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When a friend recommends a book to me, I take it seriously, especially when the recommendation is not just, “This is a great story.” When I hear words like, “This novel impacted my faith,” or “I thought about this book for months,” I know I’m dealing with something much more delicate.

When I read a book on a friend’s recommendation, I not only learn about new characters or find an author’s voice, but I also catch a glimpse of my friend, the fellow reader. Reading a beloved book of a friend is like being trusted with a secret, almost as though I’m having a conversation through the shared words, and the experience is, in some ways, more private than an actual conversation over coffee or at dinner.

Reading is a solitary activity for the most part, but being a book lover is more about community. Trusting a friend with a treasured book involves a level of vulnerability. The book’s words become reflections of the reader as well as the author. When we say, “Oh, please read this book. I absolutely loved it,” we are sharing a part of ourselves with another person. Books are intimate.

When I’m in a crowd, especially a crowd of new faces, I listen for book titles dropped in conversation as touchstones. Somehow, I learn more about a person when I hear books they loved or hated. I’m not saying I never like someone who doesn’t like the same books I like. I have friends who despise Jane Austen or love Thomas Pynchon. We are still friends. I don’t disown people because of book preferences. But, when I hear that familiar quote from a touchstone book, I know I’ve found a kindred spirit.

So, let me in on your secret: What’s a book you’d recommend that’s a little window to your soul?

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La Passeggiata

April 2, 2014 — Leave a comment

Our first night in Rome, Tyler and I headed into town via the Metro up to Flaminio station near the Piazza del Popolo. From there, we walked along the Via del Corso, a long straight street in Rome that closes down every night for walking. As a long-standing tradition, everyone in Rome finishes up work, and before heading home or to a restaurant to meet friends for dinner, they take a long walk. Sometimes they shop or buy ingredients for dinner, but it’s mostly just to socialize – maybe to show off a little, too.

The street lights glow a soft amber color. The shop owners stand around outside, talking to passersby. Old Italian men with their wool hats and coats and spiffy scarves gently push the elbows of their lady friends in heels and hats farther down the street. Teenagers in skinnies and Pumas light each other’s cigarettes and laugh on their way to the Spanish Steps or the nearby (and gigantic) McDonald’s. Street vendors shoot neon spinners in the air to attract the passing tourists.

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We ventured over to the Spanish Steps and then down towards the Trevi Fountain to throw in our lucky coin, assuring a return trip. We walked the winding paths leading over to the Pantheon. At the Pantheon we sat and watched a guy take an extended exposure shot of the passing crowds. We found a gelato shop, where I tried some made from rose jam. It was my favorite of the trip – light, fresh, and creamy. We wandered by the Victor Emmanuel Monument and then climbed to the Piazza del Campodoglio, where we could see the line of the Forum, the Arch of Constantine, and the Colosseum in the distance. There, the city was quiet and peaceful.

I loved being a part of this. It’s like Rome says, “Let’s take a few moments of every day and remember we are all in this together.” Rome doesn’t forget its past. It builds on top of it, or it saves and appreciates it. The streets bustle with modern-day life, but they still recognize the beauty of its history. Trevi Fountain, a gorgeous display of sculpture and art, was completed in 1762 to celebrate the re-opening of some of Rome’s ancient aqueducts. Now, it’s visited by lovers and by crowds of teenagers, by old men before grabbing some wine with friends and by tourists who want to catch some of the magic of A Roman Holiday.

I know visiting Italy for ten days will not make me an Italian, but I want to bring a bit of Italy into my every day life. I want to take time every night for a stroll or to catch up on the day with friends. I want to celebrate history right along with the present. Why not make something simple, like a water source, also be beautiful? Not all of Rome is in a museum. Most of its beauty and life is free for the taking.

I want a part of my day, every day, to somehow remember, “We’re not alone in this life. Let’s be together.”

When in Rome, you forget you have a blog. At least I did.

Well, I’ve fallen off the blogging wagon lately. Too much life and lack of preparation kept this space all too quiet. Within the month of March, I traveled to Italy for a week, packed and moved to a new house, dealt with 3 children and strep throat, and read some Harry Potter. Welcome to What I’m Into March 2014. I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer and friends. It’s a fun party. You should check it out.

Books Read

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: Flavia de Luce is an unlikely hero for a mystery series, but that’s precisely why I liked this book so much.

