Monthly Archives: March 2013

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

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I didn’t like this book and I’ll tell you why. I’m not in school anymore. I don’t have to be literary. When I do want to be literary I read stuff about my job. To me, this book was very disjointed with its thoughts and its timeline. I read it because everyone (the literary people at least) on my Goodreads were saying it was great and it had some great quotes on the cover by smart people. They used the word groundbreaking, bestseller & starred review. It may be groundbreaking because its a graphic novel memoir (I don’t think so because David Small wrote Stitches 4 years ago people) and it may be a bestseller (that I guess I can’t disagree with) but unless the starred review is 1 star out of 5 I don’t agree. But you might like it! She also has a follow-up book that just came out Are You My Mother? (yes, like the Dr. Seuss book).

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Don’t do this

Here are 8 ways to DIScourage your kids from reading. Don’t do these things.

1. Don’t put down your child’s reading materials. If your kid is 12 and wants to read about dinosaurs, go with it. If they want to read magazines or comic books don’t tell them that’s “not real reading.” Reading is reading & if they’re enjoying it they’ll be more likely to enjoy other kinds of reading.

2. Don’t provide the wrong level material. Make sure if they are 12 and do want to read about dinosaurs that you’re choosing books that are on their level. We don’t want them reading picture books about dinosaurs or adult encyclopedias.

3. Don’t use reading as a punishment. Reading is supposed to be fun so don’t say go to your room and read a book and expect them to think reading is an awesome activity later.

4. Don’t forget to give your child  books as a gifts. Sounds like giving clothes for Christmas doesn’t it? BUT if you make getting books special and do it consistently every year they’ll look forward to getting those books.

5. Don’t explain to your child they aren’t really reading yet when they are only looking at the pictures. Looking at pictures is important. In fact, there’s a whole genre of books without words. They’re called wordless picture books. And I love them. It takes more imagination and effort to “read” a wordless picture book than it does to follow the words of someone’s story that they already wrote.

6. Don’t forget to let your kids see you read for fun. Seeing YOU read shows your kids that reading is fun and you enjoy it. So they will too. Especially dad’s. Showing your kids that dad reads and its not just something mom does is so important.

7. Don’t over-correct and over-practice. Please just let them read. Let them read what they want, when they want & don’t over analyze it.

8. Don’t forget to read to your kids. For every book they read you should read one to them. And not just when they’re little and can’t read on their own. Read a book out loud. Have one that you’re reading to them at all times. Make it a bedtime routine. Do Stuart Little. That’s a good one. Or Charlotte’s Web.

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Arranged by Catherine McKenzie

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This book was great chick lit. There were some flaws. But overall it was really good. Really good y’all. Plus, her name is Anne Shirley Blythe. Any of you nerds out there who know what that’s from? Anne of Green Gables. And let me tell you, I’ve seen that movie a bagillion times. I love it. And I love that its packed into this book.

Right after a break up Anne finds a business card in the street called Blythe & Company. She doesn’t believe in signs but she keeps it anyway. Eventually she calls the number and thinks its a dating service. Not having found anyone since her break up she makes an appointment. Turns out its an arranged marriage company. Anne goes with it & eventually takes a vacation to Mexico where she meets her soon-to-be husband, Jack. Their characters aren’t really developed well before they meet each other but once they have a relationship you get into the book quick. There is a turning point I wasn’t expecting (maybe other readers will) and it turns out real cute. Chick lit at its best.

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Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin

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There was A LOT going on in this book. It was very overwhelming, but good! From the summary, “Suddenly a girl who grew up on a Texas ranch finds herself  linked to a horrific past: the slaughter of a family in Chicago, the murder of an Oklahoma beauty queen, and the kidnapping of a little girl named Adriana.” Yes, those are all plot points. Its intense. You have to remember which part of the story you’re following. And sometimes a chapter moves to a completely different plot point without telling you. I also think the romantic relationship was a little too forced. One second you don’t even know this guy existed and the next they’re in love and he won’t leave her side. Anyway, overall it was good. Not amazing. But once she puts in all these different story lines you’ve gotta ask yourself, how the heck is this going to end?

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Books about Books

Check out some of these books about books! The bookshelves of famous authors, discussing books & all the pretty ways books can be lined up on shelves!

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My Ideal Bookshelf by Jane Mount

Judging-a-Book

Judging a Book by Its Lover by Lauren Leto

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Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell

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Bookshelf by Alex Johnson

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Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle

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I just finished this memoir and it was so cute. I’m not surprised she writes for Pioneer Woman’s blog because they have a similar sense of humor.  Liked it a lot. I think I also discovered why I like reading parenting books. As a non-parent it shows me what I am not losing out on like throwing sand and pooping behind your credenza in the dining room. The one thing I didn’t particularly like is the title or the lack of explanation about the title until the last chapter. I kept thinking, did I skim the paragraph about the earrings? What the heck does any of this have to do with sparkly green earrings? I’m telling y’all I was confuuuused. But nonetheless, it was a cute & funny book.

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The Heavy by Dara-Lynn Weiss

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Okay, so I was very fascinated by this book. I like parenting books. I have no idea why. But can I say even as a non-parent, I know that eight year olds do not say things like, “I have a new understanding of my life’s fragility.” While I thought this was an interesting book, it went on too long & didn’t feel authentic, especially in Bee’s voice. But I was definitely interested in the diet plan that she had her daughter on (red light green light foods, how cute!). I also immediately googled the Vanity Fair article and photo shoot she referenced (Bee does not look overweight in any way I might add) but I still felt for her struggles. Not necessarily a must read but interesting for sure.

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