What a mixed bag this month's read were. By far the children's books, The Poet's Dog and When You Reach Me were better than the others.
Confessions.... was a light fun read, really just a Jane Austin fan fantasy, and what's wrong with a little fun? Diary... was another light read, but not as much fun. Set in the contemporary south, this romance was distractedly white biased, so not as laid back a read as I had hoped.
On the other hand, The Poet's Dog was a sweet brilliant little book. Enjoyable, and accessible, and one which I would suggest to any child and parent.
When You Reach Me was not as accessible, I'd suggest it for an older child or teen. It's not scary or inappropriate, just a nice dense little plot twist that had me wanting to re-read it immediately. It was suggested to me by my friend Karen, and she was right. It's excellent. Thanks Karen!
I probably lost track of a couple of books from the last two months. Or maybe not. It's been a bit crazy around here.
A Monster Calls is a beautiful heart breaking book, the kind I'm glad I read.
Read Orphan Train a while back for a different book group, but didn't mind reading it again. How I Live Now was one I just pulled off a shelf from the library, unexpectedly engrossing. Robin McKinley is always worth reading, can't believe I haven't read everything she's done yet. This Time Together was a light read, but I enjoyed the authors insight.
The Boys in the Boat was for book group, another I'm glad I read. It also spurred me to find and watch "The Boys of 36" with HotDog. Documentaries are some of our favorite ways to get our history.
Speaking of history, another favorite way to get it is audio books. Hot Dog and I just finished listening to The Aviators. He really enjoyed it!
Having children is probably the most selfish thing I've done.
Think about it.
I brought 3 human beings into this world. I did it knowing that they would suffer, have pain, lose friends and family, giving birth, I knew some day they would die. I brought 3 human beings into this over populated world. This world so full of worry, sorrow, horror, and despair. This world overburdened with Americans sucking up more than their fair share of resources, now has 3 more people living the American dream.
and I'm not sorry. Not one bit.
I gave 3 human beings the biggest gift I knew - life. Messy, complicated, challenging, life. I gave birth to the three people I love best in the world. Three people who I know, inside and out. Three people who I will be forever discovering I don't know, because they change and grow every moment, they are not who I thought they were. These tree people I will be forever discovering. Three people whose eyes now show me a different world than the one I thought I knew, three different worlds in fact.
I wish it was a better world, safer, cleaner, fairer. I try to do my part, I recycle, I donate, I volunteer, but the biggest thing I ever did to make this a better world was to give it my best, the very best I could do - be my children's mom.
Musician, reader, engineer by training, I'm a homeschooling mom of 3 active and creative boys. During the warm months we enjoy sailing, paddling, biking, hiking, and gardening. During the cold months...we're learning to blog!