What I’m Reading – November 2018

Greetings and salutations my friends!! We are now officially into November which means basically it gets cold and dark and slightly depressing. xD Thankfully we English peeps have Guy Fawkes this weekend to cheer us up a bit! (I went to a fireworks display this evening and it was lit. xD) (sorry I couldn’t resist hehe) Oh, and I suppose there’s Thanksgiving too, though it’s not exactly at the forefront of my mind seeing as I live in England. 😀 The definite highlight of this past week for me has been the fact that I’ve been on ‘half-term’ (which means a week off school for all my American readers ;)). That meant lots of time to sleep and read and generally chill, which is a rather rare commodity during the school year! And my family celebrated a birthday in the middle of the week which just added extra joy and sugar to the mix! So yes, it’s been a good week. xD

I thought that this week I would give a little reading update and share about some of the books I’m currently reading. Now if you were to take a peep at my ‘currently reading’ shelf on Goodreads (you can do so here), you would find that I’m technically reading 16 books at the moment. *cue gasps* I know, right?! But in actuality I’m not actively reading all of these books currently. *guilty face* I will get to all of them eventually, I promise! xD But in the meantime, I thought I would highlight 5 books that I’ve been actively reading within the past week or so… So let’s jump in!

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LIT!

Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books – Tony Reinke

I started this gem this past Sunday, and at 54% of the way through, I’m finding it hugely beneficial and challenging to my reading mindset. Honestly, I’m a huge reader, and so I wouldn’t have necessarily thought that a book on reading was something I would need. But I was wrong! This book is absolutely chock full of sage advice and spiritual wisdom that I really need to hear. Who’d have thought that there could be so much to say about Christianity and reading!? I’m excited about finishing this book soon!

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war of words

War of Words: Getting to the Heart of your Communication Struggles – Paul David Tripp

My Mum and I have been reading this book together for our reading streak for the last two weeks or so, and have hit the 43% mark. I’ve found it very challenging and helpful, as (I’ll admit it!) I often have struggles speaking to others. This book has really flagged up the issue of the heart – what is in the heart is what will come out of the mouth – and that’s been a really good reminder for me. 

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gulliver

Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift

This is the book I’m currently reading through for my English class, and I’m going to finish it this upcoming week – currently 67% through! I enjoyed the first 2 parts, but the 3rd part dragged pretty majorly. I’m hoping the last part will pick up again, otherwise it’s going to be a long slog to have it all read before next Wednesday! I will say that the symbolism and history behind this book is pretty fascinating, even if the potty humour is rather prevalent… 

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lotr

The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R Tolkien

 My Dad started reading this book to my sister and I back in January, but we only just picked it back up recently after a like a 5 month hiatus. And let me say… wow. This is the first Tolkien book I’ve ever read, and I can see why people rave about him so much! His worldbuilding skills are to die for and his plot is incredible. We’ve just finished Book 1, and I’m super pumped to keep reading – we’re 54% through, we can’t stop now! Hopefully we can finish it relatively soon… (no more 5 month hiatuses, lol!)

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operation cc

Operation Christmas Child: A Story of Simple Gifts – Franklin Graham

My Mum has been reading out loud parts of this book and I’ve been filling in the other parts with personal reading, and I’m now about 50% of the way through. This book tells the story of the charity Operation Christmas Child, and wow, what a beautiful and inspiring story it is! This book is jam-packed with stories of how God has used the simple shoebox gifts to change millions of children across the world. My family is gearing up to pack shoeboxes of our own next week, so it has been really cool to catch a glimpse of the vision and history of this charity in preparation of doing so! 

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Right, that wraps up this week’s blog post! I just realized, that for once, the majority of the books I’m reading are non-fiction. As a huge fiction reader this is a rather rare occurrence for me, haha! :O Anyways, I hope you enjoyed seeing a snippet of my current reading life, abnormal as it may be! 😀

I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! Have you read any of these books I highlighted?  And what are you currently reading right now? 

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3 thoughts on “What I’m Reading – November 2018

  1. Great to hear about the shoeboxes! You know it has been Rebecca’s passion for a long time. She was home recently and together we finished off the 6 we were doing – one for each category. Now we look forward to thinking about 6 children in Ukraine who will be very happy (that is where they go to from Norwich)…

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  2. You sound like me. . .two books at my bedside, one on my Kindle, and two at my reading chair. ☺️ I love the variety in your choices, Hannah, and the fact you are reading with your Mum. Happy Thanksgiving to all at the Mead household!!

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  3. What?! No historical fiction? Who are you, and what have you done with Hannah?! 😛
    I love the sound of Lit! And also of the Operation Christmas Child book – are they yours or from the library?

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