The Creative Family Manifesto by Amanda Blake Soule
I have been a long-time reader of Amanda’s blog Soulemama, ever since our oldest children were little. I don’t always feel like the typical parent (or maybe everyone feels like that), so it’s nice to read about someone parenting different from the social norms. She has a lot of easy, affordable ideas for being creative as a family. I’ve only flipped through this one a couple times & hope to read it entirely soon. There will be a giveaway when I finish it, because I have two copies.
The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie
This is another parenting book, which is probably really obvious. Reading is very important to use as a family, and this book drives home things that I believe. I feel redundant saying that I haven’t finished this one yet, as you already know this is a list of my current reads. But, I can’t wait to finish it. It makes me feel inspired as a parent to work in reading more every day. I would also like to say that your kids are never too old to be read aloud to. Who doesn’t love a story right before bedtime? Last year, I started reading aloud to our 9 (soon to be 10!) year old right before bedtime. What a wonderful way to wind down at the end of the day.
Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen
I tend to always have a classic on rotation, and right now it’s Sense & Sensibility. My husband bought me a large book of Jane Austen’s stories, and I’m slowly working my way through them. I actually have a compilation of Austen stories on my Kindle Paperwhite, which is why I don’t have a picture for that book. This is story is mostly about Marianne and Elinor Dashwood finding love during the Regency period. She is part of a large family of sisters (and their mother). I always find Austen’s commentary on social structures of that time to be interesting and fun to read.
I’ve been meaning to read this for quite a while. This is the sequel to Wolf by Wolf, which I read a few years ago. This is an alternative historical fiction set in Germany. Hitler won WWII, and some of the people who survived concentration camps have different abilities. The main character, Yael, can shapeshift into different people. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but the first book left us with a pretty significant cliffhanger. Blood for Blood picks up with Yael’s past and future colliding.