Belated update on some recent reading!
Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age. Remember that “How to Land Your Kid in Therapy” article from The Atlantic the other month? This author was one of people quoted, thought it sounded interesting. Fantabulous read! The gist: Indulging your child’s every whim/desire=bad idea. (Newsflash). Seriously… how scary is it thinking about the world the next generation of kiddies will be raised in?! Where every 8th grader has a smart phone, laptop, and facebook account?! Terrifying! Also makes me feel aged thinking about typing book reports on my mom’s typewriter, middle school where computers only lived in the “computer lab,” and the printer paper that had the holes punched in the sides that you had to thread through the spool, then bend and tear off the final product. That was some entertaining crap.
Animal Dreams. Another Babs K novel. Decent enough stuff. Family/relationship study… usually right up my alley but this didn’t do too terribly much for me. Good though! Also looooved the beautiful imagery of th Southwest… someday I hope I can make it out there!!
Animals in Translation. One of the perks of volunteer zoo work? (Well the whole thing is a perk, but you know). There is a zoo library!!! AHH! A lot of it looks science-y (AKA over my head) but this one had the “national bestseller” stamp of approval so I figured it would be safe for a moronic liberal arts commoner like me. This is super interesting look at animal sensory and behavior written by an autistic person. I can’t pick a favorite anecdote so you’ll have to read it! 3 woms only because it’s hard to be that moved by non-fiction.
Standing in the Rainbow. If you ever need to feel better about life, planet Earth, or human existence, GO READ FANNIE FLAGG. I had about 30 seconds to make a stop at the library, so in those situations I’m always trying to think of an author I like that has a ton of material, that I can just run in and scoop one up. So I got this just looking for something to hold me over but ended up loving this sweet story about small-town families and life in Missouri. One of those books that’s sort of long and hard to stick to, and then you get to the end and you’re all like “Wait…. I totally loved that!!!” Ha!