The husband and I have only moved three times in the history of our 12+ year marriage. We are creatures of habit, therefore moving is not on our list of top 500 Things to Do.
When we have moved, we often have several boxes marked “Books.”
Nothing makes friends whom you have begged to help you move happier than seeing countless boxes filled with heavy books, waiting to be loaded and unloaded from a U-Haul trailer.
Perhaps an outdated armoire made of solid wood can top heavy boxes of books…. just barely.
Over the years we have actually scaled down the number of books we own. We eventually parted ways with all of our heavy grad school tomes, realizing that anything found within their dusty spines could likely be discovered on Google in a matter of seconds (We also realized that some of the material was outdated and useless. Nothing like an expensive graduate education proven slightly outdated to make one feel old.) We also utilize the local library, checking out hundreds of books from there a year that we only want to read once.
Now we have two other people in our family who share a love for books (one more than the other…but that is a whole different blog post). They each have their own book collection that continues to grow with time.
Books are one of our love languages and a favorite hobby around here at casa de Phillips. In fact, I have wondered if setting up a Little Free Library would be okay with our HOA. I would adore having our own cute little library out by the mailbox to share books with neighbors and friends. Unfortunately, I have no woodworking skills and our Little Free Library would most likely have to be hot glued together.
I have held off on electronic readers for years now. As the rest of the world is searching for an available outlet to charge their Kindle, I have been happy with my actual book made out of actual paper.
Then the popularity of the ebook hit and there have been times a book has been made available (sometimes for free) only in electronic form. Boo. My eyes are not a fan of reading things on a phone screen so I have had to forgo reading some of these books due to my hesitancy to own an ereader.
Then the husband came home with an iPad for our homeschool.
Hello, Kindle App!
Although I still greatly love an actual book, I have come to love reading things on the iPad as well. Below are some of the books I have read/am reading/will read this fall.
This was my first book to read in electronic form (it was 99 cents one day). Funny read from a blogger that I have been following for years.
This is on my “To Read” list and is patiently waiting for me on the iPad. I have heard really good things about it and cannot wait to dive into it soon.
I am currently in the middle of this book right now. This one is an ACTUAL book, with real pages, and a bookmark that one’s daughter can accidentially remove. Originally I scooped it up because I read “Prep” back in the day and enjoyed it. Also, this book is set in St. Louis. The husband and I are about to spend some quality time in that city (more details in a future blog) so it is fun to read about a place we will soon visit.
I really enjoyed “What Alice Forgot” and am making my way through this next book by Liane Moriarty. It is good but is proving to be a bit of a slow read for me. Part of this is because I am reading it in the electronic version. (again, it was 99 cents one day). For whatever reason, I am having trouble feeling super motivated to get into this book. Anyone else finding similar feelings with this one?
This little gem just came out last week and is only available in electronic form. I love me some Sally Clarkson and the wisdom she provides regarding raising children and homeschooling effectively. This is one of those books that I can read in snippets when I have little pieces of time to myself. The only problem: I cannot highlight and dog-ear important passages to reread later (I know you can highlight on the Kindle…but it is not the same).
Several people have recommended this to me (Hi, Jordan!) and a friend even brought me her copy to borrow. I am saving this one for when I need some simple, fun reading.
What is the rest of my family reading?
The husband reads a variety of things as well. Lately he has been reading “The Grapes of Wrath” (again) and really digesting that storyline.
The boy is a really avid reader, spending a good portion of the afternoons with his nose in a book. He reads quickly (like his father) and can blaze through chapter books in a day. I finally found a book that takes him just a bit longer than 24 hours to finish. He is 50 pages from the end of this one and is anxious to get started on the second one in the series.
The girl can read but stills struggles with it. As I said, this is a blog post in itself. She prefers nonfiction books, especially anything having to do with the ocean. She is all about the ocean and ocean animals, with career aspirations to become a marine biologist one day.
What is on your bookshelf right now?