I didn't participate in this meme last week because I was out of town March 28-April 5 and did not do any book reading. I read a few magazine articles and that was it. I haven't actually finished anything since I have been home, but I'll share the books I have skimmed the last few days.
- Nurtureshock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman - I have wanted to read this book for a long time and was disappointed that I didn't finish it before it had to go back to the library. I first learned about this book when I read an article about it in the New York Times. I made a note to blob about that article eventually, but I still haven't done it. I liked much of this book because I learned that the science the book discusses backs up some of my beliefs. I plan to get my hands on this book again and blog about it in detail. (Lucky you!)
- A Family of Readers: The Book Lover's Guide to Children's and Young Adult Literature by Roger Sutton and Martha V. Parravano - This book is written by the editors of The Horn Magazine. I thought it would be a lot like some of the other "book list" books that I have read (all of the Book Lust books by Nancy Pearl, How to Get Your Child to Love Reading, etc). Instead, it is divided into sections based on the type of reading ("Reading to Them," "Reading With Them," "Reading On Their Own"), and then within each section are chapters on types of books (picture books, easy readers, etc). There are lists of books to try, but not nearly as many as in actual "book list" books. The book is primarily essays by authors, illustrators, editors and book reviewers. It might be off-putting to some, but as a writer and a book-lover, I am finding a lot of great information. I really should do a full review when I've finished (I've got at least 3 weeks with this book).
- Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots by Sharon Lovejoy - I really enjoy Sharon's books. I'm trying to find a way to make the sunflower house that she suggests without a tiller. The book is lovely, with Lovejoy's illustrations and the pages with a hint of color.
- Stay Home, Stay Happy: 10 Secrets to Loving At-Home Motherhood by Rachel Campos-Duffy - I have never watched Real World, but apparently the author was a cast member on the San Francisco season. The title caught my eye, so I thought I would check it out.
- The Stay-At-Home Survival Guide by Melissa Stanton - This one was next to the first one, so I thought I'd look through it too.
- The Birthday Book: Creative Ways to Celebrate Your Child's Special Day by Shelly Radic - This book came up during a search for something else, and sounded intriguing. I'm interested in books with fresh ideas for family traditions. It is apparently out-of-print.
- Making A Family Home by Shannon Honeybloom - This book came up multiple times on Amazon for me - when I searched for another book, as an Amazon recommendation, etc - and I was able to get on the waiting list for it at the library. The reviews I saw talked about it being photo heavy without much content, so I was surprised to find few photos and lots of text. I haven't had time to do more than skim the pages though.
What have you been reading this week?