Archive of 100 Book Challenge

06Oct2018

Book #36: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

I’ve already written my strong feelings on this book here, so I won’t go into it much more here, but it’s a good reminder that some books are worth returning to again and again. After a particularly bonding experience at a book club I hosted one night, as a group we decided to study The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey together.  Over seven weeks, we read and disc

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06Oct2018

Book #35: How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen

I’ll be upfront and say that I zoomed through How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7 by Joanna Faber and Julie King, skimming large swaths of it, since it was a companion book to the original.  I read How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber years ago and found it incredibly valuable for my parenting, so wh

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06Oct2018

Book #34 Getting Back to Happy

I bought a copy of Getting Back to Happy: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Reality, and Turn Your Trials Into Triumphs by Marc Chernoff hoping to find some new tools for dealing with depression and anxiety.  Our family has been dealing with these issues for years and what I read from Marc’s blog with his wife, Angel, told me they had insightful things to say on the topic.  Having dealt with

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06Oct2018

Book #33 The Family Under the Bridge

I read The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson to my 11- and 8-year-olds, based on the recommendation from The Read-Aloud Family.  It’s about an old Parisian man, Armand, who lives as a vagrant, happily and by choice.  He encounters a young mother and her three small children, who have lost their father and their home, and then his spot under the bridge.  He begrudgingly starts

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06Oct2018

Book #31: Mere Christianity

Next on my scripture supplement reading was Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.  This book has been on my to-read list for ages and after I found it in a stack of books given to me by a friend, I thought it was about time I read it. I went into reading it blind, not really knowing what it was about other than, uh, Christianity.  It’s actually a compilation of talks Lewis did for radio, which w

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22Sep2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge

Challenge Update

I went to Goodreads this morning to make sure my records lined up with what I’ve read and what I’ve blogged about thus far and the website cheerfully reminded me that I’ve read 50 books.  And, ahem, that I’m 22 books behind schedule.  “I know, Goodreads!” I shouted at my laptop. “Shut up about it already!” I maybe not have handled that very well. So far I’ve blogged about 30

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10Aug2018

Book #30: Time Jumpers

In order of my favorite Brandon Mull series, #1 The Beyonders, #2 Fablehaven, #3 The Candy Shop Wars, #4 Five Kingdoms.  I know, it’s sacrilege not to have Fablehaven as #1, but that’s just how much I love The Beyonders series.  Having Five Kingdoms at the bottom of the list doesn’t imply that it’s bad, just not my favorite.  It was definitely fun to read aloud as a family each book as

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09Aug2018

Book #29: Zombie Kid

The things we do for our kids, right?  Like reading Zombie Kid by J. Scott Savage out loud to them because their older sister picked a “girly” book.  No offense to Savage, who impressed me at the LTUE conference, because I’m sure his other less bathroom-humor-oriented books are excellent.  This one tested my patience. Despite the gross-out jokes and general prepubescent-boys-being-them

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Book #28: Penny from Heaven

My 11-year-old wanted to read Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm for her book club.  Actually, she went to the book club without reading it, got excited by the discussion, then asked me to read it aloud to her.  I’ll admit, I wasn’t super excited about it.  My daughter couldn’t remember most of the details and the blurb on the book didn’t draw me in, but I promised and we went ahead.

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08Aug2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Fantasy, Fiction

Book #27: Oathbringer

If you haven’t read The Way of Kings or Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson, then nothing in this blog post will make any sense.  So go and read the review I did for The Way of Kings and then decide if you’d like to commit to three 1,000 page books.  I think you should, but you know, epic fantasy might not be your thing. Instead of going through a synopsis of a book that is the third i

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