This was the book being given as an ARC at ALA in Las Vegas this summer where I MET MO WILLEMS!!!
He was the only/author illustrator that I almost hype...moreThis was the book being given as an ARC at ALA in Las Vegas this summer where I MET MO WILLEMS!!!
He was the only/author illustrator that I almost hyperventilated :/ by the time I got to the front of the line it was all I had in me to eek out, "I don't know who's a bigger fan, my daughter or I." and he asked how old she was I told him 9, and he said, "well, keep on reading and see who comes out on top."
He just gets art, and kids, and human emotion, and all the things that make picture books perfection. Love him.
I'm not a big fan of books in verse. They *usually* don't work out for me. But this... Jackie Woodson created something so beautiful I didn't even not...moreI'm not a big fan of books in verse. They *usually* don't work out for me. But this... Jackie Woodson created something so beautiful I didn't even notice I was reading verse. I wish the story would keep going. I hope she writes a YA sequel and an adult sequel and that I could gift them to people with the words: life lies herein.
I love how she researched her genealogy and made all the connections and how I lived with her, walked in her door-knockin' JW shoes. I love how the things she didn't say, the parts of the story left blank are exactly how a child would understand their own story. It's a work of art. Love.
I don't see how it could NOT get Newbery hardware this year. (less)
If you are looking for a book to read before middle school; look no further. If you are looking for a perfect quick read aloud with your 10 yo; look n...moreIf you are looking for a book to read before middle school; look no further. If you are looking for a perfect quick read aloud with your 10 yo; look no further. If you are looking for something whimsical and serious at the same time; look no further.
This book has it all; scientific discoveries, discovering your passion, losing friends, finding friends, and learning how to live.
How Holm is able to deliver it all with the tone and voice so pitch perfect is a mystery; 4.5 stars.
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I received a copy of this ARC from netgally in exchange for an honest review.
Milo is the adopted son whose parents own a B&B, the Greenglass Hous...moreI received a copy of this ARC from netgally in exchange for an honest review.
Milo is the adopted son whose parents own a B&B, the Greenglass House, which has historically been used by smugglers nearby from the nearby bay. It's Christmas break and he's ready for a lot of fun family time. From the outset the mood and setting are pitch perfect as we are introduced to Greenglass House as a character in the book. Then lots of crazy characters show up and create a super fun mysterious christmasy who-done-it as things start to disappear. I loved the new perspective of an adopted boy wondering at his heritage and where he comes from and what family means and where loyalties lie. The only reason I took any stars away is because at the start it was pretty hard to keep track of all the characters that were introduced to you all at once, which is a drawback, but once you figure it our it is a really fun read.
If a child loves mysteries, hand them this book! I'd recommend reading this aloud, maybe especially during Christmas break! (less)
I bought Girls Who Choose God based on many other reviews I'd seen. The authors chose women's stories from the bible (a few if whom I hadn't even hear...moreI bought Girls Who Choose God based on many other reviews I'd seen. The authors chose women's stories from the bible (a few if whom I hadn't even heard of the names), they tell a sweet, short summary to the point that each woman is confronted with a choice. The next page tells the rest of the story. After each story is a question to ask out loud, "when have you helped someone in need?" Or. "When was a time you chose to listen to words if Christ?"
Really these discussion questions tie with the artwork as the best part of the book. It literally took L and I an hour to read the book because we had such a good discussion after each question.
This is not most mormon feminists' favorite book. You may think with how I've been promoting the things Neylan has been saying lately that she is my f...moreThis is not most mormon feminists' favorite book. You may think with how I've been promoting the things Neylan has been saying lately that she is my favorite person and that her views match mine. They don't. She may understand and empathize with my position, but she is decidedly traditional and conservative in maintaining gendered spaces and continued complimentarianism within the LDS Church. There are definitely some pages and sections that I was uncomfortable with and are not my favorite; so take heart, ye non-mormon-feminists, there shall likely be much you like herein.