Cress: The Lunar Chronicles continues with adding Cress, the Rapunzel of the fairy tale theme in this sci-fi world. Cinder and her team of outlaws and misfits race to stop the lunar queen from marrying Emperor Kai and taking over the world.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: I read these two books while traveling. (Did you know you can borrow a book a month from the Kindle store if you have Amazon Prime?) I needed to read both Harry Potter books because I joined Jessica’s Young Adult Movie and Book Club. It’s a tough job and all that.

Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy: Yes, she’s ridiculous and over-the-top cheesy and predictable and way too lucky in love, but Bridget Jones continues to crack me up, and just like everyone else in the world, I can’t help but love this girl.

Before my husband and I left for Italy, my kids and I read Olivia Goes to Venice, Rome Antics, The Magic Tree House’s Vacation Under the Volcano, and parts of The Magic Tree House companion book. Then I could say, “We saw St. Mark’s and the Bell Tower today,” while we chatted over Face Time, and they would sort of get it.

On My (Virtual) Nightstand

(Our Library has Overdrive, so I can borrow books for my Kindle):

The Night Circus and Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

Venice says, “What? This is a normal street.” Then, I say, “My normal street would include a parking lot and a Whataburger sign.” I cry.

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Once life settles down a bit here, I’m going to share some of my thoughts about our travels.

Until then, here’s what I loved in a nutshell:

Florence: Michelangelo’s David and his buddies The Prisoners, all of the Venuses in the Uffizi, the Duomo, the Arno River, St. Lorenzo’s Market, Mercato Centrale, and Trattoria Osvaldo, where I sampled two kinds of pasta and roasted goat meat. I also quickly learned the phrase, “Vine Della Cassa!”

Mercato Centrale and its beauty. Be thankful. My husband’s picture of this place is a skinned rabbit. Eyeballs in tact.

What I loved about Venice: Riding a vaporetti down the Grand Canal, St. Mark’s Eastern flair, winding alleys with tempting shops, the vendor who sold us some Pinocchio dolls, and getting a little lost and not worrying too much about it.

A fountain behind the Pantheon and a street cafe.

What I loved about Rome: a nighttime passeggiata down the Via del Corso, St. Peter’s in the early morning, the Trevi Fountain at night, a gelato stand just around the corner from The Pantheon (rose jam gelato. So good.), and The Sistine Chapel (totally worth the hype).

St. Peter’s Basilica. I love the streams of natural sunlight. This church has no stained glass.

Movies:

American Hustle, Catching Fire, A Roman Holiday (My husband had never seen it!), The Italian Job (great shots of Venice in this one.)

Movies I watched on the plane to and from Rome because you have a little screen right in front of you, and they turn off all the lights: Ocean’s 11, Iron Man 3, Funny Face, Philomena (loved!), Austenland (so glad I didn’t spend money to go see it.), Ender’s Game (enjoyed it), Sense and Sensibility (always a fave).

Pinterest & Moving:

We are finally in a home that will, someday, be ours, and I hope it can stay our home for a long while. We’ve moved 9 times in our 12 years of marriage, but this opportunity fell in our laps, and we couldn’t say no.

We are getting settled in, and I am using Pinterest as my muse to help me actually decorate this time. Our houses in the past have been so small and so temporary feeling, that I never found energy or time to put forth much effort to decorate, aside from hanging a few pictures on the walls.

I’ve been inspired by: this command center, this kitchen idea, and this head-board made from reclaimed wood.

My Contributor Posts:

Though I’ve been quiet on here, I wrote a review of The Rosie Project for The Library Adventure, a post for Upside Down Homeschooling entitled, “Does Grace Live in Your Home?” and another post for The Marathon Mom called, “Four Phrases Every Homeschool Mom Should Embrace.”

Just for Fun:

19th Century Novelists Sorted into Houses at Hogwarts. This is why the internet wins.

What are YOU Into this Month?

Use Grammarly’s grammar checker online because being a grammar slob is like speaking to a complete stranger with spinach stuck between your teeth. You are completely oblivious, but it’s the only thing the stranger notices.

