Weekly Reads {2/4/13}

Weekly Reads

After a few weeks of reading books I loved, this week was a bit of a let down as I reviewed a few books instead of choosing from my growing to-read pile. I always thought of myself as someone who likes to read anything, but I’m finding that my tastes are getting pickier the more I read!

Read more about my weekly reads below, or head here to see Katie’s post for this week.

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5 Days to a Clutter-Free House by Sandra Felton and Marsha SimsCongo Dawn by Jeanette WindleThe Moses Quilt by Kathy MaciasA New Home for Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher

(See the full 2013 list here.)

This Week’s Reads

5 Days to a Clutter-Free House

5 Days to a Clutter-Free House by Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims

Although I’m a pretty organized and clutter-free person, I love to read books on these topics, not only so I can recommend them to other people but also because there is always something new to learn! I enjoyed Sandra and Marsha’s enthusiasm and thoroughness as they lay out a plan to get your home clutter free, but the idea of assembling a team of people to help you declutter your home over five days feels a little bit unrealistic and gimmicky to me. I’m also not a huge fan of books filled with anecdotes from other people, and I honestly found myself skimming over those.

While the first half of the book was devoted to their 5-day decluttering program, the second half is packed full of tips for keeping your home organized and clutter-free, and I think it’s a valuable resource for anyone who’s trying to gain control over the stuff in their home.

Congo Dawn

Congo Dawn by Jeanette Windle

First, the good: I truly enjoyed Congo Dawn, which takes place in the middle of a Congo as a team of mercenaries attempts to capture a rebel leader who is sabotaging a nearby mine. Of course, nothing is as it seems, and former Marine lieutenant Robin Duncan finds herself questioning her role in this conflict. In the meantime, she reconnects with a fellow soldier she hasn’t seen in nearly five years and they both discover the truth about a misunderstanding that led to the end of their promising relationship years earlier.

Now, the bad: What I appreciated most about the first half of the story is that while there were elements of faith woven in, it was done naturally and not in a fake way (which always turns me off in inspirational books). Halfway through the book, though, Robin begins to question this God that so many people are relying on, and from that point forward, it felt almost as if the author was trying to pack the entire gospel into the remaining pages. While I appreciate her heart in wanting to do that, I found it distracting to read through Bible verse after Bible verse or long, rambling prayers in the midst of the story.

The Moses Quilt

The Moses Quilt by Kathy Macias

Two of my favorite books last year were Yellow Crocus and All Different Kinds Of Free, heartbreakingly beautiful slave stories that gave me a deeper understanding not only for the horror that slaves experienced but also for the beauty and love they created in the midst of their horrible bondage.

The Moses Quilt combines a modern-day love story and the retelling of Harriet Tubman’s story through the squares of a Moses Quilt. I’m truly enjoying the story of Harriet Tubman, but the contemporary story is a bit slow and tedious. I’m not quite done with this one but finding myself choosing other activities over reading even though I want to finish this one!

A New Home for Lily

A New Home for Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher

The girls and I started reading A New Home for Lily together, and it is a sweet look at the life of a little Amish girl who moves to a new Amish community. As Lily Lapp adjusts to a new school, makes new friends and deals with a little boy who delights in tormenting her, she also experiences various adventures in her new home — including exploring the attic, which is full of treasures.

It will take us a few weeks to get through this book, which is 265 pages long, but the big girls are especially enjoying the story and ask me to read more several times a day!

On My Reading List for This Week


The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society

From (Peyton, 8): “The main characters in this story are a group of children who are orphans and a runaway. They find themselves in the midst of an interesting test to be spies. When they pass the test, they go to a school where they have to find out all they can. They use something called morse code — where different flashes (of the flashlight) mean different things — to communicate with the three people. who sent them. I like all of the mysteries because I figure them all out really fast.”

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