If you only need to know one thing about me, it is that I have perpetual book stacks lying all over our house at all times! I’ve always loved to read, and I really hope that I am able to pass that love onto my children. I am truly passionate about stories and the written word. Reading is also my favorite way to learn about the things I am interested in!
I want to share my reading goals with you at the beginning of every month, both as a record of the books that have passed through our home and a list of what I’m hoping to read next. First of all, here are the books that I finished reading in November:
- The Daniel Dilemma: How to Stand Firm and Love Well in a Culture of Compromise | Chris Hodges ★★★★★
- Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (Fablehaven #4) | Brandon Mull ★★★★☆
- Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life | Anne Lamott ★★★★★
- The Trumpet of the Swan– readaloud | E.B. White ★★★★☆
- The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Ralph S. Mouse #1)- readaloud | Beverly Cleary ★★★★☆
- The Last Battle (The Chronicles of Narnia #7)- readaloud | C.S. Lewis ★★★★★
At the beginning of this year, I set a goal to read 50 books and I have surpassed that goal, having completed 56 books so far! I was able to finish more books in November than on an average month this year. This seems to be a trend every year, because as the weather cools down and we are spending more time indoors, we read more books!
Here’s what I plan to read through the month of December:
I started The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (Charles Duhigg) a few weeks ago, but I need to push through the rest of it pretty soon because my library loan on this Kindle book ends in about another 7 days! One week should be plenty of time to read one book, but I always have more than one going so it takes me a bit longer usually.
I checked out My Absolute Darling (Gabriel Tallent) a little while back and I wasn’t able to get started on it before it was due back. I had to turn it in because someone else had a hold on it, but I got it back last week and I’ll be ready to dig in soon!
I’ve had the Fellowship of the Ring (J.R.R. Tolkien) going since MAY. Yes, for real. I don’t know why, but I just can’t get rolling on this one and I feel like I ought to love it because isn’t it everyone’s favorite fantasy novel of all freakin’ time? The Lord of the Rings is iconic, but I’ve never been able to get into it, despite numerous attempts. I am absolutely determined to get through it, though. No matter how long it takes!
Next up in theology, I’m planning to read Parables (John MacArthur). I’ve had this on my Kindle for a long time, and I’m ready to dig in to it! I really hope it helps me have some fresh vision about the stories that Jesus told.
The obsession with children’s and young adult literature is strong with this gal. Also, I read aloud with my kids more than the average mom! These three are on my Kindle and in progress. I am reading Ginger Pye (Eleanor Estes) and The Fourteenth Goldfish (Jennifer L. Holm) to Seth currently. We read a little out of each book at bedtime every night!
I started reading the Fablehaven (Brandon Mull) series to him over the summer at his request, because he found Keys to the Demon Prison displayed on the shelf at our library and was intrigued by it. We finished #1-3 in the series with no issue, but some of the events in the beginning of #4 really confused him, and he asked me to stop reading it to him. I always honor a request by one of my children to stop reading a certain book if they are not enjoying it! But in this case, I couldn’t let the series drop for myself and I continued reading. I’m about halfway through this last installment in the series and hanging on anxiously for the ending!
Hawk is loving these picture books right now. We have a lot more than this checked out from our library, but I’m strongly considering adding these four books to our permanent collection! All of them are strong in the charm department, and have gorgeous illustrations.
- Nobody Likes a Goblin (Ben Hatke)
- Hattie and Hudson (Chris Van Dusen)
- The Wolf, the Duck, & the Mouse (Mac Barnett/ill. Jon Klassen)
- The Little Snowplow (Lora Koehler/ill. Jake Parker)
Finally, I would be remiss if I were to neglect to tell you that this month, we have added a family story time to our evening routine. In the past, I have read to Hawk only during the day and Eric always reads to him before bed. I’m only responsible for reading to Seth at night! But I really wanted us to have a time to enjoy stories together as a family. Next up for family story time, we are going to read Kenny & the Dragon (Tony DiTerlizzi). I’m really looking forward to this story because it is inspired by one of my favorites, The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame!
I’ll be back to update this series in January with a list of books I hope to read in 2018! I make a list of books I want to read at the beginning of every year, and it’s always ambitious, but I never stick to it exactly. Still, I love to plan and it helps me to evaluate what my reading priorities are for the year ahead. I can’t believe this year is almost over already! It’s time to send it out with a bang… and a good number of pages turned.
What are you planning to read in the month of December?