What I’m Into February 2016: Great Reads, Podcasts, Quest Bars and Woodlawn

Woodlawn

Woodlawn Buy now from Amazon

We finally rented Woodlawn and even though I fell asleep in the middle of it, and had to finish it the next day.  Based on a true story, it’s more about revival than football.

Katharine Reay books

DearMr.Knightley Buy now from Amazon

Wholesome, well-crafted fiction is hard to find.  Dear Mr. Knightly is a winner!

Quest bars

Questbar Buy now from Amazon

Protein bars sweetened with stevia.  Recommended by Trim Healthy Mama. Yes, they are pricey, and the flavor takes getting used to (honestly, nothing tastes like sugar) but protein bars with stevia are hard to find.

Round Up of 2015 Best Books Lists15booklistroundup

Loads of great reads in January and February gleaning from “the best of 15 lists”.  My reading just went up a notch or two.  Life is good.

Modern Mrs. Darcy blog and What Should I Read Next podcast

AnneBogel

I stumbled across Anne Bogel’s blog at a time when I’d pretty much given up on fiction.  I had an inkling there was some great fiction out there that I would love, but I couldn’t find it.  I can’t remember for sure, but I think it was her summer reading guide that I read first.

Honestly, finding books that I love has been a problem.  Not a problem that you would expect a bookstore manager to have.  I love Modern Mrs Darcy’s book lists.  It has introduced me to scads of books I’d never have heard of any other way.  Not all have been winners for me, personally, but my repertoire has expanded and I have hope now that there are novels out there that I will love.

Her new podcast, What Should I Read Next, is a fun weekly interview all things books and reading.  It’s great to flesh out some book reviews and get to know some avid readers.

Your Move with Andy Stanley

AndyStanley

I hate multitasking.  I really do.  But, it’s a necessary evil in my life right now.  My biggest comfort is that it’s only temporary.  (That thought brings me a lot of comfort these days, and I actually stole it from Ben Carson’s life story.  Raised by a single mom, living in poverty used to bother him.  But, as he began reading and expanding his world and looked at the life stories of others, he realized that education was a way out of poverty.  He wouldn’t be there forever. It was temporary.)

Anyway, back to multitasking.  I was doing a Beth Moore Bible Study with all the homework, filling in the workbook, when we hit a busy patch in our schedule–over the top can’t even begin to get everything done–and I decided to listen to podcasts while cleaning the kitchen instead of doing the workbook.  It’s not the same, truly.  But, I’m learning.  It’s filling the vacuum and getting two things done during the same amount of time it took to do one.

I listen to a few podcasts, but the subject matter is books or business.  That doesn’t fill the same void when you’re looking for a Bible Study.  My current favorite is Andy Stanley’s podcast– Your Move.  I’ve listened to a few podcasts that have been good, but the “Starting Over” series is excellent.

Read Aloud Revival

ReadAloudRevival

I’ve spent time looking for good fantasy for my kids and my nephew.  It’s hard to find.  I loved this podcast with Carolyn on the Read Aloud Revival.  (Bonus:  She’s a Biola grad.  Go Biola!)

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