Books and Literature

In *My* Book Basket

(And by “book basket,” I mean “big pile of books next to my bed,” LOL!)

This is what I’m reading right now:

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The Whole-Brain Child: 12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph. D.
This book combines my love of the theoretical and the practical, as well as taking a holistic approach to both brain and emotional development. I’m also a sucker for 12 easy steps. I found this in the Little Free Library outside the twins’ school and have found it super helpful in my dealings with all my kids.

Cute Stuff by Aranzi Aronzo.
I’ve really been enjoying the blog Wild Olive these days. I suffer the curse of wanting to be crafty but lacking actual skills and talent. Crafting with felt, however, has always been something I can manage. She recommended this book and I was able to purchase it from a seller as a library discard. As promised, there are definitely some cute ideas in here, and I’m considering the felt hair bands as stocking stuffers, as well as the little purses and water bottle holders for Christmas gifts.

The Enchantress Returns (The Land of Stories) by Chris Colfer
I encountered the first book in The Land of Stories series, The Wishing Spell, at a very unexpected place– a party. I tucked myself in a corner and polished off the 400+ page book and left thrilled to have found a new series to read. Chris Colfer of Glee fame transitions well into his newfound role of young adult author and does a great job with the “twisted fairy tale” genre, which I love. I highly recommend this series. It’s really reasonably priced too! If anyone has listened to the audio book, I’d love to hear a review of that as well!

Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine
Honestly, I’m not completely sold on this one yet. With my epilepsy still not under control and my neurologist recommending I not return to early childhood classroom teaching right now, I’m exploring other options. I just haven’t found much in here that’s really useful, but I’m willing to accept that it might be my attitude. And to be fair, I’m not that far in. I am glad I bought it as a resale. I’ll keep on reading!

Well of Witches (The Thickety) by J. A. White
I’m three books deep in this YA series and loving all the twists and turns. Magic! Epic quests! Enchanted kingdoms! Unexpected allies and even more unexpected enemies! I was hooked by a review that said fans of Neil Gaiman would love these books, and that assessment was spot on. I can’t wait to get to the next book. These books do get a little intense at times and I can imagine some young people might find them a little overwhelming, but I really do enjoy the series.

Where Am I Now: True stories of girlhood and accidental fame by Mara Wilson
SQUEEEEEEEEEE! Seriously, this book is just fabulous. I waited for it for so long and was so excited when it finally came out. I’m actually on my second reading. Mara Wilson is absolutely hilarious and has some amazing insights on what it was like growing up as a child star. Definitely read this one!

So, what are you reading?

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