The book's basic premise is this:
1) the policies and structure of the Church will not change anytime soon 2) there is currently a group of women struggling with the status quo 3) why you should care about them, why are they struggling? 4) do our practices match our doctrines? 5) why shouldn't we make small changes that would help women who are struggling? what can we do locally to improve church experiences?
My basic conclusion is this: Neylan wrote a whole book without using the word "feminist." She wants to be able to have a conversation about women in the church without triggering haterz. She's not on my same page but she gets me. I can handle that. I don't think most people in my sphere of influence "get me." I consider her on the middle of a bridge between Mormon feminists and True Believing (never having doubts) Mormons. She was given FAIR Mormon's Award of Excellence 2014 (FAIR is a fairly conservative Mormon "defenders" group). The past few years have been an attempt at these two groups talking at and past each other. There has been very little listening or willingness for either side to make concessions (seemingly, I know I'm oversimplifying, but bear with me). Here is someone who is asking both sides to just listen. Slow down first, and listen.
Some of Neylan's small changes she suggests local wards/stakes might implement include: providing equivalent opportunities for youth, allowing YW to have a female companion in bishops interviews, preparing YW for church service, reviewing the rhetoric of how we praise women in general (instead of individuals), empowering female leaders with appropriate titles, using female sources of doctrine, improve how men speak at and to women, and providing more service/relief opportunities. Each of these can be done without any directives from SLC.
I'm a moderate Mormon feminist who advocates for changes via baby steps. If I had my druthers my top 3 immediate changes would be to:
1) equalize structure and funding of youth programs (activity days) 2) We are losing a LOT of single and infertile women; recognize not all our daughters/sisters/YW will be wives or mothers, and structure our lessons and programs to focus on discipleship in whatever form it may take, without valuing one type of discipleship more than another. I think my highest and holiest calling is to be Christlike, not motherhood 3) replace all "mother/wife" day worship with RS study and teachings of Christ; there is more to womanhood than wife/motherhood, (ie don't celebrate mother's day at church [@home] but use it to speak abt Eliza R Snow, or stories of female disciples during Christ's time, or just Him); 4) in addition have Teachings of the Prophetess Eliza R. Snow for a RS/PH manual, etc.
I suppose I could fit all of these changes into her categories, but my desired changes require change from the top down. The opposite direction Neylan suggests, she uses as her "muse" church member and Harvard professor Clayton Christensen's "disruptive innovation" theory that in large bureaucratic institutions, needed change often happens from the ground up. As frustrating as it is to acknowledge I don't see any of my first 3 desired changes coming any time soon - the only option I have left is following the pattern of #womenatchruch.
1) use this book to have uplifting and constructive conversations with friends, family, ward members, local leaders 2) do what you can, then let it go
I fear this is my only option. Yet it still gives me hope.
Meh, I am 50/50 on whether to continue to read the series. All the characters are daft and there's very little complexity. She talks more about her bo...moreMeh, I am 50/50 on whether to continue to read the series. All the characters are daft and there's very little complexity. She talks more about her boobs and looks than actually kicking arse, which I find strange for an assassin. It pales in comparison to The Girl of Fire and Thorns series and even the middle grade Thief series by MWT. I know not everyone can be MWT, but that's my jam. I'm all for high fantasy and political intrigue with a dash of romance . . . but, no.
I picked this up on Sale on Kindle when I saw online how it had referenced Austenland, which I loved. Soooo, thought I'd give it a spin. It's a book a...moreI picked this up on Sale on Kindle when I saw online how it had referenced Austenland, which I loved. Soooo, thought I'd give it a spin. It's a book about a former foster kid who gets a tuition grant from a foundation for grad school, and how she learns about growing up and love and there's a bit of Christian-ness included. 100% clean for those of you interested. I gave it 4 stars because I couldn't put it down.(less)