– What I’m currently reading
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle. Look at the book cover, it says it all. A few weeks ago, I heard an NPR interview with this author discussing her new book and my interest was tickled.
– What I recently finished reading
The Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger by Leonard Scheff & Susan Edmiston. Disclaimer: I read this book because I was hired to help promote it, but this review is my personal opinion of the book.
I like how this book goes beyong the common anger management techniques you always hear about. It takes a new approach by encouraging us to overcome anger by changing our mindset and lifestyle. This will in return lead to positive, long-term effects on us and the people around us. There are a number of exercises throughout the book that force us to stop and think. They help us identify our common anger trigger points, understand how we react to negative events, and how we can slowly develop a new approach to handle these events. I like how the book encourages all of us to become more giving and caring towards others, something we tend to forget in this fast spinning world. I enjoyed reading quotes from Buddha, as well as famous Buddhists and researchers. I knew some of the Zen stories that start each chapter from reading them in children’s books with my kids. They illustrate how damaging angry and negative feelings can be when you keep them in. I don’t consider myself an angry person but I know a few people who can have a hard time dealing with upsetting events, no matter how big or small. This is a great book to give to people who are open to changing their angry behavior patterns and create a calmer life for themselves. And if you’re a parent who sometimes feel frustrated and stuck in a rut when it comes to dealing with your kids, this book offers sound advice on how to find new ways to approach and solve your frustration.
– What I think I’ll read next
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, which has been on my to-read list for a while now. If you’ve read it, I’d love to hear what you thought of it, but please, no spoilers!
My kids’ bookshelf
– What they’re currently reading
– Cat Tale by Michael Hall. This is a hilarious book using homophones and tongue twisters! My kids LOVE how the story suddenly turns very silly when the words start getting mixed up.
“From word to word they find their way, Lillian, Tilly, and William J… They spot some ewes. They use a box. They box some fleas…” Get it?
– Beetle McGrady eats bugs! by Megan McDonald. Beetle Mc Grady wants to be an explorer, an adventurer and find the courage to eat an ant. With Fun with Food Week in her school science class, this second-grader may actually eat a whole assortment of bugs… You have to read this book just to read about “the cricket leg stuck in her tooth” and see the picture that goes with it!
– What they recently finished reading
– The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson. By popular demand, we have read and reread these two wonderful rhyming books about a little mouse who outsmarts every animal in the forest, including the frightful gruffalo. But wait, there’s no such thing as a gruffalo. Or, is there? If you have the opportunity, watch The Gruffalo DVD, narrated by Helen Bonham Carter. It’s brilliant.
– What I think they’ll read next
I don’t know but I’m sure it will be good stuff. What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?
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