I enjoyed the book “Nurture Shock” although it wasn’t as groundbreaking as the reviews made it out to be, overall it was an interesting read. Some quick takes:
- Praising children can cause more harm than good and doesn’t necessarily = encouragement/ motivation
- Self-esteem is overrated
- White families don’t talk about race and should
- Sleep deprivation makes children fat not TV
- educational TV is trash perhaps worse than Trash TV
- Children grow into lying not out of it
- Permissive parenting isn’t effective
I finally finished One Fine Day. It really shouldn’t have taken me this long but life (and other books) got in the way. It seemed to drag on a bit and only half way through did I realize that the book was just that, “one day” I get impatient with books that take place in just one day. (I really dislike the movie Casablanca for this reason, heh. ) But it was well written and a thoughtful book. It takes place in strange times, right after WWII, when all the families are adjusting to peace and the middle class struggles with their lowered standard of living. The introduction in my Virago modern classics edition was good, I enjoyed it more than the book itself.
What I’m reading now:
Birth Order Book
The Calls of Fatima
What are you reading? What have you finished recently? Recommendations?
Q&A with demographic analyst Neil Howe
Are Millennials Actually Lazy, Narcissists?
P.S. Harry Potter is not comparable to War and Peace. I’ve read both. Tolstoy is timeless; Rowling, might be a fun read, but her works will not stand the test of time.
P.S.S. I’m happy to hear that Millennials are readers. I am a bookseller after all.
The Lost Traveller by Antonia White. This is the second book of a four part series. Apparently Evelyn Waugh admired her writings which is why I started reading them.
Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin reminds me of C.S. Lewis’ “Til We have Faces” Pagan with flashes of the beatific.
One Fine Day by Mollie Panter-Downes. An interesting read so far. It takes place in England after the second world war and explores how the war effected the middle class. Housewives became more isolated, help was harder to find and families had to manage without ‘those anonymous caps and aprons who lived out of sight and pulled the strings’.
I’m always looking for a good book. What are you reading?
P.S. I’d like to write full reviews once I’ve finished reading them . . .
This book has been on my reading list for awhile. I finally checked it out at the library and was not disappointed. Unaccountable is a book written by a practicing Surgeon at John Hopkins Hospital. It’s an incredible read. It offers simple solutions to significantly improving healthcare and cutting costs. A great Manifesto. All healthcare workers and patients should read it!
In Death of the Grown-up Diana West explores the decline of Western civilization, the disappearance of adults, the rise of political correctness, Islamic terrorism and multiculturalism. It has been at once a depressing and inspiring read . . .
Alice Thomas Ellis was a fascinating woman, a talented catholic novelist, and an anti-feminist. When she was nineteen she became a postulation but had to leave the order due to health problems. She later married Colin Haycraft. They were happily married and had seven children. Her book, The Serpent on the Rock is a non-fiction work which examines the changes within the church after Vatican II. It has been described as irreverent, spicey, passionate – combative. Well, it is certainly fast-paced, witty and straight-forward. Ellis does not mince her words. I enjoyed her candor and humor although I could see many Catholics taking offence at her tone. As one book review stated, You won’t find this one at your local Catholic bookstore!
It has been a good reading year, half way through and twenty-nine books read. Many of the books I’ve read have been influential: The Gulag, The Lost art of Dress, The War of Art and Jane Keyon’s poetry have all changed my habits, routine, writing and prayer life for the better.
I am currently reading: Antonia White’s Frost in May, (So Good!) Bridget Whipple’s High wages, Daphne Du Maurier’s The Flight of the Falcon, Selected poems of Jorge Luis Borges and for Spiritual reading St. Mary Agreda’s Mystical City of God. I usually read five or more books at a time which seems normal to me until I sit down and actually list them.
I’m always looking for books to add to my reading list. What are you reading? What’s on your to read list? The best book you’ve read this year?