On My Bookshelf {October 2013}

I wasn’t sure I’d make time for reading at all in September, but — surprisingly — I read more than expected! It helped that I didn’t read anything that really grabbed me in a way that I felt like I was neglecting the rest of my to-do list, but it was nice to escape into a story for a few chapters a day even as our schedule has been busier than usual.

I’m not quite sure what the next month holds as far as reading time, but I know having my Kindle will make it easier to read while nursing, so I’m hopeful that I’ll have some time to read during these long days/nights of nursing a newborn!

Here is my list for last month, and my plans for the coming month(s) but I’d love to know what you’re reading as well. Just add your link at the bottom!

Books I Read

Ender's Game

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
I’m not quite halfway through this one yet, so I can’t say for sure how I feel about it. The first several chapters were hard for me to get through, so I kept reminding myself that Heidi really liked it, which was enough motivation for me to get through those. Two years ago, I almost exclusively read historical fiction, so books like this are well outside my fiction comfort zone, but I’ve discovered plenty of gems by trying new things, so I’m sticking with it for now.

My husband asked if I’ll want to see the movie after reading the book, but I really don’t have a desire to at all — movies aren’t really my thing anyway, and alien movies…well, I think I’d rather just stay home and read another book!


Enclave and Outpost by Ann Aguirre
As if Ender’s Game wasn’t far enough outside my comfort zone, I also read Enclave and Outpost by Ann Anguire last month. I have to admit that I had no idea these were “zombie” books until I was probably halfway through Enclave. Even though the author describes the “freaks” in detail, I just didn’t have enough zombie knowledge to know that that’s what she was describing. Sheltered much?

That said, I found these books overly gruesome and gross in many of its descriptions of fights between the humans and freaks, but I enjoyed the actual storyline and the main characters, so I kept reading. I will probably read the third book eventually, but I won’t be rushing to read it right away.

An Untamed LandAn Untamed Land by Lauraine Snelling
Truthfully, I had high hopes for this book, but it really was a very disappointing read. Parts of the storyline were farfetched with obvious artistic license taken just to make the story work the way the author wanted it too, and the book transitioned abruptly from one storyline to the next in a way that was rather jarring. It has great reviews on Amazon and I don’t have strong negative feelings about many books, but this one just did not live up to those reviews!

Books the Girls Read

Last month our oldest discovered The Royal Diaries series (I had purchased a couple as part of this year’s school booklist), and she read through them so quickly and with such interest that I purchased a big lot of these plus the Dear America and My Name Is America books. Our 7-year-old decided to start with the Dear America series, and they’ve both continued to devour them. Needless to say, I’m very happy that these are their current obsession!

On My Reading List for October

My wishlist on Amazon is overflowing with books, so it’s hard to say which ones I’ll actually read, but I know for sure that I’ll be reading Allegiant as soon as it comes out, assuming I’m not in labor — ha!

I’m also intrigued by the books on this list of 7 books to read if you want a systematized business that runs without you successfully, and I hope to read these three books over the coming months as I contemplate what 2014 holds for my businesses:

  • The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
  • The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
  • Work the System by Sam Carpenter

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Mandi Ehman is the founder and publisher behind Life Your Way and the co-author of All in Good Time, as well as a wife and the homeschooling mom to four beautiful girls. She lives with her family on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia and loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.