Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tuesday Review, The Mix

Canadian Mama tagged me in a book meme *squee*. Y'all know I can't resist a meme. So I'm taking advantage of the opportunity to squeeze in a meme and a review!

Here are the rules:
  1. Take a picture of the books you are reading currently and add to your post.
  2. Describe the books and if you are enjoying them or not. Why?
  3. For every book you are reading you have to tag one person.
  4. Leave the person a comment letting them know you tagged them.
The first is a little tough, since since several of the books are on my Kindle. Here's a photo of what's currently in progress on my nightstand:

I'm thoroughly enjoying Sacks' Musicophilia. How the brain works fascinates me, and his tales about musical - oddities - and the brain are way cool. He opens with the story of a man who was struck by lightning and died (he was brought back via CPR). A month or so later he started hearing music in his head. Not ever having been musical, I guess it took the guy by surprise. Not too long after this, he had to teach himself composition and how to play piano, since the music became original scores and wouldn't go away. He was obsessed. It's an interesting read, one that so far I'd recommend.

The other, How Children Raise Parents, by Dan Allender, is one I've read before but am currently reading to the Hunny at night. I highly recommend this as a parenting book if your children are older than a year. It's especially valuable now that mine are teenagers. Not a rules book so much as a relationship, getting to know your child, letting parenting change you book. I love that Allender is upfront about his parenting mistakes, personality flaws, as much as anything else. It gives me hope.

I'm also reading To Be Told by Allender for my writing group. How the story of your life is written and your part in the composition.

This book, All Night Long, is written by Steve Knight, who I met Sunday. Hopefully he'll be attending our writing group. And OMG! I love the illustrations, by Melanie Florio! But the simple story is just darling, people. If I had tiny ones, I'd read it to them every night. Rather, I've have the Hunny read it every night. Steve signed this copy, and I think my Evil Sister needs it for little Calum. I love, at the end, that it says, "but daddy will miss you most of all" (while the little one's asleep all night long). *squee*

I'm not going to tag anyone. I know a couple of readers, but several of you comment that you don't have time to read. Trisha, feel free to do this meme, since I know you're an avid reader. I'd love to see what's in your stack. And Marcy! What are you reading right now? Okay, I guess I've tagged a couple of you. *whew*

Oh! The Kindle books! I downloaded a butt-load of free books. The ones I finished this weekend are The Mad King, by Edgar Rice Burroughs (hilarious, though I'm sure it wasn't intended to be), and The Island of Doctor Moreau, by H.G. Wells (dark, very good - why had I never read this one? Must suspend belief for much of it, now that we understand so much more about biology and the brain). And one I paid for on Kindle, Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness, Only More So, by Mark Vonnegut. Totally making me laugh. And tear up a little. So far so good.

Until I write again ...


1 comment:

Trisha said...

Hmmmmm. I think I will do this. I have some time today since we are "iced" in!