I'm going to *try* to do a little blog catch-up today during nap time and before swim team practice this afternoon. If I don't get to it today, I'll be sure to try to get some posts squished in tomorrow!
First, allow me to share a little moment and toot my own horn for a second. You may want to pick up Trisha Yearwood's newest cookbook, Trisha's Table, that's available in bookstores now. And when you do, you may want to check out pages 214 and 219. Maybe. Just saying. *ahem*
Okay, onto my books! I've probably told you before that I will read anything. ANYTHING. I read the cereal box, the boys' newsletter from school, brochures over and over just to read. So if I'm bored and there's a book nearby I am going to read it - regardless of what that is. Just a little preface for some of these titles this month. ;)
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
This was our book club choice for either January or February but I didn't finish it until early March. I'd read it before so it wasn't one that I needed to finish ahead of time. If you haven't read this book, GET IT TODAY. It's so good. The Help is about Jackson, Mississppi in the 60s. Integration and civil rights are buzz words and there is a lot of unrest. The book follows three women - one white, two black - through a few years as they band together to write a book about the experiences of the help in a white home. The movie is wonderful, but the book is even better!
The New Roundabout: The Alice and Jerry Books by Mabel O'Donnell
James, Will, and I read this one at nap time. It's an early reader that belonged to my uncle who is almost 70. I've read and re-read this book over the past 20+ years. It's very similar to the Dick and Jane books. The boys LOVED it. I see us re-reading it for years to come.
Baby-Sitters on Board by Ann M. Martin
Yes. This is what I was talking about when I said I'd read anything. I was a Baby-Sitters Club reader as a child and I found this one and read it in about one sitting. I *sort of* wish that I had a little girl to read them all with. Since I don't I may just re-read them on my own. Lol! In this particular book the baby-sitters go on a cruise and then to Disney World. Oh, the drama of the teenage girl. So funny!
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming
This was another nap time read with the boys. They loved this one as well. If you've seen the movie, the book is completely different. It really reminded me of a Roald Dahl book. Very similar style. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a retired racecar that the Pott family buys and fixes up. She's a magical car that can fly and turn into a boat. They drive her around the country and have lots of adventures.
Deep Trouble by R.L. Stine
This was the second, "Huh?!" book that I read all by my lonesome. I picked it up at Mama's a few months ago and had just been reading a few pages at the time. I finally brought it home and finished the last little bit and Anna came over one day and was FURIOUS that I'd taken it (not really) because she was reading it too! I need to return it so that she can finish it, I guess. The Goosebumps books were fun when I was younger, but they're not my favorite children's books FOR SURE. The writing is pretty atrocious.
The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck
This was our book club book for March. It was just okay to me. The story line was good, but predictable. A woman who is engaged buys a trunk at an auction and in it finds a wedding dress. The story flashes back and forth between the present and the past where the dress was first made and worn. There are a few parts that aren't quite as predictable, but overall it was a little hokey.
That's it for March! My goal was eight books so I fell short a bit. Hoping to read eight in April!