Despite my inactivity around here, I've been reading a great deal! Though I had determined to not take on any more review books, I've had moments of weakness, and several have made their way into our home. Most of them are future releases, so I'll hold off on them for a couple more months. I've also put several down, unfortunately, mostly due to language. I've had the craving for biographies lately, and I've read several of those. A few have been short and written for middle grade kids, but I'm still counting it! ;) I'm learning that sometimes it's best to not know too much about some people. (I'm looking at you, Roald Dahl and Charlie Chaplin.)
These books, I enjoyed, though:
The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful by Myquillen Smith
I kept eying this book, but never enough to pick it up. One day, I was browsing my library's e-books, and decided, spur of the moment, to grab it. I'm so glad I did!
Myquillen and I don't have the same tastes in decor at all, BUT I love her creativity. She's inspired me to take chances in my own home, and not worry about if it's "accepted" or not. When we were putting our cabinets into our kitchen, I debated on stain versus paint. I really liked the light stain on oak. Every time I went to pinterest, I only saw how to get rid of those "ugly" oak cabinets. I almost painted them, just because it was more popular these days, but I LOVE my natural stained oak cabinets! Our counter top is pretty much the same color as the cabinets, and though that's a "no-no" in the decorating world, I love it. I'm glad I didn't go with the crowd on those decisions, and I'm glad that Smith made me realize the beauty of being different in full.
She's also taught me to look past the obvious and see the potential. Paint goes a long way!
I love our little house, but it is quirky, and off center. There's not a single wall in this house that was built straight. (We bought it already built, by the way.) I'm learning to love the imperfections and quirks, and this was just the book I needed. I'm now pumped up to decorate our home in way that is more fitting to our tastes and lifestyles.
Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys by Hal and Melanie Young
This book was such a blessing to me! It is filled with tons of advice for raising young men. Sometimes I feel so lost, and I appreciate the advice within this book. The advice concerning guns and heroes was especially useful in my current stage of parenting.
There's advice from childhood all the way to college. A great deal of the book doesn't apply to me right now, but I know I have this book to turn to when that time comes. Of course, I don't share all the same opinions and beliefs as the authors, but there was still plenty to gain from reading it.
This book is written with homeschooling moms in mind. I officially started homeschooling Grasshopper last month, so I'm glad I got to read it at the start of our journey.
This is an excellent book for homeschooling moms of boys! I don't hesitate to recommend it. I'm looking forward to listening to some of audios the Youngs have recorded!
(Thanks to a sweet friend for sending me this book!!!)
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
Earlier this year, I read and loved Sky Raiders by Mull. (There's no doubt it will make it onto my "Top 10 of 2014" list!) I determined that I HAD to read all his other books.
I enjoyed it, but not as much as I thought I would. I feel completely unqualified to say this, but I think that Mull's writing has greatly improved since writing Fablehaven. It was still fun, though!
Just like Sky Raiders, Fablehaven gives us an ending without a cliffhanger, but it's still obvious that there's much more adventure to come. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the Fablehaven series, but I'm looking MORE forward to reading the rest of the Sky Raiders series.
(Thanks to my local library for lending me e-copies of Fablehaven and The Nesting Place!)