully boring summer ever, she idly wishes something exciting would happen. And something does: Her wish is granted. Or not quite. Only half of her wish comes true.

How Did You Read It || Audiobook, Overdrive

The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
Loved It, Liked It, So So, Not For Me ||  Liked It

What's It About || An intellectual and emotional thriller that is also a different kind of murder mystery, THE FACT OF A BODY is a book not only about how the story of one crime was constructed -- but about how we grapple with our own personal histories. 

How Did You Read It || Audiobook, Overdrive

The Mapping of Love and Death (Maisie Dobbs #7) by Jacqueline Winspear
Loved It, Liked It, So So, Not For Me ||  Loved It

What's It About || Maisie Dobbs is hired to unravel a case of wartime love and death, an investigation that leads her to a doomed affair between a young cartographer and a mysterious nurse.

How Did You Read It || Audiobook, Overdrive

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Loved It, Liked It, So So, Not For Me ||  Loved It

What's It About || Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of its title character, including her growth to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester, the byronic master of fictitious Thornfield Hall.

How Did You Read It || Audiobook, Librovox

A Lesson in Secrets (Maisie Dobbs #8) by Jacqueline Winspear
Loved It, Liked It, So So, Not For Me ||  Liked It

What's It About || Maisie finds herself financially independent, thanks to a bequest from her late mentor, Dr. Maurice Blanche, and open to new challenges exactly at the moment the British Secret Service seeks to recruit her in 1932. 

How Did You Read It || Audiobook, Overdrive

Taken by Erin Bowman
Loved It, Liked It, So So, Not For Me ||  Liked It

What's It About || Gray Weathersby has grown up expecting to disappear at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. They call it the Heist—and it happens to every boy in Claysoot. His only chance at escape is to climb the Wall that surrounds Claysoot. A climb no one has ever survived . . .

How Did You Read It || Audiobook, Overdrive

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
Loved It, Liked It, So So, Not For Me ||  Liked It

What's It About || The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is the traditional name for the unfinished record of his own life written by Benjamin Franklin from 1771 to 1790.

How Did You Read It || Audiobook, Librovox

Pilgrim's Inn by Elizabeth Goudge
Loved It, Liked It, So So, Not For Me ||  Loved It

What's It About || Post World War II story of the Eliots. an interesting and exciting story, from the 86 year old matriarch to the Little twins. Love and family life.

How Did You Read It || Book, Library

The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
Loved It, Liked It, So So, Not For Me ||  So So

What's It About || When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn’t Disneyland, but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries.

How Did You Read It || Book, Library

The Children of Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren
Loved It, Liked It, So So, Not For Me ||  Loved It

What's It About || In this gently humorous tale, master storyteller Astrid Lindgren takes us through a year in the lives and customs of six Swedish children living on a group of three farms in the countryside.

How Did You Read It || Book, Library

Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien
Loved It, Liked It, So So, Not For Me ||  Liked It

What's It About ||  Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in a strange, spidery handwriting and a beautiful colored drawing or painting. The letters were from Father Christmas.

How Did You Read It || Audiobook, Audible

Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Loved It, Liked It, So So, Not For Me ||  Liked It

What's It About || The Count of Monte Cristo" is an expansive adventure novel with a huge cast of characters, all revolving around the young sailor Edmond Dant├Ęs.

How Did You Read It || Audiobook, Librovox

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Winter Revisited

I love this time of year.  The cold days and dark nights seem to slow us down a bit, awakening in us thoughts of reading by the fire or cuddling on the couch for a movie night.  Sharing some past wintertime posts.

Winter Picture Books

A Winter Round Up of Favorites

Jan Brett Books perfect for wintertime.

Yarn Pom Pom Wreath 

Wintertime is a great time to catch up on scrapbooking.  Check out the way I scrapbook here, Project Life Posts.

Reading is a favorite wintertime past time.  You can see all by book report list here.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Reviewing 2017 Booklist

I feel great about my 2017 reads.  I read most of the books on this list and will finish the few books I didn't read throughout this next year.  I was also happy that I was able to abandon a couple books in 2017, which has always been hard for me.  

