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A new favourite site

Genius! I can read Shakespeare in a modern translation, and still see the original text. Where has this been all my life?


So now I know what happens in King Lear – riveting reading this morning, though I’m not into the depressing endings Shakespeare favoured for his tragedies. Okay, so maybe tragedy isn’t the right category for me to read then, but I had to know what I’d been missing. Wonder which piece I’ll choose next…


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Latest reading journeys

Fellowship of the Ring book cover

Post-secondary students are probably the most likely to have reduced time for pleasure reading, but I still work to keep it in my schedule. Here are some titles read lately:

  • The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare, Lilian Jackson Braun (current read) – I had read several of the series just after high school, and it looks like I still like them 🙂
  • The Fellowship of the Ring, J. R. R. Tolkien (current read for storytime with the older boys) – appreciating the writing more than when I read it alone around the time the movie came out, full of adventure!
  • Mayor of Macon’s Point, Inglath Cooper – a Harlequin Heartwarming book, clean romance that included a mystery and fun characters
  • Until the Ride Stops, Amie Denman – another Harlequin Heartwarming book with a mystery and interesting family dynamics
  • With the Light, Keiko Tobe – excellent manga series about a family’s experience with autism, just need to find later volumes since the library stopped buying at Vol 5…

And I have too many non-fiction books unfinished… So much reading during the day to learn for school or autism training that I run to fiction in the evenings yet still grab new non-fic titles! Still, I recommend Before Amen from Max Lucado while I’m about halfway through it and snatch extra reading time when I can.

Most of my books are used or borrowed from a library, but I did buy a new copy of A Wrinkle in Time recently. I read it alone and then with the boys, and I’m excited for the movie!

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Different than any other book in the world

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
Hebrews 4:12 NLT

It’s amazing how one book can contain so many lessons. I could read the same section at different points in my life and get fresh insight each time. I may be confronted about a behavior that needs to be dropped, an attitude that needs adjusting, or find hope where I had little before. This is why it’s so important to do more than simply read my Bible – I need to study it as a life manual and a mirror into my soul.

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Currently reading and recently read…


The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer – Going slowly to soak it in, really good!

Not sure what to read for fiction. Started Scoop by Rene Gutteridge, and wasn’t hooked. Same for Deep Dixie by Annie Jones.

And recently:

Island Girl by Sandra Byrd – picked this for school and enjoyed it so much! I’ll post my review that was a class activity.

To Get to You by Joanne Bischof – also for school, loved it! I need to make a video for class to promote it, so I’ll post that in the future!

Happy reading!

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Our brains are fabulous!

I know, I get excited about books all the time. But this one had me learning about the brain in an easy way! Neat-o!


The Whole Brain Child was one of two books by Daniel Siegel and Tina Bryson recommended to me for help with parenting a child struggling with anxiety. I suspect they will also help with the one with autism, too, and probably the youngest as well. (Yes, a lot going on here!)

I looked forward to reading each chapter and learning more about how the brain works. It reminded me of taking an online course a few years ago on the topic, but this book was even easier to follow and gave a lot of stories to explain how it all looks in real life situations. I also loved the strategies at the end of the chapters to put the knowledge into practice, as well as the ways to explain to children the concepts the parents have just learned. Brilliant concept to get children involved in the process of understanding their brains too!

Pick this book up for yourself, or grab the ebook as I did. It’s worth a little of your time and maybe then we can gab about how cool it is! 🙂

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Currently reading, February edition

cane-river-setI’m dreaming of visiting Louisiana right now. I started The Pepper in the Gumbo (Mary Jane Hathaway) and love it! Not only do I identify with the bookstore owner who’s not sold on technology taking over her life –  I’m usually on the tech-savvy end of things, yet I find myself rebelling with print, pen and paper quite often – but I also love that the setting has a connection with my second language of French, which still occupies my brain even though there isn’t much cause to use it in this English-Russian town…

I think I might end up tracking down some of the favourite books of the two main characters, who have bonded over their interest in books. That could be a fun exploration in print, and I bet my public library could help!

I’m also going one chapter a week through Life’s Healing Choices (John Baker). Such a useful book for anyone, though it is the book of choice for certain Christian recovery groups. Let’s face it, we’re all needing recovery from one thing or another – if we haven’t gone the route of substance abuse or other well-known destructive behaviours, we may be codependent or just suffering from bad habits that haunt our lives. Studying the Beatitudes from this perspective is really helpful. I should revisit the book Boundaries as well, since it’s used by Christians and non-Christians alike to explain how to live politely and kindly while respecting ourselves and our needs.

I have book reviews to write, so expect some here in the near future. Until then, I’m amassing many book recommendations for anyone who might ask for a good book to read…

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Currently reading, resurrected

book-pilesI can’t really call any of my blog posts regular features because life gets in the way of my good intentions of blogging often… Here’s a quick check-in with me on the topic of reading, one of my favourite activities!

Fiction: Beauty and the Beast, K.M Shea. I had read several Christmas stories and then took a break to read Pride & Prejudice & the Perfect Match (fun read!), now this one. Will probably get back to Christmas stories since I have quite a few in my ebook collection (and I just got a Kindle to save my eyes from too much tablet and phone use).

Non-fiction: Becoming Your Own Parent, Dennis Wholey. This one is a tough read because of the raw stories of homes with alcoholism, abuse and neglect, but I do think I will learn a few useful strategies or insights into recovering from being raised in a dysfunctional home. After this, I have a stack of non-fiction on Christian living that I’ll want to go through.

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