Basic Tools to Better Writing

I’m a natural slob. I prefer wearing t-shirts and jeans. I have a gray hooded sweatshirt that I wear like a Linus security blanket all winter. It’s comfortable, but really, I should try harder. I realize this. Recognition is the first step, right? This slob mentality used to permeate my home, too. I would leave piles of dishes unwashed. I would avoid looking at the bathroom because if I really looked at the state of the tub, I knew I would need to grab a scrub brush. I’m learning to care more, but I have to fight these natural slob urges. I go on cleaning purges. I try new laundry systems. I put on a nice sweater and a scarf once in a while.

I try to remember my sloppy tendencies when I read sloppy writing. Yes, writing has sloppy qualities, too. No one is perfect. But just as I have learned that not looking at the bathroom doesn’t get it any cleaner, not addressing sloppy writing doesn’t make it any better.

Writing is both a talent and a skill. Some people have an eye for fashion, always choosing the perfect outfit. Others, like me, know how to dress themselves, doing little more than putting shirts and pants over the right parts. In the same way, some people have a knack for the well-turned phrase or the ability to transport a reader to vivid worlds of words, and others do not. But if you can think and speak, you can also write. Writing just takes more practice, and good writing takes effort.

So, what are the basic tools to good writing? Here’s a good place to start: Avoid the Slob Mentality

1. Voice

You need a writing voice, and the only way to tap into that voice is to write with it more often. My writing voice is my favorite voice. It’s sharper and more witty than my talking voice. Listening to your writing voice is like finding the beat to a distant melody. You have to concentrate to feel the pulse set in. If you don’t feel comfortable with your writing voice, it shows. Start by reading whatever you write out loud, like with your actual voice, before you send it. Trust me. It helps.

2. Observation

Detail is the key. Don’t write with generalizations or clichés. That’s sloppy. Keep an eye out for day-to-day life. You’ll see story all around you. Just follow life around a bit, then describe it. When you make a great observation, it is both laser-beam specific to your unique situation and universally true.

3. Structure

When you are writing, you need to lead people by the hand. Assume they know nothing. Assuming is sloppy work. Explain terms. Use transitions. Take out unnecessary words. Eventually, once you know your audience, you can venture from the path. Overall, you want to be interesting, not confusing.

4. Mechanics

When you’re an actual slob, your friends may not mention the globs of hair and toothpaste in your sink, but believe me, they notice it. Being a grammar slob with your writing has the same effect. The mess distracts from the message. If you cannot spell correctly or write with few mechanical errors, your reader will get lost in the mess.

What are some other basic tools to better writing? How do you avoid the Grammar Slob Mentality?

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It’s no secret that I’m a Lazy Housekeeper. However, I’m trying some new simple systems at home. I can get things done without wasting brain power or using up my time for writing, reading, and playing with the kids. I will never like to clean, but I can be responsible by caring a little more. Anyway, today I’m sharing my laundry system. This is not glamorous, and it doesn’t involve color-coding or using a cute chart or even chalkboard paint. But, this simple laundry system gets the clothes cleaned and put away.

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Step 1: Clothes belong in a drawer or a basket.

That’s my new house rule. Clean ones? Drawer. Dirty ones? Basket. This rule eliminates my original laundry step of “gathering all the clothes into one huge pile in the hall and ponder the likelihood of my impending death by suffocation if the pile ever topples.”

Step 2: Each family member gets a basket.

Towels get thrown in as needed or their own load, depending on the messiness of the past few days. I wash clothes by the basket (or person), not by color or fabric type. I wash everything on warm, and it all gets clean. This step removes sorting, both before and after washing and drying, which is like two whole steps! Steps removed so far? 3

Step 3: Wash your own clothes.

I give my husband a pass because he’s gone most of the day, and I help out my three-year-old. My boys (7 and 6) are pretty much on their own, and they like it (What six-year-old doesn’t like control? Answer: No six-year-old.) The boys gather their baskets. Add the soap. Hit the buttons. Move wet clothes to the dryer. Empty the dryer and put away. I’m losing track of the steps I’m eliminating just by getting the boys to do all of this themselves.

Step 4: Once the clothes are dry, you put them away.

This “life-changing” rule is for me. Before this system, I would let clothes just live in baskets until I finally got annoyed enough to put them away. Somehow, looking at two baskets of clothes to fold seems less daunting (see step 3). Plus, I’ve eliminated all of those other steps, so I can celebrate my efficiency!

Step 5: Folding is optional.

