Library Love

Library Stacks I used to work literally steps away from a branch of the local library (the branch shared our building). I loved it, and made great use of it’s convenient location – I always had piles of books checked out, and I’d reserve books constantly. The ease of finding them in their online catalog and placing a request on it, to then have it arrive at what was basically my door? Glorious.

I don’t work there any more, and I’ve had to retrain myself and my library reserve habits. Now I have to carefully plan when I’ll put books on reserve; with only visiting the library every three weeks it requires precision timing so that reserves don’t expire before I can pick them up (incurring much sadness from me, plus a $2 fine per book.)

What hasn’t changed is the rush I get walking into the library and picking up my holds [Read more…]

Book Review: Enough by Will Davis Jr

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How do we know when we’ve had enough, living in a culture that pushes for more-more-more?

I’d probably be more enthusiastic about the book, except for reading it so soon after 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker. Enough seemed like it covered a lot of the same ground as 7, and in a much more impersonal way. Part of what made 7 so powerful for me was how Jen threw herself into the challenge, and made it so easy to imagine myself in her shoes {so to speak}.

Enough challenges you to evaluate you life, and realize that whatever you have, it’s enough. It encourages contentment in what you already have, and compassion for those in need. All good stuff, to be sure. But coming so soon after reading 7, it wasn’t as powerful as it would have otherwise been. However, I think Enough would be easier to recommend to my husband, or other men. 7 is so personal, with such a feminine perspective, that most guys I know wouldn’t appreciate it as much as I did.

So, if you’re in the market for a book about being satisfied with what you already have, about acknowledging how blessed we already are, about sharing with those in need, either 7 or Enough are good choices. But I’d pick one or the other, and not both.

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Book Details

Title: Enough: Finding More by Living with LessEnough by Will Davis Jr
Author: Will Davis, Jr.
Category: Nonfiction / Christian Living
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

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Book Review: Blackout / All Clear by Connie Willis

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I like historical fiction and fantasy, so combining the two into time-traveling historians from 2060 going back to study World War II in person? Oh, yeah, I’m all over that.

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How to Find Great Books to Read

5 tips for how to find great books to read  The Deliberate ReaderFinding great books to read doesn’t have to be difficult: here are 5 tips to help you so you can make the most of your reading time.

  1. Use Goodreads
    If you use Goodreads and rate 50 books, it will suggest additional books that you may enjoy thanks to the cumulative ratings of books by their users. I often check and see what it’s recommending for me, and have noticed that it regularly mentions books that I’ve already read and enjoyed, just haven’t entered into my “books read” list yet, so their algorithm for recommendations works fairly well for me.
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Review: WorkShift

Book Review WorkShift by Anne BogelI have always appreciated Anne Bogel’s writing at Modern Mrs. Darcy, and her take on what it means to be a woman, wife, and mother in today’s society. So when I learned she was writing an ebook on creating a better blend of work, life, and family, I could hardly wait to read it.

And happily, WorkShift is well worth the wait. And well worth your time reading.

Anne gives a brief synopsis of her story, and how she and her husband came to do “share care” with their four children. But the book is not merely Anne’s story.

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