What I Read – Summer 2016

Please bear with me…This was meant to be posted over a month ago…….

SUMMER IS OVER? Yeah, that’s right…I start student teaching next week, which means summer is over.

I have always been quite the bookworm, and summer is the perfect time to take advantage of soaking up literature.

So what did I read this past summer?

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

This past year I have been really into memoirs/autobiographies, for example during the school year I slammed through The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls and got caught up in this whole business. Yes Please is the perfect combination of funny and real talk. Honestly, it made me want to go out and live a bit more. Amy Poehler’s tone was exactly as could be expected and kept me wanting to keep reading all night long. Definitely suggest this one!

The Unveiled Wife: Embracing Intimacy with God and Your Husband by Jennifer Smith

I actually bought this book a long ways back and intended to read it before I got married. Clearly that didn’t happen. The Unveiled Wife is an amazing book about marriage and the key role that God plays in it. If you’re getting married soon, or are married already, I suggest you take a look, or at least check out her blog: unveiledwife.com

Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

Bossy Pants was all in all, a great read. However, I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more had I read it before Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I had a lot of expectations for tone, that were just rather lacking in comparison. But I did learn a lot about Tina’s life and now feel I could be on a first name basis with her.

Kabul Beauty School: An American Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez

Memoir/Autobiography #3 for you today. Kabul Beauty School gives you an inside look at the culture in Afghanistan. And let me tell you, it is eye-opening. Like there were times I was crying over the shock that this book revealed to me. I am so thankful for mission-minded people like Debbie Rodriguez.

I normally read more during the summer, but I’m certainly happy with what I did get around to. What did you read?
XO Elisebeth



Hello Everyone! If you hate complainers, get off of this post-I have a lot of complaining to do!

As y’all know, I’m taking 21 credits this semester. I knew this was a lot to take on but based on the fact that I know how most of my profs operate I knew I could handle it. Right?


I’m taking a class called Family Systems. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews on people’s opinions on the class. Primarily they stem out from who is teaching it. The guy I have is super lax and chill (so I thought…)

I opened our reading(s) for this week, there are 10 various articles for us to read on the definition of “family”. I normally love reading articles, but I thought 10 was a little hefty. So I’m getting started on my assignment, like a good student 😉 and I open the first article. It’s a scrolling page so I can’t say how many pages it is, but I held the down arrow down for 20 seconds (I actually timed it on my iPhone) and finally reached the bottom. Keep in mind holding down the down arrow means it moves incredibly fast and you can’t actually read it.


I understand there may be valuable material in this article, but don’t also assign 9 other articles for us to read! We have other classes. In fact, my 7 other classes also have reading assignments.

It floors me that professors do not understand this concept. Thank goodness I am going to be an early childhood educator….


Hopefully I don’t die this semester.
XO Elisebeth