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5 Books I Hope to Finish This Week + 2 Books I Read Last Week

Books I'm Reading This Week

Books I Read Last Week:

Mastering Evernote — I downloaded this book when it was available for free from Amazon. Why? Because people are always singing the praises of Evernote to me and I just can’t get into it. I figured I should read through this book to see if I could be otherwise convinced. Well, instead of convincing me to start using Evernote, it convinced me that my current system is working quite fine.

— I disagreed with quite a bit of the underlying beliefs of the author of this book, but was inspired by some of the contents. I especially appreciated the focus on making time to fill up your soul instead of just rushing through life and trying to make it through your to-do list.

Books I Hope to Finish This Week

— I’ve had this one started for quite awhile, and it’s good. It’s just deep and it’s taking me awhile to get through!

— I’ve not started this book yet, but am really hoping to finally get this book read this week while we’re traveling!

— This was another book that I found when looking for another title and thought it looked like a good read. Have you read it?

— Multiple readers have said that I MUST read this book, so I’m excited to dive into it!

— My friend, Ginger, told me this was one of her very favorite books so I knew I had to read it.

What have you read recently? What are you planning to read this week? Any good book recommendations for me?

3 Books I’m Reading This Week + What I Read Last Week

I took a few weeks off from posting my book updates because in between life and writing my own book, I’ve just not found a lot of time to read more than 5-15 minutes per day, if that. At that rate, it takes me quite awhile to get through books! But I finally have an update for you!

Books I’ve Finished Recently:

— I’ve been so blessed by all three of the Mark Batterson books I’ve read so far and was excited to dive into this one. It did not disappoint. Mark always motivates me to dream big, aim high, and jump out and do. It’s not enough to plan or dream if I never do anything with those plans or dreams. This book challenges you to go “All In” for God. To not hold back. To not settle for less than everything you’ve got. You might not agree with everything you read (I rarely do when I read Batterson), but I guarantee you’ll be challenged.

— I knew very, very little about this couple before this book showed up on my doorstep from the publisher. Honestly, I’m not sure what I think about it. I didn’t particularly care for the writing style as it kept jumping back and forth between different time periods making it feel disjointed. I also don’t know what I think about marrying someone who was just your boyfriend and you’d only known for 10 months before the traumatic brain injury. I get why Larissa (his now wife) would want to stay by his side, because she genuinely loved him, but the book just left me feeling unsettled and hurting for her. That said, I don’t know them personally and it’s not my place to question decisions they’ve made. You can .

— This book came highly recommended to me by a friend whose book recommendations I value, and I found it to be very worthwhile. It inspired me to evaluate how I’m spending my days and make sure I’m putting first things first. I loved the differing perspectives and thoughts from multiple voices in this book.

— Since the time my children were babies, I have been so challenged by reading Sally Clarkson’s writings. She’s inspired me to embrace each day, find simple ways to cultivate beauty in my home, and take time to invest in myself so that I can better nurture and bless my family. If you are a busy woman who longs to live a life of meaning and purpose, you’ll be blessed by reading Own Your Life. It’s packed with heartfelt encouragement and practical strategies to savor life more and make each moment count. {I received a pre-release copy of this book. It releases in a few months.}

Books I Hope to Finish This Week

— I’ve had this one started for quite awhile, and it’s good. It’s just deep and it’s taking me awhile to get through!

— I’ve not started this book yet, but am hoping to have some down time some evening this week so I can actually read a fiction book from cover to cover. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve done that and I’m itching to just get lost in a good story!

— Multiple readers have told me I must read this book. It looks good and I can’t wait to dive in!

Books I Read This Week

Podcasts I Listened To:

— So someone suggested this podcast to me when I first started writing my next book (it’s on how to increase your income, increase your impact, and not lose your joy in the process). I turned on one episode and listened for a bit and wasn’t all that impressed. So I turned it off. In all honesty, I was just going to delete it off my iTunes playlist, but then, a few more people highly recommended it, so I listened again — this time to most of an episode. And I loved it.

I’m glad I gave this podcast a second try as I’ve learned so much and been inspired in very practical ways from it. Highly recommended — and be sure to listen to more than just 10 minutes of one episode. I’ve found that the value in these is really in listening to an entire episode. Hearing these women entrepreneurs unpack what has and hasn’t worked and share their stories is highly educational and beneficial!

