In the new year, I’ve made some progress on my book list and it has worked out pretty well for me. Although I’ve gone through magazines every spare minute I get (the purge continues!), I try to drop the mags and relax with a book at night instead. Nothing like a good book at the end of the day to ease you into a slumber (well, and red wine…I’ve heard)–except that when the book is engaging, I don’t want to turn off the light and dear, sweet sleep is sacrificed.
I’m also currently reading books which aren’t on my list (I couldn’t resist!), but here are the books I’ve read from my book list thus far and a few thoughts about them:
The Forgotten Garden: I enjoyed this sprawling book more than I thought I would. I’ve heard people express that it was unnecessarily long, however, I don’t agree and was intrigued with this story that begins with a little girl left alone on a ship headed to Australia in 1913. Morton weaves a touching tale filled with heartache, often through the use of children’s imaginations and, in ways, pays homage to Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Secret Garden (a childhood favorite of hers and mine). It appealed to my emotions as a mother and I won’t hesitate to pick up another book by Morton.
Imperfect Justice: My main reason for reading this book was, as I mentioned in my book list post, I couldn’t stop thinking of this tragedy and trial. I didn’t miss a minute of this trial last summer and I’m not proud of that. I felt this book might help me with closure. Personal opinions about the verdict and defendant aside, it did help me “let go.” I appreciated Ashton’s perspective and though I wasn’t looking for entertainment, I found the behind the scenes proceedings, investigation, and the hows and whys with regard to the prosecution building their case very engrossing. And now I’m done with it all–which is Ashton’s advice–be done with it, move on. Thank you, Mr. Ashton.
The Money Saving Mom’s Budget: I can’t say enough positive things about Paine’s approach to budgeting and the class and kindness with which she shares her experiences and offers sage advice. Although I thought this book might be a pretty package of everything I’ve already learned from her, I should have known that it would be far more than that. What I love about Paine’s style is that she goes beyond telling you what you should be doing–she provides real-life examples and guides you with step-by-step approaches to reaching your budgeting and financial goals. Her book was especially timely for me because of my household and personal goals for 2012. I aim to declutter my entire life this year and Paine is one of the biggest proponents of decluttering your home as a stepping stone to gaining control of your finances and budget. This is a practical and useful book that I’d highly recommend to ANYONE looking to organize their life and finances.
What’s on your nightstand? Any good reads you’d recommend?