What I’m Reading (March 3)

The allure of beautiful weather has been pulling me away from reading to enjoy photography, neighborhood jogs, and sunset hikes over the past few weeks. There’s nothing quite like the first hints of spring. When we had our first warm day here in Connecticut, it was all people at work could talk about. God’s creation is truly amazing! I struck me that, even though we live in a culture where people are easily bored with things they’ve experienced before, the changing of seasons still ignites excitement and wonder.

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So! Even though I haven’t been reading a lot, I thought I’d share which books I’ve been working through.

Investing 101, by Kathy Kristof

I actually finiinvesting-101shed this book, but since it’s not the type of book you typically see on this blog, I decided not to give it it’s own post. If you’re interested in learning about investing, though, I’d definitely recommend it.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve cycled through various research kicks. My librarians are accustomed to me showing up at the counter with an armload of non-fiction books on rabbit farming or adoption or Russian history. Right now I’m learning about stocks and bonds, retirement planning, and saving techniques. It’s useful information!

 

How to Invest $50-$5,000, by Nancy Dunnan

how-to-invest-50-5000Is it really a research kick if you only read one book on the subject? Nope!

So far this book seems to be more basic than Investing 101. If I had known, I would have read this one first. Oh well.

I’m currently only 8% through with this, and I’m having a harder time finding the motivation to keep going. But I don’t have my brain wrapped around all the concepts yet, so keep going I shall.

Have you read any good books on personal finances and investments or done a helpful class on the subject for school? I’d love to hear any recommendations you have to keep the research streak going!

Counted Worthy, by Leah E. Good

Counted WorthyThat’s right. I’m reading my own book. I’ve been trying to get back to working on the sequel and realized I needed a refresher course on what happened in book one.

It’s been amusing to find little details that I’d forgotten about. Like … why does Bryce have freckles? I don’t imagine him with freckles anymore. Hmm.

If you have Facebook, you might want to check out this post from Valentine’s Day. I asked people how they’re hoping Bryce and Heather’s relationship will progress in book two. Do you want their brother/sister friendship to continue as it is, or are you hoping for a budding love story. To be honest, I’m still not sure which way I’m going to take it! (Feel free to share your opinion in the comments here on the blog too.)

What are you reading right now? Are there any specific titles you’d like me to check out and review?

P.S. I recently got an Instagram account, @LeahEGood. It’s a personal account … not specifically reading or writing themed … but if you’d like to see some of my photography and what I do for fun, feel free to follow. 😉

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6 Comments

  1. agirlsavedbygodsgrace

     /  March 3, 2017

    Have Bryce and Heathers relationship be romantic…please!!!! They’re like perfect ❤

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    • Thanks for your input. 🙂 Trying to figure out how to balance how I want to see their relationship continue with reader expectations and what feels natural for the characters. It’s an interesting (but fun) challenge!

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  2. Mary

     /  March 4, 2017

    Leah! You’re considering having no romance between Bryce and Heather? My vote is definitely for it to turn into something more, but of course you should whatever is best for the story and characters. I really love relationships that start as a best friend/brother-sister dynamic and then turn into more…so I was hoping it would be the case with them. 🙂

    Anyway, my two cents! And I’m so happy you’re working on the sequel!!

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  3. Jonathan

     /  March 4, 2017

    Love story! It’d be a crime not to!!!

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  4. hannarothfuss

     /  March 7, 2017

    I just re-read part of Counted Worthy today, and realized I forgot how much I loved Bryce. ❤ He reminds me so much of my brother!
    Whether or not to make it a romance. . . After the subtle hints you dropped in Counted Worthy, I guess I've just been assuming you would. It's been interesting to think about. I was almost leaning towards keeping the brother-sister relationship, when I realized I couldn't stand the thought of either of them marrying someone else! 😉 So I guess I'm in the romance boat with everyone else. Also, it might feel a bit strange not to have more come of the hints in Counted Worthy?
    That's my two cents, but I'd encourage you to go with what feels right in your story, not necessarily what the fans want. 😉

    P.S. I officially cannot read Counted Worthy without crying. I got super teared up reading today, and I even avoided the 'dangerous' part!

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