Thursday, January 9, 2014

This Book Room: Reading Contentment Challenge

Jason and I both decided to complete a Reading Contentment Challenge (RCC) for 2014. What's a RCC, you ask? Why, I'll tell you! We each chose books that we've read before but would like to read again.

So without further ado, here are the books I chose:

A Real Simple magazine issue recently asked something along the lines of, "What is one book you would share with your children?" Without question, my answer is Little Women (after the Bible of course, but I've already shared and continue to share the Bible with her). Little Women is an amazing book and one I've only read once or twice. The movie is also amazing and I watch that nearly every year. So I'm setting out to re-read this classic, and I'm going to try to convince Jason to read it too (he never has).

I grew up reading the Harry Potter series, but the last book wasn't released until I was already an adult, attending college and working full-time. I've only read the final book in the series once, and now that I own it, I would really like to re-read it. In all honesty, I'd love to re-read the entire series, but in the interest of reality, I'll settle for just the final book.

One of my goals for 2013 was to re-read Love and Respect (and complete the accompanying workbook). Let's just say... it didn't happen. But maybe including the book here will give me incentive to finally achieve this goal. This is a book I really need to re-read because I'm sure I don't respect my husband like I desire to. So I'm hoping it'll give me that kick in the butt I so desperately need and want.

With clarity, I can remember the summer I first truly discovered the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. It was the summer I was a camp counselor. Anytime I had a spare moment, I stopped by a Barnes and Noble and read the books until I was finished with them all. Then, of course, once I was an adult and working full-time and being a wife, a fifth book came out. I've only read Sisterhood Everlasting once, and I plan to re-read it again this year.

For months on end, all anyone talked about was the Help. When I read a summary of the book, it didn't pique my interest. I'm really glad I allowed the masses to persuade me to read this book. And I'm so looking forward to re-reading it. Maybe I'll enjoy a piece of pie while I read ;)

If you, like me, enjoyed the Help, I promise you will enjoy Wench. I'm not sure how much this book was ever noticed, but this is a book that will stay with me for forever. I can't wait to delve back into this story.

Jason and I both plan to re-read the Giver, as we recently discovered this is an entire series. My memories of the Giver are vague. I've read it once, probably in middle school. I'm looking forward to re-discovering the story and reading the other books in this series, too!

As a parent, it frightens me that I'm never perfect. And that lack of perfection drives me to be the best I can be. I first read the Resolution for Women a couple of years ago, but now that I'm a mama, I need to read it again. Honestly, this is a book I should re-read every year. It's just that good and convicting. If you want to be the best woman you can be, you should read this book.

Leila Meacham really can't do any wrong in my eyes. When I first read Roses, I was blown away. Ever since, I've been itching to re-read this terrific book. Her third book is coming out this year and I could not be more excited.

Last but not least, the Last Bridge has made my list. I've read this book once, and I remember loving it, but I honestly can't remember many details of it. Except there was a bridge. But since that's part of the title, I don't think that means much.

Jason chose four books to re-read, and here is his list:

Jess and I are re-reading the Giver so we can finish the series.

When I was younger, my brother and I read I Want to Go Home so many times, our copy fell apart. It's a silly story, and I can't wait to re-read it.

I read Bridge to Terabithia one time, but it was awhile ago. I think it deserves another read.

I read A Wizard of Earthsea in middle school. Later, a movie was made with the same name, but it seemed they just used the characters' names and nothing else. I have been meaning to re-read the book ever since.

Will you join us in the RCC? Which books are you going to re-read (and why)? 


september said...

I LOVE Katherine Patterson--though "Jacob Have I Loved" is my personal favorite of her books.

I love re-reading books. We didn't have TV for years on end when I was growing up and I taught myself to speed-read as a kid, so books that were my favorites were read dozens of times. I've kept it up as an adult, though the list is smaller. I think the longest running streak is for my all time favorite book James Mitchner's "Hawaii." I think I've re-read it at least every 18 months since college.

Jess and Jason said...

I'll have to check into that author! I've never heard of her before.

It sounds like we have a lot in common - I grew up in a very small town, so our library was small, too. My parents bought me books for all major holidays, and I would re-read them constantly. We had a TV, but I'd rather be reading. I was reprimanded so many times for reading at dinner! :)

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Jess and Jason said...

I hate technology and so did not mean to delete your comment!!!!! I, too, believe Wench was not given the praise it deserved. I am so sorry I am tech illiterate. Please comment again. I promise not to delete it!