Last week I finished off four books! Two were short books that I started that week and two were books I started the week before. I guess the lack of new shows on TV freed me up to turn to reading.
Blue Like Jazz was the Christian philosophy book I commented on last week. I didn't like it much, but I made myself finish reading it. I don't want to get back into the habit of avoiding challenging books.
The Marriage Benefit was not exactly what I expected. The subtitle, The Surprising Rewards of Staying Together, made me think that it would be full of statistics showing that married people are healthier/richer/thinner than the single population. Instead, it was filled with scenarios based on the couples the author treated in his marriage counseling practice. It reminded me of the long-running column "Can This Marriage Be Saved?" from Ladies Home Journal magazine. It was an interesting read, but not what I thought.
The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own was written by Nina Garcia, a former fashion editor and judge on the reality show Project Runway. It is another book that was fun, but not exactly what I expected. I was looking for a book that would tell me how to build a wardrobe from scratch by giving me classic pieces that will work together. The book did list some classic clothing items, but it was more of a history of when these items appeared on the fashion scene. I picked up a few tips, but I am still looking for that wardrobe-building book.
The completion of Moonlight on the Millpond marked a change in my reading habits because it was an audio version. As recently as a few months' ago, I've had trouble focusing when listening to audiobooks. I was amazed that I was able to follow this book and do data entry at the same time. True, it isn't a terribly deep novel, but it is still an accomplishment for me. I am checking my library to see if it has audio versions of some of the books on my TBR list. I have such a short lunch break that I don't get much reading done and my evenings after work are filled with family stuff. Listening to audiobooks while I work will help me pare that list down.
CURRENTLY READING: I'm only a few pages into The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible and I can already tell that it is going to be funny. The title page shows how much the author's beard grew without shaving for a year. I can't wait to dive in and read what else other biblical rules he follows.
On CD, I'm about five chapters into Just Above a Whisper, the second book in Lori Wick's Tucker Mills trilogy. Yes, I am still on the Christian pioneer romance kick. Since I tend to be a bit of a completist at times, I will probably keep reading them until I've worked my way through Wick's entire catalog.