List of things I no longer fold (it’s grown over the years): underwear, kids’ clothes, cleaning rags, kitchen towels, most pajamas, athletic shorts. So, if you’re keeping up, I match socks, fold shirts and pants, and bathroom towels. If you’ve wanted a way out of folding everything, consider this permission. Live life on the edge! Stop folding things! (If the idea of unfolded clothing bothers you, I’m betting you don’t need much advice in the cleaning or laundry department.)

Questions:

What about fabric dies bleeding or whites getting dingy?

What can I say? Sometimes, you gotta roll the dice. Honestly, I haven’t had any issues with this. If your whites are getting dingy, take a special day to group them all together for a bleach fest once in a while. To me, having socks stay together is more important than the occasional dingy white or rogue red shirt bleeder.

Aren’t you wasting water and energy running the washer with smaller loads?

Maybe. But this saves my own personal energy as well as my time and sanity. Also, we are not a “wear it once, then wash it” sort of family. So, that should balance out some of the energy-saving issues.

How often do you do laundry?

The kids and I need to wash clothes once a week. My husband needs laundry done twice a week, and I usually do an extra load of towels during the week, too.

Do you have a laundry system? Or, better yet, do you have a simple cleaning/organizing solution?

I like to save as much time as possible cleaning because then I can justify reading on the couch. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Notes From a Blue Bike is written by Tsh Oxenreider, founder and main voice of The Art of Simple. It doesn’t always feel like it, but we DO have the freedom to creatively change the everyday little things in our lives so that our path better aligns with our values and passions. Grab your copy here.

I’m trying to live the Door Number 3 Life. When faced with the “yes or no” life, the “black or white” life, the “Should God or Caesar get this money?” life, Jesus consistently chose Door Number 3. Stephanie Eddleman pointed this out to me in her excellent post where she explores how Jesus, when faced with a “you can choose A or B situation,” continually offered another way. He didn’t get caught up in picking a side.

Raising a family in today’s culture, I’m surrounded by controversy in every decision. According to the Internet, I can only pick public school or homeschool, conventional or organic food, bottle or breast, A or B. But what I’m really wanting, and it’s a hard choice to make, is Door Number 3.

I’ve just finished reading Notes From a A Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider, and though she never talks about Door Number 3, Oxenreider gives her readers the same option. We can live a slower life, and we can use our modern conveniences. We can live within our American culture, but it doesn’t have to consume us. Through a series of essays, Oxenreider explores what an intentional life looks like through choices like food, work, education, travel, and entertainment.

Tsh Oxenreider, the founder of The Art of Simple (formerly Simple Mom), is a leader in choosing simplicity. Her journey towards a life of intention resonates with anyone trying to live counter-culturally. As a pioneer of this path with her young family, Tsh brings her reader along for the ride.

The key to Notes From a Blue Bike is balance. Rather than only choosing organic, grass-fed, GMO-free everything or, you know, conventional spaghetti, Tsh talks about 80/20. Having the occasional ice cream bar but trying to stock up at the farmer’s market. In a world where the Internet loves to glamorize controversy and make people pick sides, Tsh’s words breathe a refreshing voice of balance, choice, and Door Number 3.

By finding margins and boundaries in her own life, Tsh encourages her readers to focus on what’s most important, emphasizing balance without sounding wishy-washy. We can use a smart phone, but remember how to power the thing down. We can opt out of the Mommy Wars and the guilt trips. We don’t have to say “public school rules” or “only homeschool.” We can take our flag and build our own camp somewhere else, a place where we choose for ourselves what is best for our families.

I encourage you to grab a copy of this wonderful book. Read it with your book club or some friends. Discuss what your life on purpose would look like. You will be challenged but encouraged to find the bravery to live a life of your own choosing and to take your family along with you:

“As much as our family loves passport stamps, we can find the same answers to our questions about life — Why is it this way? mostly — without leaving our motherland. It doesn’t require a lot of gas in our car or a backpack stuffed with plane tickets. But it does require bravery, and a willingness to let your kids leap onto slippery stones and investigate life up close, with dirty fingernails.”

This post is part of the Blue Bike Blog Tour, which I’m thrilled to be part of. To learn more and join us, head here.

 

Lazy Housekeeper“If you don’t like cleaning or keeping your house clean, you might try caring more.”

Charlotte Siems just let those words fall in the air at the Winter Summit. And honestly, she said this so quickly and moved right on to the next point, I’m not sure that was exactly what she said. As she continued her workshop, her point was clear: If you put in a little more effort, you might enjoy the results more.

