March Book List for Moms

How are you doing with your reading, moms?

It's getting harder as 2017 progresses to carve out the time to read, but I am DOING it, and I hope you are, too.

Did you read any of the books on last month's list

March 1 marked the beginning of Lent, so you will find a couple of books with Lenten themes here. You'll also find one book I raced through in just TWO DAYS -  I might have given everyone an afternoon off just so I could sit outside and finish this page turner! 

March Book List for Moms

Fiction for March

I won't keep you in suspense. And, I just have one fiction selection for you this month.

(One of my challenges for Lent is to stick to nonfiction - I finished this book just before Lent began!)

This first book was AMAZING.  Fair warning, however: The Sea of Tranquility is technically a Young Adult novel. I wouldn't let my own young adult read it, though! 

It has some very mature themes and language. It deals with some situations that might make you uncomfortable. I did, however, find it to be an excellent read that I just couldn't put down. 

When I shared the book on my Instagram feed someone commented that it is excellent on audio, too.  (Listen to the Audible sample here.)

Definitely an intriguing book - not the type I would normally read.... but I cannot put it down!

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Non Fiction for March

The next two books are ones that came highly recommended to me as we entered into the season of Lent. They did not disappoint - in fact, my husband has read them and enjoyed them both, too.  (I always enjoy it when we can talk about a book together.)

Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life is such an encouragement for moms. Our mundane activities make a difference, and this book helped me to see that my daily activities are a liturgy of sort - and they are important!

The crucible of our formation is in the anonymous monotony of our daily routines.
— Liturgy of the Ordinary

If you are interested in the history and practice of Lent - and how to practice Lent in our lives (whether you are in a church that practices Lent or not), then  The Good of Giving Up will interest you.

I have celebrated Lent my entire life, but didn't truly UNDERSTAND it's historical origins and significance completely until reading this book.  

Finally, You Are What You Love is sitting on my nightstand waiting to be read next. It has come highly recommended and will help me quiet my heart and mind even further during this Lenten season. 



A Classic Read for March

Modeling reading is so important. How I spend my free time is closely observed by my children, so I am being intentional about reading and WHAT I am reading, too. 

I've been trying to read along a few of the selections with my 10th grade daughter this year in her Challenge II curriculum.

This month I am tackling A Morbid Taste for Bones.  (You can read it for free on Kindle unlimited.)

Surprisingly, I enjoyed it VERY much (I was skeptical).  This Medieval murder mystery was something very different and unexpected for me. 




"Professional Development" for Homeschool Moms

I pulled these two books out to review this month - they always serve as my winter "shot in the arm" for homeschooling.

Our job is serious, and we need to invest in ourselves. Our professional and mental education is very important to the success of our homeschools, don't you agree?

If you've never read these two books, then you MUST!

A Pocketful of Pinecones is a sweet, sweet story (in the Charlotte Mason tradition - but good for ANY homeschool mom). It is a guide for nature study - cleverly disguised as one homeschool mother's journal.  

And, you just want to LAUGH you definitely need to read The Homeschool Experiment. I'm sure that you will be able to relate to more than one situation presented in this book. I always fly through this book in one or two sittings! 

The Sea of Tranquility: A NovelLiturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday LifeThe Good of Giving Up: Discovering the Freedom of LentYou Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of HabitA Morbid Taste for Bones (Brother Cadfael Chronicles)Pocketful of Pinecones: Nature Study With the Gentle Art of Learning(TM) : A Story for Mother Culture ®The Homeschool Experiment, a Novel


I hope you have a productive reading month! Please share this list with a friend if you think it would benefit them.

As always, I'd love to hear what you are reading - and if you have any suggestions for me.  Share them in the comments below! 

March Book List for Moms

February Book List for Homeschool Moms

If you remember, in January I committed to READ  - as I had also done in 2016. 

I'm happy to report I'm still reading... maybe not as much or as fast as I did over the winter holidays, but I am carving out time to read and expand my literary horizons. 

(In fact, a book I have been wanting to read for quite some time just arrived at my front door step this afternoon!) 

I hope you enjoy this month's book list - they are books I completed in January - and there are a few I just want to recommend to you BECAUSE I love them. 

February Book List for Homeschool Moms - 2017 Reading Resolution


The Art Forger - a guilty escape for me - this book was full of intrigue and suspense, and  a touch of interesting art history as well. 


Historical Fiction

Winter Garden - Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors - all of her books are good!


Non Fiction

First Ladies: Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American Women - this book gives us a glimpse into the lives of First Ladies - SO interesting

America's First Daughter - in keeping with the theme of presidential families, I enjoyed the story this book told about Patsy Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson's daughter



Raising a Modern Day Knight - my husband read this one first and recommended it to me... a must read for moms of boys

The Life Giving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming - I've always enjoyed anything by Sally Clarkson - this is her latest



Something Beautiful for God - This biography of Mother Theresa by Macolm Muggeride was a book I committed to reading with my 15 year old for her school assignments.  We had such great discussions about this book, and learning a bit more about Mother Theresa, too. 

The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton won the Pulitzer Prize for this novel in 1921 (and it's a FREE KINDLE DOWNLOAD, too!)... I committed to reading a heavier classic each month, but this one wasn't a struggle at all -- a great classic to start with. 


The Art Forger: A NovelWinter GardenFirst Ladies: Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American WomenAmerica's First Daughter: A NovelRaising a Modern-Day Knight: A Father's Role in Guiding His Son to Authentic ManhoodThe Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and BecomingSomething Beautiful for GodThe Age of Innocence

February Book List for Homeschool Moms - 2017 Reading Resolution

I'd love to know what you're reading this month. It's great to add to my list of "want to reads"! Leave me a comment below.


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