Tuesday, June 18, 2013

What I've Been Reading (in 140 characters or less)

On my birthday this year, I wrote a 30 Before 30 list.  One of my goals was to read 40 books, 20 of them fiction.  That works out to only 10 books a year, and while I hope to read more than that, the last few years have been rough on reading time, so I made sure my goal was attainable.  I've finished three books since then, so I'm right on goal.  

In addition to listing completed books on my list, I decided to join Modern Mrs. Darcy's monthly book link up and write book reviews Twitter style (140 characters or less) each month to catalog what I'm reading.  This month, I threw in Lucia's favorite book as well since I read it almost daily and I can recite it by memory. 

French do some things better (food, balancing parenting & marriage) but so do we (nursing, natural birth). #Parenthood is hard everywhere.

A Hunger in the Heart by Kaye Park Hinckley
1950s South. Father with PTSD. Alcoholic mother. Domineering grandfather. A story of pain & forgiveness. Both heartbreaking & captivating.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Re-read before I see the movie. Love 1920s setting & timeless themes of excess, materialism, & emptiness. #justasgoodthesecondtimearound

No, David! by David Shannon
Lu's favorite, calls it "No, Dada!" Kids will recognize phrases parents always say: "No!", "Stop!", "Don't!" & ultimately, "I love you!"


  1. I never read Bringing Up Bebe, or at least not yet, but the reviews I've seen don't exactly make me want to move it to the top of my list. Love your take: parenting IS hard everywhere.

    I definitely need to re-read Gatsby before I hit the theater. Or before it comes out on dvd, which gives me a lot more time. :)

    Your site's looking really nice, by the way!

  2. Thanks for the compliment, Anne. It means so much coming from such a successful blogger as you!

    I actually really enjoyed Bringing Up Bebe and would encourage you to read it. I didn't always agree with the author, but it did make me think about parenting a whole new way. She includes personal anecdocts, conversations with French friends, and some research/conversations from experts, which I thought was nice. As well as some very humorous stories!

    I honestly couldn't remember much about The Great Gatsby from high school other than I like it. I'm SO happy that I reread it. And hope I can see the movie soon or I may be waiting for it to come out on video too!


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