Books I read last week:
- Simple Wishes by Lisa Dale - I picked up this book because of the cover. It's so cute. Sunflowers, a basket, a picnic setup. Lovely. I did not even bother to read the description before I put the book in my library bag to check out. So I was pleasantly surprised when I really enjoyed reading the book. It is a romance, but does not obviously follow any kind of "romance formula." Adele ran away from home to New York in part because she did not feel loved by her mother. After making a huge mistake in the city, she comes home to face the ghosts of her past (not literally - nothing supernatural here). I do enjoy reading romance novels, but I often (not always) feel like the characters are one-dimensional and the plot is barely existent (to be fair, I feel this way about a lot of modern novels). I did not feel that way about Simple Wishes. I highly recommend this one.
- A Family of Readers by Roger Sutton and Martha V. Parravano - I haven't finished this book yet, but I have been reading it all week. I am thinking of doing several posts on this. There's a lot to think about here. I don't always agree with the authors.
My library books last week:
- When Man Is the Prey edited by Michael Tougias - I am fascinated by predators. One of my current guilty pleasures is Fatal Attractions on Animal Planet about people who keep wild animals in their homes. So when I stumbled across this book on the shelf, I had to pick it up. I don't know how long I'll last, as this sounds pretty grisly. (I don't want any of those "I Should Be Dead" shows.)
- How To Make Books by Esther K. Smith - I am interested in making books, and helping my daughter make books. This one was mentioned by Soulemama when she wrote about making books, so I thought I'd take a look.
- You Can Write a Story by Lisa Bullard - This book is actually a creative writing book for kids. It's pretty advanced for a 4 year old, so I thought I'd read it and see if I could apply any of the information to her level.
- A Book Takes Root: The Making of a Picture Book by Michael Kehoe - This is in picture book format, but is text heavy. I thought it would be interesting to see the process.
- Teach Your Children Well by Christine Allison - I found this in the section of writing books while I was looking for something else. I picked it up because it is an anthology of children's stories. I haven't had a chance to look through it yet.