by Liz on 06.04

I’ve been a slouch with this whole library thing lately. I’m STILL working on the copy of The Thirteenth Tale that Alyssa sent me (Chapter 1. For shame.) But, I just grabbed these few others. Because no one ever reads just one book at a time, right? Right.


Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
Yes, there’s buzz about this one. And yes, in likely fashion, I’m way behind it.  I was originally resistant to the idea of this book when I first saw the description on A Cup of Jo. Sooo, this woman tells you how to be a sensible mom with common sense things that I already do? Oh, but she calls them FRENCH. Got it. Then, I heard what Cara and a few others had to say about it and decided, aw hell. I’ll give it a shot. Haven’t cracked the binding yet, but I may post a few thoughts when I do (assuming I’m not just regurgitating whatever else is on the internet).

Marriage Confidential: Love in the Post-Romantic Age
I haven’t started this one yet, but I always like a good read about love and marriage (and she mentions the elusive Having It All on the back cover).

Power of Our Words, The: Teacher Language That Helps Children Learn
This one I actually have started, after borrowing it off of my sister (an elementary school teacher). It’s intended for teachers and talks about carefully choosing the language we use with kiddos. But, like many things intended for teachers, I would recommend it to anyone who lives with or works around children. I don’t think we fully understand the subtext of the things we say to kids, and sometimes it takes a smart person with a PhD to point it out for us. Some of what’s in the book is very much over-thought or becomes less necessary with older kids or ones who are around you often. (For example, this book- in addition to everything else I’ve ever read on the topic- suggests to avoid sarcasm because it usually confuses and hurts a child. However, many older kids that I’ve worked with totally pick up on sarcasm and it builds a great rapport. Also, though he’s younger, my own son has already developed an understanding of my sense of humor, just by nature of being around me and living with me and getting used to it.) Most of it, however, is really solid and has me reconsidering the ways I speak to my son.


What have you been reading lately? Summer always feels like a good time for light, short reads- books that are easy to pick up while you’re at the park, and easy to put down when you have to run and catch a kid falling off a swing. If you haven’t yet, make sure to friend me on Goodreads! Even though I’m not reading much lately, I pop in there constantly.


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