Book List Reads: March Update

In the new year, I’ve made some progress on my book list and it has worked out pretty well for me.  Although I’ve gone through magazines every spare minute I get (the purge continues!), I try to drop the mags and relax with a book at night instead.  Nothing like a good book at the end of the day to ease you into a slumber (well, and red wine…I’ve heard)–except that when the book is engaging, I don’t want to turn off the light and dear, sweet sleep is sacrificed.

I’m also currently reading books which aren’t on my list (I couldn’t resist!), but here are the books I’ve read from my book list thus far and a few thoughts about them:

The Forgotten Garden: I enjoyed this sprawling book more than I thought I would.  I’ve heard people express that it was unnecessarily long, however, I don’t agree and was intrigued with this story that begins with a little girl left alone on a ship headed to Australia in 1913.  Morton weaves a touching tale filled with heartache, often through the use of children’s imaginations and, in ways, pays homage to Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Secret Garden (a childhood favorite of hers and mine).  It appealed to my emotions as a mother and I won’t hesitate to pick up another book by Morton.

Imperfect Justice: My main reason for reading this book was, as I mentioned in my book list post, I couldn’t stop thinking of this tragedy and trial.  I didn’t miss a minute of this trial last summer and I’m not proud of that.  I felt this book might help me with closure.  Personal opinions about the verdict and defendant aside, it did help me “let go.”  I appreciated Ashton’s perspective and though I wasn’t looking for entertainment, I found the behind the scenes proceedings, investigation, and the hows and whys with regard to the prosecution building their case very engrossing.  And now I’m done with it all–which is Ashton’s advice–be done with it, move on.  Thank you, Mr. Ashton.

The Money Saving Mom’s Budget: I can’t say enough positive things about Paine’s approach to budgeting and the class and kindness with which she shares her experiences and offers sage advice.  Although I thought this book might be a pretty package of everything I’ve already learned from her, I should have known that it would be far more than that.  What I love about Paine’s style is that she goes beyond telling you what you should be doing–she provides real-life examples and guides you with step-by-step approaches to reaching your budgeting and financial goals.  Her book was especially timely for me because of my household and personal goals for 2012.  I aim to declutter my entire life this year and Paine is one of the biggest proponents of decluttering your home as a stepping stone to gaining control of your finances and  budget.  This is a practical and useful book that I’d highly recommend to ANYONE looking to organize their life and finances.

What’s on your nightstand?  Any good reads you’d recommend?



  1. You are a voracious reader!!!

  2. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. Excellent well written and gives new perspective on living in the full right now.

  3. I am listening to Crystal’s audiobook and reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp as well. Crystal has totally inspired me to get rid of all the junk in our house! So far, I’ve cleaned 2 closets and have been able to pretty much keep my kitchen counters cleared off. I’m about 2 chapters into Ann’s book and it’s more difficult that I had expected. It’s hard to follow sometimes, but maybe it’s because I’m reading it at night while in bed and my brain isn’t working too well? LOL

    • I’m so glad to hear about One Thousand Gifts–I had wondered about it. I understand the bedtime brain issues:) Sometimes I wake up and have to re-read everything I read the night before. Well, wooo! to a fellow declutterer/de-junker! Wishing you luck on the rest of your home! I’m trying to re-do my mail center today and am not motivated. I’d rather bake and eat.

  4. My book reading is practically nonexistent these days. I need the library’s Summer Reading Program to whip me into shape! One of the last books I read was The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I loved it! So that is my recommendation.
    As for what is on my nightstand? Magazines and dust.

  5. I really wish I had a book to recommend, but all the books I read are theatre history and performance theory books, which are interesting but only to nerds like me. Though I do want to read the A Song of Fire and Ice books (Game of Thrones), which will only heighten my nerd status to wizard.

    • Hahaha (yes, hahahaing). Ty loves those. Are you prepping for 2nd season? And by prepping I mean rubbing your hands together with delight. Ok, that sounded like Gollum. So, just read the books. Nerds Rule. And I call you Wizard D from now on.

  6. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy reading. Ever since I was a child I was staying up to read (okay, so it was The Babysitter Club series and Janette Oke) and waking up in the morning and reading until the book was done. I got burnt out after college…and now I admit I don’t make time for it. But I just finished a book! Don’t faint! Granted it was about sleep for babies, but I finished it!

    On my nightstand? Journals and calendars and notebooks for memories/milestones/and funny quotes from the kiddos 🙂

    • I love B.C! Do I know Janette Oke? Tell me more. I feel I missed out. Was your sleep book called Baby Wise? That’s the one I read for A and I actually wondered if you had used it, too. 🙂 I’m not fainting, but that reminded me of a little ol’ note I have where someone asked me not to faint over chicken salad.

      • You know Janette Oke! She is a Christian Fiction author. My mom started getting me these books in high school…probably as I outgrew B.C! I’ve read a few of her series but her most popular is the Loves Come Softly series. I think we’ve talked about those movies!

        I was borrowing The 90-Minute Baby Sleep Program by Polly Moore because I saw it at sil’s house and didn’t want to miss out! I’ve never read Baby Wise (heard about it), but if I saw it at your house I probably would have borrowed it, too. Nevermind that I did K’s sleep training before I read it…I think I needed affirmation that I hadn’t screwed up 🙂

        • OH! YES! Love love love!
          Darn, I should’ve placed the book in full view on my mantle for you to grab:) Actually, I tried it for a few days and then said forget this and just did my own thing:) You know how I don’t do what normal people do…

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