Weekend Reads: Reading on vacation? Yes, the reading seems to be on vacation.

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free summer reading program

If your summer is gearing up and you’re looking for ways to encourage your kids to read over break, check out Pam’s summer reading program printables. They have a very clever bingo-passport that will encourage them to read genres they might not pick themselves. Also, if you haven’t discovered it yet, Sarah (author of Teaching from Rest, which you can enter to win this weekend) has turned her Read-Aloud Revival project into a podcast and has interviewed some awesome guests! So far she’s talked to Andrew Pudewa, Adam Andrews, and Tsh Oxenreider. Her next podcast will be with Jim Weiss on how to get better at reading aloud (something I definitely need help with!). Sarah is just on a roll producing amazing content right now.

Books read by my 10yo & 8yo sons

They are on a Hank the Cowdog kick. I don’t mind at all. The books for next school year are trickling in, and I’m trying to fend them off at least for now. So Hank is a good distraction.

The boys are also listening to these books on audio:

Hours of LEGO while listening to The Hobbit? Now that’s a holiday.

Books read to my 6yo daughter & 4yo son (plus the 18mo girl when she sits still)

We’re on a kick where King Midas and the Golden Touch is pretty much the only book we read – over and over, every day. It’s a good thing it’s a really good book, well written and illustrated, otherwise it might have been “lost” by now.

Sometimes Ilse picks Water of Life, but since it takes 25-30 minutes to read the entire story (and King Midas takes 15), I often ask her to reconsider, though it is a good book, too, and I love Trina Schart Hyman’s art.

The younger set are listening to these audio books:


Hear books performed by some of Hollywood’s finest

Ilse is on a big Winnie-the-Pooh kick right now. I’m not sure if it’s so much Winnie-the-Pooh or if it’s testing how often and much she can ask and receive the old iPod shuffle on which Pooh lives at our house. I don’t really mind what her reasoning is if she’s spending her free time (or room-cleaning time) listening to beautiful language and quality stories; Andrew Pudewa says it’s important for her brain. :)

Books I’ve finished

None. Sad! I haven’t done much reading (in new books) at all actually this week. Oops.

Books I’m currently reading

  • Disappearing Spoon. Library book. I was reading this at bedtime after I got it back from Hans, and was just in the fourth chapter when I learned someone else had a hold on it so I couldn’t renew it. I’ll have to pick it back up in another 3 weeks when I can get it back. :)

  • Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Types by Isabel Briggs-Myers. Fascinating stuff. I enjoy reading the direct source after reading so many interpretations and explanations.

  • Beauty in the Word by Stratford Caldecott. I’m still claiming this as a “currently reading,” because I mean to, but I haven’t cracked it open all week.

  • Discipleship of the Mind by James Sire. I’m trying to clue in and buff up a bit on the concept of discipleship, because I keep coming back to it as a key concept, but one I haven’t really read about. So, clearly, I must. I owned this book and it has the word in the title, so I picked it up. I am only one chapter in, but I’m enjoying it very much so far. It’s quite readable so far, so it’s ok for an evening read.

Online reading this week

You’re Not As Busy As You Say You Are by Hannah Rossin at Slate.com

Are you actually so busy or is your perception skewed?

The art of busyness is to convey genuine alarm at the pace of your life and a helpless resignation, as if someone else is setting the clock, and yet simultaneously make it clear that you are completely on top of your game. These are not exactly humble brags. They are more like fretful brags, and they are increasingly becoming the idiom of our age.

Laura Vanderkam’s book 168 Hours addresses this habit of people to tell incorrect stories about themselves, and I just checked out the book referenced here from the library.

How Ephesians Killed My “Radical” Christianity by Pastor Peter Jones

It opens with the disclaimer that he is not addressing the book Radical at all, but instead a trend.

Paul is radical, but not in a way we like. He is radical about killing sin. He wants us to stop having fits of anger. He wants us to cut out our gossiping tongue. He wants us to be thankful in all circumstances. He wants us to pray. He wants us to get rid of greed. He wants us to make sure we keep our speech clean. All of this sounds pretty boring and hard. What sounds more exciting a speaker talking about reaching your community for Christ or one talking about taming your wayward tongue?

A similar point is made in an article on the same site by Michael Horton: Ordinary: the New Radical

Recipe for homemade sunscreen by Kelly at Landscape Plotted and Pieced

I’m a sunscreen skeptic, but it is certainly needed sometimes. Kelly shared a recipe for homemade natural sunscreen (that stuff is expensive! And I’m dubious about the ingredients in non-natural sunscreen) that I’m going to try this year if I run out of my current zinc stick.

interval planning for realistic goal setting

Realistic Goal Setting: Interval Training by me at Simplified Organization

I’m in the midst of a series at Simplified Organization on not setting yearly goals, but dividing your time into much smaller chunks – chunks of time you can really work with. I’m calling it “interval planning,” and it’s been hugely beneficial in my own life. It started happening naturally as I got more and more used to thinking of time in 6-week terms for school; I’ve been using those 6 weeks in my planning and goals thinking for awhile now and I’m sold. So now I’ll try to sell you.

This year, I’ve found an way to avoid this cycle, to keep motivated, and to have goals while remaining flexible. Intervals. Intervals have two components: a period of focused, intense activity and a pause or space between the bursts. The applications for intervals are broad, and usually not applied to planning or goal setting.

So far I’ve also written “Interval Training Strategy: Making an interval plan work for you” and “Interval Planning: Don’t Skip the Rest Period” and there will be two or three more in the series.

weekend reads linky party

More Weekend Reads

If you have a post with a collection of links, a post about what you or your kids are currently reading, or a recommended book list, link it up here! We’ll have our very own “best of our book piles” right here, every week!



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One Response

  1. Kelly
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    Thanks for the link! You’re right about how expensive commercial sunscreen can be. That $30 stuff I mentioned isn’t even a natural version. I bought it during an emergency — on my way to an out of town baseball game, forgot to bring my umbrella, and didn’t have time to go back for it. The supplies I had to buy cost me less than $40 and I figure I have enough to make four batches before I need to buy more cocoa butter, so in the long run it’ll be less than $1 an ounce.