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Reading Corner – What’s in my Book bag?

My book bag is still chock full of books I’m slowly working my way through, seems like there are so many interesting books out there I can’t help myself.  One of the major drawbacks of working at a library is that you tend to see so many interesting titles that you take them home with grandiose plans of reading them all, which rarely is the case.  It is also the biggest perk of working at a library.  I love seeing all the new books coming in and discovering different subjects and stories.  In fact, I feel very uneasy if I don’t have a ton of library books at home.  It’s like I’m missing something.

Currently, on my nightstand:

52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You,  by Brett Blumenthal

  I am very slowing working my way through this one, trying to incorporate each new weekly change.  I might even buy this book so I can really take my time and focus and each new week’s project.  Actually, breaking down and buying a book is a pretty big deal for me since I have access to so many books between my two library jobs.  I really can’t understand how anyone can just go out and buy books that you can get for free at the public library.  Plus, I tend to be ahem, frugal with what little funds I have. (My little sis is reading this and agreeing whole heartedly.

Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide from Story Creation to Publication, by Ann Whitford Paul

 I’ve always loved children’s books and have dreamed of writing one myself some time in the future, like when I retired.  But then I thought, why wait?  Try to do it now.  So, I am. 

You Can Write Children’s Books, by Tracey E. Dils  

 I’ve had several ideas floating around my head for the past umpteen years that I’m finally going to put on paper.  I want to write children’s books when I grow up.  There, I’ve said it.  No turning back now. 🙂    I’ve also checked out several books from two children’s authors I admire, Barbara Bottner and Katie Davis so I can study their styles and get a sense of the types of books that get published. 

Double Delicious!: Good, Simple Food for Busy, Complicated Lives, by Jessica Seinfield


To be honest, I haven’t even opened this one but my intentions are good.  I’ve scanned the recipes and some look promising.  Have you tried any?

And since I can’t stand listening to the radio in the car I’m listening to  Blood Line, by James Rollins on mp3.      I really enjoy this series.

I’m also still trying to get through A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving, which is basically unreadable.  Oh my is this boring.  My poor daughter has to read this for the summer.  I picked up the audiobook from the library to help her out.



July 13, 2012 at 11:58 am Leave a comment

Means Moms – Unite!

I’m chugging along with my reading list quite nicely, just finished up “Simplify Your Space” , by Marcia Ramsland.

Picked up some really good ideas that I’m hoping to put into play before I forget them. 🙂  Middle aged brain you know.  While I was at the library returning the book I spied this little jewel and was immediately intrigued.

Mean Moms Rule: Why Doing the Hard Stuff Now Creates Good Kids Later” by Denise Schipani

I instantly felt a connection after reading the back cover.  Basically this book shockingly proposes that “mean moms”:

*  say No

*  are Consistent

*  Trust themselves

*  Don’t care what everyone else does

*  let their kids Fail once in a while

Of course I had to take it home.  After reading the first chapter, I’m smitten.  And the best part is, I do most of this stuff already!  I’m a Mean Mom!  Whoo hoo!  Finally, some validation for not giving my kids what they want just because everyone else has it. For instilling in them the notion that they have to Work for things, that there is a distinct difference between what is Needed and what is just Wanted.

Schipani’s parenting philosophy is decidedly old school; to prepare her children to become confident, independent adults with the ability to make a contribution to the world.  To “prepare them for the world, not the world for them”.  This thought process flies in the face of the prevailing practice of giving kids trophies just for competing.  The world is amazing and beautiful but it is also hard and unforgiving and it is our job to raise children with the skills they need to successfully navigate between the two.

I’m really looking forward to reading this one.  The author also has a website, which I’m going to check out as well.  What’s on your bookshelf? 

June 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm 1 comment

Pre-Summer Reading

What I’m currently reading:

Simplify Your Space: Create Order and Reduce Stress by Marcia Ramsland


I’m working my way through this one slowly and deliberately. If fact, I’m still on chapter one, kitchen and family room, but I’m making progress one drawer/cabinet at a time.  Just remember, less is more.  Ramsland has written several other simplfying and organizing books that I’ll look into after I’m done with this one.

Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich    


I’ve been reading Evanovich for years, starting with the Stephanie Plum series (19 books so far).  I stay clear of her romance novels, no interest there.  The Plum series, the Between the numbers series and this series are all very enjoyable.

And of course, I look at every decorating book/magazine I can get my hands on.  What are you reading?

June 12, 2012 at 11:35 am 1 comment


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