Butterflies in the sky… I can fly twice as high…

Ok, who else remembers Reading Rainbow? Come on, didn’t the ba-da-bum that played whenever the kids gave a book report just jump into your head? You know it did….

Anyway, I’ve finally had more time to read. I set a goal of 18 books this year. I knew it would be a stretch, but I didn’t know how tough it would be! Usually one book a month would be no trouble at all. With 18 as my goal, I’d just have to read 1.5 books a month. Pretty decent for a readaholic like myself.

But I can’t blame Peanut. Or my active little Bean. It’s been la•le that’s slowed me down. I’ve thrown myself into my bid’niz this year and am trying to make it work. (As you can tell from my numerous bid’niz related posts….. By the way, I still have a Giveaway going on. Ok, the shameless plug is over….)

Back to the books! I finally hit 10 and I am surprised by what I’ve read this year. One characteristic: They’ve all been short. Also, I’m surprised by how many nonfiction books are on the list. I’m normally not someone who enjoys nonfiction (except a good memoir or biography).

So, out of the 10 books I’ve read this year, here’s my top 3.

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Boundaries with Kids by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

I really don’t read a lot of parenting books. I don’t like books that tell you what to do and act as if they have the only right way. This book is absolutely not like that at all. It talks about setting healthy boundaries for your kids, helping them to know consequences, and preparing them for an independent life as an adult. Lots to think about for a mom of a 2 year old, I know. Still, I’ve already used several of the techniques it talks about with Bean and it absolutely works. She understands what it means to obey & disobey, she knows that I love her and therefore want her to learn how to be a disciplined person, and she accepts her consequences much better. It’s not a terribly long book and it’s written in a very conversational manner. I’d highly recommend it to everyone who either has kids, works with kids, or knows kids. In fact, if you even encounter a child in a grocery store or walk within 100 yards of them in any public place, you’re better off if you read this book.

Tramp for the Lord by Corrie ten Boomtenboom

Here’s the sequel for The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. It’s got some amazing stories about this great lady. She has some stories of forgiveness that amaze me and bring chills. This simple book of simple faith stories sticks with you — I often remember what she went through. She’s also incredibly real. At no point does she claim to have it all together or claim perfect holiness! She’s frank with her weaknesses and with God’s power to heal and help. This book is a great faith-builder.

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The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis

Oh, I love this story. Some people have called it the weakest of the Chronicles of Narnia. I couldn’t disagree more. It is truly the most different in character and tone, but the story is so beautiful. The way Aslan is portrayed in the book is heartwarming and fierce and beautiful and strong. I re-read this one more than any others in the series. Love it. Love it. Love it.

Yes, I ganked the pictures from Amazon. No, I don’t have permission. Feel free to turn me in.

I have a couple of other books I’m reading now, but soon they’ll be finished. I’m stumped as to what to read next. What are you reading now? What suggestions do you have? I’m ready to get back to fiction. What are some great stories you’ve read? Warning: I find 92.7% of all “Christian” fiction to be absolute drivel. A roomful of monkeys with typewriters could come up with better plots. Just because I have several “Christian” books in my list doesn’t mean I only want to read spiritually-themed books. Suggest books you’ve enjoyed regardless of the faith of the author. If it’s actually good and not craptastic, then suggest it — even if it is “Christian” fiction. Why do I use the quotes? Well, that’s a topic for another post….

Hooray for me blogging about something other than my shop or my kids!

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