Actually managed to get all my goal reading for February done! Since having a kid, I never seem to have any reading time, but I’m trying to make a change. To start, we’ve cut down our TV time and are no longer watching any in the evening until after Autumn is in bed. As a result, we’re reading aloud almost every single night. I made a list of books I would like to read each month, along with a read-aloud. So far, we have done the read-aloud books for February, March, April, and have started May’s!
What did I read?
Organized Simplicity – I’ve got to admit that after the first couple chapters I was ready to lay this one aside. It seemed a bit over the top, but I kept reading. Largely because I was on the treadmill at the gym with nothing else to read on my new Kindle. And as I continued to read, I not only started to appreciate the writing more, I also started to feel convicted and get some good direction. We’re slowly trying to work through some of the activities and challenges presented in the book. (While I can’t take off 10 days to completely declutter and clean my house, I am trying to get it done…just in baby steps.)
The Billionaire’s Vinegar – This is one of those books that I’ve been “in the middle of” for a long long time. I decided this was the month to finish it. A fascinating non-fiction story of people with ridiculously large amounts of money that are willing to spend huge amounts on very old wine…and the man who takes them all in with fakes. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had known a little more about the subject of rare wines, but the plot was compelling, if at times a bit long. And, hey, it’s finished!
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – This was the book group pick for this month. I did enjoy this book, but it is not one of my favorites. While the mystery and story were fun, unexpected, and well-written, I had a very hard time liking ANY of the characters involved. I assumed from the beginning of the book that the protagonist, an 11-year-old girl, had Asperger’s or something similar, but maybe not? She was obsessed with chemistry and, while her character was very interesting, I couldn’t really identify with her. The family was very dysfunctional and the sisters treated each other very poorly.
Homer Price – Our read aloud for this month. This is just a fun book that I loved as a kid. Funny, charming, off-the-wall adventures of a boy growing up. DH read parts of this to Autumn as well, and I have to say his version (with voices) was a lot better than mine. He also caught a lot more of the jokes dealing with classical characters than I did. 🙂