I haven't taken the kids to the pool once this summer. (We do go to movies twice a week, though. It's a lot cooler there at the movie theater and you don't have to wear special water-proof clothing.) Lest you comment here about my poor apricot-and-swimming-deprived children just think of this: They see me reading every day! That's the most important thing a mother can do for her child. I'm going to win the fight against illiteracy, one hour reclining on my bed with a book at a time. Here are the books I read in July:
I really like all of Kathy Peel's books. It's kind of ironic, however, that I spend time reading about how to organize swimming lessons and swimming gear when we haven't swum. Swim. Swam. Swum.
***You might feel embarrassed reading this because you will think people will see you reading it and assume your marriage is falling apart but I strongly recommend it anyway--even if your marriage isn't falling apart (and especially if it is). I heard John Gottman on NPR--fascinating stuff. He can accurately predict divorce after observing a couple for about 10 minutes. Want to know what he looks for? Disdain. Eye-rolling. Husbands who refuse to be influenced by their wives. And more. This book is so useful and interesting. If you read one book on my list this month, it should be this one. Whether you are happily married or not. It gives very specific, practical tips for making any marriage better.
You might feel embarrassed reading this because you will think people will see you reading a graphic novel and assume you are a geek but I recommend this anyway. It is non-fiction--a memoir. It is really good and the story is freaky. I heard this guy on NPR, too. David Small's dad was a radiologist who took tons of x-rays of him as a kid and basically gave him cancer. It's not a very happy story. In fact, it's kind of nightmarish but, you know. People endure. I sat at the park and read the whole thing while my kids played. Maybe we don't go to the pool but we do go to the park and I don't take lots of unnecessary x-rays of them.
Interesting. It's about what it takes to turn around a "bad" New York neighborhood school. And what it takes has less to do with academics and more to do with marketing.
I've had this book for years and read a few sections at a time, but I pulled this out and read it from cover to cover (skipping over the pregnancy parts) because I now have a teenager, 2 school-age kids, and a preschooler. This is probably a good one to buy. It provides reassuring, down-to-earth information and tips for raising, taking care of, and encouraging your kids. It isn't self-righteous and hard to take, like many parenting books. It helps me pick my battles and makes me enjoy my kids more. I really like the author's attitude.
Nice ideas. I don't want to actually do any of them.
Idyllic. Pretty pictures. Then again, I don't care that much about being organic.
I liked this. It's clever. I didn't rush out to read the second one yet but at some point when I'm in the mood I probably will.
Let me know if you read anything good.
And, PS--I know these Amazon links are really ugly. But they are quick and show the cover of the book without me having to find and save a picture of it. If you buy the book from one of these links I will get money, but it is a small amount. Lots of people have bought books from my links before and I've never been paid any money for it because they don't pay you until you earn $20. I don't know if that makes you more or less inclined to buy a book from Amazon. I get all my books at the library except for the LDS Almanac, the marriage one, and the Family Managers Guide to Summer, which I own. So, in case you were wondering how it works: That is how it works.