I like to have a book or two or three that I am reading and can pick up and read a chapter or two or three when I get a chance. Sometimes in the afternoon or early evening or at bedtime. Sometimes when I’m tired and just want to sit down. Sometimes when I have stuff that I could do, but I am not in the mood. Which reminds me of this post that I recently skimmed and then read more closely. I can definitely relate to it.
Here are some of the books that I’ve read this year.
I enjoyed this book and some of the frugal ideas it contained. Reading about finances always motivates me to crunch my numbers and keep at it! That’s part of the reason I like to read. No matter the subject, I am inspired to do better, be better, or try harder.
This is a true story and a must read. I mentioned this book in this post. I was blessed by this book and I can’t quite imagine going through some of the situations the authors have. Glory to God for His work in them! You can read Lynette’s blog here.
I thought this book had some really interesting insights and points on why some relationships work and some don’t. I liked this from the book: “At the heart of my program is the simple truth that happy marriages are based on a deep friendship. By this I mean a mutual respect for and enjoyment of each other’s company.” I liked it because I can see the truth of it. I know marriages that reflect this and sadly, some that don’t.
I have long heard of this book, but had never read it. Recently one of the ladies at my Bible study talked about this book. She said she had read this book and worked through the workbook for it quite a few years ago. She saved her books and through the years she has gone through them again and again. She inspired me to finally get this book and read it. I definitely recommend it!
I am about halfway through this book and I am enjoying it immensely. I will say it again-I am motivated by what I read! The author talks about getting rid of more than just physical clutter in our lives, but also clutter in our thoughts, mind, and spirits.
Have you heard of Paperback Swap? I learned about it from Money Saving Mom’s blog and I love it.
Here’s how it works:
Go sign up for an account. List ten books that you want to swap (a.k.a. get rid of). You will receive 2 book credits for the first ten books you list. When someone requests a book on your list you pay to mail it to them and you receive a credit. When you find a book you want to request, you use one of your book credits and the owner will mail it to you and pay the postage. Easy-peasy! You also can buy credits, if you don’t have books to swap or don’t want to mess with mailing them.
It works really well to make a wishlist of books you would like to have. Then when one becomes available they send you an e-mail. When I come across a title I want to read or know I would like to own, I go add it to my wishlist. I have found that newer books can have quite a waiting list, while older books sometimes, are readily available.
Paperback Swap’s site is pretty easy to learn to navigate, I think! They have a very good Help section to answer questions and help you out when you are a new member! You can put conditions on the books you request. For example, I have a condition that I want books from non-smoking homes only. If the book being offered doesn’t meet the conditions, the person offering simply turns down my request by clicking that the book does not meet the requester’s conditions.
They also have two sister sites,Swap-a-DVD and Swap-a-CD.
I signed up for both of these as well, but I haven’t used them nearly as much as I have Paperback Swap. I definitely had more books to swap than I did cd’s or dvd’s.
I have requested and received several nice books using Paperback Swap! I really like it and it saves money! The Power of a Praying Wife was one of my requested books, as well as The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work.
If you click through my links to any of these sites and sign up for and become an active member, I will receive one credit for referring you. I wouldn’t mind getting free credits, but I really do just like Paperback Swap!
Tell me about a favorite book, you’ve recently read! Then I can add it to my Paperback Swap wishlist! 🙂
If you are a reader, you would enjoy popping over to The Modern Mrs. Darcy’s blog. She often talks about books she has read and would recommend. Happy second week of July!
I am linking up over at The Modest Mom today!
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