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What I’ve Been Reading

It’s funny how each month as I post the books I read I realize something new. And it’s not really something in the books. It’s about the reading. This month was no exception.

I’ve always loved to read, but since having kids finding time to read became harder to come by. After having my second baby, I finally gave myself permission to stop reading a book I didn’t like. I can still remember the book (and no, I won’t mention the title). It was hard for this task oriented brain to let go of a book, but I realized there are too many great books to read in the little time that I have. So I stopped.

It was great and freeing and this month I found myself in this same situation. Although I’ve come to embrace the idea, it’s still difficult for me to give up on a book. The title doesn’t matter as much as the idea that we can choose how to spend our time, and life’s too short for mediocre books. Here are the books that were far from mediocre this month.

It’s been a long time since I was part of a Bible Study. I’m co-teaching a women’s study at church I am so glad that we started with Open Your Bible! Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams are from the She Reads Truth team, and this study has been wonderful. You can do this on your own, but it’s great if you can get a few women together. There are 4 days of independent study per week, and I found myself looking forward to my time in the Word more and more! If you’re looking to get into the Bible you don’t want to miss Open Your Bible
Craving Connection by the team at (in)courage is a beautiful collection of stories to encourage and equip women to develop relationship with God and one another. It was beautiful to see the different ways God worked in each of these women’s lives, and to read the practical ideas for developing community in my own life. 

After reading I Let You Go a few months ago, I was told that I See You by Claire Mackintosh was even better! I got my hands on a copy and eagerly got started. This book was the same and different all in one. It developed a surprising story-line that you had to keep turning pages for. But I think my expectations were too high because I kept waiting for a surprise. It was a wonderful, suspenseful read that I do recommend, but I found myself missing the relationship driving story of I Let You Go. Both books are still worth reading if you enjoy suspenseful crime stories without graphic elements.

For the (older) kids: 

My kids are huge fans of Gordon Korman and his newest book is no exception. We are reading Masterminds: Payback together and they are loving it. I wish I had read book 1 and book 2 in the series, but we’re too far in to stop now! Suspenseful and fun this story would make a wonderful movie for tweens!


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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

12 Replies

  1. I agree that Bible study is great on your own, but even better if you can find a like-minded group! I love the action/adventure book without graphic elements, thanks for that recommendation. I understand totally about it being harder to find reading time with young kids. Mine are all teens/20 now (eek!) and my reading time has increased a lot in recent years!

    1. Becky Hastings

      The seasons of parenting feel like they are permanent, but they are so fleeting. I’m going to write about finding time to read with kids at home next month. Let me know if you have any tips!

  2. I also have given myself permission to stop reading a book that just isn’t doing it for me. It is still hard but as you say there are so many good reads out there, why waste time on something that doesn’t work for you.

    1. Becky Hastings

      I agree completely!

  3. I stopped two books this month myself (egads!). It’s been a very hard lesson for me to learn too. I typically feel compelled to read everything I start, but how crazy is that? Glad we both are freeing ourselves up from that unnecessary bondage. Life is indeed too short, and our to-read lists are too long for such nonsense. πŸ™‚

    1. Becky Hastings

      You’re so right! I’ve always been the same way (I couldn’t even read a magazine without going cover to cover including the letter from the editor!) Those TBR lists are too long and our days are far too short! πŸ™‚

  4. Becky, I know what you mean about reading books that really grab you, and . . . setting those that don’t aside. I’ve done that with a few books too. With the minuscule amounts of time I have to read in a day, I want the reading to be worthwhile to me. πŸ™‚ And, um, I’m not going to tell you how many books I have on my TBR pile (let’s just say it’s in the triple digits). So, I will focus on reading books that draw me in. πŸ™‚

    1. Becky Hastings

      I’m not the only one with a huge TBR list?! Yay! Find the ones that grab you friend, and enjoy every minute!

  5. It’s hard for me to set aside a book, too – I keep holding out hope it will improve. But life is too short to spend time in books that aren’t worth it. Open Your Bible sounds very interesting.

    1. Becky Hastings

      I’m the same way, but it is so freeing to find the books that are right for you right now! And Open Your Bible is excellent! Not overwhelming, and completely scripture based, not fluff!

  6. I no longer read a book I am not enjoying past the third or fourth chapter; life is just too short and I’m teaching my boys the same thing. Not all books are going to speak to each reader.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Yes! I wonder why it took me so long to realize it!

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