Weekly Reads + Budgeting for Books {6/17/13}

Weekly Reads

I’m feeling like my current reading rut might be permanent! As I focus on work and homeschooling, I’m just not prioritizing time to read in my daily schedule, and I think part of the problem is that it’s been a long time since I read a fiction book I really loved, the kind that leads to late nights and stolen moments with the Kindle.I’d really love to find a new dystopian/fantasy series to read, except there’s the whole part about not buying any books right now (more on that down below!), so I just feel kind of stuck and uninspired.

Head here to see Katie’s post for this week. We also want to know what you’re reading! Add your blog post to the linky below or leave a comment with your favorite reads from this week.

This Week’s Reads

Choking on a Camel

Choking on a Camel by Michal Ann McArthur
I was intrigued by the Amazon description of this book and picked it up a few weeks ago when it was free: “Meet Alex Ferguson: Compulsive skeptic. Devout believer. At odds with the group-think at her fundamentalist university. Preached at and taken advantage of. Agonizing over the recent death of her brother. Hurting for the larger world she lives in. Wrestling with the God she wants to love but maybe hates and definitely doesn’t understand.”

Unfortunately, I’m not far enough into it to have really formed an opinion. I got off to a slow start because it’s kind of a depressing book (at least in the beginning), and I think I’d prefer a lighter read right now, but I’m enjoying it so far as Alex wrestles with her many questions about faith and God.

With The Girls

While my own track record hasn’t been so good these past few weeks, the girls are flying through books, which makes me so incredibly happy, especially given my concerns about our oldest’s reading skills last summer!

Amazing Days of Abby Hayes

The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes (Super Special #1): The Best is Yet to Come by Anne Mazer
Amanda and I talked about this briefly in the comments on another post, and I’m always torn when the girls pick a non-classic to read. On one hand, I love that they’re reading, and I think it’s okay to enjoy some fluff from time to time; on the other hand, I think an appreciation for the classics comes most often from simple exposure, and I want to be sure they develop that as well.

That said, I pulled a box of hand-me-down books out of the attic the other day, and the big girls jumped right in and began reading. Peyton (8) read this one in just a couple days, and while there are a couple others from the series she’s planning to read, she moved right on to other books from our home library, including the two below, so I think we’re finding a good balance for now!Five True Dog Stories

Five True Dog Stories by Margaret Davidson
This book and then next one are both from the Sonlight Core A read-aloud collection, and Peyton was excited to pick up a small chapter book and read through the whole thing in one day. With fun, true stories about five famous pups, this book was fun for her because she made connections between various places and historical events as she read!

A Grain of Rice

A Grain of Rice by Helena Clare Pittman
Our girls have a bit of an obsession with China, and Pey thoroughly enjoyed this folktale, which is a short, easy read about the power of persistence and thinking outside the box!

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
We’re huge fans of Beverly Cleary around here, and the girls have all listened to these audiobooks dozens of times, so I wasn’t surprised that Ramona Quimby was the first chapter book that Dylan (7) has actually read from front to back (it helps when you already know what it says!).

Katie Kazoo

Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo: Who’s Afraid of Fourth Grade? by Nancy E. Krulik
Her “fluff” this week also came from our box in the attic, and she’s bringing me daily (sometimes hourly) updates about Katie Kazoo Switcheroo, which is just a silly, fun story about a little girl who switches places with several of her friends as she’s trying to deal with the pressure of starting the fourth grade.

A Question for You

This summer I’ve come across dozens of books that I’ve added to my wishlist, but I’m trying hard to read through some of the books on my Kindle before I buy anymore. I typically only buy $7-11 books if I’m going to read them right away, but sometimes I come across an ebook on sale that I’ll buy “for later” and then later never seems to come, so I want to read those plus a bunch of the classics that I’ve downloaded recently before I spend money on anything else.

I could probably find some of the books on my wishlist at the library (although our library doesn’t have the greatest selection), but I often have a hard time finishing a paper book these days since I do a lot of my reading at night and don’t enjoy reading with a book light!

How about you? How much money do you spend on books per month? Do you have a set budget? Do you use your library to offset the cost of your reading habit? Do set limits for yourself on the books you can buy and having to finish your t0-be-read pile first?

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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.