A heads-up about posting this month: I’ve got posts scheduled for this week and next (all nonfiction books too – playing catch-up with them as I’d gotten backlogged with those titles) but will then be taking a break from posting once the baby arrives. And if the baby decides she doesn’t want to wait until her planned arrival date, well those posts are already scheduled and will be going up anyway, I just won’t be monitoring the blog for comments.
This might have been the best July ever, at least as far as the weather goes. The temperatures have been so mild, and while there have been a few days where it’s super humid, overall it’s been beautiful. Lots of playing outside for the kids, and lots of me not melting in the heat while they play outside. Yay yay yay for that.
July 2014 in Stats
Books Read Last Month: 24
Books Read For The Year: 129
Things That Happened
- My son turned five.
- We replaced (some of) the windows on our house. Between that and the doctor & hospital bills coming up in August & the rest of the windows happening after that, it’s going to be an expensive summer.
- It is so nice knowing that the worst windows are all replaced, and the rest of them will be before another winter. The guys found an old wasp’s nest in the one window (fortunately no wasps still in it), and a huge colony/nest/whatever it’s called of ants in another window. That one still had all the ants in it, and it was apparently a funny moment when the one guy discovered them. I wasn’t around to see his reaction, but I heard about it. Clearly deep window sills have their drawbacks, like apparently providing excellent lodging for insects. No termites or other things at least, and the holes where they were gaining entry are all gone so I think we’re good. Also no more windows with those extra-deep sills so hopefully that will be the end of the surprises. 🙂
Best Things I Did or Saw
- During one of my frequent non-stress tests, it took FOREVER to get a good reading, because the baby wasn’t staying still. Then she finally did, more or less, but she had the hiccups, so that rendered the test readings while that was going on as completely useless. Finally finally finally she settled down and stopped hiccuping and stayed put (more or less) long enough to get a good test strip. And she was fine, but it was really funny seeing the crazy strips that were showing up when she was moving and hiccuping and all the rest.
- We picked a name. At least, it’s the name unless we have a sudden change of heart or discover something awful about the combination. I’ve googled it and didn’t find anything too alarming, so I’m thinking this one will work. We had a terrible time coming up with something, so it feels like a major relief to have that done.
- Birthday cake. My son requested blue chocolate cake with sprinkles, so he got a chocolate cake with blue icing and sprinkles. He was quite pleased, and his tongue turned quite blue. Honestly though, it wasn’t a very good cake.
- Broccoli slaw and burgers on the grill. So good.
- Fresh corn!
What I’m Anticipating Next Month
- No surprise here, it’s the baby.
- Do I really need to list anything else? It’s kind of the main thing on my mind right now.
Books I Read
Asterisks mark ones I especially enjoyed. Links go to my review if I’ve posted one, Amazon if I haven’t yet.
- * The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages: The Little Things That Make a Big Difference A GREAT book for anyone who is married, or thinking about being married. Very practical, and encouraging.
- Getting it Together by Kayse Pratt
It’s fine, there’s just not much too it, and if you’ve read many blog posts or other items on the topic there isn’t really anything ground-breaking.
- Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust by Ina Garten
Love reading her cookbooks, even if many of the dishes aren’t ones I’ll fix.
- Prayer, the Great Adventure by David Jeremiah
Enjoyed the structure to this one.
- * Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach
Loved this final book in the trilogy. Such a fun series!
- The Message of the New Testament: Promises Kept by Mark Dever
Didn’t love this one as much as the Old Testament version, but it’s still a really good and informative book.
- * The Last Season by Eric Blehm
Would have been better edited down a bit, but still enjoyable.
- Northwood Brian Falkner
Not my favorite, but I’m not the target audience.
- The Harlot’s Tale: A Midwife Mystery by Sam Thomas
Preferred the first in the series, but it’s not bad.
- Signs of Life New Testament by David Jeremiah
Liked this except for some text issues – bad color choices make some parts of it almost impossible to read, at least in the copy I have. Boo.
- * The Edge on the Sword
Good to maybe even great historical fiction set in an uncommon time period.
- * Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic that Remains One of Medicine’s Greatest Mysteries by Molly Caldwell Crosby
Fascinating yet horrifying.
- * Cooking with Love: Comfort Food that Hugs You by Carla Hall
Very warm and personable style, and lots of tempting recipes.
- * Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics by Kathryn Atwood
Fantastic book – read it!!
- * Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family by Kathleen Flinn
Another fantastic book for all memoir fans.
- Search the Dark by Charles Todd
Better than book #2 in the series, not quite as good as #1. Still makes me feel hopeful about later books in the series.
- Fall of a Philanderer: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery by Carola Dunn
Fit my mood perfectly – light and breezy historical mystery.
- Encounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life’s Biggest Questions by Timothy Keller
Liked it but didn’t LOVE it like I expect to do with all Keller books. My expectations might be a tad bit high for him though.
- The Eternal Nazi: From Mauthausen to Cairo, the Relentless Pursuit of SS Doctor Aribert Heim by Nicholas Kulish & Souad Mekhennet
Solid choice, but not a must-read.
- * Poirot Investigates: Hercule Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie
I may be coming around on my feelings towards Hastings. And I *love* Poirit in the short story format!
- * Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson with Veronica Chambers
A little too long, but still engaging.
- How to Homeschool Your Child From Preschool Through High School by Rosanne Muncy
I almost didn’t link to this on Amazon, because it’s $9.99 for Kindle and it is so not worth that price. Not recommended at all – don’t waste your time or money.
- If We Could Have Coffee … 30 Days of Heart-to-Heart Encouragement by Holley Gerth
I’m generally not a fan of most devotionals, and found this one to be especially thin.
- Homeschooling For Dummies by Jennifer Kaufeld
Not bad, but so outdated. Really surprised there hasn’t been an update published for it.
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