I notoriously read multiple books at one time. I can’t help it. I generally have several books from a variety of genres “in the works”. I love to read, but have a short attention span.
I go back and forth believing the myth that I’m multi-tasking. Many of the books I read are not meant to be finished quickly (at least that’s what I tell myself), so I guess I need a good variety going to keep me happy with my nightstand pile.
Lately, I’d rather curl up with a book than do anything else. Reading offers me a quiet sanctuary when I don’t feel much like talking. Or writing for that matter.
I have the worst case of writer’s block I think I’ve ever had. I write and journal all the time, but everything seems so insignificant when the cursor is blinking back at me. I keep thinking things like, “There’s a big world out there. Much bigger than my stories or life.”
Then there’s the things I don’t write about. Some subjects are boundary lines I won’t cross. Other topics haven’t intersected with the right words and many of my thoughts end up in the draft graveyard.
When I have a lot on my mind I tend to retreat. Sometimes it’s best to be quiet. That’s when we hear the most.
When I’m not busy talking or writing, I can hear what others have to say. Most importantly, my silence gives God a chance to speak to my heart.
When I’m not writing, you can bet I’m either baking or reading. This past week or so I’ve done a little of both. My stomach is bloated from cupcakes and my mind is full of words.
I thought it would be fun to share my summer reading list (The Mommy Mess version) with all of you!
This is a little of what I’ve been doing…
A Woman After God’s Own Heart, by Elizabeth George.
I’ve read this book before. In fact, twice already. I love it that much. Every once in while I get it out and skim through it because I get so much out of her simple instructions on cultivating my prayer life, managing my home, and being a Godly woman. This summer I decided to read it cover to cover again and complete the Growth and Study Guide. If you’re looking for something to inspire how you manage God’s priorities for your life, this is a must read. Her words always make me feel like there’s hope when I want to throw in the towel. Her references to scripture always lead me down a path that brightens my day and brings me back to basics on my walk with God. Right now, I need truth and this book is sure to direct me there.
A Charlotte Mason Education, by Catherine Levison
More Charlotte Mason Education, by Catherine Levinson
These are the first books I’ve read on Charlotte Mason’s philosphy on home education. I fell in love with the style and have gained so much perspective and inspiration for my own family through reading these.
The Glass Castle: A Memoir, by Jeanette Walls
SO GOOD! I was amazed at the author’s ability to document her childhood with such love and grace for her parents.
Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir, by Amanda Knox
SO GOOD! I couldn’t put this down.
You should read both.
In The Works: (I’ve cracked the book and it’s graduated to my nightstand pile.)
Blog Design For Dummies, Melissa Culbertson (review of this pure fabulousness coming soon!)
A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning, Karen Andreola (I’ve heard great reviews on this one and can’t wait to really get into it.)
TBR: (Picked up from the library and beckoning me to open them. They taunt me, really. This list is in no particular order. Just like my brain.)
For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School
The Kitchen House: A Novel
The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition)
Search Engine Optimization For Dummies
Pocketful of Pinecones: Nature Study With the Gentle Art of Learning
What’s on your summer reading list?
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