I don’t often have (or maybe take) the time to read books just for fun. It isn’t that I don’t read. I read aloud to and preview books for the children, my devotionals, my Bible, parenting and other Christian resource books. However, books just for my pleasure are few and far between. This summer I found a series that I fell in love with. I read the first book in a single day. Before small children this would not have been an unusual occurrence, but these days it is quite rare. Two things were at play, the book was really good and we were at the beach with family so the children were otherwise engaged.
I enjoyed the first book so much that I promptly ordered and devoured the second book of the series. I’ve actually ordered books three through six though I don’t expect I’ll read them as fast once we are back to the day to day.
The series is The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter by Susan Wittig Albert. They are funny and engaging, include bits of Victorian English culture and charm, and are loosely based on the life of Beatrix Potter. The stories tell some real facts about her life but add lots of extra people and adventures from the author’s imagination. They are charming books written for adults but with fun and whimsy (and a few talking animals) included. While there is a touch of romance here and there they are mostly mystery and adventure stories set in early 20th Century England. It would not be an inappropriate book for children as it does not contain any inappropriate material but the language and writing level would be difficult for many children. She also uses some dialect and British spelling.
As mothers we often don’t take the time to refill ourselves. We pour out to our families and our communities but forget that we need a full cup from which to pour. Taking a bit of time to read or pursue something that is relaxing and refilling is good for us from time to time. Do not misunderstand, we get our strength from the Lord but our minds still benefit from a bit of rest and engagement in activities that are fun. If you are looking for a great read that is fun without being twaddle I highly recommend this series.
The first book in the series is the Tale of Hilltop Farm.
What book/s are you reading right now that are just for fun? Let me know in the comments.
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Deals and Freebies
As we enter into the fall season and return to our routines it often feels much like a new year and a chance to start over. What are you doing to get/stay healthy? I am trying to drink more water and take daily walks.
If you are looking for some starting over with a healthier lifestyle you might want to check out the Healthy Living Bundle that is on sale for just a few days. At only $37 for 93 ebooks, ecourses, and printable packs it is an excellent deal. This includes help with allergies, nutrition, gardening, exercise and more.
Free 5 Day Learning without Worksheets Challenge: FREE 5-Day Learning Challenge We have done several of her different challenges in the past and they are lots of fun and easy to implement.
Free Makeover Your Morning 5 Day Challenge! This is a great way to help re-focus and get your day off on the right foot.
Harry The Happy Mouse (Free on Kindle)
Illustrated Would You Rather Book (Free on Kindle)
Enrichment Studies has a great free fine arts memory match game this month!
Free Help Your Child’s Memory Book from All About Learning Press!