Saturday, October 10, 2009

Reading is for Mammals

Today the big kids went to the library to read-aloud to therapy-dogs-in-training.

Isn't that the greatest idea, ever!?

I love to see my kids enjoy reading because I am always happiest with my nose in a book.

Here are a few good ones I've enjoyed lately:

If you liked Julie & Julia, if you TiVo Top Chef, then this is the book for you.

An insider's look at culinary school (more competitive than Harvard, who knew?) and, my favorite, gourmet recipes and cooking tips at the end of each chapter!

Well-written, touching, funny and eye-opening. A young mom's memoir about dealing with cancer--as a patient and as a care-giver. I loved it.

This is a novel based on the author's real-life experience. Raised in an upper-class English home, she meets her American birthparents as an adult and comes to terms with life on both sides of the Atlantic. A clever look at adoptive issues and Anglo-American differences.

Lisa See is such a great writer. I loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan but enjoyed Shanghai Girls even more. I love learning history via fiction.

Another historical book, although this one is based at Stanford in the early 1970's. A novel about moms who love to write. I could relate.

I listened to this one on my iPod, which I recommend. The accents were so entertaining. I was just yearning to drive through the Irish countryside after this one.
What are you (and the mammals in your life) reading these days?


21 comments:

♥Shally said...

Love the reading with doggies! My kids would eat that up. (My dog would too...)

Thanks for the book suggestions. I am always looking for a good book. I just read Life Is So Good by George Dawson. Awesome book. Quick read. I love books about people with character.

Jeanelle said...

I don't read enough. The culinary school book sounds great - I'm going to check it out.

Rochelleht said...

I LOVE driving through the Irish countryside. And reading. And your recommendations. Thanks!

beckyV said...

Hi Gab, I love your blog, read it all the time but rarely comment, but have to recommend a book. I just finished "I Capture the Castle" by Dodie Smith. I love, love, loved it!

Robin said...

Gabi - are we friends on goodreads? If not, add me, or join. Then i will get your updates and add them to list of books to read.

I like your taste in books.

calibosmom said...

Oh goodie! I love good book recommendations. Under The Table is for me!!! We read to dogs at our library too-what a great idea! I'd love to see a sidebar from you of your top ten books or you could just email me. calibosmom@gmail.com

the wrath of khandrea said...

i can't believe you've read that many books!! the last thing i read was the back of the tampax box because it was near the toilet and i was bored.

sorry. tmi.

Linsey said...

I want all of these titles, right now, but even more than that, I want a library or a book store or friends to swap with or all of the above...just 9 more months, I can hardly wait!!!

marta said...

gab, your reading reviews are my favorite. can't wait to pick up the lisa see book. you were right about snow flower. i think i still have your copy or lent it to heed. anyway, i think your kids look so big. especially that jake! when did he get to be such a stud!?!

Celia Fae said...

Made a note of it. Thanks.

I haven't read anything to die for lately, but I'm going to wrack my brain. It's time for a reading post.

Susan said...

I love to read! I am reading "Christy" by Catherine Marshall for my bookclub. It's one of my all-time favorite books. I just finished "The Secret Diary of Charlotte Bronte" by Syrie James. Really enjoyed it.

Lauren in GA said...

I have never heard of such a thing. I think a program like that may actually inspire my boys to read more.

Thanks for the book suggestions.

martha corinna said...

I love the reading to therapy dogs, my children would dig that. I will have to look up your recommendations.

I go through phases. I always have a P.D. James, I love her writing and the mystery of course, but right now my fixation is with Wallace Stegner. I watched a documentary on PBS about him a bit ago, and haven't been able to put his books down since.

And, the best thing about leaving my 6 year old phone out in the rain this summer is that it forced me to finally get a new one, which now holds the The Years by Virgina Wolf and I'm listening to it while I fold clothes and clean out closets (yes, I actually look forward to laundry now, and, my laundry room is clean!).

Laura said...

Thanks for the book suggestions. We have the same taste in books.

I just finished "The Help", and loved it! Happy Reading!

Travelin'Oma said...

Jake and Emmie look so animal friendly! Great book ideas. Keep them on my bookshelf for next week!

Amanda D said...

I love to read too. I just finished The Wednesday Sisters. I like it too. It made me a little sad, but I found that I couldn't put it down.

I'm reading the Ladie's No. 1 Detective Agency and a Louis L'Amour book for my RS book club.

Jenibelle said...

I feel so great when I find out I have read books that smart people read!!

Yea for Jake & Emily!!!

Hollyween said...

Sigh....
I really need to read more. Seriously. And it has to be something other than those darn Twilight books.

missy said...

While reading time has been a hard-to-come-by guilty pleasure lately, I recently finished "Prayers for Sale" by Sandra Dallas and really liked it. Heartbreaking at times, but great imagery and some mighty strong female characters. Thanks for your recommendations!

Ilene said...

So when are you going to get on goodreads already?

I am into OSCars's Alvin Maker series. The first book "Seventh Son" was so so interesting.

Patsy's Daughter said...

great reviews!

i just finished The Route by Gayle Sears...relays adventures of a meals on wheels route. it was a quick and lovely read.

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