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Summer reading challenge update & Books I’m loving – Hf #85

on July 19, 2017 by Jami Balmet 2 comments

At the beginning of June, I shared a summer reading challenge and some ideas for reading more this Summer. Now more than a month later, I wanted to do a quick update. 

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I have several reasons for loving to read so much. I really enjoy it and it fills me up Spiritually. But I also think it can be an excellent way to fill into my kids. I love this idea from Mother culture.

“Mothers should cultivate their souls so that in turn they may cultivate the souls of their children.” 

How I’m doing on my challenge:

As of June 5th I had read 31 books. Today I’m at 37. So I guess I read 6 in June, which isn’t bad! It’s not enough to get me caught up, but not bad.

I am currently in the middle of 16 books. So hopefully if I can start wrapping those up, I could actually start to catch up! I should be at 54 books this week. 

So today I just want to encourage you that if you are behind on your reading goals, or you haven’t picked up a single book this year, that’s totally fine! Give yourself some grace. Try to get into a book if you want, and just get through as much as you can. 

What I’m reading right now: 

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My hope would be to wrap up all 16 books I’m in throughout July but that probably won’t happen at this point. Maybe in August 😉 

I’m also starting to look into more homeschool theory books. We are starting to homeschool this year and there are so many philosphies and ways to approach homeschooling. So I want to do more research on those topics. So far I really like the Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling with a few tweaks. But we’ll see! 

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  1. Damn girl, that’s a whole lotta books! I could never keep up with 16 at a time, 2 or 3 I can juggle, but 16 is way too much for me, I’m impressed! Hope you can achieve your goals, wishing you all the best =)

    • haha I know it sounds like a lot! But I’m usually only in one fiction book at a time. The rest are all non-fiction. I tend to start a lot of books and then jump around to different subjects. And then eventually I start to wrap them all up 😉

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