Last month, I shared my February book pile along with a request for advice about joining Goodreads. After so many positive responses, I went ahead and signed up for the site. So far, it’s been helpful for keeping track of which books I’ve read–I have such a backlog that I’m really skimming fast.
I started the month with 15 books in the pile! I read seven of them, skimmed one, and picked up five more along the way.
Here’s what I read in February:
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1. Women Living Well by Courtney Joseph
This was a great book with easy-to-digest chapters. I didn’t finish it before the due date (it’s a new book, so no renewals), so it’s back on the pile for March.
2. Anything by Jennie Allen
I saw Jennie speak at the IF:gathering (stream) and really connected with her passion. I borrowed the e-book first and sped-read my way through it. I plan on working my way through a little slower with the paper version.
3. Who Is This Man? by John Ortberg
I thought this would end up being returned without being read, but I started it in the car when I had a few minutes to wait. The beginning really drew me in (I enjoy Ortberg’s writing style), but my interest waned about halfway through.
4. The Rhythm of Family: Discovering a Sense of Wonder through the Seasons by Amanda Blake Soule
Really pretty pictures! I realized while reading that I’m not nearly as “crunchy” as I feel sometimes. 🙂
5. Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age by Maggie Jackson
7. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk
I read Gary’s first two books and this was the best of the three. (I’m glad I read the other two in January so I had a chance to “get to know” his personality and backstory.) If you have a small business or blog and you need advice about social media, this is a quick and helpful read.
8. The Artful Parent by Jean Van’t Hul
I found a link to Jean’s blog on Google +, and I was so excited to read her book. Practical for all parents (especially anyone who doesn’t jump to do crafts with their children), I’ve already implemented a weekly art time for my girls. Great resource!
9. Emily of Deep Valley by Maud Hart Lovelace
I really wanted a fiction read, and this was recommended to me by Goodreads. I loved the Betsy-Tacy books when I was in elementary school–so this was like getting together with childhood friends.
11. Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt
Meh. If you don’t know what Twitter is or how to set up a Facebook page, this might be a good starting point for you. Personally, I found him condescending and supercilious. (And the fact that he told the same stories in multiple sections/constantly cross-referenced to other chapters really bothered me.)
12. The Core by Leigh Bortins
If you’re interested in classical education, this is a great primer. This was my second read-through.
13. Freefall to Fly by Rebekah Lyons
Oh my. This may be my favorite book in a long time. Rebekah’s story means the world to me, as I’ve struggled with anxiety since Kate’s birth. I devoured this one in 24 hours.