The end of the first month of 2016 is upon us and it’s been a good one! The pace of mini goals and the year of growth has been gently productive. We had a strange start back to school after the holidays. The first week, my kids, 7th, 9th and 11th grades, finished their first semester. Can you believe that? Next year they have 2 weeks of first semester after Christmas break. CRAZY. Anyway, the second week of January was the first week of the second semester. Then the following (third) week was the first week of college classes.
There are three of us in the house taking courses at the local community college and those schedules really ramp up the transportation crazy! But we’re in a groove, I think, and I’ve found stretches of driving that are made more enjoyable by audio books.
Combining the audio books with the paper and ink books, I enjoyed 4 books this month. They are:
Breaking Busy (book) ~ I wrote some thoughts from Breaking Busy here. This book was a wonderful first read of the year. Alli has the wisdom that comes from a life of examining her life and learning from it. It is likely this book will make the required summer reading list for my high schoolers!
The Call of the Wild (AudioBook) ~ This book was required reading for my middle school daughter, who is not a visual learner. Since she was really not interested in the story, we used our January audible credit to purchase the audiobook. We listened to most of the book together while traveling to and from our girls weekend retreat. Doing so helped me to “read the story” with my daughter, and helped her not get bogged down in a book she wasn’t interested in. The Call of the Wild also is my “banned book” for this year’s reading challenge.
Maggie’s Miracle (book) was an impluse choice from the library. I was just curious and bought it home. It is a quick read and I finished it within 24 hours (another reading challenge check off)
Esther’s Gift by Jan Karon. I’m on a Mitford kick right now. Sometime back I bought Somewhere Safe with Someone Good from audible, and I started listening at the beginning of the month. Well I felt like I was missing a lot of background to the story, so off to the library I went. When my youngest 3 daughters were younger, my mom had introduced me to the Mitford series and I read all that there was. Now there are several more additions and I pulled what I could off the library shelves. Esther’s Gift was in that stack.
The books keeping me company as we turn the calendar to February are Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon (audiobook, while driving), Who Am I by Jerry Bridges (audio book, while sewing), The Twelve Week Year by Brian P Moran, A Common Life by Jan Karon, and Creative You I also picked up Fervent from my daughter’s Bible study stack. That has caught my attention, so I may be slipping in some reading in that book during my early mornings. I also have Fitting Room by Kelly Minter on my kindle app, and just need to remember to pull that out in the odd times I find myself waiting, without a book.
How are you goals or mini goals going? Have you found some good reads this month? Please feel free to share in the comments.
Linking with Jessica at Life as Mom, Booking it 2016!