I would recommend this one to any avid reader, especially parents. Even if you shy away from memoirs, I think you m...moreFive stars for The Reading Promise!
I would recommend this one to any avid reader, especially parents. Even if you shy away from memoirs, I think you might really like this story about a single dad (an elementary school librarian) who read aloud with his daughter EVERY SINGLE NIGHT for nine years, only stopping when she goes away to college. (Their final session takes place on her campus.) Really, this book is so sweet, and I want her father to be my father! He is so amazing! Included in the book is a list of titles read during "The Streak", which is what they call it. (Only the ones they could remember...they never kept a formal list.)
This book got me more interested in reading aloud to my future children (although it's obvious that I would anyway) and I started thinking about all of the books I would love to include on my list.
After reading the horrific Ape House by Sara Gruen, I knew I wanted to read non-fiction material about the fascinating Bonobo species in the Congo. I...moreAfter reading the horrific Ape House by Sara Gruen, I knew I wanted to read non-fiction material about the fascinating Bonobo species in the Congo. I was captivated. Woods offers a wonderfully emotional memoir dedicated to her love of these animals while weaving in the tumultuous history of Africa. I dare you not to fall in love too when you read how human the Bonobos are. Interesting and enlightening, I will now be turning to the internet to learn more.
How interesting and enlightening? I was home sick today and read through the entire book in one sitting. (less)
Wendy Shanker experiences hell as she is diagnosed with Wegner's disease, an extremely rare autoimmune disorder yet conveys her tale in a way that is...moreWendy Shanker experiences hell as she is diagnosed with Wegner's disease, an extremely rare autoimmune disorder yet conveys her tale in a way that is humorous (love the Madonna song titles as chapter headings), reflective, and brave. Anyone who has experienced a life-changing medical condition will find many parts of this book to ring true - how others relate or do not relate to you, trying to fight your body in a battle that can't be won - only tamed, attempting to live the life you once had, grasping at anything that resembles normalcy, experiencing days that you just want to curl up in a ball and cease to exist. I have been there, and this book brought me some solace. People read for entertainment; people read to make connections. This book jumped out at me at the perfect time in my life, and I find Shanker to be inspirational in her fight. (less)
I became helplessly addicted to the reality show "Guiliana & Bill" while out on medical leave from teaching because of the love and friendship sha...moreI became helplessly addicted to the reality show "Guiliana & Bill" while out on medical leave from teaching because of the love and friendship shared between these two people. I even cried along with Guiliana as they faced infertility issues. (I am a softie and I just hate to see people hurt!) When their book came out I knew I would be reading it, and I must say for what it is, it is a five star read for me. Most people that know me know this isn't my usual genre, but I think the thoughts about marriage and being newlyweds presented by the Rancics are sincere and provide good food for thought. The little anecdotes made me smile, and I really couldn't get enough of the words of wisdom passed on to Bill from his deceased father.
As a newlywed myself (three years this July!) I appreciate and see the value in learning how to constantly assess and improve my marriage with my husband. We are a team, and I see that in the Rancics. Unlike many books on the subject of marriage and starting a life together, this book wasn't full of itself or preachy.
Beyond that, we just can't relate to some of the issues the Rancics have. Juggling two homes, making huge purchases, and jetting off at a moment's notice is not part of our life and never will be. (Remember, I teach high school.) I don't have much sympathy for the L.A. mentality when so many are struggling - when good, hard-working people are struggling. Sometimes anecdotes that reflected this irritated me, but I went with it.
All in all, it's an interesting look at a marriage that provides a platform for discussion with a partner. I still love the Rancics and I hope they get their big family. (less)