i've been bad lately about coming to this spot- and it's because i've had my nose in a book or 3 at every chance i get. due to a bonanza of 'holds' coming in at the library, and using the rest of my xmas/bday money at Amazon, i suddenly have a ton to read.
here's what's on my shelf:
Michael Pollan In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto- looks intriguing, haven't started it yet
The Gentle Art of Domesticity- bought on recommendation of another blogger- can't remember who. i'm actually afraid to open this one right now because i am feeling so utterly un-artful in my domesticity. more like a domestic than an artist
Great Expectations: 24 True Stories About Childbirth- Canadian authors (women and men) tell their birth stories. i am such a sucker for birth stories. they fascinate me! they are all so startlingly individual considering that they are all about the exact same thing really. i am not planning on giving birth again (i've come to realize that 3 children really IS enough, and that i will probably never get enough of BABIES- but they grow up, don't they?) but i really loved reading this book. i devoured it.
How To Make Books by Esther Smith- i bought this for my mother-in-law, and rather than keeping on borrowing it, thought it would be good to have our own family copy. it is a great book and has so many good ideas.
Devil Bones- okay- devoured this one too. i am a sucker for a few authors of police procedurals (well, this isn't technically one) and who doesn't love a little junk food every once in a while?
Mothers Need Time-Outs Too - This one is about the importance of being selfish (once in a while- meet your own needs, feed your passion) rather than selfless as most mothers feel they ought to be. I've read maybe 1/3 of this book and so far it hasn't really grabbed me or told me anything i don't already know. will keep going and let you know if my opinion changes.
Parenting Inc: How We Are Sold on $800 Strollers, Baby Sign Language, Fetal Education, Sleeping Coaches, Toddler Couure, and Diaper Wipe Warmers- And What it Means For Our Children- whoo- what a title! and i notice that they changed it for the paperback release. this is very interesting- basically how parents are marketed to, and how parenting has become an industry (comparable to the wedding industry) Most of the info in here isn't new if you read parenting magazines or listen to/watch/read mainstream media. but in my opinion, the author doesn't go far enough with it. she seems to be saying "a $200 or hand-me-down crib is just as good as a $1500 one" but i think she should be asking "what does it mean to children and our families that doing up a nursery/buying a crib at all has become part of preparing to be a parent? should a baby even be sleeping alone in a room down the hall in a crib?" but that is a question for a different author i guess. (okay, i've outed myself as a family bed person!) still, an interesting read so far.
The Unprocessed Child- i'm afraid this one is going to bring up once again all the reasons we were homeschooling, as i really felt when i was in teacher's college that the kids were getting 'processed' (see my sidebar- Dumbing Us Down). we are still trying to figure out next year...
it should be clear to you that i am a bit of an obsessive reader. one of the things i miss most about my life before kids is not being able to read a book in a day if i feel like it. reading is both my escape and my way of connecting to the world around me. read anything great lately?