I’ve been reading Anne’s Twitterature posts at Modern Mrs. Darcy for months now, as well as many of the bloggers who link up with her. Every time I read it I think, “Oh, yeah, I’m gonna do that next month!” and then I promptly forget until the next month rolls around and I realize I have nothing prepped. Well, not this month! Even though I didn’t remember to write short reviews of books as I read them during the past month I’m going to pull out my Kindle and wing it with a few . . . just to get in the habit.
Best book I’ve read recently and a must-read for all mothers of boys, no matter what age: Masterminds and Wingmen
By the author of the best-selling Queen Bees and Wannabes, this is a real-life, nitty-gritty look at the issues parents of boys face. I devoured it like a box of Girl Scout Cookies. And the best part was that it left me with the realization that I’m a pretty darn good parent, and have done a lot of things right instinctively. I hate those child-rearing books that make every parent want to reverse time to conception and do every single thing different, don’t you?
I re-read an old John Grisham book, The Pelican Brief.
I haven’t liked much of his later work, but his early books still dazzle. I’m going to re-read The Rainmaker soon.
Storm of Love – A Historical Romance Set During the American Revolutionary War
This was a Kindle freebie I downloaded because I fell in love with the cover, something I rarely do. It’s not even a genre I’ve ever read. But I enjoyed it. It was very well-written and nicely paced. However it also serves as a cautionary tale to self-pubbers out there: There were actual “notes to self” in this book. I don’t know if the author uploaded the wrong version or what, but it was the literary equivalent of walking around with a booger on your nose. Poor guy.
Silence, a YA book about a girl who hasn’t spoken in eleven years.
Yes, it’s a bit unbelievable that parents and teachers would just “work around” this sort of disturbance in a child, and even more so that she’d maintain a romantic relationship. But somehow the author pulls it off – I stayed up late to finish it.
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