Taking Time to Read…

I have a stacked up list including one number I cannot not disclose as it is a book review for Onlinebookblub.org.

My current shareable reading list is as follows:

What is on your coffee table?

A to Z Mysteries Detective Camp“* Super Edition 1, by Ron Roy (I assist my daughter in reading this one for an online summer camp.)

“Pokemon, The Official Adventure Guide“* Ash’s Quest From Kanto to Kalos (As a family we at times play Pokemon Go, and it is nice to understand the characters I am trying to catch and maintain in my Pokedex a little better.)

You’re Going to Be Okay,” *by Holley Gerth (A gifted Bible Study I never completed when I lived in Delaware. In these last couple months since my medical and marital issues, I am striving to find value in myself outside of man, or my role as a mother. I am learning how God values me, and to retrain my traumatic, anxious thoughts. I write every scripture down in a composition notebook. Nothing fancy, just a left over one from my kids school.)

Like A Queen,”* By Constance Hall (I purchased this one with stimulus money, Queen The Label had a buy one get one free special for her books.)

Hidden Potential,”* by Wendy Pope (A gifted Bible Study from a fellow follower of Christ. I am participating in the Proverbs 31 online study.)

1-2-3 Magic,”* by Dr. Thomas W. Phelan (Given to me after my medical occurences by my daughter’s therapist, in attempt to relate to her better, and parent more intentionall

I have been working on these books for weeks. I am almost done with the Pokemon Guide. Hidden Potential is read one chapter a week (this week is Chapter 3) with the Proverbs group for a total of six weeks. I am on page 146 out of 272 for the book by Constance Hall. I am only on Chapter 3 of the parenting book. I am on page 84 out of 231 for Holley Gerth. I can already hear you telling me to focus. The best I can do is to set intentional timers for 10 minutes at a time.

Do you have a reading list? I have a couple of audio books, and a few more thrifted books I would like to read. (There are probably several books on my shelf collecting dust as well.) Shh…it will be our secret ;/

Do you host or participate in a book club, bible study, or summer reading program? Tell me about it in the comments….

Steady Reading In Plain Sight,

Masquerade Jade

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3 thoughts on “Taking Time to Read…

  1. Reading for me is hit and miss. I tend to take an interest, reading 2 or 3 books, then I won’t read for a year or two. Instead, I tend to read blog posts from favourite bloggers and look for interesting things on Pinterest to read each day.
    I have some books I really enjoyed reading, if you would like some suggestions, though! Let me know and I can give you a few books to look for at the thrift store when you’re able to go.

    1. I am always open to suggestions! I have been told I can’t buy anymore books but I am certain I won’t listen. I mean the local thrift store has em 3 for .99. Blog reading. I really need to get back to that. In my drama llama life I forget I like to do that

      1. So, I tend to lean towards “hard knock life” stories or “supernatural/Science Fiction” type stories. Not sure if you also like those types, but here are a few suggestions if you’re interested. Also, many of the stories I have read have been made into movies. I often watch a movie that I particularly like, then read the book, which give more incite into the story than the movie. At few became a movies after I read them, though. Regardless, I still highly recommend reading these books!
        The “hard knock life” stories I find very inspirational, as many are either biographical or based upon someone’s experience. The first book I highly recommend is “Angela’s Ashes” by Frank McCourt. The book is about his childhood, growing up in Limerick, Ireland. I’m honestly shocked this guy made it to adulthood! If you enjoy this book as much as I did, Frank went on to write a few more books about his adult life, called ” ‘Tis” and “Teacher Man”. Believe it or not, despite not going to high school, he eventually immigrated to New York and eventually became a High School Teacher! I had the privilege of visiting Limerick, Ireland last year, where we did a walking tour based on his book, which ended at this childhood school he talks about in the book. The school is now a museum. It was amazing to actually see many of the places he talked about in the book that still exists (unfortunately the houses he lived in are no longer there). If you are interested, you could do a google search, to see pictures of some of the places, even if you can’t afford to travel there.
        The next book I recommend is “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls. Again, this is a memoir about her childhood, growing up in extreme poverty with mentally ill parents. Her and most of her siblings eventually made a plan to escape, went on to University and became very successful people. The book was more recently made into a movie, but I don’t think the movie did the book justice. Definitely a good read, in my humble opinion!
        The final “hard knock life” book I recommend is fictional. I read it many years ago, as it was recommended by Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club at the time. But I think you might relate to the story on a more personal level, which is why I recommend it. The book is called “She’s Come Undone” by Wally Lamb. It’s about a girl who has a traumatic experience that in turn affects her for the rest of her life, in so many ways.
        As for “supernatural” type stories, when I was younger, I really enjoyed anything written by Anne Rice! She is the author of “Interview with a Vampire”, but the movie definitely wasn’t as good as the book. Furthermore, there is a whole series of Vampire books, which give more incite into lives of the various vampires mentioned in the first book. She also has another series on the Mayfair Witches, the first book of the series being “The Witching Hour”. Then there are a few stand alone novels, like “The Feast of All Saints” and “Servant of the Bones”. What I loved most about her books is the incredible amount of historic details she ties into her stories. They are a heavy read, but incredibly interesting stories!
        Finally, if you want an easier “teen novel” my mom and I both really enjoyed reading the “Divergent Trilogy” by Veronica Roth. Yes, all three books “Divergent”, “Allegiant” and “Insurgent” have been made into movies. But I promise you, the books are even better! This one would be perfect to read to your daughter, too, if that is of interest. There are no heavy “love scenes” described in the book, making it safe to share with a younger audience.
        So there’s a few books to look for, if you’re interested. If I think of any more, I’ll send you another comment. Hope you like them!

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