Looking forward I know that in the coming year I would love to work on reading aloud to my kids.  I have been thinking about the reason this has become a bit more difficult in the past couple years.  I think with my kids being further apart in age making it hard to read the same books and having different activities to attend most nights of the week so we aren't all together are the biggest obstacles to overcome.  I know I still love to read to them and all my kids still really enjoy it, so I want to work on it and read more books to my kids in the coming years.  Love connecting with them through books.

January 2017 
Classic || Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
Nonfiction || Women and the Priesthood by Sheri Dew
Read Aloud || Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose (Abandoned this book, kids weren't interested.)
Fiction || Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

February 2017 
Classic || Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Nonfiction || The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines & My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weiss
Read Aloud || Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling 
Fiction || The Kitchen House & Glory of Everything by Kathleen Grissom
March 2017 

Classic || The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton
Nonfiction || Walking on Water by Madeleine L'Engle
Read Aloud || Winter of Fire by Sherryl Jordan
Fiction || The One In A Million Boy by Monica Wood

April 2017 
Classic || Oh Pioneers by Willa Cather
Nonfiction || Team of Rivals by Doris Goodwin
Read Aloud || The Silver Crown by Robert C O'Brien
Fiction || A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny

May 2017 
Classic || Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas 
Nonfiction || Daily Rituals:  How Artists Work by Mason Currey
Read Aloud || The Children of Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren
Fiction || The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera 

June 2017 

Classic || Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Nonfiction || Pioneer Girl by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Read Aloud || The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
Fiction || The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

July 2017 
Classic || The Problem of Pain C. S. Lewis
Nonfiction || Bossypants by Tina Fey
Read Aloud || The Westing Game by Ellen RaskinFiction || The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

August 2017 
Classic || Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Nonfiction || Go Forward with Faith by Sheri Dew
Read Aloud || Sarah Bishop by Scott O'Dell
Fiction || The Mapping of Love and Death:  A Maisie Dobb's Novel by Jacqueline Winspear

September 2017 
Classic || Autobiography of Ben Franklin by Ben Franklin
Nonfiction || Parenting with Love & Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay
Read Aloud || Half Magic by Edgar Eagar
Fiction || The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin (Abandoned, didn't like the context.)

October 2017 
Classic || Pilgrim's Inn by Elizabeth Goudge
Nonfiction || Some Writer! by Melissa Sweet
Read Aloud || Calico Bush by Rachel Field
Fiction || The Go-Between by L. P. Hartley

November  2017 
Classic || Possession by A. S. Byatt
Nonfiction || Booked by Karen Swallow Prior & Articles of Faith by James E. Talmage
Read Aloud || Ember Falls by S. D. Smith
Fiction || Taken by Erin Bowman
December 2017 
Classic || Letters From Father Christmas by J. R. Tolkein
Nonfiction || The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
Read Aloud || Magyk by Angie Sage
Fiction || Mrs. Lincoln Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

Simple Days January Grey

Loving...walking outside every once in awhile and I'm also loving heading to the gym each morning.  I have to go pretty early so I can be here to send my kids off to school, but starting the day off moving my body feels so good and so empowering.

Reading...starting my yearly reading challenge with a few middle grade and young adult novels.  Enjoying Turtle in Paradise and What I Saw and How I Lied.  Started a couple read alouds with my kids that we are enjoying.  Reading To Kill a Mockingbird to Jakob and Absolutely Truly to Isabelle.  Also I'm completely loving the book Chasing Slow.

Playing...working through a couple workshops this month.  One with Ali Edwards called One Little Word.  The other with Amanda Watters of the Homesong Blog.  She is doing a Rest Retreat this January on unplugging and living intentionally.

Enjoying...reading by the fire during the day.  I have been super busy this month, waking early and going to bed late.  I've been trying to read before bed, but I'm not a night person and I fall asleep so quickly.  A few times this month I have found time to sit by our fire and read, even if it is just for ten minutes.  It feels so wintery to read by the fire and I'm loving it.

Listening | A couple of great listens that I've been making time for lately.  I have really loved watching and listening to Edie Wadsworth of Life in Grace.  She has done a series of four great facebook lives on goals and how to live intentionally.  Also I'm enjoying Gretchen Rubin's Happier Podcast.  Such a great listen, such practical ideas on living intentionally and striving for joy in life.