Movies We Watched:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier — We’ve loved all of the movies in this series and, once again, we not disappointed with this one. I loved that there was a clear good versus evil storyline, that the film was very clean, and that it was action packed. In fact, Jesse and I were planning to watch half of it one night and then finish it the following night. But we got so caught up in it that we just couldn’t turn it off! 🙂

And, of course, we’ve been watching lots and lots of baseball. How about our Kansas City Royals?? Silas and Jesse are HUGE fans and it’s so fun for me to see their team doing so well in the post-season. 🙂 We’re pretty stoked about Friday night’s game! 🙂

What have you read recently? What are you planning to read this week? Any good book recommendations for me?

Six Books I’m Reading This Week + What I Read Last Week

6 Books I'm Reading This Week

I’m so excited that last week’s experiment to share what I planned to read last week (instead of sharing a post once a month on what I hoped to read during the whole month) was a success for me.

It feels like breaking things down into more bite-sized pieces. At this season of my life when it feels like I’m focusing on living one day at a time, this approach seems more doable and less daunting.

Plus, it motivated to me get in more reading — which is always a good thing!

This week, I’m reading:

— I’ve had this one started for quite awhile, and it’s good. It’s just deep and it’s taking me awhile to get through!

— I’ve not started this book yet, but am hoping to have some down time some evening this week so I can actually read a fiction book from cover to cover. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve done that and I’m itching to just get lost in a good story!

— Multiple readers have told me I must read this book. It looks good and I can’t wait to dive in!

— I’ve been so blessed by all three of the Mark Batterson books I’ve read so far and I’m guessing this will be another challenging and life-impacting read.

— I know very little about this book, but it showed up at my doorstep from the publisher. And I was so intrigued by the story when I read the back cover and flipped through it, that it went to the top of my book pile immediately!

— This book came highly recommended to me by a friend whose book recommendations I value, so I’m excited to see what thoughts and ideas I can pick up from it on better time management — something I love reading and learning about!

— I picked up this little book at a homeschool conference last year and have been meaning to read it to the kids ever since.

100 Days of Real Food

Last Week, I Read:

100 Days of Real Food — This was a great read! I enjoyed it so much that I wrote an entire post on it here: 10 Reasons I Loved 100 Days of Real Food.

— I read a little bit of this book every morning as part of my morning devotions. I really appreciated the thoughts on how to live in God’s image in our everyday lives. I especially loved this quote, “When you embrace God’s providence in your life, you are free to reflect His power and love. Instead of being paralyzed by what you can’t control, you are empowered by the knowledge that God is in control.”

— Michael Hyatt recommended this one and it was a challenging read. I would recommend that everyone read this book. You might not agree with all of the principles, but it will definitely cause you to step back and examine your life and choices.

— I ate this book up! I can so relate to the perfectionist tendencies in this book and loved the insights and wisdom the authors shared for how to overcome the desire to have a “perfect” life and instead live with braveness and authenticity.

— We read this aloud at lunch time and the kids really enjoyed it. It’s an easy and entertaining read — great to foster kids’ imaginations!

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Last Week, I Listened To:

— Ruth always has such great insight and this podcast was no different. If you are looking for some encouragement and inspiration as a blogger or online business owner, I think you’ll really enjoy this podcast.

— I love Chris and learn so much from him. I listened to his latest two podcast on building a team, putting people in the right positions, and encouraging your team to succeed. Such great wisdom and inspiration!

Mom's Night Out

Last Week, We Watched:

— I’ve heard about this movie over and over again since it released, so we finally watched it as a family. Jesse and the kids loved it and laughed their heads off. Since I had already read the book, I knew the storyline so I don’t think it was quite as funny to me since I already knew what was coming. 🙂

I’m kind of “meh” about the movie… I think it was nice that it was clean and wholesome and genuinely funny in parts. But I also love movies with more depth in them and this one just felt fluffy to me, if that makes sense?

— Everyone in our family is fans of Shark Tank, so we watched one episode together this week. Our kids love to analyze the business ideas and offers made and give their own running commentary. And Jesse and I not only love doing the same, but we love the entrepreneurial conversations we have with our kids as a result of watching the show.

