Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Reading Lately

Blink: I think Malcolm Gladwell always has such fun interesting little facts that he ties into his books. I'm not always totally convinced of his whole ideaw, but I do always find myself trying to remember all the interesting things so I can talk to Jordan about them. I thought some of the most interesting examples in this were those about first impressions and how those are often just as useful as detailed study.

When Mischief came to Town: A cute little story of a happy little girl and the brightness she shared with her grandmother and friends.

Justin Case: Shells, smells & the Horrible Flip Flops of Doom: I got this as a quick read for Landon and picked it up one afternoon and loved it. I just loved this kid and his efforts to be brave.

Ivy & Bean take care of the Babysitter: Same thing on this one except it was for Ellie. I kept expecting these little girls to get in trouble though and it seemed they never did, even though there was quite a lot of mischief!

Mindful Birthing and JuJu Sundin's Birth Skills: These two books are the best birthing books I've found. Before I was pregnant with Porter, I read and read lots of different books on birthing (Because I knew what it was like and I was really anxious about another natural birth or another epidural!) and these were my favorite. They are a funny combination because one is all about mindfulness and being present in the moment, while the other is all about distraction. But I used ideas from both of them in my labors with both Porter and Isaac and found them super helpful.

The Year of Billy Miller: A cute elementary school story.

Poet Slave of Cuba: I'm not sure how I ended up with this one. But somehow it made it to our house from the library and I was out of books so I read it. Interesting and very sad, but a little hopeful. I'm not sure...

Beauty and the Beast: The only one who didn't run away: The cover had me skeptical about this, but it was a cute variation on the classic story with a fun creative spin.  I finished this in the hospital while I cuddled up little Isaac, so I'll remember it fondly just for that. :)