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Books I Read in August

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For the month of August, I didn’t get to read as many books as I would have liked. I seriously have a huge stack of books that I want to read. I had hopes of getting a lot of reading done over our recent vacation to Pigeon Forge (you can read about it HERE), but after each day’s activities, I was too tired to even pick a book up, let alone read it. However, I was able to get four read before the month ended.

Here are the books I read:

“The Forbidden” by Beverly Lewis

In “The Forbidden”, an Amish boy is forbidden by his father to court his true love because her family has embraced Christianity, even though she has kept to the Old Order Amish. This is the second book in “The Courtship of Nellie Fisher” series. When the ending left me hanging, I did some research and discovered that it has a sequel – “The Longing” – the third and final book. I will have to buy or borrow it to find out how the series ends – I will keep you posted.

“168 Hours You Have More Time Than You Think” by Laura Vanderkam

Do you ever feel like you don’t have time for the most important things in your life? Laura Vanderkam helps you discover just how much time you really have. She asks readers to record how they spend their time in 15 minute segments each day (whatever you’re doing). Once you’ve recorded your activities, she encourages you to look for things that you can do away with. She suggests replacing inconsequential activities with ones that are more meaningful.

Her efficiency tips could get expensive, however, as she suggests hiring out for things you don’t truly enjoy. Among these could be cleaning, cooking, doing laundry, grocery shopping, and running errands. Of course, hiring out would free us all up, but at what cost to our pocketbooks? And while it sounds mighty enticing, it also sounds highly impractical.

“How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul” by Ruth Soukup

This book about blogging was written by a blogger whom I have followed for many years – Ruth Soukup. You can visit her “Living Well Spending Less” blog HERE. Some of the information in it is outdated – the book has a 2014 copyright. However, it still does have a lot of valuable information, and I plan on going back through my copy and highlighting it. “How to Blog for Profit” has found a place on my bookshelf as a reference I plan to keep and use.

“Real Life Organizing” by Cassandra Aarssen

Have you ever heard of using insects as a way to describe the type of organization method a person prefers? This is exactly how the author associates the different ways in which we each deal with clutter. She offers a quiz which helps you understand the type of clutterbug you are. The clutterbug classification is based on four types of insects: a ladybug, a butterfly, a cricket, and a bee.

So I sat aside a few minutes to take the quiz and discovered that I’m a Ladybug. Ladybugs get stressed out over surface clutter. Yep, that’s me in a nutshell. I prefer to have completely empty kitchen and bathroom counters and I hide anything that I deem unnecessary inside drawers and cabinets. As long as it is out of sight, I’m good. My husband, on the other hand, though he didn’t take the quiz, I would guess that he’s a butterfly. A butterfly is a visual organizer and likes to see all their stuff. It agitates him if I put something away which he will need later, whether that later is two days or two months. Now that we both know which type of clutterbug we are, he and I need to find a happy medium which suits us both.

Aside from the bugs, the book is helpful in other ways, too. It has planning pages, to-do lists, and personal goal pages that are useful. You can see an example in the photo above.

That’s it for my reading list for August. Check out these books, or let me know in the comments what you’re reading right now.

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