Thursday, October 2, 2014

September Books.

September was a fairly good book month! I have a LOT of books going right now as usual. I need to just wrap them up and October will be another good book month.

What Shamu Taught Me About Life Love and Marriage: Lessons for People from Animals and their Trainers by Amy Sutherland
First of all, this book was NOT what I expected. I totally get wrapped up in "themed" reading. When we went to SeaWorld in the spring I watched Blackfish and requested several SeaWorld themed books from the library. This was one of those books. And you'd think that because it has "Shamu" in the title it would be about SeaWorld...but it wasn't. The author followed animal trainers around and learned how they trained animals (shocking!) and then applied it to her own life. If she didn't want her husband doing something, she'd employ animal training tactics on him...and it worked! While I would never, ever, ever have picked it up if I'd known what it was I was surprised that it was fairly interesting. And I've employed some of the tactics on my children (I'm not training Eddie...he's good!). For instance, Will is in a fit-throwing stage of life and has also been saying a few fairly inappropriate things lately (definitely G-rated...I just don't want my two-year-old commenting on female body parts ALL THE TIME) so I've begun completely ignoring him when he does those things. I don't look at him, I don't flinch, I just do nothing. Hopefully it will work...

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I know that everyone and their mama's aunt has read this book but I was late to the party. I picked it up because I knew that there were all kinds of twists and turns and the commercials for the movie started coming out and I HATE finding out what happens before I read a book, so I had to read it. I LOVED IT. I won't say anything else except if you like psychological thrillers you will not be able to put it down. It's not at all scary, just weirdo mind games through the whole thing. I could not WAIT to see WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WIFE. :) Do yourself a favor and read this one.

Foolproof by Ina Garten
Yep, I read and am including a cookbook. It was one that I kept hearing about, but I am NOT a fan of Ina Garten's Food Network show so I wanted to try it before I bought it. (I am a cookbook NUT and love to collect them.) It's made its way onto my birthday list. Lots of great recipes in this one.

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Dectective by Donald J. Sobol
James LOVED this one, but I will say that it's still over his head. He thought the mysteries were very cool (we're all about cool these days), but he couldn't figure any of them out and often when I'd read the answers he would still asked me who did it. They'll be great when he's reading on his own, though.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
This is one of my favorite young adult books so I convinced James to read it with me. I think it's hilarious and clever, but James didn't get it. We have the movie, too, so I'll show him that soon...I think he'd enjoy it more. I thoroughly loved reading this with him. If you've never read it and you love words, it would be right up your alley.

Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Disgusting Sneakers by Donald J. Sobol
Because James loved the first one so much, and because we owned this one already, we read Encyclopedia Brown #18 in September, too. He still thought it was great, despite not really getting it.

What's on my bedside now?
Gone with the Wind - I put it down for a bit and hope to finish it SOON.
To Kill a Mockingbird - I haven't finished it from book club last month but the minimum number of times I've read this (often aloud for a group of middle schoolers) is 15. :)
Redeeming Love - our book club pick for this month.
When the Wind Blows - I {heart} James Patterson.

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