Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Well, You Asked...

We've been working on "the art of gracious conversation" with Million.  Asking people how they're doing, if they had a pleasant holiday, sharing some encouraging words, and listening while they answer, etc.  One question we've given him as a backup for if he can't think of another question is "What have you been reading lately?"

In my imaginary conversation with you, oh blog readers, you've just asked me what I've been reading lately. 

How kind of you.  Thoughtful!

I was telling my caring and beautiful sister-in-law recently that I have a hard time finding balance with reading.  I especially find it difficult to balance reading types and "me-time" (however elusive that may be).  I will either read in preparation for Million's school (now, next year, or several years down the road), read a book that is beneficial for me and soul-stirring, or ever-so-occasionally delve into a little fiction.

I'm trying to be more balanced about this.  I'm one of those people that will rarely allow myself a fiction "treat" because I love it so much and lose all self-control when it comes to fiction. 

[I'm also trying to incorporate more time where I'm not on the computer reading or sorting.  It's a little sick and twisted how much I'm enjoying organizing Million's future school book lists into spreadsheets and sorting them by date and country represented.  In this one area, order reigns supreme.]

So here's what I've been reading lately.  Because you all so kindly asked.  (At least, in my imaginary conversation, you did.)  Way to go, you! You've nearly perfected the art of gracious conversation. 

Here, without further ado or Amazon links, is my list from this week.  

1. Read for the Heart by Sarah Clarkson (I'm perpetually reading this and checking books out of the library for Million based on its recommendations.)
 2. Wildwood by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis
3. The Birds' Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
4. Louisa May Alcott's Christmas Treasury
5. The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson
6. Christmastide: Prayers for Advent Through Epiphany from The Divine Hours by Phyllis Tickle
7. The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp 
8. About 25 children's books about Christmas.  Maybe if I get time I'll do a book recommendation post on kids' Christmas books...but I can't promise anything. 

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