Even though this is her advice (which I did NOT follow), I found her show on Netflix to be very inspiring. In my decluttering spree, Tim asked me to get rid of 10 books. I think I got rid of 10? I definitely did if you count cookbooks and travel books. Ha! Does this book spark joy? Yes… yes… yes…
I definitely slowed down my reading pace in January, partially for lack of time and partially because one of the books took me a really long time. It was really grim and I started dreaming about it, so I had to take a break for a few days.
I am still reading Anne of Avonlea, which is just kind of a slow, enjoyable read. I’m in no rush (except I want to finish it by the time we move). I sent our express shipment this morning and stuck the next Anne book in. What is more comforting than Anne in times of stress? Wuthering Heights is still unfinished as well, but I want to really get a move on with that because after I finish it, I want to read the graphic novel version I found at the library.
On a Cold, Dark Sea by Elizabeth Blackwell. I read this on the heels of The Ocean Liner, but it was a different time period, so it didn’t matter that it was two boat books in a row. This is a fictional story of the Titanic and how it affected the survivors. Many years later, a death caused several women who were on the same lifeboat to reconnect. They were from different walks of life, and their interactions on that lifeboat changed the course of their lives. When they contacted each other, it brought up the painful past and required them all to confront the secrets they had held onto for so long. I enjoyed this book and the look into the the disaster that was the sinking of the Titanic.
The Elephant Keeper’s Daughter by Julia Drosten. This is the book that took me quite a while. I only had time to read before bed and the violence in the story was giving me nightmares. However, it was fascinating to me, so I persevered. It is the story of the British colonization of Sri Lanka. Phera was the third daughter of the king’s elephant keeper, and since he did not have a son, Phera was disguised as a boy in order to be the heir. When she was a young teenager, the British overthrew the Sri Lankan king and she was able to live as a girl. She displayed great strength and courage in the struggle against British brutality. The book has a dual storyline, Phera’s being one and the other for a British doctor. This book was originally written in German and translated. I’ll admit that the hardest part of the book was that I had a hard time pronouncing the names in my head and it slowed me down significantly! I did, however, like the story, and I feel that it’s so important to read books like this to protect against history repeating itself.
Don’t Lick That! [A Dorky Mom’s Tales of Parenting and Other Crap] by Erika Watts. This book was written by my good blogging friend Erika from Dorky Mom Doodles. She takes the funny things her kids say or do and “doodles” them. While her book is laugh-out-loud funny, there were also bits of true parenting wisdom. It is easy to fall into a rut of only looking at what doesn’t work, but this is a great reminder to laugh when something is funny and look for the funny side in a situation. If you have kids, especially toddlers who are driving you nuts, read this book!
The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak. We all know B.J. Novak as Ryan from The Office. But I guess he’s a writer, too! This is a kids’ book and it is absolutely hilarious. I thought that it would be out of Noah’s depth, but it was actually perfect for him. He giggled every time we read it. Indeed there are no pictures, but the words totally make up for it! I don’t know how to describe it other than that, but if you haven’t read it, you should. And make sure to read it out loud.