Weekly Reads {2/18/13}

Weekly Reads

This weekend I posted a picture on instagram with the caption “Switching up my routine with a book made of actual paper“.

So many people replied there and on Facebook that they prefer or love those kinds of books, and I realized that I don’t really have a connection with paper books anymore. Because of its convenience and ease of use, Kindle has revolutionized my reading habits and helped me go from reading almost no books a few years ago to almost 4 a week this year, and I really do love my Kindle.

That said, I feel quite differently about children’s books and although I have an old Kindle set aside to give to my girls — and plenty of free Kindle books loaded on it for them — I can’t bring myself to do it just yet; I’d much rather them hold a paper book in their hands and enjoy that experience. Hypocrite much?

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It Starts with FoodOpen MindsWhen the Heart HealsWhen the Heart Heals

(See the full 2013 list here.)

This Week’s Reads

It Starts with Food

It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig

Today I’m starting a Whole30 challenge, the “nutritional reset” from Dallas and Melissa Hartwig that’s designed to improve your relationship with food and give you insight into how various foods affect your body (that’s an oversimplified definition, so be sure to read through the link for more information). Although they provide everything on their site you need to get started, several people recommended their book to me as well, and it really is an eye-opening look at how food affects our bodies.

The first parts of the book takes a scientific look at how our bodies work, how we use food for fuel, how food affects our hormones, what makes different foods good and bad, etc. The last part focuses specifically on the Whole30 with more detail about foods to eat and foods to avoid as well as inspiration and practical examples.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn more about food and the role it plays in our bodies, whether you’re interested in doing a Whole30 or not!

Open Minds

Open Minds (The Mindjack Trilogy) by Susan Kaye Quinn

Open Minds is currently free for the Kindle (I don’t know how long that will last, though!), and I was intrigued by the description of a future society where people have developed the ability to hear other people’s thoughts. Unable to read other people’s minds or transmit her thoughts to them, Kira is considered a Zero…until the day she accidentally controls her best friend’s mind, which unlocks a dangerous secret.

Although not the best YA dystopian/science fiction book I’ve ever read, I love the plot of this one, and about halfway through it sucked me in and I couldn’t put it down until I found out how it ended. I’m looking forward to reading Parts 2 & 3 this week, and I’d put Susan Kaye Quinn on my authors-to-watch list!

When the Heart Heals

Where the Wildflowers Bloom and When the Heart Heals by Ann Shorey

Revell recently sent me the second book in this series to review, and I was excited to realize I had the first one on my Kindle already from a free promotion last year. I’ve always loved historical fiction, and there are weeks when I crave a “light” read like these. These aren’t quite as rich in historical facts and detail as I like, but both of these stories — about strong female heroine trying to find their way (and love!) after the Civil War — are sweet and inspiring. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and following their journeys!

On My Reading List for This Week

I keep picking up books in the middle of the week that take priority over what I’m planning to read, so I feel like this list is getting a little redundant!

  • People Before Profit by Ken Koopman (I started this and am enjoying the somewhat dry look at the life of Bob Moore and the history of Bob’s Red Mill, so I hope to finish it this week!)
  • Closed Hearts and Free Souls by Susan Kaye Quinn


The Ralph S. Mouse Audio Collection

The Ralph S. Mouse Audio Collection

From Dylan (7): “The Ralph S. Mouse audio collection is about a mouse who has a motorcycle, and when we makes the sound “brrrrr”, it makes it go. A boy gave him the motorcycle at a hotel, and then one day they left, and then Ralph didn’t have anybody to feed him. He traveled to a camp, and a boy caught him, and the boy took the motorcycle. There’s a cat who stole a girls watch, and they thought it was the boy who did it. So he told Ralph that if he could put the watch, then he would give him back the motorcycle. I like that Ralph can make his motorcycle go!”

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