Monday, February 13, 2012

The Monday Real

-I don't really buy books anymore--we just don't have the budget for it. So, my reading typically happens from library books or review copies that I'm provided with. For the most part, it works out okay...but sometimes, it doesn't work out so well. For example, I tried to request Stephen King's 11/22/63 the other day...yeah, I gave up. There were over 100 people on the wait list for the book already. But I suppose that even if I wanted to read it, I couldn't because I feel like every single book I've been on the wait-list for in the past year has come up at the exact same time. In my "to-read" pile, I currently have:

1. Crossed by Ally Condie
2. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
4. Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati
5. Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel

This is in addition to the three publisher reviews that I'm currently working on.

-The fact that I'd much rather curl up with a cup of coffee and one of the aforementioned books (and that Justin feels the same) is probably directly related to the fact that we have a literal mountain of dishes to do.

-I'm pretty new to the whole Bible Study thing. I grew up in the church, but actually spending any significant time studying the Bible is new to me. That said, I always find myself totally jazzed about a particular study until about half-way through when I start thinking about what I'm going to do next and then want to start it RIGHT THAT MINUTE. Right now, I'm doing Becoming A Woman of Simplicity, and I love the fellowship of the women that I meet with, but the study isn't the most relevant to me personally. Next, I'd kind of like to do Beth Moore's study on James, even if I just have to work through the darn workbook myself--I co-led the study of Esther at my church, and it just didn't seem like many people enjoyed having that level of homework.

-I could eat a MOUNTAIN of chocolate today, and also drink a pitcher of margaritas. Just sayin'.

Want to get real? Go link up with Jess! (Our other fearless host, Brittany, is moving, but I'm hoping she'll be back next week!)


  1. Amen on all of it! I want to read Beth Moore's So Long Insecurity. Also, Captivating by John and Stacey Eldridge is sooooo good. :)

  2. All alcohol sounds good to me, especially while pregnant. SO UNFAIR.

  3. Well I can save you some time - Into The Wilderness is a terrible book, and not worth the read. It is so poorly written I could not get past the first chapter. It's nothing more than a cheap romance novel that tried to ride on the coat tails of Outlander but failed. The other books though, are all great! :)

  4. You'd better get on the waitlist for 11/22/63 because it's an awesome book! DOOO IT! I mean, just my opinion ;)

    Have you ever checked out Paperback Swap? I've never used it, but I know it's pretty popular!

    I don't buy books either, but I'm SO incredibly lucky to have a wonderful local library system.

  5. The Beth Moore study on James, is fantastic! I am currently going through it with a group of women from church. With this study, she allows you to participate at different levels. This way, those who felt overwhelmed by the Esther study, might find this study to be a lot less taxing.

    As for, 11/22/63, I talked myself into putting my name on the waiting list. I read a sample on my Kindle, and just had to have it without paying the big bucks. It gives me something to look forward to. :) Have a blessed week!

  6. I haven't read Becoming a Woman of Simplicity but I really do love any of the other "Becoming a Woman of..." books that I have gone through. My suggestion would be to find one that relates to your life and I think you'd enjoy it.

    I am currently going through Satisfy My Thirsty Soul by Linda Dillow. I am finding it SUCH a powerful study, though it took me a couple of chapters to really get into it.

  7. I LOVED The Forgotten Garden! It held my attention through the whole book & I was not able to anticipate the ending. Overall, an excellent read!


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