Last week, I threw out my back and was laid up for a couple of days. It was hard (thankfully I had the help of my dad and others during the day, dealing with regular kiddo duty), but there was one little silver lining...
I got some serious page-turning time in! It's amazing how just a few days of quality reading can get me fired up again to dig into my reading list and the stacks of books lying around waiting to be opened.
Here's what I'm currently reading, because it's virtually impossible for me to read only one book at a time. (These are affiliate links, fyi.)
1. Bread & Wine ~ This is my bedtime/relaxing time/dreaming time book right now. Full review to come.
2. The Gospel Centered Woman ~ Even though I already reviewed this book, I'm still digesting it. It's a great quiet time companion; I've been trying to read it in the morning when I'm up before the chaos.
3. Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe ~ This is my afternoon quiet time book, or my read whenever I can book because I'm really just soaking it up. It's just what I need in the season I'm in. My good friend Amber is ordering a copy so we can start going through it together for mutual encouragement.
4. What it is is beautiful ~ This book of poetry is written by my friend Sarah Park (you may have seen her poetry published on Simple Mom, and it speaks to me, as a mother of small children, in simple kindred-spirit ways.
5. A Gospel Primer for Christians ~ We're reading this as a church and it is chock full of nuggets of gospel truth. The premise of the book is the importance and benefits of preaching the gospel to ourselves, a theme that has come up in both book number two and three on this list.
6. The Well-Trained Mind ~ This is my basic homeschool guide. I'm planning out first grade right now and I love Susan Wise Bauer's explanation of the Classical education model and also am so thankful for this anthology of resources and scheduling guidelines.
7. Nurture by Nature ~ A mentor friend recommended this to me and I'm finally dipping my toes into it. I tested my own personality recently and came out as an ESFJ so I'm anxious to read more about personality types and see how it applies to my family and parenting.
I love this quote recently penned by Emily Freeman (a fellow multiple-book-reader), about all the books she's currently reading at once:
"They talk with one another in my head and help me find my own voice in the midst of the conversation."
Yes! That's how I feel, too. Plus, I need the variety so I can choose the genre that fits my mood or the amount of time I have.
P.S. I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but... I sure do. Love these particular ones.
Are you a multiple-book-reader? What are you reading right now? I'm always on the lookout for more literary goodness.