What I’m Reading: April 2012

I feel like I am finally getting back into a reading groove after a year or so of only grabbing five minutes or so a day to read. When the girls were newborns I read a ton while nursing, but once they turned a year old, it seemed like I spent more time chasing babies than reading. And, some days it is still like that.

So, here it is, the books I’ve been accessing on my Kindle this month!

  1. Like the rest of America, I’ve been reading through The Hunger Games Trilogy. And I must be the slowest reader in America, because I am still onMockingjay. I’m using the excuse that I can’t read it before bed (nightmares), I’m savoring an engrossing story, and I read more than one book at a time!
  2. Even though I am not currently in breastfeeding mode, I’ve spent a lot of time in the past 16 years there, and still have many friends in this stage. So I thoroughly enjoyed the honesty, humor through adversity, and stubborn determination in Rebekah Curtis’ Boob Hell. This is on my list of books that every breastfeeding mother should read. If for nothing else, the assurance that if she can get through *that*…everything else looks easy! I also love that my wise friend, and regular commenter here, Gayle, makes a cameo appearance:) Seriously girls, if you ever had the feeling that your baby forgot to read the breastfeeding books, this book is for you!
  3. I’m on a constant journey to become a more organized and neat wife. I don’t buy the theory that being neat or messy has to do with how you were raised. Trust me, I was raised doing chores. I think that being a good homemaker is a decision, and it takes developing habits. That is where blogger, Nony the Slob’s ebook comes in.28 Days to Hope for Your Home is a different kind of housekeeping how-to guide. It is not written for the moderately messy. It is written for the moms (you know who you are) who fear someone “just dropping by”. It is written for people who look at the sink full of dishes and decide to take the family out to dinner rather than tackle them. It is written for people who can’t see the floor in several rooms of their house. Now, in the spirit of full disclosure, I’m not that bad. But, I was very curious, and I want to improve some of my homekeeping habits. If the Fly Lady’s “baby steps” really seem like too much of a leap, and you really just need a gentle nudge to start…this book is for you! (ps…I’ve been secretly following these four habits and a certain Dakotapastor has noticed a difference!
  4. If you are sensing a theme of blogger written books this month, that is because I am on a blogger author kick right now! I love reading things from people I “know”, and I am amazed at the talent of my friends! I also read, and cried, and was encouraged by Emily Cook’sWeak and Loved: A Mother-Daughter Love Story. Emily is a fellow pastor’s wife, mom of many and an amazing writer. I know that you too will be blessed by reading Aggie’s journey! And when you are done reading, stop by Emily’s blog and see how Aggie is doing now! Emily is currently working on a guest post for me, so we will be seeing more of her in the future!
  5. Last week I discovered the Time Warp Wife. I’m not sure what rock I’ve been hiding under that I just discovered her, turns out Dakotapastor has been a secret fan for a while. Then I learned that she just released her book The Good Wife’s Guide: Embracing Your Role as a Help Meet, and I had to get it…like right away. I even bought one for my bestie for her birthday…she reads faster than I do! I found the book to be very encouraging, and also convicting. My attitudes toward my relationships in our home often fall short of the ideal. The second half of the book has some great organizational and housekeeping advice. It is currently only in eBook form, but the print version is being released very soon!

So, there you have it…my very eclectic April reading list! What have YOU been reading…I’d love to know![easyazon-cta align=”right” asin=”0978026217″ height=”42″ key=”amazon-us-tall-orange” locale=”us” width=”120″]


Comments: 4

  1. Jill Burton April 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm Reply

    I can’t even read one book, let alone several at a time. Matt can read three or four books at a time. Sigh. My attention span is just too short I guess. I used to be a reader, but it’s sort of silly if you can’t stand to find out how the story turns out and you look at the end. And I was sort of “victimized’ by self-help books so I shy away from them too.

    I love that my kids like to read though…and I encourage them to do it.

    • Dakotapam April 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm Reply

      That is true, I’m not sure I could do self help if I were you! I’m kind of a reading addict with a short attention span…hence the several books at once:)

  2. Rhubarb and Venison April 19, 2012 at 9:37 pm Reply

    That’s so great that you find time to read! I’m rereading Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast” right now (la vie en Paris, ooh la la), and considering reading “The Social Animal” about our subconscious brain – it’s been sitting on my bedside table for a month now, basically unopened. I can’t see to get my subconscious to pick it up… :)

    • Dakotapam April 19, 2012 at 11:01 pm Reply

      I love, love, love Hemingway, but he makes me crave gin…lots of gin…and probably cigarettes. Looks like I get to hear you speak on Monday:)

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