What I’m Currently Reading

I have a problem with buying books. I really –really– love books. I also do this thing where I start three books at the same time.  Does anyone else do that? Then I stop one book half way through – even it is a great book- only to pick it back up a couple weeks or months later.  At the thrift store you can get four books (which are practically brand new)  for $3.67. Like hello best deal ever. I get most of my books from either the thrift store, a local used bookstore or on Amazon. Most I get from the local used bookstore, though. I love being able to get books, save money, and support a small business!

I don’t know if I will ever like reading books on a kindle or nook or iphone.  I like the real deal paperback book that I can snuggle in bed with and underline and highlight my favorite words.

For Christmas I want a built in bookshelf in our family/dining room. (Wouldn’t you just die?!)  I have no desire for an electronic reading device.

# of books I’m reading at the moment: 5
# of books I’m reading to my kids: 7 (or so, we’re on a rotation.)
# of books I want to read and add to my collection: 384,071

Here’s what I’m currently reading. Maybe this list will give you some ideas for Christmas gifts, too!

What Women Fear:  by Angie Smith

So good. My favorite chapters are 4 & 8. They spoke to me so good- definitely got a lot of underlining going on in there.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I don’t know what is wrong with me, I stopped reading half way through for some random reason! I need to finish this book, it is/was a great one! I’m excited to see the movie when it comes out on video.

Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids With the Love of Jesus

This book is like woah. All my big vocabulary words have been stolen from this book…. so just, Woah. It might be a little too much for me, in all honestly. The suggestions the authors give, in things to say to your children about Jesus and life lessons and all, are almost too much for me to comprehend. I think I need a translator to teach the words to my young children. I’m only a couple chapters in (it’s a lot to absorb at once- definitely not an “easy” or “light” read if you know what I mean) so maybe I’ll like it more as I go on.

Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovic

A cute easy-to-read book so far.

{Side note: after looking on the back cover and noticing that it was published by Canon Press, I got excited about finding a small publishing company. Then I read on their site that they don’t accept submissions unless they are requested. Then, about a week later, someone from Canon Press emailed me telling me about the Loving the Little Years book, suggesting I read it and offering to send me a copy.  I told them that I had already bought it, but mentioned that I would love to write a book some day, and was bummed to hear this publishing company didn’t take submissions. He said that he would love to read anything I write… so maybe I will do that. 😉 }



The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins



I need to finish this book, too! I know so many read it and couldn’t put it down. Like my husband, for example. I think all the hype might have ruined it for me a little. Don’t get me wrong (I know many of you are freaking out right now) I like(d) it, but I’m not like oh-my-gosh-best-book-everrrrrr- like a lot of people seem to be.  I’m a little over half way through. I need to get finish it so I can watch the movie when it comes out.

Why does every good book now have a movie that follows it?

Because I’m nosy, I want to know, what books are you currently reading? 

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

10 thoughts on “What I’m Currently Reading

  1. I do the same thing. I am currently re- reading Breaking Dawn, The Sleep Easy Solution and Superbaby. I have been debating about purchasing Loving the Little Years. It's worth it to purchase? Any other good parenting books you recommend to add to my stack

  2. I'm not currently reading anything right now and I hate it! Traveling with books is just so tough. I'll pick something up in the airport Wednesday I'm sure, so I just have to make it a little longer without a book! My mom did just buy me an eReader (Nook) for Christmas and as much as I said way back when I didn't want one, I'm kind of excited! I travel too much to be a bookworm without one!

  3. I've been trying to get through Give Them Grace as well and I'm totally with you on the “woah” part. I'm only a couple chapters in too but am hoping to finish it at some point!

    That's really the only book I'm working on. I need to read more though, that's for sure. The Help has been on my list. Maybe I'll pick that one up soon 🙂

  4. Katie,
    Loving the Little Years is cute, but it's not as great as I thought. It's just little tid bits of parenting… I think it's worth reading, but I don't know if I can highly recommend it like I can some other books 🙂 It might be a good library check out book 😉

  5. Oh Im reading Love and Logic for Early Childhood- good stuff.

    Dont laugh- Tim Gunn's Golden Rule book, I love Project Runway! Im borrowing the book, would of never bought it.

    Also reading several homeschool and montessori books I checked out from the library. =)

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