Last month I said that I was hoping to read three books for/by myself and one with the kids during February. That seems to be a reasonable expectation for a month's worth of reading. I'm not reading nearly as much as I would like these days, truth be told. It's just not possible between running a business, making attempts to keep up with housework - (I think the dust bunnies are tripling and I have no idea how or why but they are merciless!) - staying on track with school, and general daily living! It's an interesting time period for me, full of transitions. I'm enjoying it all but I'm missing all of the reading. I used to devote over an hour to it every afternoon and now I squeeze it in sometime in the evening, after the kids have gone to bed.
Last month my reading goals were as follows:
- Finish reading Nomad: From Islam to America by Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
- I wanted to read The Long Winter with the kids as part of Barbara's Laura Ingalls Wilder Reading Challenge which she hosts in February.
Status: Finished! Review forthcoming. We always enjoy these reads together. We've been reading one book from the Little House series each year and it's just been a blast.
- I was planning to read The Magic of Ordinary Days along with my book club.
Status: Read and reviewed here. This wasn't my favorite book.
- I had wanted to read Hinds' Feet on High Places.
Status: I did re-read it. Hadn't read it since 2009 when it was apparently so moving that I couldn't even review it. I reviewed it this time (a little bit more than last).
- Lastly, I mentioned that I had wanted to re-read Heather Dixon's Entwined.
Status: Finished! Review forthcoming.
I like selecting three books for myself, and one with the kids. I'll try that again this month and see how it works. Here's what I hope to get to.
- I'm planning to read aloud The Search for Delicious, by Natalie Babbitt, with my kids.
I've read this a few times (see here and here) and loved it and have been waiting for them to be old enough to appreciate some of the humor. I think Bookworm1 is quite ready.
As for my own personal reads, I'd like to get to the following titles:
- Vittoria Cottage, by D.E. Stevenson
This one is available through Kindle Unlimited which I'm going to give a trial run this coming month. Anyone else out there tried or used Kindle Unlimited? Feedback?
- I'd also like to re-read The Looking Glass Wars, by Frank Beddor.
I read this title back in 2007 and based on my "review" I have no recollection whatsoever of what the book was about, although apparently I loved it. (Have I mentioned how I hate my old reviews?) I wanted to revisit this book in part because Bookworm1's tastes in books swing towards the fantastical an exciting. He thinks most books are just "ok". His favorite books are ones with adventures and typically are so thrilling to him that he can't bear to watch the movies for fear of it being too intense on the screen. Those are the types he gravitates towards so I'm looking to offer him such titles to read. I'm going to give this one a go and see if it will fit the bill. (Plus I just want to know if I'll like it as much as I did the first time!)
Lastly I'd like to read an Agatha Christie along with my in town bookclub. I already know I won't be able to make the gathering this month, but I'd like to read a book along with them all the same.
- I'm thinking that I'd really love to read Death on the Nile.
I confess to having an ulterior motive for selecting that title. Chiefly, I was informed that Dame Maggie Smith and Angela Landsbury starred in a 1978 film version of the same and I'd like to watch it after I finish reading the book. (I really like both of those actresses.)
This shall be my working reading plan for the coming month. With life as busy as it has been lately, I found that establishing a plan saved me a lot of guess work and kept me on track this past month. Fingers crossed that I'll succeed in March as well!