Hoping...for the ability to stay on top of all the things.  We are starting on our home remodel which is huge and is taking up so much of my days.  We also have another huge project in the works that hasn't come to fruition yet, but looks like it may be happening soon.  Trying to prioritize time with Steve and the kids and time for staying on top of a simple healthy lifestyle for myself.  Doing this through my planner, bullet journal, and just trying to get as much as I can done as efficiently as I can.

Just a few things going on in my life right now.

Friday, January 12, 2018

2018 Reading Goals

I cannot believe it is already 2018.  One of my favorite things about starting a new year is making my yearly booklist.  I love setting these intentional goals around reading and books.  This year I've shaken it up a bit with my book goals.  I'm doing a deep dive into specific authors, focusing on a simplicity read each month, and also reading many middle grade and young adult fiction.

Deep Dive Authors
With these authors I plan to dive deep into many of their books I haven't read.
January, February - L. M. Montgomery
March, April - Ralph Moody
May, June- Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
July, August, - Jacqueline Winspear
September, October - Sheri Dew
November, December - C. S. Lewis

Simplicity Books
January - Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner and Hygge by Meik Wiking
February - Roots and Sky by Christie Purifoy and The Ultimate Career by Daryl Hoole
March - Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow and A Simplified Life by Emily Ley
April - A Mother's Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot
May - Not So Fast by Ann Kroeker and Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado
June - The Sacred Year by Michael Yankoski
July - Breathing Room by Leeana Tankersley  
August - The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
September - Destination Simple by Brooke McAlary and Little Book of Tidying by Beth Penn
October - Soulful Simplicity by Courtney Carver and Simple Tuesday by Emily Freeman
November - Minimalism For Family by Zoe Penn
December - The Joy of Doing Nothing by Rachel Jonet

Middle Grade & Young Adult Fiction
Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Smidt 
The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright
Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
The 21 Balloons by William Pene du Bois
Jane Emily by Patricia Clapp
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Black and Blue Magic by Zilpha Keatley Snyder 
The Midnight Fox by Betsy Cromar Byars
Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield and Ada C. Williamson 
The Witch Family by Eleonor Estes
Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
Flower by Elizabeth Craft
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Out of Darkness by Ashley Perez
The Ghost of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
The Fox Diver by Joel Ross
Short by Holly Sloan
Mandy by Julie Andrews Edward
The Girl Who Owned the City by O. T. Nelson
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Bradley
When you Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Undocumented by Harold Fernandez
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Milla
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Room by Emma Donaghue
March by John Lewis
Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe
Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer Smith
Judy's Journey by Lois Lenski
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
Are You There God Its Me Margaret by Judy Blume
Andy Buckram's Tin Man by Carol Brink
The Shades by Betty Brock
This Star Shall Abide by Sylvia Engdahl
This Is Not A Werewolf Story by Sandra Evans
Counting By 7s by Holly Sloan
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
Poppy by Avi
Bluebirds by Melvin Fickling
May B by Caroline Starr Rose
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford
The Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbit
The Watsons go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Madman of Piney Wood by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Veronica Mars by Rob Thomas
The Iron Trial by Holly Black
Soldier X by Don Wulffson
Mazerunner by James Dashner
Frozen by Erin Bowman
Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The Fault in the Stars by John Green

So excited for the upcoming reading year.  I have been doing this for a few years now and it has been such a fun part of my life, pushing me to read more, challenging me with difficult books, adn   If you are interested, you can reference my previous booklists below.

2017 Booklist

2016 Booklist
2015 Booklist
2014 Booklist
2013 Booklist
2011 Booklist
2010 Booklist

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Happy Roll On

Happy Roll On

Such a great roll on!

10 ml roll on bottle
carrier oil
10 drops orange essential oil
10 drops tangerine essential oil
2 drops frankincense essential oil

Fill bottle 3/4 the way full of carrier oil, add the essential oils, shake and roll on.  

Citrus oils are so great for energy and mood boosting qualities.  Frankincense is just an amazing oil, it enhances the other oils that it is used with, and is very grounding.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas At Our House

Christmas at our house this year. Trees, lights, cozy stockings, and pictures on our tree, oh, and a cotton wreath with bells on our front door.  Loving this time of year.  I wish I could photograph the gorgeous weather we are having with these sunny, cold days.  I'm enjoying the sun, enjoying seeing Mount Hood as I run my holiday errands, I'm enjoying dry days as I take bags to and from the car, and the sunrises are pretty spectacular.  Not a typical December for us here in the Pacific Northwest.