Each week I share books I’m reading for my Read 100 Challenge, as well as podcasts I’m listening to and links I love from around the blogosphere. I love to get recommendations, so please let me know what you are reading!
This week I have been focused on submitting my manuscript to a publisher, so my reading has taken a bit of a backseat. I haven’t finished any books, but I am currently reading some good ones.
Books I’m Reading
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl is my latest audiobook, and I am really loving this audio version (which is free right now if you do a trial period of Audible). Fangirl tells the stories of twins Cather and Wren as they enter their first year of college. The story is engaging and brings back all of the feelings I had completely forgotten about from my freshman year of college. Be warned, there is some language and some adult scenes in the book.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
Confession time: I’ve never read a book by Stephen King. I once watched Carrie when I was in high school and had nightmares for years. With my overly sensitive imagination, I tend to avoid scary or graphic books and movies. However, this memoir came highly recommended by one of my favorite book bloggers–Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy. And, since I do enjoy a good memoir and books about writing, I thought I would take a chance. I’m glad I did. King’s telling of his life and his writings is fascinating. If you are a King fan, or if you just like interesting books about the art of writing, I would recommend it.
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
When I finished my Read 100 Challenge a few weeks ago, I rewarded myself by beginning to reread one of my favorite YA series–The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan. It’s the second Percy Jackson series, and in my opinion, the best one. If you have any lovers of fantasy on your Christmas list, be sure to take a look at the first Percy Jackson series (The Olympians) as well as the second (The Heroes of Olympus).
Links I Love
Love Lives at the Public Schools A thought-provoking post by Orthodox in the Ozarks about serving Christ wherever you are.
Lenten Chocolate Layer Cake If you are looking for a delicious vegan cake recipe, Charming the Birds from the Trees has a mouth-watering one!
5 Simple Ways to Give Service as a Family Many of us want to help our children serve others during this holiday season. Frugal Mom of 8 has some ideas for you.
The Secret to Teaching Your Shy Child to Make Friends If you have a shy child who struggles making new friends, then be sure to check out Little Bits of Granola’s article. Great tips!
How to Plan a Successful Budget for Next Year–with a free Printable Cook with a Shoe provides a great resource to help you plan your 2016 budget.
5 Ideas to Make Extra Money for Christmas If you are in need of a little more cash to help stretch your Christmas budget, Little Blog on the Homestead has some ideas for you.
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What are you reading this week?
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