Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Annual book recommendations please
I love to read. But let's be real. I don't have a ton of time to do it. I mean sure I read LOTS. I read the PTO newsletter. I read 4th grade book reports to find errors in spelling and punctuation. I've read my camera manual... twice. I read The Giving Tree 3 times yesterday alone and a new casserole recipe I'm dying to try! I read a crumpled up note from my child's pocket that I found when I was doing laundry. I read Ecclesiastes 3:1 so many times I now just recite it in my head. And I've read the badge requirements in the boy scout handbook no less than 17 times in the past 6 months. I don't necessarily mean just "read." I mean read read!
About a decade ago, I decided to stop trying to read real mommy books. It was just too hard. But summer came and there was a bit more time on my hands, and I started reading real books again! And it was wonderful. And I decided that I was only going to read in the summer and not feel guilty for not reading the other 9 months of the year. And it may not be optimal but it works for me!
That being said...
Egocentric request #1--I'm LATE for my annual book recommendations! Y'all have had some awesome suggestions over the years, and I usually pick 3-4 from your suggestions for my summer reads. I'm just about to finish The Bone Setter's Daughter, by Amy Tan, and I'm loving it by the way! I like to read a wide variety of literature from classics to nonfiction to historical fiction. My faves tend to be period books and historical fiction. I don't like anything too heavy, but it doesn't have to be all puppy dogs and flowers either. I do like to keep up with the popular it list, but it does have to be well written so no fluff or Shades of Grey please. Since I read so little, even faves from a few years ago are welcomed too!
Egocentric request #2--And if you could please humor me, I'm also asking for suggestions pretty please for chapter books to read out loud with the little ones. Right now we're going through the original The Wizzard of Oz and next will be The Fantastic Mr. Fox. But I'm getting stymied and need some recommendations for books that will hold the interest of 5 years olds.
If someone else recommends a book that you really enjoyed, please feel free to second the recommendation 'cause I tend to remember names that I hear over and over again.
In advance, thank you so very much for helping this shut-in get out and about... at least into the land of make believe!
Posted by Nancy @ Ordinary Miracles & The Crazy 9 at 4:35 AM