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What I Read & Watched This Past Week

Welcome to my weekly Book-ish post where I share what I’ve been reading and watching recently. If you missed it, you can see my Reading Goals for 2018 and 44 Books I Plan to Read This Year

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We really enjoyed Timeless: Season 1, so this past week we’ve been watching Season 2 of Timeless. We all love history and mystery and this show does a great job of weaving enough history into things to not make it super sci-fi, but to also keep you intrigued and guessing.

Note: I’d say that this show is in between PG and PG-13. Silas is a little young for it, but the girls really enjoy it — but we also have let them watch quite a few PG-13 movies with us based upon their maturity level and because they aren’t highly sensitive. As always, do what is best for you, your family, and your kids.

This past week, I finished In the Middle of the Mess and found it had a lot of inspirational sections. It’s the story of Sheila Walsh — a well-known Christian author and speaker. Her honesty and vulnerability in this book is so encouraging.

If you’ve ever struggled with depression, suicidal thoughts, or just felt like you were so broken and were probably the only person who felt these things, I think you’ll be really encouraged with this book.

When I Find Time to Read

People are always asking me how I find time to read. Honestly, it’s because I love to read, because I’ve chosen to prioritize it, because I don’t have a lot of other hobbies, and because I can’t not read. Also, when you love something, you usually can find ways to get creative to find time to fit it in — even if it’s in the little nooks and crannies of life.

I wrote a post on 3 ways to find more time to read — even when life is busy. And here are 7 more ways to find time to read.

What did you read and watch this past week? Any books or movies or shows you really think I need to read or watch?

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  • Wendi says:

    My favorite devotional book of all times is Threads from His Hem by Margaret Penner Toews. Simple but challenging. I think you would enjoy it.

  • Anna says:

    We’ve been watching Deception, that magician detective show and it is amazing. Some episodes are pretty clean so my young teens have been able to watch it. Our library had half off sale and my DD bought Tom Brokaw’s Greatest Generation for $.50 for me. Wow, this book is encouraging me to persevere as I read about how ordinary people rose up during WWII. I highly recommended this book. I never knew there were troops transported into battle by hangliders or black women in WAC.

  • Guest says:

    Our kids have been enjoying Brain Games on Netflix. It’s pretty interesting!

    When people ask how you find time to read, I have to admit I’m always a little baffled. I think people often don’t realize how much time they spend on their phones or on their computers or watching TV or talking on the phone or fill-in-the-blank. I’m a mom of two kids and work full time and I still read a lot. And I always have. I keep a book with me to read if I’m standing in line or waiting at a doctor’s office. When others watch TV or maybe surf the web (both things I enjoy doing in moderation!), I’m reading books. I also don’t spend a lot of time on the phone in my personal life because my work life involves tons of conference calls so maybe that saves time, too?

    Anyway, I would highly suggest anyone asking “How does she have time to do X, Y, Z?” keep a journal for a week – or at least several days – and document how you spend your time and how much time you spend on those activities. Then you can look to see if there are opportunities you’ve missed or perhaps you need to make decisions on what to prioritize.

    It makes me smile that my kids also now keep books in the car and in their backpacks so they have something to do when they’re waiting. 🙂 If the adults are talking about things they’re not interested in, they love to read at restaurants while we’re waiting for our food. I’m glad they’re now doing what I have unintentionally been modeling for many years!

  • M. says:

    Totally recommend In the middle of the mess. It really helps you understand what people who struggle with depression are going through.

  • Jodi says:

    I love Timeless, and it ended with such a HUGE cliffhanger! I hope it gets renewed for season 3. It would really stink. ? That book sounds really good! I’ve been reading Money Making Mom (❤️), One Thousand Gifts, and Taken by Dee Henderson (my non-fiction read at bedtime book!).

    We’ve been watching American Idol and Dancing with the Stars.

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