Good morning reader friends. Do you love curling up with a good book, too? My favorite relaxing pastime is reading, and today I'm giving you a little peek at some of my top picks — what's on my nightstand or by my favorite chair at the moment; some foodie related, some not…
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What I just started:
- The Brainy Bunch — this is about a huge family of homeschooled kids who all began college when most kids begin junior high or high school! I can't wait to get into it more… (Read about our homeschooling journey here.)
Books I've already read but keep referring back to:
- Nourishing Broth (See my review here: What’s Wrong with My Stock?! Answers to Questions about Nourishing Bone Broth and Gelatin Benefits: New Book by Sally Fallon Morell and Kaayla Daniel.)
- Prescription for Nutritional Healing — I love this reference book for those who want to treat health issues naturally anytime we can. Need more help with holistic or homeopathic healing? Get Joette's book, she's the expert: Cure Yourself and Your Family with Homeopathy.
- Essential Oil Safety — this one is pricy but worth it to have on hand!
What's still on my pile to get to yet:
- The Sinners Guide to Natural Family Planning — sounds interesting, huh? Kent and I are not the best at NFP and that's all I'll say about that, LOL!
What we've been using for our read-alouds lately:
- First, you have to get this book, the Read Aloud Handbook. It'll reignite your fire for reading aloud to your kids and it also has a huge list of suggestions to keep coming back to when you need more ideas.
- We just finished the second Cheaper by the Dozen book: Belles on Their Toes. (We read the first one last year.) They are really cute and will make you laugh for sure.
- Now we're reading Life Behind the Wall — this one is fictional but there is a lot of WWII history woven in and the kids never want me to stop, which I love.
- Next up is the Bronze Bow. Our daughter started it on her own and it didn't grab her, so I skimmed it one day and knew I wanted to read it out loud to them. It's a story about a boy living in Jesus' time and his interaction with Him.
What I'm definitely reading on the next Sunday that we're not running around:
- An Aria for Nick — this is written by my favorite Christian author and friend, Hallee Bridgeman. I don't know how she keeps cranking out all those amazing stories that are loaded with details and twists and turns that keep me guessing, but they're SO nice for a relaxing Sunday afternoon. (I can't put them down once I begin, so I wait until I have a relatively free day before I open it.) I've already read Book 1 in this series — it's my favorite way to spend a quiet day!
- Praying the Bible for Your Children — mine has been well “loved” over the years, left out in the rain, etc. I date each page as I pray that day for our kids.
- Jesus Calling — we've given a lot of these away as gifts, especially lately to my family. We're all really struggling, of course with Mom's death, but also with other sad garbage that has happened since… 🙁
- The Better Part — this takes you deeper into the daily scripture readings.
- Christian Classics in Modern English — I'm hoping to post more on this one on my other blog soon, be sure to click over there and subscribe so you don't miss anything.
What are YOUR top picks these days? Please share!