I’m plugging away on Donna Tartt’s first novel, The Secret History, which I am loving although a review won’t be up for awhile; it’s long! In the meantime, it’s good to know that reading well written fiction is helping my brain 🙂
Let’s keep this simple- this is not a book I would recommend reading. I went into this book thinking it would help me understand the teenage phase of development and would better allow me to teach young minds. That is not what I walked away with.
Any book can be read by a wide range of readers. The author of this book wasted a lot of words telling us that this book is both for teenagers and adults who used to be teenagers. Instead of reminding us that the book could be read by either population and then moving on, the author kept switching the population he was talking to without warning. I felt he should have just selected one group to write for and let the other group of readers mentally adapt the book for themselves. The audience was constantly changing and it was very awkward.
Secondly, the author had a section in which he discussed the health benefits of meditation and how schools should start including that as part of their school day. The way he was describing it made me think that he was describing religion without actually naming a specific one. If parents would like their children to engage in prayer and meditation over religious writings, that is for them to decide. Spending time meditating during class time is certainly not something likely to happen nor is it something that should happen in a public school.
Finally, the main aspect I disliked was the fact that I really did not learn that much about the teenage brain at all. The book seemed to focus on the things that could go wrong in childhood and how to fix your issues as an adult if you had a traumatic upbringing. The title of this book does not really convey that it is the focus of the book.
Let’s hope this is my one and only lame read of 2014 🙂 On to bigger and better things!
I have always felt weird about eating meat and it’s only gotten worse as I’ve gotten older. The slimy feel of uncooked meat is just disgusting and when I realized that meat was the muscles of animals, I just about died. Now as an adult I do eat meat, but eat much less than the standard American. The Paleo diet has gotten a lot of attention lately and seems great, but I just cannot bring myself to eat the substantial amount of meat people eat while following that lifestyle. If I had to hunt animals myself I would be vegetarian no doubt.
Jonathan Safran Foer writes amazing fiction yet this book of non-fiction explores where our meat comes from. The information provided is very similar to what you may have seen in Food Inc. or another documentary, but is very well put together in book format by an incredible author trying to find the best diet for his family. It definitely made me consider, yet again, my choice to eat meat.
At the end of my 6th grade year, I found out my wonderful and extremely intelligent cousin was accepted into Zoo School! You may feel free to insert a bit of intense jealousy here! As a child with high-average intelligence I always desired to achieve placement into gifted programs but never quite made the cut although I was always confident that my level of motivation and work ethic would allow me to keep up with the pace. My dream school was not Zoo School but Blandford– another school that focused on outdoor education and learning in nature. Seeing as I did not live in the correct district, neither of these schools was ever an option for me but the desire was always there.
In the book “Last Child in the Woods”, Richard Louv discusses the benefits of getting children outdoors. In fact he carries on for 310 pages on why kids, and adults, should spend more time outside. There are chapters on mental health, creativity, science, and many more! Despite going on for 310 pages, I was still intrigued through the whole book. This work inspired me to get outside and, as an adult, I have seen incredible benefits. Things are not going my way these days and in one weekend I lost my childhood cat from cancer and my job. Setting aside time to spend outside daily has made the stress of finding a teaching position for next school year much easier. I’m happier and much more positive regarding the hunt for jobs when I make sure to put my work aside to get outside for at least an hour each day. No matter what I have on my plate, I go outside to “play”. I really enjoyed reading this book and I think the content applies to the health of both adults and children!
This book tells about what librarians actually do and is a homage to them from someone who really enjoys libraries. I really enjoyed the beginning of this book but the rest was rather boring. There was way too much time spend on SecondLife. Does anyone actually use that site? Anyway, this book was okay but not amazing 🙂
This book was about a young book-loving man who moved to England with his family. While I enjoyed the book, I thought the front flap made the book sound a great deal more interesting than it actually was.
I really enjoyed this book. Common sense- yes, but it was well put together and just talked about how families can have healthy lifestyles. While it was written by the author of the South Beach Diet I didn’t feel as if every page was an add for the diet. It was a laid back approach to getting people healthy and I found it quite motivating. I feel empowered after reading it unlike some diet books which just make you feel like a flat plop of a person. Quite good indeed.
“Eat That Frog” is quite an odd name for a self help book. The book conveys simple, and rather obvious, time management tips to help individuals reach optimum success. Tips include: write everything down the day before, do the most important tasks first, and remember to relax on the weekends. Although you’d have to be rather dull to not know you need to do these things, actually doing them is difficult and this book serves as motivation to turn over a new leaf, begin again, and use time wisely!