Reading List Update


I know. It’s been dead quiet around here, but it has been anything but quiet in my house.

Who knew an 8 month-old would be so screechingly loud? Love my little ball of personality, but MAN she is a lot of work. I’m not saying anything earth shattering here, except to acknowledge that this ideal of “having it all” and “doing it all” is a pretty big myth. I can give 100% to what’s in front of me, but that means something else isn’t getting done. I don’t want to multi-task my whole life, I’m not very good at it. So my working windows are really when my child sleeps – but that’s also my window for cooking, cleaning, showering, e-mails, lesson prep, and blog writing. Something has to give everyday, and as you could probably tell, the blog tends to get the stiff arm. My goal was to write once or twice a week. I want to hold to it, so thanks for your grace in the midst.

That being said, I HAVE been making reading a priority this year. We turn off the T.V. earlier or keep it off, and spend more time reading. Thus, I have a quick roundup of the goods thus far. Check out the video update on the 2014 reads below and I’ll catch you afterward.

Good Reads from Ginger Ciminello on Vimeo.

So, here’s my original booklist for 2014 if you want to see the titles. I don’t know if I could really rank the books, because they’ve all been so good for different reasons. My husband and I are still reading “Dad is Fat” and I just started the Jeff Shinabarger book. So looking forward to vacations this summer to also get caught up on some fiction and memoirs!

What about you? Any good ones you’ve read this year? DO TELL.

Happy Wednesday!


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  • Claire Bloodworth

    Greetings! So, I laughed so hard when you mentioned Mere Christianity! I have started reading it (and stopping) so many times! mean, it’s currently sitting on my bookshelf at home and I’m at school in a mother state. Making some real progress here. NOT!!! But, I did make a list of books to read in January…and now it’s March! Whoops. Maybe by June I will have some of them read! :)

    • Word – I’ve been attempting M.C. since 2009. I just kept stopping after the first two chapters. I ended up just trying to use it in place of any morning reading – that way I had devoted time for it. Once I hit about the halfway point I didn’t want to put it down.

      ALSO – you’re in SCHOOL. No need to feel bad about not having time to read. YOU READ FOR A JOB. :) Maybe in June you’ll have a break to catch up. I store up all my fiction for flights and vacation because once I start something, I stop being a productive member of society.

  • Lisa Spidle

    Hi Ginger! I have read A Million Little Ways, so, so good! I also just finish reading Restless by Jennie Allen. In fact, I’ve read and re-read it several times. I love it. And “M” I love Mark Batterson and picked up the Circle Maker every time I’m at the bookstore, so I will definitely pick it up too. Can’t wait to hear about the others you are reading!

    • Glad to find someone else who enjoyed AMLW as much as I did. I’ve been hearing a lot about Jennie this year, especially after the IF Gathering in Austin. I might have to pick that one up.

      I’ve also read two Mark Batterson books. Maybe I can borrow the Circle Maker from “m” – aka mom!

  • -m.

    “The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson. And “Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t be Wrong.” :)