7.15.2007

Summer Reading

Just because almost all of our books remain in boxes pending installation of the fabulous new library doesn't mean I still can't read something besides a childcare book this summer. I was invited by a few women whom I find to be quite funny, smart, grounded and everything else I wish I was more of to join their book somethingorother. They don't want to call it a book club because they've each had negative experiences with said clubs in the past (myself as well) so for now we are a book mumblemumblemumble.

Before I tell you what yummy book will be my first read with these ladies, I'll fill you in on my latest read re childcare: How To Talk So Your Kids Will Listen and Listen So Your Kids Will Talk. I've been told I have a "been there, done that" attitude about a lot of things that can come across as alternately irritating and arrogant, so apologies if this is one of those moments, but I just didn't find anything earth-shattering in this book. This isn't to say that it isn't worth your $9.95 on Amazon - it's well written and organized with lots of helpful examples, and will be a helpful source for reminding me how I ought to be communicating with my kids and policing myself better in the controlling-perfectionist-fixer department. But if you have already had any sort of training in empathic listening, then there will be nothing really new for you here. Still, a lot of good common sense and practical pointers in one place, so it will stay on the bookshelf.

So, the first read is Stella Gibbons' Cold Comfort Farm. I'm so excited! Quaint English countryside cottage, dottery characters, not too heavy (my last two reads were Reading Lolita in Tehran and The Kite Runner - definitely time for something lighter). I have no idea when I'll have time to read this, but the anticipation is already delightful.