What I Read Today: Reading Log for May The Fourth

Hi! Happy Star Wars day! We went to the library this evening and discovered some festivities happening. :)

I've been thinking for a while that it would be fun to keep track of everything I'm reading. But I have to say the prospect of keeping it up seems daunting. I think I'd have to log my reading just for a week or something.  A week is long enough to give a picture, but not so long that I'd get to feeling I could just start tomorrow.

Anyway, here's some of what I read today!


Secrets of the Vegetable Garden by Carron Brown & Giordano Poloni - Read this to Jubilee on her request. We got this book from my mom for Easter, it's really cool! It's an Usborne Shine-a-Light book. So you read it and then you shine a flashlight behind the page you're reading and a hidden image appears.

A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberton - Another book from my mom for Easter, and another request from Jubilee. This one tells the same story but from two perspectives. First, a little girl finds a small beast in the woods and takes it home. Second, a little animal in the woods gets kidnapped by a long-haired beast! It's fun to compare the two stories, and has already led to some conversations about perspective and perceptions.

Smart Money Smart Kids - This is the non-fiction grown-up book I'm reading right now. I wasn't sure if I could get into it when I started, but now I'm really enjoying it! We like Dave Ramsey, and this book is by him and his daughter about how to teach your kids about money. I haven't run up against anything that sounds like bad advice yet, and I finally got to the real kicker of a story about how much it would stink to be Dave Ramsey's daughter, haha.

Tyra the Designer Fairy - Can you guess that Jubilee requested this one as well? Yes, she did. We've got it out from the library, and I read the first couple paragraphs to her to bribe her to get into bed. This is a whole series. They're cute. They're fine. When I read them I feel like I should become a ghostwriter, because it seems like it'd be pretty easy to come up with formulaic plots like these.

Avatar the Last Airbender The Rift Part 1 - Also a request from Jubilee, albeit a surprising one. This is a graphic novel targeted to ages 8-12 that I got from doing the Cybils a couple years back. She listened to the whole thing. Ok that's not true. She made me skip a few panels. I had fun rereading it though and am reminded that I haven't read parts 2 and 3 yet. Gotta get on that.


Levi's Ladybug magazine arrived today and while I didn't read a lot of it yet, I did help him a bit with the craft. I wrote more about Ladybug mag here.

From the current issue of the Ensign magazine (put out by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) I enjoyed "A Sacred Trust" and "Choices" both by Thomas S. Monson. I actually listened to them, rather than reading them.

Internet articles:

"No Regrets. Can it Be Done?" about motherhood at Design Mom - I bet the comments section is fabulous. She always gets super thoughtful and good comments from a variety of perspectives. I'll have to look at the comments soon.

"27 Weirdly Hilarious Things Sleep-Deprived Moms Have Done" at Buzzfeed - My friend Meghan shared this on Facebook and it amde me laugh quite a lot. Especially since Meghan added that she once tried to change her husbands diaper in the middle of the night because she thought he was the baby.

What do you think?  If I do log my reading, how exact should I be? I'm sure there were some other things I read, but these were the main ones. And hey, I'm not actually done reading for the day yet, because I'll definitely do a chapter of Numbers before I hit the hay. Was this fun? Would you like to hear about what I read for a week?


  1. For me, the trick to logging reading is to make it as easy as possible. My blog is on Typepad in large part because of the "typelist" feature. You just enter a book title and it pops up with suggestions from Amazon, then you can pick and save. So what I do is write down what we're reading to my daughter on paper (30 lines/page), and then when one is filled I enter them into her Typelist. My own just go directly into the Typelist. I do really like being able to look back... Thanks for sharing yesterday's reads for yourself :-). Have a great weekend.

  2. It would be fun to know how reading fits into your daily schedule. It seems like you are a casual reader And a deliberate reader. So how do you plan to read and what do you do when your plans don't work out?

    1. "It seems like you are a casual reader And a deliberate reader." I would agree with that. I guess I'll have to think about your questions. Quick answer: I just plan on reading some book, then when I see it lying around I pick it up and read it. When my plans to read don't work out? eh, I know I'll find time to read again soon. The big "deadlines" I have for reading are book club books, and I never let the fact that I haven't finished the book keep me from going and enjoying the company and the treats.

  3. Wow, you really mean EVERYTHING! I mostly keep track of what I read to myself--books--and what I read out loud to my kids. It seems too overwhelming to keep track of every last article and picture book. Hmmm... maybe if I just did once in awhile, though, it wouldn't be so bad. I'll have to think about it.
    Interesting post! Thanks!

    1. I know right? But I do think it's interesting. Melissa Wiley logged her reading (including interesting articles) a little while back and I was like huh! I've gotta try that sometime.


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