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Winter’s Respite Readathon Wrap up Post & It’s Monday, What Are you Reading Feb. 3, 2014

A Winter's Respite Read-a-Thon

I participated in the Winter’s Respite Readathon last week and had a goal to read one book. A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian,ย  one of the 1,000 Books You Must Read Before You Die, and February selection for The Book Wheel Blog and Love at First Book‘s Book Club.


I found the first chapter funny, two feuding sisters try to convince their 80 something father not to marry the voluptuous 30 year old woman who needs a visa. Unfortunately, the drama ensued and I got bogged down by the history of the characters which was confusing. I started drawing a family tree to keep the characters situated in my head. I realized though I wasn’t enjoying the book anymore 60 pages in. Considering all the books I want to read, I abandoned it for now. Should I ever get through the other 1,000 books on the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (highly doubtful), then I’ll go back and give this one another try. Until then, moving on.

Total pages read in A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian: 60

one income mystery

I finished One Income Mystery, written by fellow mom blogger Jill Wilson, of Called to be a Mom. Though I have already made the decision to leave my job and stay at home, I still found it a useful guide for parents who wonder if their household could thrive on just one income.

Total pages read in One Income Mystery: 62


handmaids tale

I decided to start reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. This book has come highly recommended to me by just about everyone that’s read it. It is also one of my Classics Club selections.

Total pages read in The Handmaid’s Tale: 46

the good mother myth

I also started reading The Good Mother Myth, a collection of essays written by moms who provide real stories of what their conception of a “Good Mother” is and how they’ve come to realize that she is just a myth. I received this one from Netgalley but it was also selected by the Brilliant Book Club for their January read, I’m just a little behind, but I was enjoying it so will finish it. Thanks Alison from GoDansker Mom for telling me about the book club where bloggers review parenting books.

Total pages read in The Good Mother Myth: 178

Total number of pages read during the Winters Respite Readathon: 346

I also participated in one of the readathon twitter chats. Yay, I love talking to other bloggers in real time! I got some good tips on where to go for cheap books!

its monday what are you reading

I’m also linking up this post with Book Journey’s It’s Monday, What Are you Reading since it outlines what I read last week and am still currently reading The Handmaid’s Tale and The Good Mother Myth.

What are you currently reading? Let me know your thoughts on the books I read or are currently reading! I love to hear from you!

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  1. Great job on your reading last week!

    I really need to re-read The Handmaid’s Tale. The first time I read it was actually on audiobook and I was left with such mixed emotions. Next time, I want to actually read a hard copy and let things soak in through a different medium.

  2. I think I might be to ashamed to write down all the books I am reading or trying to read. ……:(

    Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst and Unglued by her has well, I want to read this Joyce Meyer book, and I think 2 other books on my list. I am even reading 2 books at a time to get them out of the way! I know that will confuse anyone, but I am a list person and I hate that I haven’t marked these books off my list yet..LOLOL funny, I know!

  3. The Good Mother Myth sounds good. Sounds like a book I’d keep nearby and every time I felt horrible about some parenting thing, I’d pick it up to feel better!

  4. You did great! I applaud you for being honest with yourself about a book you weren’t enjoying. I can’t believe I still haven’t read Handmaid’s Tale. Hope you’re enjoying it.

    Thanks for joining me again! See you at the next one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. omg handmaid’s tale is one of my FAV books. Such an incredible canadian author… I woudln’t suggest watching the movie, it makes the sexual parts of the book all too real and uncomfortable. Plus the book is WAY better.

    I should really check out that one income book though, right now that is what we are living off of. Hubby needs to get his ass back to work

  6. I am currently reading Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin. I think it is pretty awesome, but I like all things birth. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am also read the third book in a series by Lauraine Snelling called More Than A Dream. I’m only a couple chapters into that one, so far so good. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll have to put The Good Mother Myth down on my list.

  7. I just finished The Hunger Games (although I already saw the 1st and 2nd movies and read the third book). I’m progressing through Addie Zierman’s “When We Were On Fire.”

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