Year of No Sugar by Eve O. Schaub (paperback, library loan) - My friend, Nancy, invited friends to a Sugar-Free August challenge, and one of the members posted a link to this book. I knew it was what I needed to get me thinking about lessening sugar in the house again. I could probably write a post about just this book alone and my thoughts about sugar. I was not in the mood for a health book, and this memoir about a family going another level into doing away with sugar was just the ticket. I keep renewing the book because I want to read parts of it again. #dextrose #DrLustig
The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning by Simcha Fisher (Kindle purchase) - I have been meaning to read this since it came out. My blog title is a nod to Fisher's blog, as I am quite certain I read something, somewhere on it that explained her blog's title in a fun, cheeky way. Simcha needed to sit down in a way that I needed inspiration, if that makes sense. So here we are! This book has received high praise and does not disappoint. I appreciated her insight, wit, and non-Church-Lady approach to a fascinating subject. This is not a how to on charts and thermometers; this is why and how-to in a relational way. A behind-the-scenes, real-life look at NFP. I definitely recommend it. #areyoucurious #nfp
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes (digital, library) - Modern Mrs Darcy posted a comment on her Facebook page about sitting next to someone at the pool who cried through the ending of this book, and when the reader told Anne which book it was, Anne let her know she understood. Well, now I understand, but I got stuck at anger. If it had been after kiddie bedtime, I probably could've gone into the ugly cry. I loved Louisa. I enjoyed Moyes's writing; it was the first of hers I've read. Honestly, I'm still trying to come to terms with this one. At the very least, I appreciated a well-written glimpse into the life of someone confined to a wheelchair with quadriplegia. #icanteven #sigh
Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD by Susan C. Pinsky (paperback, library loan) - This book had been mentioned a couple of times over at Modern Mrs Darcy, and I think she mentioned it again recently. So, I clicked the hold button on my library's page, and it came not long after! No wonder Anne recommended it: it's good! I've read a book or two on organizing, and this one takes things to a new level because she's some sort of organizing ninja. I like a good push to get rid of things, and this was definitely a good push. For example, she lays it all out for downsizing pictures: two pictures of a birthday party is plenty. Eight is probably sufficient for a vacation. Challenge yourself to ten pictures to describe your year. When you think about it, why not? Just because you can take twenty pictures on your digital camera, doesn't mean you should keep them. Pinsky is funny, too. I've cackled out loud at some of the things she's said. This might be a new favorite. No one in your family has ADHD? Don't let that deter you. No one in mine does either, but Pinsky has the right stuff. These tips are for all. #setupforsuccess #keepingitreal
The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl (paperback, library) - I feel like I have been searching in vain for a good chapter book to read aloud to my 6.5 year old son. People seem to love, love Dahl; so, I brought this book, James and the Giant Peach, and Fantastic Mr. Fox home to try out. I was able to read this to him in one sitting, and it cracked him up. But here's the thing: I had to censor the word fat more than once. I didn't like how it was being used. There's no need to describe people that way in a kids book. There just isn't. I opened up James and the Giant Peach and found more things to censor. Beating James? More censoring of the word fat? No thanks. Unless someone can convince me otherwise, Dahl is going back to the library and staying there. Maybe I'll try Little House or The Borrowers again. #disappointed
Did you read any of these lately? What are you reading right now? Tell me in the comments!