Purposeful Reading

Heather —  July 16, 2010
This one will read with me:)

This one will read with me:)

A good blog friend of mine, Annie Kate over at Tea Time with Annie Kate wrote a post today that reminded me of one of the reasons I love reading her blog…because her actions as a homeschool mom–and just as a person–are purposeful, considered and thoughtful.

Why do her posts strike such a chord for me? Well, I think it is that I tend to rush around a bit too much for my own liking, and have trouble sometimes, just sitting down and accomplishing things that I really want to do that take a bit of that sort of consideration and restfulness.

Anyway, today Annie Kate’s post was about keeping a list of books she has read, and participating in a meme that another blog friend, Kristin, over at A Day In The Life, is doing, called 52 Books in 52 weeks.

Not only did I absolutely love the list of read alouds Annie Kate included in her post, but because it is Summer, I was kind of struck by the meme. Hey, I want to do that, my mind just yelled. Which is funny, because I had seen that meme before, and thought Kristin was great for doing it…but I was too busy to really hear or care.

You can also go to the 52 books website...

go to the 52 books website...

Now, with Emma’s scare and diagnosis of epilepsy behind me, all the kids school, and whatever else seemed to happen to me–I’m pretty sure I’ve blocked some stuff out–it really has been a horrible year– basically what I now call my “lost Spring,” …now that’s behind me, and the book lover in me wants to read, wants to make a list, wants to sit down with ice tea and lemonade and do a read aloud, for God’s Sake!

There. I feel better. So, deep down, what appeals to me in the 52 Books in 52 Weeks meme is not whether or not I actually read 52 books. It is that I pay attention to an activity I love, and make a record of some of that….and especially that I add some read alouds, read lazily but with purposefulness, to any remaining babies who will sit with mom and listen…

51dzP4iA3lL._SL300_Wish me luck. If you want in, please join up. Take a look at Kristen’s and Annie Kate’s lists. Sit on the couch and read more than just “The Pigeon Wants a Puppy” by Mo Willams (we LOVE that one, but that’s like a warm-up-:)

If you have any ideas for great read alouds, please leave me a comment!

Anyway, this post kind of answers the 52 book question of the week–what makes me want to read a book? I always want to! I just have to make time. And, here’s a link to one of my reviews to get me started: Wholesome and Fun Summer Read For Teens, a review of Trouble With Treasure, by Susan Marlow.


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5 responses to Purposeful Reading

  1. Hmm…this post really makes me think. I’ll have to check out that meme–it sounds great! And I love the whole point of being purposeful. That’s something I should work on as well.

    BTW, thanks for the comment on my Fit Mommy post and of course, for your prayers. 🙂 You’re such an awesome lady, Heather and I hope you have an equally awesome weekend! ((HUGS))
    .-= Denise´s last blog ..Sharin’ the Love aka- Freebies! =-.

  2. Thanks for the mention Heather 🙂 I’ve enjoyed that meme even though I am behind 🙂
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..Memorizing Scripture – Tips and Benefits =-.

  3. Thanks so much for your kind words, Heather! They make me very happy.

    I hope you enjoy your reading and being purposeful. It’s part of getting well, I learned. We so often tend to rush about doing things God doesn’t even require of us.

    Blessings, and have a great weekend!

    Annie Kate
    .-= Annie Kate´s last blog ..Fit Mommy Friday- A Waterfall Adventure =-.

  4. I enjoyed your post and certainly related. I will need to track down those lists you mention. If you have a chance, take a look at one of my blogposts for Reading Horizons to find a few more suggestions for reading to small children. http://www.readinghorizonsathome.com/community/blog/post/2010/06/29/Grandmas-and-Reading-Activities.aspx

    • quinnschilling July 17, 2010 at 10:05 am

      Hey, Jeri! I tried to leave a comment over at your site, but something was not working–it keep saying “the address parameter was not working??” sorry. Anyway, I loved your post about reading with grandchildren– I can just imagine being a little one with all the new baby activity going on around–and the comfort from snuggling and reading with you:) I will enjoy poking around your blog, thanks!