Falling into Reading

"Falling" into reading, you know...since it's fall...  Okay.  I'm painfully punny.  I live with a man that is always so quick-witted and I'm so not.  Most jokes that I try are just awkward or lame.  But because of that, I guess they are funny in their own way.  Maybe??

Okay, moving on.  I have been on such a reading kick recently!  Anyone else?  This is the stack on my desk right now.  

This pile is missing 2 books that I already read this past month, "Once a Witch" by Carolyn MacCullough and "These is my Words" by Nancy Turner.  "Once a Witch" is a quick young adult read that I thought would be appropriate for October.  I enjoyed it's plot, love interest, and magic.  The witch characters each have a different power (think the show Heros).  I want to read the sequel "Always a Witch" as well.  The other book by Nancy Turner was so good!  I think it will be one of my all-time favorites.  It's set in 1881 in the Arizona Territory, told journal style from the narrator's point of view.  It portrays the roughness of the west, yet the love story is so beautiful.  

From this pile I've read "Hiding in the Spotlight" by Greg Dawson.  His mother was a Jewish Ukrainian survivor of the Holocaust.  He didn't find out until later in life and then wrote this story of his mother and aunt's life as they "hid" among the Nazis as pianists.  It was moving and inspiring.  

It seems like this pile is growing taller rather than shorter right now, but I've got to keep reading to beat the library due dates!  I'm in the beginning of "Good bones. Great pieces." and I'm excited to keep reading.  

I'm also reading "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin and thoroughly enjoying myself.  After looking up on her site, I'm really interested in doing a Happiness Project with a group!  There are templates to print out and instructions for groups on happiness-project.com.  The author realized that she didn't feel as happy as she could and divided a year into different focus months, with corresponding goals for each month's theme.  I'm in chapter 5 right now and already feel like a better person for reading the book...and I already want to re-read it!  Anyone else want to join a happiness project?  Anyone else read the book?

And at the bottom of the stack is "Mother Teresa: The Life and Works of a Modern Saint."  I put it down several times in the Target isle, but then couldn't resist a 3rd time.  She's too inspiring to stand by.  As I'm reading through this, I already see ways I can simplify and love more.  She was amazing.  This will be one thing that always remains on our book shelves.  

What's in your pile?


  1. I've wanted to read The Happiness Project, but haven't yet. So glad you're loving it.

  2. for the record..i think your funny and quick witted! its tough for anyone to beat tyler. he is abnormal ;) haha

  3. Oooh! Thanks for adding a book to my list! I'm going to check it out this week at the ol' library.

    And as for my shelf? ummmm, just Charlotte's Web with Lukas. I need a great book, so thanks for the suggestion!

  4. So glad to see you reading like this Bonnie! I think its the sure fired way to keep your brain working like it should. I have to put a plug in for Robin McKinley and the the Blue Sword, there are actually two books in this series. I loved them as a young teenager and still reread them every once in awhile. Check out the live ship traders if you like this. I think books open windows into wondrous experiences in our lives. Happy reading and I will have to try to read a few of the ones you list. Love ya, Tammy

  5. Bonnie, I am reading the book right now... I would do the happiness project with you. Let me know.

  6. Yea for reading! You know Jess, I don't know if I've actually read "Charlotte's Web," just watched the movie. Ixchelle, I'm not sure what I want to organize yet, I'll let you know!


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