What We’re Reading This Week: Sewing, Strangers, and Monsters

What We’re Reading This Week: Sewing, Strangers, and Monsters

I’m off and running with my “Read 100 books during 2014” goal.  It’s a little less than 2 books a week, so I want to stay on top of things.  Here’s what’s on the bookshelf (and nightstand) this week.

What I’m Reading:

Sew & Stow: 31 Fun Sewing Projects to Carry, Hold, and Organize Your Stuff, Your Home, and Yourself!: I just learned how to sew in December, so I’m eager to find some fun, practical and easy projects.  Of course, bags are always a winner.  This book has lots of other projects, but I knew I would like the author in the first page when she admitted her tendency to rush through everything just so she could say “I’m finished!”  Sounds like me.

Fun Loving You: Enjoying Your Marriage in the Midst of the Grind:  This is a book from David C. Cook that I’m planning on reviewing this month.  So far, it’s pretty good, but I’m only about 1/3 of the way through, so stay tuned for more details.

Sink Reflections: My classic “kick in the pants” new year cleaning book.  This book has been super helpful to me in the past in establishing routines both at home and at church.  This is probably my fourth time reading it.  Refresher.

When: The Art of Perfect Timing: This was a book I picked up from Amazon last week.  I love the concept of this book, but I thought it would read a little more like The Tipping Point or Demand (both of which I loved). However, this book is a little more technical than I was anticipating and a little too dry for my taste. There are some interesting anecdotes and examples, but not enough to keep the pages turning.

The Necessity of Strangers: The Intriguing Truth About Insight, Innovation, and Success: Another “take a chance” book for me.  So far, it’s really interesting and has some great insights that I can apply to my work at church.

Stack of Books


What the Kids Are Reading:

Monsters Love Colors is a fun book that introduces not only colors, but also mixing primary colors to make new colors.  My two year old son LOVES it and asks to read it every morning.

Sweet Dreams Princess: God’s Little Princess Bedtime Bible Stories, Devotions, & Prayers: My (almost) four year old got this for Christmas and I love it.  It has straight Scripture (cut and pasted for ease of reading) on one page and then a devotional application on the next.   It’s the perfect length for her attention span, and even though there are no pictures, she really enjoys it.

Disney Planes Little Golden Book (Disney Planes): Normally books with characters are poorly written and I can’t return them to the library fast enough.  Not so with this little golden book.  It is pretty well written and the kids really like it.  Bonus, it is only $3 on Amazon, so I’ll picking up our own copy soon!

Oh My Darling, Porcupine and Other Silly Sing-Along Songs: We picked this up at the library on a whim and both my preschool age kids LOVE it. Not only do they want to read it again and again, they want to sing the songs whenever we don’t have the book with us. Very cute and funny (if you don’t mind bathroom humor).

 The Sandwich Swap: Sweet book about appreciating different tastes.  It’s a great way to show kids you can be different and still be friends.

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