What We’re Reading While We’re Home

I’m an avid reader, and while the focus of this blog will continue to be fair trade, ethical fashion, and items regarding faith that are on my heart, with most of the students in the country out of school right now because of COVID-19 I’m sharing some of the books we’re reading in my house right now.

I’m not doing a strict curriculum right now, instead I’m giving my kids time to rest for a few days. We’re spending a few hours screen free, about 2 hours exploring online learning sites, and a little bit of time just playing on the computer like they normally would.

I’m working through my LONG To Be Read pile, and thanks to the local library still being open through today I was able to request books online for my kids and then pick them up at the library’s drive through window, while maintaining social distance.

Every day the kids and I have been reading. One reads in a fort the kids built. One reads in a bedroom. I’m finding myself reading outside and enjoying the spring weather.

A few things before I reveal what my kids are reading.
1) My kids both read above grade level and are avid readers
2) I haven’t read any of these books myself
3) I picked these books out based on what I thought they would like + online curriculum suggestions for their ages.
4) My kids are pretty good judges of content and aren’t afraid to say, “This book isn’t approrpriate” and will stop reading it.
5) I have a boy in 7th grade and a girl in 5th grade
6) The list of what my kids are reading is just what we’ve checked out from our public library and does not include items in our home library.

What My Kids Are Reading
To Catch A Cheat by Varian Johnson
The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners From 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert by Marc Aronson
Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel by Avi
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Three Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming
5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft’s Flight from Slavery by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubacker Bradley
The Boy in Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
The Absolutely True Story of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan



What I’m Reading
Unlike my kids, none of my current books are from the library. My reading list is either what’s on my Kindle or hard copy books stacked up throughout the house. I have an entire shelf on my bookshelf of hard copy books I want to read. March has also been a busy month for book launches. My list is a combination of e-books and the ones I’m realistically expecting to get through in the next 2 weeks.

I keep a running tab of what I’m currently reading on Goodreads and you can find me here: https://www.goodreads.com/heidiaz

Ok, now that that’s done . . .

March Launch Team Reads
These are books I received advanced copies of from the publisher to review.

Made to Move Mountains: How God Uses Our Dreams and Disasters to Accomplish the Impossible by Kristen Welch (Released March 3, 2020)
Talking to Your Kids about Jesus: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have by Natasha Crain (Releases March 31, 2020)
Blaze of Light: The Inspiring True Story of Green Beret Medic Gary Beikirch, Medal of Honor Recipient by Marcus Brotherton

Kindle Books
ANYTHING by Jenn Faulk. Seriously, she’s my favorite.
Whatever Comes Our Way by Jaycee Weaver
What Makes A Home by Jaycee Weaver

My Next 4 Hard Copy Books to Finish (that aren’t part of a launch team)
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
Counter Culture: Following Christ in an Anti-Christian Age by David Platt
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us To Reflect His Character by Jen Wilkin


Ok, so admittedly I may not get through all of these in the next two weeks! At any one time I generally am working through a Kindle book (that stays on my nightstand), an audio book I listen to in the car while running errands (not right now because I’m staying home), and a hard copy book that I keep in the family room!


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Welcome to this space where faith, fair trade, ethical fashion, and frugal living collide. A wife, a mom, and a follower of Christ, my passion for #FairTrade & #EthicalFashion is motivated by my belief that we are ALL created in God's image and that those who make the items we buy should be treated with respect & earn a living wage! A bargain hunter at heart, it's my desire to share how to purchase fair & ethical items while still being frugal!

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