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Taking part in a story...

Friday, August 02, 2013

All the way through school there were many assignments that teachers gave that I dreaded - any thing that involved standing up and speaking in front of the class was torture (to stand in front of the whole school for some things was unthinkable!). There was always one assignment though that I loved - I looked forward to it. The free writing assignments. You know the ones where you got to write anything you wanted.  You could make up a story, characters, setting - the whole thing was in your control.

I realize not everyone loved that assignment.

Every good gift should leave us with a why


For some, the moment the art supplies came out was pure freedom - the ability to create thrilled some (not me... but I know those who loved them).

Why do we, as people, have such desire to create? Why?

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Thursday, August 01, 2013

Welcome to Cozy Reading Spot!  This is your chance to share your posts, and then grab your favorite drink to curl up with and read other's posts.  We share posts on books, reading, and all that is inspiring us. If you haven't written anything new, link up a classic you'd love for some new friends to check out.

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What's been going on at Reading List this week:

Here's what I've been writing this week, just in case you missed it.

Christian

Ready or Not

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ready or Not (Aggie's Inheritance)
Chautona Havig


I love reading fiction - the ability good fiction authors have to transport from this world into a new one is fabulous. I enjoy meeting new characters and feeling involved in their lives, even if they are made up. However, in the current age of self-published ebooks the great fiction writers seem to have disappeared, being replaced by writers who are just starting off, and publishing efforts that although full of effort are just not up to the high standards of a great fiction writer.

Please do not hear this wrong, I find some great non-ficiton pieces from first time self publishers.  However, when it comes to fiction there is a certain finesse that comes with time, or born talent, and that type of author is getting hard to find.

Children

Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I admit that I don't necessarily know too many things 100% when it comes to raising my kids.  I often feel that I am not doing enough, or what I am doing is completely wrong.  I also know that I am not alone in these feelings when it comes to raising kids.


Personally I often turn to story books in an effort to do something positive as I try to learn how to be the best parent I can be.

The one thing I do know for sure about parenting my kids, is that they need to know that mommy loves them, all the time, even when mommy is disciplining or upset. So for me, I look for books that will help show my boys that mommy does and always will love them. 

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents: Wherever you are my love will find you

personal

Read-a-thon update

Monday, July 29, 2013

Alright, so I jumped in to the Read-A-Thon train this past week. Which I am grateful for. It was a hard week, and instead of wallowing in it too much, I was able to focus my mind on my books. Granted this isn't a good habit, and I do have responsibilities that keep me from doing this all the time. But it was a nice break for me. And I enjoyed some fun new books with my boys as well.

So here's how I did with the High Summer Read-a-thon over at Seasons of Reading...



I have a goal for my kids - three books each day this week, including a new book each day (that is the tough part of the challenge as my kids have favorites) Here's the list of new books I have for my kids this week:
How to Babysit a Grandpa  - my kids loved this one...
Joseph wants to read - my oldest was extremely interested in this fun story
Spot's Fun First Words - with the sliding windows, this was a hit
Mouse Paint - both kids were into this quick silly story with colors
And Red Galoshes a story about a rainy day  - this story did not live up to the recommendation for any of us
Seriously, Cinderella is so Annoying! - My oldest and I got a good giggle out of this new perspective on a classic
Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You - what is not to love about a book that makes mommy cry happy, love tears?


And I have a personal goal... wrap up the tons of books I have started because I have a huge list of newbies waiting! Here's what I'm hoping to read this week:
Prayer Warrior Mom (only like 4 pages left) completed
The Hobbit (a re-read for tutoring- last 1/3)
The Hunger Games (a re-read for tutoring - last 2/3)  completed
Anything (2 chapters left)  completed
Unfulfilled  - completed
Discovering True Identity completed


I'd say this was a success... I've cleared off some of the books on my must read list, a couple on my I just want to read list and didn't add one single book to my wish list. Which means I can start reading more of the books I want to read. Of course I know that list will grow, but I'm alright with that one!

Thanks for the push to really get some reading done, Seasons of Reading.

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