Reading Update: Month Two

by jessicaturner on March 1, 2013

Because of various projects, commitments and life in general, I didn’t do nearly as much reading as I did last month.

In fact, I just read one book – and it was an ebook that was considerably shorter than a “regular” book.

But it was phenomenal. And I’m still counting it on my Books I Read in 2013 list. :)

The book was Real. Life. Photography, from Big Picture Classes ebook collection.

I downloaded the book last week and read it over the course of a few days.

I devoured it actually. Rebecca’s writing style is super conversational and helpful. Her tips were SO doable. I put several of them into action immediately and shot a few photos over the weekend that I know I will love forever.

If you love taking photos of your family, but sometimes struggle with knowing how to get the right shot, this book is for you.

If you are in a bit of a photo rut and need some inspiration to take some “new” photos, this book is for you.

And bonus: Big Picture is offering Mom Creative readers $5 off the book making it just $7.99 through March 8. Just use the code realphotos

It is chock full of photo examples, tips and practical lessons. I know I will be referring to this book again.

I also started several other books – and they are all sitting on my nightstand. :)

Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn: I started this last night. It’s super easy reading. I love Big Mama Melanie’s storytelling style.

Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe: My friend Sarah Mae’s book. I am desperate to read it. Aren’t we all? I think this is what I am going to pick up after I finish Melanie’s book.

You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has for You: I’m a big dreamer and goal setter, so I am really excited about this new book from my friend Holley Gerth.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead: I know this book is going to be transformational for me. I want to digest it slowly.

Big Stone Gap: A Novel (Big Stone Gap Novels): Another one by my new favorite author!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to carve out enough time to get very far in any of them though. Hoping for a better reading month in March!

How has your reading been going?

Books read to date:

  1. Real. Life. Photography (February)
  2. Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home (January)
  3. Lucia, Lucia (January)
  4. Mommy Grace: Erasing Your Mommy Guilt (January)

Other book posts:
January Recap
30 Books in 2013

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Brandi March 1, 2013 at 7:33 am

Here is my reading update for the month. I slowed down considerably too…I started and am still reading Sally Clarkson’s The Mission of Motherhood. It is so good, but is full of so much useful information and reference to scripture that I slowly working my way through it. I’m a little over halfway now. I did read and finish Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. I want to see the movie, but always want to digest the book first. It was a nice easy read to break up the other book.

Thanks for the update!


Lauren March 1, 2013 at 8:17 am

I’m reading the Prayer book as scheduled on Bloom… ok, I’m a couple of days behind =) Also reading Let. It. Go. by Karen Ehman, Blessings by Anna Quindlen, Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler, and the Great Influenza. Best read in February? Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman. Thanks for sharing your list… had most of them on mine, but added the Daring Greatly. I”m ALWAYS looking for good reads!


Susan V March 1, 2013 at 10:12 am

I read “Sparkly Green Earrings” in 2 days. It was so good. I loaned it to a friend and cannot wait to get it back so I can re-read my favorite parts! I never read books that quick unless we are on a trip or something. I also re-read “The Red Tent” for bookclub. I didn’t love it as much this time as I did the first time I read it 10 years ago. Maybe just my different phase of life now.


Penelope March 1, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Jessica, I know you’ve said Elias can be described as a “boisterous boy” like my son. We had an educational consultant come to our home last night to help and advise us concerning our next step in schooling. She suggested we read the following books, and I thought I’d pass the names of them along to you in case they might be helpful. I will say that we named one problem area last night, she gave us some ideas and insight into his little mind….the ideas worked like a charm (so far!)

Mindset: the New Psychology of Success
Why Gender Matters
Loving our Kids on Purpose


janel March 1, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Seriously…that’s an amazing list of books. I have heard good things about all of those books, although that last one i’ve not heard of, so i’ll definitely have to check it out. So love people sharing what they have on their ‘too read’ list…*sigh* so many books, so little time 😉


jessicaturner March 3, 2013 at 11:49 am



Angela March 3, 2013 at 9:03 am

I have two of those on my nightstand now too….I’ve started reading Sparkly Green Earrings after attending the dotMom convention in Dallas, TX last weekend where the Big Mama emceed. (there’s a dotMom convention coming to Chattanooga this Fall…I’d highly suggest it for you since I know you live in Nashville. Find a friend and go…it’s so totally encouraging and inspiring!) I also recently bought You Were Made for a God Sized Dream….because God has been telling me for years to write a book and now I feel like I have the courage to dive in!


Cara March 3, 2013 at 10:53 pm

I love hearing what others are reading. Today I finished That Woman — it is a biography of Wallis Simpson, the woman the King of England abdicated to be with (and why his brother became king, the story of The King’s Speech).
I am also reading a book on taste in picking baby names — I love names, so I find that kind of research fascinating:)
Also read A Girl from Yamhill, Beverly Cleary’s autobiography.
And I just started a book my husband gave me for my birthday — I very ironically can’t remember the title…it’s a book about learning to think like Sherlock Holmes and retain info well;)


ARC March 5, 2013 at 1:44 am

Thanks for the reco for the ebook and the coupon code :)

I’ve had my DSLR for just a few months and am always looking for quick tips on getting great photos of my kids. I don’t want to spend a ton of time or effort in learning lots about the gory details of photography, so this book sounds perfect!


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