February 2016 Reading Roundup

Monday, April 11, 2016


I want to be ready for the monthly link up with Jana and Steph tomorrow so I'm catching up on all of my February reads right now. I promise after Tuesday I'll have some non-book posts, just bear with me.

Roomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando

This book was what I should have read the summer before I went to college. The authors do such a great job of capturing what that summer is like. You are in this weird in-between place where you aren't a child, but you aren't really an adult either. You feel like you don't really know where you fit anymore. It's such a weird summer. 

Each chapter alternates narration between two future roommates. It was kind of awesome and I hope there is a second books in the works so that we can see what happens next. Worthy of My Shelves

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

I feel bad that I didn't really like this. To be honest if you have this book and I Remember Nothing, pick I Remember Nothing. I can see how others would really enjoy this book, but I just could not connect. Maybe it was my age? Skip It.

Think Like a Freak by Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner

I haven't read any of the other Freakonomics series but I have plans to change that after listening to this audiobook. I can't really pinpoint anything in particular that made me think like a freak, but I can tell you that I enjoyed this book. It was incredibly interesting and kept my attention. I'm still bringing up sections. Borrow It.

Ready for Kindergarten! by Deborah Stewart

I have something snarky to say. (If you can't say anything nice. . . yada, yada) It bugs me when people feel the need to tell us what degree they have. I understand that it's a lot of work, I've been there too, but I find it to be so pretentious. Like you really need to sign your emails with your degree? This rant really doesn't have anything to do with the author. Seeing the degree on the cover just triggered something.

Anyway, we are about three years from little e being old enough for Kindergarten, but I feel this need to make sure that I'm not screwing up her future education. We didn't need a lot of this book yet, but it was comforting to see that another M.Ed. is dishing out the advice that I'm already following. Sometimes confirmation is nice, ya know? Worthy of My Shelves.

Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz

Eh. This passed the time just fine. I really liked the beginning, but it started to lose me as the story progressed. I didn't really love the romance aspect of the tale as it seemed a tad cheesy and, when you think about the timeline, a little rushed. It's a fun read, but if you elect to not read it then you really aren't missing much. Skip it.

Read With Me by Stephanie Zvirin

This was essentially a glorified reading list and I really liked it. We had already read a bunch of the suggestions, but it was fun to find some new favorites. Borrow It.




The Homegrown Preschooler by Kathy Lee & Lesli Richards

If you want to do activities with your toddler or preschooler then I would highly recommend this book. The authors do a great job of explaining what is important for development and future learning. They also provide a ton of great ideas for activities. We ended up basing our "preschool units" off of this. Worthy of My Shelves.



If you like early education or are trying to figure out how to entertain your preschooler then I would highly recommend The Homegrown Preschooler. If you are looking for a great read and a feeling like someone out there actually understands you then read Roomies.

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