This Summer, I decided to join the boys in the Summer reading program and while I do love a good prize, the real incentive for me was reading five books in five weeks. I can’t say I’ve ever attempted, much less completed the task. This year I did. Here are my five books (with commentary and affiliate links if you click the book photos).
Yellow Star – This book is actually from the juvenile reading section, but a quick and interesting read to kick off the program. This would be a great book for younger readers who are interested in or to start the conversation about the Jewish ghettos. As always with this subject matter, it boggles the mind that people can be so cruel to one another.
The Red Tent – This came up with my Island besties a week or two before the reading program started. It is a fictionalized and entertaining tale, based on the wives of biblical Jacob, with themes of duty, history and the strength of women. This took more than one week to read. Thankfully I had extra days given the length of the first book choice.
Three Daughters – Given the title and my childhood as the middle of three daughters, not to mention high ratings in the Kindle lending library, this seemed an appropriate selection. This book is LONG. Thankfully I was reading this the week I flew to California and back, otherwise I wouldn’t have finished it in one week. The three daughters are actually all from different generations within the same family line. It’s a real page turner with one bit of caution…it gets pretty racy towards the end as the generation gets more, um, liberal, shall we say.
Yellow Crocus – Set in the South, dealing with slavery and the growing unrest of the next generation of slave owners, the book provides a unique twist on a story we’ve all read a time or two. Engaging and easy reading made the book a quick read.
All Joy and No Fun: the Paradox of Modern Parenting – This is NOT a parenting book. Another selection from the Kindle Lending Library, this provides a compilation of numerous writings, studies, theorists and actual interviews of parents, to showcase how raising children effects parents. Focusing on the middle class, it chronicles the loss of autonomy, the life and times of toddler hood up to adolescence and even young adult hood. The very end of the book talks about the Joy factor that can’t be measured in studies and questionnaires. This is a MUST read if you have children or even considering having a family. I have been at odds with some of my parenting choices coming back to haunt me with my oldest recently and darn if they didn’t touch on these very same things! Can’t say it justified any of my parenting behaviors, but it did allow me to realize there is always room for change.
The over-riding theme of the book is how much work children are, how we willingly over extend our children and ourselves in the process, well beyond what previous generations did, but in the end we almost can’t help ourselves, as parents. Oh and the author reassured parent readers of the younger set, we will in fact be fun again one day. One day….brings to mind for some reason an old favorite of mine: Someday Never Comes.