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The Book Devotions

Michelle Watson

I'm a homeschool mom who loves to read. Every week, I email you book recommendations and reviews, fun printables, bits of bookish news. Come on over and read with us! We'd love to have you.

Slow reading

Hey, Reader, Remember when you were a kid, and you'd ask, "When is dinner?" and your mom would say, "Thirty minutes," and that felt like thirty centuries? Now, as adults, thirty minutes feels like negative three seconds. Reading books keeps us connected to slow time. Unhurried time, restful time, one-task-only time. In a world of increasingly fragmented shards of time, that's a gift. I see it when my little boys have trouble settling in for Quiet Reading Time (a daily thing in our...
3 days ago • 1 min read

Blood, howling, and rites of passage

Well, this week, both of my little boys screamed harder than they ever have before. My oldest got an accidental lapful of hot peppermint tea on Easter. Then, two days later, my youngest crushed a finger between two rocks while playing outside, requiring seven stitches in the ER. Thank God, both of my boys are fine. No burns. Finger is on the mend. When we were in the ER, the doctor said, "Welp, getting stitches is a rite of passage for boys." We chuckled off our nerves. I think it's also a...
10 days ago • 2 min read

☘️ March book reviews (revamped with new ⭐️s)

Hey there, Reader! First things first. Happy Easter! I've been reading about Christ's crucifixion with my two little boys. Our homeschool Bible curriculum just happened to line up perfectly with Easter, even though we haven't been following the day-by-day schedule to the letter. Easter fills me with mixed emotions. I'm so profoundly sad when I read about the pain and humiliation and rejection that Jesus suffered, but my joy overflows when I read about His absolute victory over sin and death,...
19 days ago • 1 min read

Star ratings running wild

Hi Reader, We took our homeschool spring break last week. We spent Monday afternoon playing at the park in the sun and sand. Besides the 200 mph winds, it seemed like Mademoiselle Spring was on the brink of making her 2024 debut. Then, on Wednesday, Madame Winter swept onstage and said, "One more thing before I go," and she sprinkled an encore of snow flurries that have continued on and off ever since. It's a textbook spring. Besides the weather, here's another thing that's been erratic: my...
26 days ago • 2 min read

When did you get your first❓

Hey, Reader! My oldest son got his first library card last week, and, boy-oh-boy, it made my heart grow three sizes. Our sweet clerk explained all of the responsibilities and privileges that come with the card, as he nodded along and carefully printed his name in black Sharpie on the line below the barcode. What was his first checkout? A book about rainforests. 🐒 Later that day, my younger son said something that melted my heart. "Mommy, I have a plan of the books I'm going to read." A plan!...
about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Psst...want to make an author's day?

Today, I'll show you how to help a writer out! Are you a writer, Reader? The reason I ask is because many readers also write. I write this newsletter, for example, plus many other nice thingys. But I've never written a book. That would be hard. Have you ever done it? Or tried it? Hard! 😮💨 As a reader, I'm certain that I take for granted all the hard work that goes into the books I read. I can't fathom it. For a mere $14.99 or $9.99 or (sheesh!) $1.99, I can buy the work of years, read it in a...
about 1 month ago • 1 min read

A bundle of book reviews 🎊

Hey there, Reader! Ready for some good, clean fun? I've got a new batch of book reviews hot off the press. It's been a while since my monthly reading mix was so...mixy. I read... a nonfiction on productivity (Christian) a modern mystery-thriller (a Reese pick) two YA fantasies (old and new) a YA dystopian (addicting!) several historical middle-grades (wholesome as apples) I also included one DNF because I think some of you might love this author, even though her books weren’t my cup of tea at...
about 1 month ago • 1 min read
white and brown horse painting

What's the point of fairy tales?

I don't know about you, but I had a blast with Fairy Tale February! Whether you read every single story or just cherry-picked a few, I want to bestow upon you my hearty congratulations! For what? For being an adult who can countenance a fairy tale with respect. That's something! When we started this series 30 days ago, I wrote, "fairy tales say much with little, but they never explain." I have a confession. I plagiarized that. It originates with P. L. Travers, who wrote... "...fairy tales...
about 1 month ago • 2 min read

A romantic grab bag + more

This photo was taken in my town, ya'll. @infocuscreativestudio Happy weekend, Reader. My whole family has been laid up with a stomach bug and head cold this week, but thankfully we're on the mend. I sure hope you and yours are in good health! Two quick things: Fairy Tale February: The Last Lap We're almost finished with Fairy Tale February. If you're new around here, some of us have challenged ourselves to read one fairy tale per day during February. Here's the full reading calendar if you...
about 2 months ago • 2 min read

First book reviews of 2024

Hi, Reader! I'm here to share my latest batch of book reviews with you. If you're new around here, I always review the books I've read at the end of each month, and every month, it's like... This month, I finally read Tress of the Emerald Sea by Brandon Sanderson, and it did NOT disappoint! I also read a SLEW of children's fiction, but don't bail on me just yet—many of the books are worthy of your adult reading time, too. Especially Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop. Cozy up with the...
2 months ago • 1 min read

I'm a homeschool mom who loves to read. Every week, I email you book recommendations and reviews, fun printables, bits of bookish news. Come on over and read with us! We'd love to have you.

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