Sunday, January 5, 2014

Day 5: Read a Book

rest of the series (here)
Today's challenge for our New Year, Renewed You: a Fuller and Happier Life in 2014 is to read a book. Any book. Fiction. Non-fiction. Not a blog or a newspaper-a book.

Reading books is beneficial to your health. It sharpens the mind. It can relax you and help you sleep better. (who hasn't fallen asleep while reading a book?) Reading books can build your empathy for others. Reading broadens horizons and challenges thinking.

Books may be the last frontier...

Our chief excuse for not reading is that we have no time. Between jobs and spouses and children and chores and life, time flies away. But it is possible to find time to read. It would be an excellent way to use that extra 15 minutes you've begun adding to your day.

tips to carve minutes out of your day to read. (here)

Here is my Best Books of 2013 list. It includes both fiction and nonfiction. (Mr. Hippie has noticed that I have been reading good books these days. Meaning not only fluff & stuff)

Disclosure...I  read and sift. I don't agree 100% of everything in all these books, but there are nuggets in each that challenged my thinking and changed my life. (titles are links)

Bringing Up Bebe- a French parenting book that had some good ideas. Some of which I'd known and forgotten by number 4. Some were brand new to me.

Bread and Wine- I just finished this after receiving it at Allume and reading tons of good reviews. I loved her stories and I am looking forward to trying our her gluten free/dairy free recipes on my friends.

Grace for the Good Girl- this book was a breath of fresh air. Grace-oh how I need it!

Lean In-this book is about women in the work force. It challenged my thinking, and there was a lot that I could empathize with even though I've only held one job.

Outliers-in this book Malcolm Gladwell ask the question, "what makes high achievers different?" Good read with lots of stories and facts.

Our Oldest Enemies-this book has been on my to read list since it was published almost 10 years ago. It spans the history of the USA's relationship with France and tied in well with our unit studies this year.

Ivanhoe- I tried reading this while a teen and couldn't get past the language and word pictures of the first chapter. But, I love it now. Give it a try for some wholesome historical fiction.

Gifts from the Sea-the most beautiful book I read last year. Short musings on sea shells and such and tied in nicely with life seasons. I am taking this on vacation with me next month. Soothing. Encouraging. Devotional.

Where'd you go, Bernadette?-I must confess that I picked this one up merely for it's title character's name-which is the same as mine. A fun book about prejudices and dreams.

The Girl You Left Behind-not sure how I heard of this one, but I am sure glad I did. A novel that is set in WWI and modern times. The land is France, the idea is the German occupation, and the clincher is a piece of art.

(bonus) Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade- The title says it all. Mame's and Patrick's adventures are hilarious. There is borderline content, but I love this book. Good to read over and over again.

For more great book ideas, check out Modern Mrs. Darcy's Best Books of 2013 link up (here). Also, Sheila publishes a book review Monday-Friday on her blog The Deliberate Reader. I've found a lot of good book selections from her. Btw, she read over 230 books in 2013. With two young kids. Just sayin.'

So find yourself a book and start reading today.