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WWW Wednesdays – October 31, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

This update is one day late again, but I had a good excuse yesterday, since I spent some time writing my Halloween story. And now, let me tell you about some stories I read this past week.

My bookshelf

The cow in the parking lot by Leonard Scheff– What I’m currently reading
The Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger by Leonard Scheff & Susan Edmiston. I’ll explain why I’m reading this book when I’m done with it.– What I recently finished reading
 I finished two books this past week, yeah!
1) The Conflict : How Modern Motherhood Undermines The Status Of Women by Elisabeth Badinter. Here’s my rant!What bugs me the most about this book is how skewed the research data is to prove Badinter’s points. As an opponent of breastfeeding, describing mothers as enslaved to their baby, she manages to use the most extreme and controversial quotes. It’s as if she’s trying to show how nuts some women are when it comes to breastfeeding. I’ve always seen it as a personal choice, one I hope many new mothers can make. I cringed when Badinter mentions that mothers can experience sexual pleasure from breastfeeding and in turn not want relations with their partner. I bet she never breastfed a day in her life, even with five children!She goes on describing all the sacrifices women make the day they become pregnant. They have to stop smoking, drinking, giving up on who they are. Wow, if a woman thinks of motherhood this way, she should abstain from having children for sure! Later she describes how depressed women can become by staying at home and taking care of their infant. She quotes someone explaining this is “like spending all day in the exclusive company of an incontinent mental defective.” Wow. This is the most messed-up, obnoxious, skewed quote I’ve ever seen on this subject. And I couldn’t find one super positive quote on motherhood to counteract this one.

I guess what bugs me the most is to read how some women still try to be “equal” to men, especially at work. Of course, we should have equal pay, but I have worked with enough men to know there’s no way I want to be like them and have what they have. They only got where they are by putting their career first and their personal life second. I think most women who become mothers realize family always comes first, work comes second. Your family will always be there for you, but work will always see you as a dispensable commodity. Unfortunately our society hasn’t adapted well to the needs and wants of mothers: flexible work hours, work share, more days off.

This book is offending and obnoxious in many ways, but it does make you think of how we could make our society function better, to everyone’s benefit.

2) Make the Bread, Buy the Butter by Jennifer Reese. I enjoyed reading this book and mostly walked away with ideas of what items I should make at home rather than buy. At least I’ll try the recipes once and see if it’s worth the hassle, from a health and financial point of view. On my list are bread (I’ve made bread before and really should make it more often), bagels, pitas, tortillas, pancakes and waffles, and my favorite, Nutella!

– What I think I’ll read next
I have several books waiting for me on my bookshelf but I’m not sure which one I’ll start with yet. It will all depend what I’m in the mood for.

My kids’ bookshelf

Abiyoyo by Peter SeegerWhat they’re currently reading
We’ve been reading two great books from Peter Seeger that my six-year old asked for after reading the first one at school:
Abiyoyo. Banished from the town for making mischief with magic, a little boy and his father find a way to make the frightful giant Abiyoyo disappear.
Abiyoyo Returns. Years after the magician father made him disappear, Abiyoyo is called back to save the town from flooding. But there are risks that come with bringing a hungry giant back to life.

Super-Completely And Totally The Messiest by Judith Viorst

– What they recently finished reading
Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel. When the seven little mice are tucked in bed, Papa Mouse tells seven stories, one mouse tale for each mouse. Very cute story.
Super-Completely And Totally The Messiest by Judith Viorst. Olivia, a very neat and organized girl, despairs because her  little sister Sophia is super-completely and totally the messiest person, no matter what she does. But underneath the messy part, Sophie has a lot of good things to offer, and she really tries. My kids loved this story. They couldn’t believe how messy Sophie could be!

– 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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WWW Wednesdays – October 24, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

The Conflict : How Modern Motherhood Undermines The Status Of Women by Elisabeth Badinter– What I’m currently reading
The Conflict : How Modern Motherhood Undermines The Status Of Women by Elisabeth Badinter. I’m half-way through and I have probably rolled my eyes a dozen times so far.

– What I recently finished reading
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore. The bad part about this book? It’s 100 pages too long and it lost me in many details about the era it describes. I didn’t want to read a book about religion or history and I was mostly looking for entertainment. And that’s the good part about this book. It’s very entertaining, very funny, hilarious at times. Biff is great as Joshua’s sidekick, as he experiences the good, the bad and the ugly and discovers his gifts. If you get bored with some of the descriptions, just skip to the good parts, which is mostly the dialogs. It’s a well worth read just for them.

– What I think I’ll read next
Make the Bread, Buy the Butter by Jennifer Reese. I first heard about this book on Sofacents’ blog. It tells you how to save time and money by buying some food items and making the others from scratch. I don’t have a lot of money and I don’t have a lot of time either, so this may be the book just for me.

My kids’ bookshelf

Roscoe Riley Rules #1: never glue your friends to chairs by Katherine ApplegateWhat they’re currently reading
Roscoe Riley Rules #1: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs by Katherine Applegate.
I L-O-V-E this book! And here are a few reasons why:
– Roscoe is about 6 -7 years old and he speaks proper English, unlike Junie B. Jones, whose books are permanently banned at our house for this very reason.
– My six-year old read this book on his own in one sitting and liked it so much, he told me I should read it too. On my own. Not with him.
– I started reading it and I liked it so much, I thought it would be a pity for my four-year old not to hear this story, so I’m now reading it with him.
– I love the first person narration and how Roscoe Riley describes himself as an “everyday kid” who sometimes gets in trouble but really doesn’t mean to. I know lots of kids who can relate to him!
– You know you’re going to read an interesting book when Chapter 2 is titled “Something you should know before we get started” and it reads these few words:
“Here’s the thing about Super-Mega-Gonzo Glue.
When the label says permanent, they mean permanent.
As in FOREVER AND EVER.”

I can’t wait to finish this book and read the next ones in the series!

Axle Annie by Robin Pulver– What they recently finished reading
We’ve read two great books by Robin Pulver several times and they were a hit:
Axle Annie: The schools in Burskyville never close for a snow day because school bus driver Axle Annie is always able to make it up the steepest hill in town. That’s until Shifty Rhodes and Hale Snow set out to stop her. Axle Annie is my hero. I can’t drive a car in the snow, so forget about a school bus!
Axle Annie And The Speed Grump: always impatient and driving too fast without paying attention to the road, Rush Hotfoot learns his lesson when he ends up in a life threatening situation. Fortunately for him, school bus driver Axle Annie and the kids on the bus are there to rescue him, because it’s the right thing to do. My kids actually wanted Rush Hotfoot not to be saved because he’s mean, so this was a good lesson of character or them.

– 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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