Books Read: February2014

Yikes, well, guess I won’t exactly make all seven days. Yesterday was just….. too much and at the end of the day I decided to just read a little bit instead of force myself to write.

Anyways, yesterday was also the end of the month so I thought I’d just wrap up the books I read. I keep glancing at my Reading List and realizing that while I am actually making my goal of “Two books a month” (so far), I’m not actually doing much reading on the actual list. So, in light of that I thought I’d try to be a little more specific about my reading goals and try to read at least two books from the list a month before I start just grabbing the next book that I find recommended somewhere. I guess I usually just find that if a book is recommended, if I don’t reserve it at the library right away I’ll forget about it. (I’m super bad about keeping up with lists of “recommended books” – perhaps I should work on that).

So, in order of actual finishing, February’s List…

{1}

The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning – Simcha Fisher

So, um, WOW, just wow. I finally “bit the bullet” and used an entire $5 Amazon gift card to purchase the ebook for $4.99 (I know, right? what else can one do on a super tight budget). This book isn’t about the “how-to’s” of NFP, more about the “this is what marriage looks like, while using NFP”. I really enjoyed it for that reason. There wasn’t any sugar coating, it was real. I spent all of our little tiny weekend away at the beginning of February reading it. (This was technically on the reading list as I added it after the fact, you know, just in case you need those specific details)

{2}

33 Days to Morning Glory – Fr. Michael Gaitley

I worked my way through this in preparation for my Consecration to Jesus through Mary, which I completed on Feb 2 :). It was one of the read a little bit every day kinda books. Having not read any other Consecration to Jesus through Mary books I don’t have much to compare it to in terms of depth and content. I do think for where I was at when I read it, it was fine. It definitely caused me to do quite a bit of serious thinking. It did feel a little bit “laid back”/relaxed. I don’t want to say it was not serious, but I feel like it was only as serious as you were going to take it; while I imagine some of the older writings would be serious whether or not you wanted to take them that way or not. (Does that make any sense?)

{3}

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two – Catherynne M. Valente

Book three of the Fairyland books. To me this one dragged. Maybe because I was bored of the series, which tends to happen, especially if I do a lot of the same kind of reading back-to-back. The book was perfectly fine, it obviously continues the story of September and her friends, this time they’re up on the moon, and they’ve got to save it. September is doing a lot more growing up in this one, she feels a little older (which she is), so the issues are, not more mature, but…. maybe a little more in depth than the previous books. Enjoyable, but I should have spaced them a little further.

{4}

Happy Wives Club – Fawn Weaver

A review book. I loved this one 🙂

{5}

Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table With Recipes – Shauna Niequist

I think this may have been the first food memoir book I’ve read. I think, based on this book that I highly enjoy the genre, but I don’t know if I LOVE the genre. That said, I totally wish that I had an actual hard copy that I owned (I rented from the library ebook system). I haven’t made any of the recipes, but I want to somehow get them off the kindle and onto paper before the book is due back, not sure if that’s possible, if not than I better get to hand copying at least the few that I wanted to try right away.  It was really powerful to see her correlation between meals (in the home) and the Meal at Church (the Eucharist). Maybe because I’m not a “natural” food person (I’ve only just recently begun to enjoy cooking… sometimes; and hosting a meal is not something that I get tons of energy from) I’ve never put the connection together in that way, and it was really neat to see how she did it.

{6} – Book I’ve decided not to finish

Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe – Sharon Jaynes

This is another book review book, so I’ll definitely be getting a more in depth post up in the next day or two. But for a “sneak peak” on why I’m not going to finish…

I picked this book because the title intrigued me. I knew when I got it that it was written from an Protestant point of view, but I thought I’d give it a go anyways, as the last two “Protestant” books I got were really good. The book is broken into a couple of parts, the first part titled the “Power and Purpose of Prayer”, overall I felt this part was excellent. The author gives several examples of the power of wives praying for their husbands, and the amount it changed them (both the wife and husband). There is a section where she talks about the woman being created by God to be man’s helper (Gen 2:18), but she goes on to explain and follow through the roots of the word “helper”, finding that “helper” in this sense is a role of great honor and strength (not something/someone sitting in the background). I’m not sure what my exact thoughts on “helper” were before I read this book (honestly, I don’t know that I ever thought about it), but after it struck me that this “helper” held a powerful position, but that most of that power was to be found on the knees in a Spiritual battle.

{to be continued……}

{guess I didn’t actually get to why I’m not going to finish, but I’ll write that book review and link back here when it’s done}

I was totally going to add book covers to this list, but I am bushed. So this is going to be just a list, so boring looking.

Good night blog-world folks

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