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The 3 Books I Read 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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I told you that I’m shooting to read three books per week through the end of the year. And I’m happy to report that I read three more books this past week! It helped that we had two 18-hour flights to South Africa and back.

Here are the 3 books I read:

1. And Still She Laughs

I honestly expected this book to be about the author’s journey losing a daughter to cancer. While she did talk some about that, mostly it was not biographical and just talking more about the lessons and faith journey she’s been on since experiencing such heart-rending loss.

I think this book would be an encouragement to someone if they have lost a loved one and need some honesty and hope while walking through grief.

2. Educated

My sister recommended this book to me. I hadn’t heard of it, but since I posted about reading it on Instagram, I’ve discovered that it’s a really well known book.

I’m not sure yet what to say about this book. As someone who was homeschooled and grew up in a sheltered environment and knew many families who sheltered their kids a LOT more than I was sheltered, this book hit pretty close to home. And I found that I could relate to much of it in a way that maybe many people wouldn’t be able to.

That said, it also made me so grateful for the education I received through homeschooling and how much my parents invested in me. I know that isn’t always the case, as evidenced in this pretty extreme story. If you’ve read this book, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

3. Love Lives Here

I didn’t have expectations for this book just because I didn’t know what to expect, but I ended up really loving it. I underlined and highlighted so many parts of it. And one of the parts of it dredged up some really unexpected emotions about a painful situation in my life — and shed some clarity on it and brought some healing for me.

I did find that the book jumped around more than I would have liked and left a lot of details out where I would have loved the author to paint a clearer picture on some of the stories, but overall, I found it be a very worthwhile read and one that will sit with me for a long time to come.

Here’s one of my favorite quotes: “I knew something needed to change, so here’s what I did. I stopped listening to the loudest voices in my life and started listening to the truest ones.” (This sort of sparked this post on Instagram this morning.)

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