Booking It :: November

Dear Fellow Readers,

Do you ever find yourself in a reading slump? You have so many books that you would like to read, but you just can't find the time because you are too busy blogging (er...) playing on Pinterest (I mean...um...) stalking people on Facebook (wait a minute...) doing other things? That's the situation where I currently find myself and it's one of the reasons I made reading a goal on my 30 List.

I have the best of intentions and I currently have six (count them...1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 6!) books in progress, but nothing finished. I try to keep no more than two books going at a time, but somehow I wound up with six in process at the same time and the only one I'm really making headway on is my preview copy of The Money Saving Mom's Budget(which is really good by the way - I'll be reviewing it in full next month). In case you're curious about what's stowed on my nightstand at the moment, I'll enlighten you:

1. Quitter by Jon Acuff - I had really high hopes for this book, but I am not impressed with his writing style. He has some good ideas, but they are lost in the blog-style writing and the lack of editing. Overall, I can't recommend it even though I really wanted to like it.

2. The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu by Michael Stanley - I read their first book earlier this year and really enjoyed 93% of it, so I decided to give them another chance. I love reading books that are based in countries where I have visited or lived, and since this is set in Botswana, I'm constantly comparing it to my own experience there (though I don't enjoy these books as much as the The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency).

3. Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain Englishby Patricia T. O'Conner - What can I say? I'm a nerd. I can only take in a bit of this book at a time, but I'm loving every little bit that I read! I've actually learned some things as well, things that have driven me nuts for years. If you like English grammar, you'll want to read this book. It's right up there with Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation.

4. West with the Night by Beryl Markham - I had never heard of this book before, but a friend loaned it to me and told me I needed to read it since I had lived in Africa and have been involved in aviation. Ms. Markham was a real life female aviator in the 1930's in East Africa, and these are the stories of her adventures. I'm not too far into it, but have enjoyed it up to this point.

5. The Money Saving Mom's Budgetby Crystal Paine - I signed up several months ago to receive an advance copy of this book for a review, but I never heard anything more about it until this week when my copy landed on my doorstep. I did the {happy dance} and then started reading. I'm over half-way done and I can't wait to give you a full review of it next month. All I will say about it now is that it's worth it to pre-order on Amazon! 

6. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson - Yes, I'm still reading this book! I don't know why it has taken me so long to get through it, because every time I pick it up it makes me laugh. Bryson can be a little crass, so be warned of that (and some language), but having never been to Australia, this book is making me want to visit it even more.

Now it's your turn...what have you been reading? I'm linking up to Jessica's Booking It post over at Life as MOM today if you'd like to join us. I've found several good book suggestions through those posts over the last two years, so it's worth a visit!


  1. Oh, I'm jealous of your advance copy of Crystal's book! Can't wait to hear what you have to say on that one....

    And disappointed to hear that about Quitter. The concept is intriguing and I've thought about getting it, but haven't yet. Maybe I'll pass...or wait till my library gets it.

  2. Somehow, I'm not surprised about Quitter. I had high hopes for the ideas, too. But, he lost me on his blog.


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