In March I decided to focus on reading books instead of watching TV to relax. It wasn’t easy to change habits while in the beginning of the soccer season, Bookworm with chicken pox, birthdays and grandparents visiting. Add in daily life responsibilities of homeschooling, homesteading, and homemaking and it seemed near impossible but I wanted to try. I finished 2 of my 3 books from my March list. I decided to take my time reading through Zero to 10,000 Page Views in Less than 30 Days by Anna Merhalski as I’m working on my blog.
Reading in my hammock at nap time gave me some “me time” that I always hear is so important to us moms. I wasn’t expecting it to be as refreshing as it was. When nap time was over the kids would happily put on their shoes and come running outside to play. At this point I was ready to enjoy the rest of the day instead of feeling stressed. Some I really want to continue in my life.
How I Made My List
I was enjoying my reading so much that every time I was on social media or listing to a podcast I was focused on what books were recommended. Every book I heard about I put on a wait list at the library or on my wishlist on Amazon. Some of these books were supposed to take weeks to get to me because of the library wait list but because I received them early I now have a large list to complete.
I actually have no plans to actually read all the books pictured in one month. The time I have available to read is limited so I’m going to focus on the ones that need to be returned first and finishing what I started. We now have Firebug and Cutie Pie with the chicken pox so we are stuck at home a little more that normal so I’m hoping that will lead to more reading time. So far that hasn’t been the case yet.
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline has been an enjoyable read. I’m excited to get finished with it. However, it’s getting set aside right now as it doesn’t have a wait list so I can keep it longer than the others. This book will make it to my finished list! I want to see how the story plays out. Molly and Vivian deserve to have a happy ending to their life stories of being orphans!
The top of my list is The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer. I heard about this book from a podcast and it sounded like a great thriller which I do enjoy on occasion. After reading just a few pages I was lost in the story. This is hard to do as a mom with little kids and lots of distractions and I’m excited to keep reading it.
Of Mess of Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of this Wild and Glourious Life by Jen Hatmaker is next on my list. If you haven’t read any of her books stop what you are doing and open these links! I have read 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, Interrupted and For the Love (I recommend the audio book for this one!) Each of her books has changed my outlook on life in some way and I don’t expect this book to be any different.
This list of books has a good mix of story lines and can keep me interested throughout the month. Mixing up the list with different story lines will help me from getting bored and jumping on to another project.
I’d love to hear from you about favorite books I should add to my list for next month or what you are reading now? I can’t wait to add books to my list!