Books I’ve recently finished:
Books I’m currently reading:
- Streams in the Desert
- Writing as a Way of Healing
- Emotions and the Heart | Bible Study
- Women of the Word
- Ellie and the Harpmaker
My guess is it doesn’t surprise you I’m currently reading so many books. It’s the bed rest I’m on, for sure, but it’s also the huge “redirect” of my schedule. I have less I’m trying to accomplish each day, which means I have more time to be disciplined with my reading goals.
For each of the books I’m currently reading, I have a daily goal to read one chapter from each book. I noted this should help me finish each book within 10 days of starting, which is really encouraging. When I take too long to finish a book, I miss so much of the written talent the author has gathered for the reader. (Sad!) With the novel I’m reading, I’m actually reading more than one chapter each day. Whenever I feel I’m in a reading (or writing) funk, having a compelling novel on my bookshelf is so helpful.
I like to track the books I’ve read on the back page of my Moleskine journal. If I didn’t record them there, I’d absolutely forget most of them. Haha, isn’t that a funny reality?!
That wraps up this post! I would love to hear your book suggestions – leave the title or a link below in the comments. Do you record the books you read each year? If you keep a journal, like I do, it’s a fun way to review your reading interests as you reflect on years past.
Alright! I wish you a very lovely weekend :)
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I’m so happy you’re getting so much reading in. What a way to feed your soul right now!
And YES! I have been keeping a list of books I’ve read since I was in high school. I started my current notebook in 2017. I record title, author, date started, and date finished. I also note if it’s from the library or an audiobook. It’s such a treasure trove of memories!
I’m not sure if you saw my earlier comment that recommended Gilead by Marilynne Robinson to you? Robinson’s writing makes me think of Wendell Berry: both write about regular people in the most interesting and heartwarming ways.
And Kate Morton’s newest book, Homecoming, was delightful. She writes the best mysteries, full of family secrets and the coziest details. My favorite book by her is The Secret Keeper, but you really can’t go wrong with any of her novels. These are the type of books that I’d love to write if I wrote fiction!
I hope your weekend goes well, Maggie. Take good care!
Oh Katie, I so enjoy your comments. I did see your note about Gilead. We are going to the library this weekend (so much rain is expected!) so I will look for it there. I’ll also look for Kate Morton’s book, Homecoming.
Yay for time at the library! Which books did you decide on??
I grabbed The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton and also a book by Judy Blume :)
What fun choices!
I always love book recommendations. I have a folder on my phone with books marked “to read.” And I keep track of past books read on goodreads.com. I use it to track what my children are reading each year, too! It helps when the next kid bumps up a reading level; I can refer back to what older siblings read around that age. :)
Continued prayers for you and baby Josiah. May God grant peace and health.
Thank you so much, Tasha! I am joining you in that prayer :) I really like your idea of tracking what your children are reading each year. That’s great! I do something similar, but only for what we read aloud as a family. Two of my children read so many books each month that I don’t think tracking them would be a good idea ;) How old are your children? Do you have any rec’s for an 8.5yo girl and 10yo boy? xx
I have been listening to Ellie and the harpmaker from Libby and by your recommendation. Thank you! I am enjoying listening. Praying for you and Josiah, and the whole family as God holds you close during these days of growth and bedrest.