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What We are Reading

In Uncategorized on Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 9:10 am

The ManyMeadows Plus like to read.  Some are reading for school, others for fun and life.   Here’s a sampling of what we have going right now.



Brisingr– Christopher Paolini (a homeschooler) ( Book 3) Inheritance Series (fantasy)–This is brand new and I’m just starting it this week. The first 2 books were very exciting to read. Books I would definately recommend for anyone. 


Elsewhere Gabrielle Zevin– A fictional book about a 2nd life after you die on Earth in a place called Elsewhere. A very interesting, funny book and an easy read. Good for young adults.


 I just finished The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher– Rob Stennett.  A quirky, fun  story about a man who decides to start a church….only problem is, he isn’t a Christian.

Trading Places by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott – a good look at the idea of putting yourself in your mate’s shoes to understand his/her point of view.


I am reading Medical Surgical Nursing 7th edition by Sharon Lewis and
Mental Health Nursing by Karen Lee Fontaine.  They are really exciting although I don’t think I would recommend themfor light reading.   They weigh about 8 lbs each.


I am reading: Quantitative Chemical Analysis, 7th Edition by Daniel C. Harris,and Physics Demystified by Stan Gibilisco and Kaplan MCAT 2008-2009.

 I wish I was reading: The Innocent Man by John Grisham, Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church: Understanding a Movement and Its Implications by D.A. Carson, or anything by Ben Witherington III.

Darn school. 🙂


I haven’t really been reading as much as I would like to right now, but did find time this week to read a chapter out of a book that my friend Nicole loaned me called Passionate Housewives Desperate for God by Chauncey and McDonald.. I just flipped through it and one chapter caught my eye called “Weary Women”. I thought,  well that sounds like me so I read it and just reading that small little bit really revived me in a area that I struggle with.

It talks about how we women feel pressured to have an actual quiet time and feel guilty when we don’t accomplish this. One part that really jumped out to me was 

“If you have little ones, accept that this is your “noisy season” of life.

It suggests instead of feeling stressed to sit down one time a day and have a quiet time or prayer time, to pray in droplets throughout the day. It’s refreshing that we can spend time with God in our own special ways.


Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki —a fascinating book that I can’t believe I haven’t read before about the differences between  working for money as opposed to money working for us.  Recommended by Anna’s boyfriend, Cody Light (even more reason to read it!)


Mozart’s Sister by Rita Charbonnier
This is a fiction novel based on the true story of, you guessed it – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s sister.  It is actually a very interesting read that has led me into further research to see how accurate it is in its portrayal of the barely-mentioned Mozart girl.  She did a good job of making the story entertaining while giving a close-to-accurate account (with as little information as there is to draw from) while also teaching a fair amount of historical significance.  It is unfortunately rated “R” for one “scene” in the book.
Love in the House by Chris and Wendy Jeub
This is a non-fiction book about the true story of a christian homeschooling family of 15 kids who were featured on a reality show on TLC about large families.  I can closely relate to this book for obvious reasons, and while there are some things in the book that for now God is not calling our family in, I respect them for being so passionate about the way they believe.  It has given me some things to think about and can help any family large or small.


For my Early Childhood Education graduate course, I am currently reading Pianta & Cox’s “School Readiness & the Transition to Kindergarten in the Era of Accountability” (sounds fascinating, huh?). Although the style of writing is similar to ‘legalese’ and often hard to follow, the content is quite interesting (and good for a heated debate!). The book discusses the strict standards and assessments that now face early childhood education in settings such as public schools and Head Start programs. Children as young as 3 are affected by federal mandates requiring testing and assessment, upon which efficacy of school programs is judged and funding is subsequently based. All this talk of governmental requirements makes me wonder: ‘What happened to the days when a kid could be a kid?!’






I am currently reading The Shack, and have been trying to finish it for the last four months!



Are you an avid reader? 



What do you have open right now? 


  1. “The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher” was hilarious!

    Right now I’m reading “His Needs, Her Needs” by Willard Harley, “Sheet Music” by Kevin Leman and “Every Woman’s Battle” by Shannon Ethridge.

    So you can guess what’s going on in my life right now…

  2. To Ali, just a thought as a grandparent; Can’t you have a “noisy time” instead?

  3. I just read Velvet Elvis. I’m finally going to pick up The Shack today. I’m slow like that.

    By the way, I read Rich Dad, Poor Dad a while back. It is sooo good. I liked it better than The Millionaire Next Door.

  4. I love to read. I am reading the Shack. Tim and I just got done reading Family Driven Faith. (it rocked our world)

  5. I am reading the Anne of Green Gables series. A Tramp for the Lord—Corrie Ten Boone—great read. Making your Children mind without losing yours. Great ideas!

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