Thursday, January 4, 2018

What I'm Reading this Week!

This bitter cold, snow and ice we're having has made me want to snuggle in and do some reading, so off to scour my bookshelves I went! 

Here's what I pulled and what I plan to read this week ...




I've read The Long Winter, by Laura Ingals Wilder before, but it just somehow seemed like an appropriate time to reread it!  This book, The Long Hard Winter of 1880-81: What was it Really Like? by Dan L. White, is about the winter that Laura writes about in The Long Winter.


The other book, Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich has been on my bookshelf for awhile just waiting to be read.  Now seems like a good time to do just that with the goals  we've set for ourselves this month.


What are you reading this week?

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patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


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18 comments:

  1. Dear Patsy,
    I need to start thrifting for Little House books for when John gets older!
    One of my goals this year is to read one book per month. Besides my daily Bible reading I am just not a reader! But I love books, go figure. I think it is just a matter of making myself sit down and actually doing it! I have chosen "The Excellent Wife" by Martha Peace for January. I think I need to set a daily goal to make this happen.
    Love, Kelsey

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    1. Kelsey, you have chosen an excellent book to read for January. The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace is a good book. If you start thrifting for the Little House books now you'll have time to pick and choose before your son is old enough for them. All of my Little House books are used. Good luck with your goal, I love to read!

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  2. I love curling up and reading The Long Winter each year. It sure makes me appreciate my warm and cozy home. ;) I'm currently reading books on Frugality and another book called "What We Ate" that is part of the Washington Heritage Library. It is really interesting.

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    1. Debbie, do you have a favorite 'frugality' book you can recommend?

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  3. I'm listening to an audio book while I sew and do other things! Just started it today. It's called "The Painted Girls". It's about my favorite painter, Edgar Degas.

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  4. I am working with my special needs nephew, and have recently started reading chapter books to him as part of helping his brain take the "next step" from a book with many pictures to a longer one where he needs to imagine things in his head. (His teacher recommended doing this) So, our first 2 books were "Betsy" books by Carolyn Haywood and our 3rd one is Little House in the Big Woods. All 3 books have been carefully chosen to include a simple storyline that is interesting to him, and several pictures scattered throughout, every few pages. We are almost done with the Little House book, and I wonder if he will want the next in the series, or another book by Carolyn Haywood. I'll ask him.

    I love all of the Little House books, and The Long Winter is a great one for this time of year! It always makes me very thankful for my wood stove full of WOOD, not straw!

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    1. Becky, what a sweet thing you are doing. I haven't thought of the 'Betsy' books by Carolyn Haywood in years,thanks for the reminder. I've just started The Long Winter and am finding it just as good this second time around.

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  5. I soooo love the Little House books. I'm 45 and I still love to reread them. Right now I am reading Affairs at Thrush Green, by Miss Read. It is about a small village in England and what the vicar goes through with his eccentric parishioners. It is a light-hearted read and just makes you feel good.

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    1. MamaHen, that sounds like a good read too!

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  6. I'm a huge fan of the Little House books. I also read the book nickel and dimed a few months ago from our local library. It was a nice, quick read. Happy reading!

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    1. Thank you Rachel! I've had both books for quite a while, I purchased them used or on clearance!!!

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  7. I too am a big fan of Little House books. Several years ago, in a fit of decluttering I got rid of my paperback set along with all of my Nancy Drew books I'd thrifted. I have regretted it ever since.

    I'm currently reading I Thought It Was Just Me by Brene Brown. Also looking for a fiction book to start this weekend. Lots of choices at my library. I just have to pick one.

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    1. Karla, I almost gave up my Nancy Drews and I'm so happy I decided not to. I make them my summer reads & I've had so much fun reading them over. Since I got them in the 70's, they're all new again! I sure can't remember whodunit! And it's fun to read it from an adult perspective now. I remember Nancy seeming so old back then...she's still fab though! I've only had all the LIW books for about 5 yrs. My best friend bought me the entire set for my birthday.

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  8. Well, I rolled up the rest of the change we had. Added another $26.50 to last weeks total of 85.00 making a total of $111.50 to help pay the January bills. I have some things I'd like to sell on either E-Bay or Etsy, but I need to buy a camera first. Can't sell stuff if you don't provide a picture! So we'll see.

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    1. Kris, I understand about the camera. I need a good camera too!

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  9. The Long Winter might be my favorite by LIW. I read Nickle & Dimed years ago and I recall it annoying me, but I can't remember why!! I might have to check it out again.

    I have several books going, but I swear I don't sit around reading all day!! I'm listening to an audio in my craft room of The Imposter by Suzanne Woods Fisher. I'm reading a Jannette Oke book from the When Calls The Heart series at bedtime. I'm doing a Proverbs 31 study by Elizabeth George, & reading another book by her called A Women after God's Heart or something like that while dinner is cooking. Plus, this is my month to re-read The Complete Tightwad Gazette cover to cover as a yearly refresher! I fit that in in small bits of time since each little section only takes a minute or so to read. I do the bible study on Wed. usually, doing one chapter. Then, I reread it all daily while I'm having my lunch so it soaks in. I do the other Elizabeth George book the same way. I read one chapter a week. I usually finish it in one day & then read it over and over to let it soak in.

    Like I said, I do probably spend 60-75 minutes per day reading, but not all day like it sounds!!

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    1. Debby, you have a great system for getting reading in!!!! I'm going to borrow some of your methods! That's a good idea to reread The Complete Tightwad Gazette once a year and to have a set time to do it. Brilliant idea!

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