My nightstand is getting pretty full these days with books I want to read, have just started, or am on the cusp of finishing. Still gracing my shelf: Culture Making by Andy Crouch, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller, and Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I fully intend on finishing these, but... well... you know the drill.
Anyway, I've added a few to this collection, thanks to dear friends who pass on their favorites or online giveaways or library binges. So without further ado...
How We Are Hungry, by Dave Eggers :: Our friend Tom, in Ireland, sent this to me. He heaps love on our little family by surprising us with paperback packages on our doorstep every few of months, and this one is no different. It's been ages since I've read a book of short-stories and I nearly forgot how much I love them, ruminate on them, and come back to them. I'm three stories in and am finding that Eggers is as much versatile in prose as he is relevant (the most haunting so far: What It Means When a Crowd in a Faraway Nation Takes a Soldier Representing Your Own Nation, Shoots Him, Drags Him from His Vehicle and Then Mutilates Him in the Dust). When I have a few minutes of solitude or a hungry heart, I find myself picking this little book up again and spending a few minutes with Dave, and by extension, with Tom.
The Money Saving Mom's Budget, by Crystal Paine :: I was so excited to win this in a giveaway on Homemade Ginger. My friend Megan runs the show over there and is amazing at passing on frugal tips and creative homemaking adventures. Seeing as how I'm not super awesome at the homemaking thing yet, but how we are pursuing to live simply on less in transition and beyond, this book came at the perfect time. After reading the first chapter, I've been skimming through some of her lists and tips and am happy to see we've already made some budget-friendly changes, while still being challenged to try more (this has gone hand-in-hand with my new venture in menu planning).
You Can't Make Me [but I can be persuaded], by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias :: I'm not sure if you've realized this yet, but 2 out of 3 of my children are strong-willed. With this book I'm learning more how to interact with them instead of yelling at or crying with them. I've been hop-skipping through chapters depending on what the current need or issue is, and while Cynthia talks a lot about older strong-willed children, I think I can glean a thing or two about training the younger ones in the ways they should go. I think I'll be keeping this book with me for a long time as the girl veers towards eventual scary tweendom... oh, how I fear those days!
And there you have it, the 10 books I'm currently not finishing! I hope you've discovered something that you can... wait, that's not 10? That's only 9 books? So it's actually the 9 books I'm currently not finishing... Hmm... well... I guess that's par for the course.
What are you currently not finishing?