Books





I like to READ



Here are some of the books that I've read
recently...







Currently Reading...


Our church is beginning a series on "The Story" (an abbreviated version of the bible written in a more 'reader-friendly' way.) In the past I have read through the bible a couple times (a very long process in which I followed a schedule) but I'm excited to follow along chapter by chapter in this book.




    

Books I've read recently... 
 In preparation for baby's arrival, I picked up another parenting book from the library. I think its helpful to read about different parenting styles and ideas even if I do not use them all or agree with them all 100%. I might get some great ideas from this book too! I can tell you right off the bat though, this author is very negative towards 'cry it out' methods and she writes in a very bitter tone towards others who have written about this method. (a big reason why I appreciated the book "Beyond the Sling" (see below) so much is because of her non-judgmental tone of writing.

Currently reading this historical fiction novel about a leper colony in the 1930's-1940's. A little bit slow, but a very interesting novel...different from others I've read. 





I very much appreciate the author’s (star of Blossom and Big Bang Theory) ‘non-judgemental’ way of writing! Although I do not agree with or rather do not see myself taking on all of her (attachment parenting) methods, (e.g. demand feeding, co-sleeping, constant baby wearing, or Elimination communication) she has written this book in a way that I can appreciate others who do parent this way. She has also give me some great advice on expectations, relationships, and disciplining techniques that I really appreciate! A very well written and encouraging book! Even if you don’t consider yourself an “attachment parent”... I recommend reading this book!




 This is the second time I've read through this book in preparation for a baby's arrival. Although there is much controversy over this book (e.g. cry it out, scheduling), I agree with A LOT of the methods in this book. Read it with a critical eye as the author does write in a somewhat 'judgmental way' regarding other types of parenting. He writes as if his way is the 'right' way. Even though I like to take advice and ideas from this book, I understand that NOT EVERY child will be sleeping through the night as early as he claims! All in all, I strongly recommend this book for ideas on flexible scheduling to help mommy and daddy stay 'sane' during these parenting years. I really recommend the emphasis on 'full feedings", and "sleep, wake, eat" cycle that he recommends!


 
  I found this movie to be a good tear jerker..and I found the book at value village last month. It's sad, but I enjoyed it! I enjoyed watching the movie after and comparing the details/characters. I admit, in the book I really liked the "Daniel" character more and was sad that she did not end up with him. But in the movie I didn't like his character so much so it didn't bother me. I also found it a bit weird that they changed her career from advertising to art in the movie. A good change, but not like the book. I love analyzing :)



 
I finally finished reading the hunger games series this past month. I say finally because I found the last book in the series to be a bit of a drag and I wasn't very motivated to read it. After reading the series, I have concluded that I do not like this series. I think that it is a blood bath and filled with killing. The author must be a little twisted in her enjoyment of finding creative ways to kill people. Although I admit, that the first book and movie intrigued me and got me hooked...I found that after reading the whole series, I was not satisfied. I don't think that the author did a good job of getting us to really like the characters. I didn't really like Katniss, I thought she was very indecisive and that turned me off. Spoiler alert: in the end, I thought she sounded depressed. She didn't really choose who she loved, she just 'settled' for what was convenient. I expected more. I don't think that the authors focus was to make a love story, but if it was...it is weak. So, I don't really recommend these books. Read them if you want to know what the hype is all about...but I personally think it's sad that there are so many teens obsessed with these novels. So glad to be done reading it.

 I've been wanting to read this book for some time now. It is on a lot of top seller lists and the movie came our recently too. I really like to read the book first so I've been waiting to watch the movie till I finished. The book was so good that I couldn't put it down. I can't believe how well it was written for this author's first novel. I LOVED the stories and was really touched and frustrated by this book. I can't believe how far we have come over the years in terms of civil rights and equality. This book is really eye opening and an excellent read! The movie was done really well too!! Although a few things stray from the book, it was well put together and I was in tears at the end! SO GOOD!



This book is really good! I have never been to Africa, but I got to see some of what life is like there through the eyes of this author and my friend Rachel. My good friend Rachel shared her experiences and stories with her cousin Heather, and she put them together to make this excellent and really touching fiction book. The book is based on true experiences though and I found myself in tears reading about some of the things that my friend experienced while in Africa. It is really good...I really recommend reading it! 
 


My friend lent and recommended this book to me. Since the movie is coming out in March I wanted to get started. And boy, once I did I couldn't put it down. It is SO exciting and I kept wanting to know what would happen next. The book is so wrong, yet so creative in it's view of what our world could possibly come to in the future. You have to read it, I don't want to give anything away! But I will say this...this is not just a girls book. I passed it to my husband and he had it read in 5 days!