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#61 of 69 Old 08-27-2013, 01:18 PM
 
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I also recomend A Summer to Die

 

Another favorite from this summer is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. We put it on our 10th grade summer reading list and it was a huge hit. Many of the moms read it too, and I got lots of great feedback at back to school night. My 12 year old has read it 5 times.

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The best book I've read in the last year (and really the best book I've read in the last 10 years) is Zen Under Fire by Marianne Elliott. I absolutely love the book and really can't say enough good things about it. I was so impressed by the combination of a very intimate and easy to relate to narrative of one’s relationship with oneself and others and the impacts of both stress and self-care with a narrative of peacekeeping in Afghanistan. I really appreciated the discussion of what it means to do good and create change in an environment of war, and how much it brought up for me about breaking boundaries and making human connections. I've recommended the book to several family members and friends (who have a variety of tastes) and all of them have found it interesting and many have said that they loved it.

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I just saw this today in a magazine while browsing Barnes n Noble. It looks like a great book. Our library doesn't own it yet. Does it contain anything that could be triggering? violence?

 

Apologies for not replying to this question sooner! The book does discuss some war-related violence events and some instances of violence against individual women; these are discussed from the perspective of someone trying to help. I personally did not find the book triggering, but I did find some parts of it very sad; that said, it's been my experience that what's not triggering to one person might be triggering to another. So I while I still recommend the book, it's good to know going into it that the book doing discuss some tough topics and might be triggering for some. HTH! :)


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Well now that summer is officially over, I have a few more books I had to come on here and recommend...

The Divergent series was very good. Rivals Hunger Games though I thought the chacters were better in HG. Veronica Roth is the author.

The Maze Runner series by James Dashner was also fantastic and a total page turner! I became obsessed with the world he created and was sad when it ended. Though the 3rd book wasn't great, the first one was fantastic.

Now reading Enders Game and liking it a lot though it isn't a page turner. I also started the secret circle books for a light read and found them SO pretentious. So now looking for another series that'll take my mind off the never ending sleep deprivation of the newborn stage.

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I'm reading Freakonomics now, I've been a fan of Dubner & Levitt for years but I had only read the sequel, Superfreakonomics, and listened to every podcast.  I finally am reading the original book!  It's awesome, and the section in the second half about what the data says, as an economist interprets it, that the effect of parenting actually has on kids is truly thought provoking.


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This is tough.  I read "Orphan Train" http://www.amazon.com/Orphan-Train-A-Novel-ebook/dp/B0089LOG02/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382832758&sr=1-1&keywords=orphan+train over the summer and it still is 'with me'.  Regardless of how well a book is written, if it stays with me, I usually think of it as rather good.  I also recently read "Counting by 7s".  http://www.amazon.com/Counting-by-7s-ebook/dp/B007FEF8E2/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382832795&sr=1-1&keywords=counting+by+7s  This is also very good, but it is a children's book for 10 - 14 year olds (imo).  I really liked it though.  :-)

 

I read quite a bit, but so far those two are "stand out reads" for the year. 

 

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I didn't get to finish it, but Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth is amazing. I read that book to prepare for my natural birth and it truly helped me. The stories of others' births is just beautiful! 

 

I wish I could find more time to read now! With a six month old though, it's hard.

 

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I didn't get to finish it, but Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth is amazing. I read that book to prepare for my natural birth and it truly helped me. The stories of others' births is just beautiful! 

 

I wish I could find more time to read now! With a six month old though, it's hard.

 

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I agree, her book is awesome!

 

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I also read that this year and Peggy Simkin's birthing from within. Excellent birth books.

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I just finished "The Loop" and it was a quick, very entertaining read.  It is a YA book, published this year, hear is the link:  http://www.amazon.com/Loop-Shandy-Lawson-ebook/dp/B00BNMAT3M/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1385430906&sr=1-2&keywords=the+loop

 

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