Really? I should just care more?

I countered her words with several arguments (all in my head of course).

“But, I have no time or energy to care more about how my house looks.”

“Why even try when it gets demolished by the kids?”

“Why should I care about how the house looks if I’m the only one in the house who does care?”

“Honestly, I don’t think I care that much.”

But the longer I thought about this idea, the more I realized the truth of her sentiment. Essentially, she meant that I needed to put more effort into something to get better results.

After all, practicing scales on an instrument is absolutely no fun. But playing something you already know by heart? Piece of cake. Enjoyable even. Learning to read can be frustrating and a complete drag. But reading a book you love? Well, the hard part’s out of the way. You are enjoying the benefits of putting in the work.

Siems offered tons of practical systems and super simple solutions, all things she’s learned along the way to being a mother of 12 children. She talked about easy meal planning (writing each meal on a post-it note and only cooking once a day), simple laundry systems (I’ll talk about this more in another post), and making the work as easy as possible by keeping nice cleaning tools on-hand.

But this idea of putting forth a little more effort to achieve greater results kept resonating with me.

Interesting.

So, I tried it. I mean. It’s no secret that I hate to clean. And what could it hurt? Try harder. Okay.

I came home and started by getting the family on board. We had a family meeting, and we talked over the new rules of the house. We pick up toys when we finish playing with them. Our beds stay made. Clothes only belong in a basket or in a drawer.

These are super simple rules to carry out, but they are making all the difference in the world. The family meeting brought everyone on board. The rules laid out the expectations, and so far, the family has been great about follow through.

Too often, I easily fall back on excuses to keep from cleaning. I don’t like to clean. My kids are only little once. 

But honestly, just deciding to care a little bit more has made a huge difference.

I may never love scrubbing down my kitchen, but I care enough to keep the dishes from piling up. I don’t love scrubbing my floors, but I can get my kids to join in a Pippi Longstocking-style floor cleaning party. I dread overhauling my kids’ rooms, but if they are making their beds, taking care of their clothes, and (somewhat) keeping their toys in check, I have very little complaints to make.

Unsolicited advice from a Lazy Housekeeper: Just care more.

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January started off with several do-overs (like you do). I recharged my homeschool at the Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit. I’ve reclaimed the house with some simple chore solutions, and I’ve been better about food choices (most days). Exercise, I’m looking at you next.

Reading

I finished 5 books this month: George Washington’s Secret SixThe GoldfinchTill We Have FacesHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I joined Jessica Howard’s YA Book and Movie Club for the year, so I grabbed the audio version of Sorcerer’s Stone to listen to on my way to the Summit. Per usual, I got lost in the land of Hogwarts and don’t want to leave.

On My Nightstand

I picked up The Rosie Project and The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend (a book about John Wayne’s famous movie as well as the legendary story of Cynthia Ann Parker’s capture by Comanche Indians) at the library. I’m almost finished with Notes from a Blue Bike, and I need to finish Pride and Prejudice for the Motherhood & Jane Austen Book Club.

Travel

Kids in LA
We headed to Louisiana this month, traveling with my husband as he conducted an honor band clinic and concert. The coolest part of the trip was the premier of his first commissioned piece for band. The kids and I also drove over to Mississippi one day to see the river, tour the Vicksburg Historical Park, and hang out with my buddy Tiffany.

Television

My reading hit the back burner over the last week or so with the return of Downton Abbey Season 4 and Sherlock. Why do they have to happen at the same time?
After dropping The Office at about Season 6 a few years ago, I decided to catch up via Netflix, so that I could watch the last season. I’m so glad I did. We just finished the last season a few weeks ago and loved it. We are starting at Season 1 of Parks and Rec now.

Music

Honestly, I could leave The Frozen Soundtrack on repeat 24/7 at our house, and my kids would still beg for more. Recently, we were talking about the movie at a friend’s house, and they were like, “We didn’t really like it. There was too much singing.” And I said, “How are we friends?”

Home Front

My husband and I just received the news this month that we are going to be moving to a new house soon. We move about every two years, but this opportunity landed in our laps. We are not leaving our community, and my husband isn’t switching jobs or anything. We are gaining square footage and another bedroom, plus shaving off commute time for Tyler. God is good.

