What’s On My Nightstand: Summer 2014 Edition

I had this fun idea when I was eight months pregnant with Sophia, to share what I’m reading, but didn’t quite follow through.  Well, now I’m finally getting around to doing this post since I have a lot of good reads cluttering my nightstand.

If you know me, you’d know that I’m kind of a book nerd.  Like a lot.  Remember the scene in Beauty and the Beast when Belle finds out that Beast has a library, goes upstairs to said library, walks through the door, and is immediately in her happy place?  Yeah, that’s totally me.  I admit it, I love books and reading!  I could get lost for hours.

I heart reading

I was a reading freak voracious reader growing up and would read into the wee hours of the night with my nose stuck in a book.  My first love were dog books (Where the Red Fern Grows, Shiloh, Sounder, etc.), then The Fabulous Five series by Betsy Hanes (I even got an autographed picture from her!), and finally 18th century British Literature.  Literature is still my preference, but since having two little ones, my time gets occupied with educating myself on crunchy methods, health, and parenting.  I’m pretty sure I was the only person who raised their hand in 9th grade when asked if anyone had read Pride and Prejudice.  Random fact: Pride and Prejudice is still my favorite book of all time and I would be beside myself if I ever got a 1st edition. #agirlcandream

Pride and Prejudice 1st edition

Growing up I can fondly remember going to a book store, called Book Stop, and spending hours perusing the shelves and reading Garfield comics.  Now that I think about it, my love of books led me to work at the Texas A&M Bookstore, in College Station, where I met my future hubby (Josh), and pursue a minor in English.  Can you imagine a book nerd working around/organizing books AND having to read them for class?  That’s pure heaven in my book.

This led me to share with you what I am currently reading.  These days you can find me in the midst of several books, since what I feel like reading depends on my mood or attention span.  My intent is to maybe spark your interest and find a good read that you may have not heard about yet.

So, without further ado, here’s what this crunchy mama is reading (with a brief synopsis from Amazon):

Summer 2014 reading

Book #1: Eats, Shoots & Leaves

I found this at the library, and having an English minor and a blog, I thought this was fitting and actually fun to read.

In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss, gravely concerned about our current grammatical state, boldly defends proper punctuation. She proclaims, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are. Using examples from literature, history, neighborhood signage, and her own imagination, Truss shows how meaning is shaped by commas and apostrophes, and the hilarious consequences of punctuation gone awry.

Book #2: Sleeping with Your Baby: A Parent’s Guide to Cosleeping

I’ve been cosleeping with Sophia since she was born and wanted to get more research regarding my choice.

Sleeping With Your Baby: A Parent’s Guide is your guide to understanding how to make nighttimes with your baby safe, fun and relaxing! Written by James McKenna, the world’s authority on co-sleeping.

Book #3: The Love Dare

A dear friend (and fellow book nerd) gave this to me over a year ago, and I finally decided to take the plunge to strengthen my marriage.  Thanks, Jelly Bean!

Unconditional love is eagerly promised at weddings, but rarely practiced in real life. As a result, romantic hopes are often replaced with disappointment in the home. But it doesn’t have to stay that way.

The Love Dare, the New York Times No. 1 best seller that has sold five million copies and was major plot device in the popular movie Fireproof, is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. Whether your marriage is hanging by a thread or healthy and strong, The Love Dare is a journey you need to take. It’s time to learn the keys to finding true intimacy and developing a dynamic marriage.

Book #4: The 5 Love Languages of Children

This is a MUST READ by all parents/grandparents/anyone who comes into contact with children (there is now a teenager version as well!).  The original The 5 Love Languages should also be read, especially if you’re in a relationship.  I can’t praise these books enough!

Does your child speak a different language? Sometimes they wager for your attention, and other times they ignore you completely. Sometimes they are filled with gratitude and affection, and other times they seem totally indifferent. Attitude. Behavior. Development. Everything depends on the love relationship between you and your child. When children feel loved, they do their best. But how can you make sure your child feels loved?

Book #5: Cleanse: Detox Your Body, Mind and Spirit The Whole Body Approach to Wellness

This book is written by my nutritionist and has fabulous info about our bodies, our health, and the food we eat.

Betty Murray, CN, HHC, RYT offers a comprehensive, scientifically based approach to achieving lasting wellness and weight loss. Steeped in years of research, The Cleanse program is designed to rid the body of a multitude of harmful toxins that pollute the body’s systems and organs and prevent the loss of unwanted pounds. With a knack for making the science of nutrition easy to understand and implement, Murray provides an in-depth understanding of the inner workings of the body and empowers the individual to make knowledge-based dietary decisions. Utilizing whole foods with optional supplementation, Murray gives the reader an easy, step-by-step guide to detoxing the body, mind, spirit, home and even relationships. Cleanse explains exactly what to eat and why and provides sample meal plans with an extensive collection of easy to prepare recipes. Watch unwanted pounds melt away, nagging health problems disappear and a happy, healthier new you emerge.

Book #6: Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life

This is another one that every.single.person should read!  Apparently they have all kinds of editions for kids, dating, teens, etc.  Check them out if they pertain to you.

Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible. In other words, boundaries define who we are and who we are not. Boundaries impact all areas of our lives: Physical boundaries help us determine who may touch us and under what circumstances — Mental boundaries give us the freedom to have our own thoughts and opinions — Emotional boundaries help us to deal with our own emotions and disengage from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others — Spiritual boundaries help us to distinguish God’s will from our own and give us renewed awe for our Creator — Often, Christians focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations. When confronted with their lack of boundaries, they ask:

- Can I set limits and still be a loving person?
- What are legitimate boundaries?
- What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries?
- How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money?
- Aren’t boundaries selfish?
- Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting boundaries?

So, that’s what I’m currently reading.  How about you?  What’s on your nightstand?  Do you have any interest in checking these books out?  Let’s all share what we’re reading…I’m always on the hunt for a good book recommendation!

Note: Photos from here and here.

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