Reading Update: Month 1

by jessicaturner on January 31, 2013

Remember my goal to read 30 books this year?

I’m thrilled that even with a really busy schedule, I read three books this month.

Here’s what I read:

Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home: This is our current Bloom Book Club selection. It is one of my favorite Christian books that I have ever read. Prayer is a challenging, thought-provoking, inspiring read. It’s phenomenal.

Lucia, Lucia: I finished this book while traveling to Alt. It is the second book I have read by Adriana Trigiani – last month I read The Shoemaker’s Wife, which is hands down one of the best fiction books I have read in years. Lucia, Lucia was wonderful too (though not quite as awesome as Shoemaker). I even cried at one point- and crying is not something I do very often. It takes place in the early 50s in New York City and is the story of a young seamstress.

Mommy Grace: Erasing Your Mommy Guilt: I have had this book for a few years and read it over the course of the month – just a chapter or two a night. I expected it to be a little more how-to and deep, but instead it was very story-driven. It was a nice read, but I didn’t love it.

Next on my list:

Olive Kitteridge

Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions

Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe

What books did you read in January?



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Lisa Johnson January 31, 2013 at 8:33 am

I subscribe to your feed on Google Reader, but it’s showing that your last post was From 30,000 Feet?!??! I don’t want to miss any of your awesome posts. Did you change anything to where updates won’t show up on Google Reader? Thanks for having such an AWESOME blog! :)

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jessicaturner January 31, 2013 at 10:18 am

Well that was just a few days ago… maybe your reader needs to be refreshed? I’m not sure. It should be working. I will double check my RSS. :)

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Brandi January 31, 2013 at 7:56 pm

You inspired me to read throughout January. I read No Greater Love by Levi Benkert and Candy Chand, Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, M.D. and I am still reading Roses by Leila Meacham. I enjoyed the first two, but I am really liking Roses….about two thirds of the way through and I can’t put it down! Thanks for sharing the books you read, I love the updates. Also, I am seriously considering Prayer since I can do the book study along with Bloom.

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scugirl89 February 1, 2013 at 8:54 am

My recent reads were Gone Girl and Shoemaker’s Wife (I agree, great book). Contemplating my next reads. On the list: May the Road Rise up to Meet You, The Night Circus, and The Book Thief.

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jessicaturner February 1, 2013 at 10:31 am

The book thief is fabulous. I could not get into The Night Circus, though I really wanted to like it. I gave up about 150 pages in.

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Anna February 1, 2013 at 2:55 pm

The Night Circus gets better and better as it goes, but it is a little strange. Would love you hear your thoughts on Olive Kitteridge – I read it last year! Will be requesting the Shoemaker’s Wife from the library soon. Also wanted to recommend The History Of Love. It was one of my favorite recent reads!

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Cara February 1, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I just finished The Night Circus.
I also read in January: Behind the Beautiful Forevers (amazing) and Cloud Atlas (totally weird and underwhelming:).
I’m now reading The diaries of Richard Burton and a book about the times of MLK Jr (the title escapes me at the moment:) and a book I got at our free book exchange called Then We Came to the End.

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Cara February 1, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Just checked out The Shoemaker’s Wife and though I took issue with Stockett’s The Help and some ethical issues, I think I need to read this one. Looks good!

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jessicaturner February 2, 2013 at 7:12 am

The Help and The Shoemaker’s Wife are very different. I think you will enjoy it.

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Kelli February 5, 2013 at 10:13 am

Just finishing up “These Is My Words” by Nancy Turner for a book club. Really, really good!

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Sarah February 6, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Okay, being completely serious here…do you sleep??? I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old, and I work full time. I don’t accomplish half of why you do. Would you be willing to share a typical daily schedule ad any tips for getting things done as a working mom? I feel like I am just putting out fires most days!
Thanks!
Sarah

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Dawn February 6, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Congrats! I like the book by Richard Foster- I am glad to have finished a couple of books in January as well… December through January are slow reading months for me.

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