Simple Things

I bought some peppermint oil and added it to my homemade cleaner. My house smells nice all the time now. My mother-in-law knitted some finger-less gloves for me. I make excuses to be in cold places, so I can wear them. I found Starbucks Holiday Blend on clearance at Kroger for $3.00 a bag. I have a new pen crush: Pentel Energel .5 mm point. My wedding ring got a much needed tune up, and it’s new and sparkly again.

What have YOU been up to this month? Linking up with Leigh Kramer and friends today.

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I just finished a wonderful weekend away from home at the Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit in San Marcos, Texas. I’ve talked about this event before, and I was so excited for the inaugural Texas event this year.

1. Praise and Worship

The Winter Summit focuses on connection with God, and each session begins with a time of praise and worship. Listening to the outpouring of heartfelt praise from women of God is inspirational and uplifting.

2. Hilarious Entertainment

The Winter Summit team wants to be honest and transparent. They understand homeschool life, and it shows in their skits, songs, and videos. That laugh that makes you lose all control of what your face and body might do? The ugly laugh? Yeah, I did that one.

3. Practical Workshops

The Texas Summit knocked it out of the park with their workshops. I attended three, presented by Lisa Pennington, Charlotte Siems, and Brandy Ferguson. Each offered a premise, some story behind their passion, and then super practical tips and strategies I will use easily in my home.

Texas Summit Pajama Party

4. Mentoring and Connection

The best part of the Winter Summit, in my opinion, happens after the general sessions and workshops. It’s the unplanned times of conversation with fellow moms who are in the trenches together. I saw mentoring happen all over the hotel. I loved hanging out with my friends from college over some Girl Scout Cookies. We shared our joys and struggles, and we laughed the laugh of comrades.

5. Nuggets of Wisdom

“Overwhelmed is really fear, and fear is faith in the wrong kingdom.” Charlotte Siems

“Homeschooling is sanctification on steroids.” Roxanne Parks

“I would rather die doing something hard instead of doing something easy and missing God’s will.” Roxanne Parks

“Require. Don’t remind.” Cheryl Lange

“We have to train our children to make good choices, not remove them from bad choices.” Cheryl Lange

“There is a difference between fair and just. Our children need to know what is just.” Lisa Pennington

 

I want to urge all of my homeschooling readers to attend this event next year. The weekends are back-to-back in San Marcos, Texas, on January 16-17, 2015, and Norman, Oklahoma, January 24-25, 2015. Don’t miss out!

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twitterature-graphic1George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution:

George Washington knew he would need to outsmart the British in order to beat them. To do this, he enlisted the Culper Spy Ring, a group of 5 men and one woman, to infiltrate New York City and Long Island. #InvisibleInk #CodeNames #AlmostLikeNationalTreasureIsTrue

Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold

This book is like the Chronicles of Narnia for grown ups. What happens when we can’t divide the world into Team Aslan and Team White Witch? Till We Have Faces retells the myth of Cupid and Psyche through the eyes of Oural, Psyche’s ugly sister. It’s beautiful. #NoTurkishDelight

The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One

I’m still very early in this novel, but if you like high fantasy (imaginary worlds, swordplay, myth and legend, big spiders), you’ll like it. #TheHeroIsNamedKvothe #YesKvothe #RhymesWithQuoth #WishIWasKiddingAboutSpiders

Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World

I’m reading an advanced copy, but it hits the shelves soon. This book is all about living counter-culturally in our fast-paced, crazy-over-scheduled society. It’s Oxenreider’s sweet spot, and I can’t wait to finish it. #BeautifulWriting #PracticalApplication

The Scorpio Races

On my nightstand. It involves water horses. That race. I’m game.

The Goldfinch

I’m right in the middle of this book – a coming-of-age story that begins with an explosion and starts the hunt for a missing Dutch Master painting. The prose is gorgeous, though lengthy. #700+Pages

The Indian in the Cupboard

Omri receives two gifts for his birthday: a plastic toy Indian and his grandmother’s cupboard. The two remarkably ordinary gifts become the start of great adventure. #LittleBoyDreamBook

Elephant & Piggie Books

We cannot get enough of these guys. #EasyReaders #Hilarious #YesThoseTwoHashTagsCanCoExist

The Day the Crayons Quit

A children’s book full of letters to Duncan from the crayons in his crayon box. It’s clever and imaginative, and your kids will love it. #Creative #NewClassic

What are you reading this month?

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