Monday, July 8, 2013

vacation reading

We're going on vacation soon - the hubs has a conference and we're tagging along. The other day I was writing to my dad about our trip when I realized I want to read on this vacation. I want to sit in the back seat of our van with my kids and read out loud to them, like my dad did when we were on long car trips. I want to read to them in the hotel while the hubs is in his classes. But I also want to read for myself. While the kids are playing with the hubs in the pool, read while I sit on the beach with my "baby" while he takes his naps, wouldn't it be good to have a book in my bag, to pull out and, for once, enjoy some reading time? Vacations should include reading. 

I have no idea what I'll take with me - but I thought I'd share a few books that would be good to take along on vacation.

Books to read to the kids:
The Tale of Despereaux by KateDiCamillo - I read this to my kids a couple years before they turned it into a movie. The book is way better than the movie and a fantastic book to read aloud. It's about a brave mouse and a princess. The language is beautiful and the story is terrific.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - this is a classic. It took me a couple of tries before I got through to the end of it, but it's a terrific book. The following books, Little Men & Jo's Boys are also really good.

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgeson Burnett - this is one of my favorites of the classics by Frances Hodgeson Burnett. It's a well-known story but it's even better than any of the movies. A great read, full of magic and imagination.

The Wise Woman (also called The Lost Princess), Princess and the Goblin, Princess and Curdie, The Light Princess The Day Boy and the Night Girl all by Georgie McDonald - which you can get for the kindle app on your mobile device for about 99 cents each or even for free. I enjoyed reading these when I was in Middle School. Some of these stories are short stories, Fairytales written by one of my favorite authors from my childhood. My favorite is the Princess and the Goblin.

The Ordinary Princess - my mom read this to my sisters and me when we were little. We sat around the dining room table after breakfast and read the whole story, strait through till lunch time. It's a great short book, very sweet.

The Hobbit  by J.R.R. Tolkein - the Hobbit was originally written as more of a children's story than The Lord of the Rings trilogy. My dad read it to my family many times as I was growing up. I hope to read this to my kids this year.

The Percy Jackson & The Olympians series - my kids love everything by Rick Riordan. They also enjoyed the Red Pyramid series.

Books to read to yourself:

I loved reading this book last year. One of my favorites. 
It's especially good for a raised-in-church girl like me.

I read this two years ago, when I was waiting for Eli to come. 
It's very poetic but very powerful about the power of gratitude.

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
Completely ruined me for everything else. 
A great narrative with lovely little ideas tucked into the stories

I read this a few years ago - one of the best of these types of "radical for God" books! 

Faithful Women & Their Extroardinary God by Noel Piper - Noel's writing style is totally different from her husband John Piper. In a very matter-of-fact style Noel Piper shares some amazing stories of ordinary women who were faithful to God's call on their lives and how God used them to do some extraordinary things.

Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis - I read this one as a teenager. It's one of my favorite C.S. Lewis stories ever. I love it even more than the uber-popular Chronicles of Narnia. It's based on a Greek myth and it's very engaging. I think it would be appropriate for an older child/teen as well

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert  - I was so sad when I finished reading this book! While I didn't love the ending it was a nice, light read.

Persuasion by Jane Austen - this is my favorite of the books by Jane Austen. I love how sad it is and it's the perfect book to read when you're in a funk and can't stand reading another book where everything is going well for everyone. You can even download a free version of it. 

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins - I started reading this series last winter. While some people let their older children read this I haven't. I did enjoy the series though. I read each book in a day or two. I didn't love the last book, but the others were so good. 

The Help - by Kathryn Stockett - I picked it up one day when I was just looking for a break for a minute and couldn't put it down! Such a well-written, engaging story.  

The last time we went on vacation I started reading Twilight out of sheer boredom and got completely hooked. I only read the first three books because I wanted to see what happened in the movie when it came out - I'm glad I did, it was my favorite of the Twilight movies. This time I'd love to have something a little bit better to read.

For other books I'd highly recommend (especially children's literature) read my post on books to read over summer break.

I'm hoping to load Kisses from Katie onto my Kindle app on my phone and I requested a couple books from my Library, but I desperately need some help adding books to my reading list, especially for myself. What books would you bring on vacation? I could use some recommendations!! 

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  1. Have you read "The Sympathy of Christ" by Octavius Winslow? maybe sometime this summer?

  2. I wanted to thank you for posting and recommending "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan. It shook me to the core and it was obviously needed. Hope you are enjoying your summer.


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