What are you reading right now? Any book recommendations for me?

5 Books I’m Reading This Week + What I Read Last Week

What I'm Reading This Week

If you noticed in August, my book posts were also noticeably absent. I did read some, but not at all as much as I was hoping to.

Since I feel like I’m living my life one week — or maybe even more like one day? — at a time right now, I decided to experiment with doing weekly book posts instead of monthly book posts.

This is an experiment. Therefore, it may fail or not work. But I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try! 🙂

This week, I’m reading:

— I’ve had this one started for quite awhile, and it’s good. It’s just deep and it’s taking me awhile to get through!

— I’m over halfway done with this book. I’ve been reading a little bit every morning as part of my morning devotion time. It’s been thought-provoking!

— Michael Hyatt recommended this one and, so far, it’s been challenging and inspiring. I can’t wait to finish it and start implementing some of the principles!

— I started this one last week and am eating it up! I can so relate to the perfectionist tendencies they describe in this book and it’s an area that I’m really working on right now.

— I’ve not started this book yet, but am hoping to have some down time this weekend so I can actually read a fiction book from cover to cover. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve done that and I’m itching to just get lost in a good story!

— We’re reading this aloud at lunch time and the kids are really enjoying it. It’s an easy read, but entertaining so far.

The Fringe Hours

Last week, I read:

— One of the perks of being an author & blogger is getting to read pre-release copies of great books like this! If you feel overwhelmed with life and can’t seem to find time to recharge your batteries, I wholeheartedly encourage you to pre-order a copy of this book.

I’ve long admired how , and yet still have time for things she loves — like hanging out with friends and family, scrapbooking, and blogging. In , she unveils her secrets to success and gives you the tools, tips, and techniques you can use to find time in your full schedule to refresh yourself and refill your tank, too. You can .

What are you reading right now? Any book recommendations for me?

12 Books I Plan to Read in July + 3 Books I Plan to Read Aloud to the Kids


As I shared in January, I’m changing the way I’m approaching my reading goals in 2014. Instead of picking books for the whole year, I’m just choosing books a month at a time.

Here’s my list of what I’m planning to read in July:

12 Books I Plan to Read in July

I also am reading through the Bible using the plan in my Blessing Journal and reading one devotional from every day.

3 Books I Plan to Read Aloud to My Kids

What books are you planning to read in July? Leave a comment and let us know — and then you can come back at the beginning of August to tell us what you ended up reading and what you thought of the books you read!

10 Books I Read in June (and My Top 3 Favorites!)

12 Books I Plan to Read in June

While I didn’t quite get all the books read in June that I hoped to, I DID get in more reading than I had in April and May, so that’s progress!

10 Books I Read in June

I’m also reading through the Bible using the plan in my Blessing Journal and reading one devotional from every day.

Books I Plan to Read in June

3 Books I Read Aloud to My Kids

  • Devotional:

My Top 3 Favorites

 — Confession time: I’ve never nailed anything on a wall on any house I’ve ever lived in (friends & family have taken pity on me and done it for me), but this book moved me at a deep level. I want to stop making excuses that “I’m not a decorator” — borne out of my own insecurity and concern over what people will think or that I’ll do it all wrong.

Instead, I just want to be free to experiment, take risks, and try new things — not only when it comes to our home decor, but in all areas of my life. It’s time to say goodbye to performance, perfectionism, and people-pleasing… And to start living with braveness and boldness.

10 Books Read in June

 — I highly, highly recommend this book if you find yourself (like me) having perfectionistic, people-pleasing tendencies. It’s well-written and engaging, but more than that, the message is powerful, freeing, life-changing!

— The title of this book alone was enough to challenge me. But the contents were even more convicting. I don’t want to “play it safe”. I want to step outside my comfort zone, even though it’s uncomfortable and hard. I only have one life to live. I want to live it to its fullest. Reading Kristen’s story in the pages of this book stirred me, moved me, and challenged me to not be complacent, comfortable, or content with mediocrity.

Runner Up: — If you didn’t get to yet, be sure to read the post this book inspired: I’m Done With Being a People-Pleaser.

What books did you read in June? What were your favorites? Any books that you’d highly recommend for me?