Sunday, September 7, 2014

This Month's Reading

Life is crazy busy, and reading is one of those amazing things that slows me down and transports me into a different world. Imagination at work truly has no limits! I love books that make me laugh, that make me think, and that inspire me to better myself every day.

Books also are my link to my boys. It became our little tradition with Alex to pick a book and read it together every evening. It is kind of like our bonding time ~ talk about characters and their actions, think of why they do what they do.

And since you guys are such a big part of my life, I would love to read and discuss books together with you! 
Yeah, I'm starting a Book Club! Please leave me your comments, thoughts, ideas, and suggestions. I would love love love to hear your input!

So here are the books I'm diving into this month: 

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Marie Semple 
First, here is the synopsis from Barnes & Noble: 
"It all begins with a promise: If eighth-grader Bee Fox earns a picture perfect report card, she and her family will depart on a cruise to Antarctica. The prospect of the trip is exciting; too exciting, it soon becomes apparent, for Bee's brilliant, severely agoraphobic architect mom, who, just a day before the scheduled departure, simply disappears. Taking the loss of her mother to heart, Bee begins a feverish, yet systematic search for her, thus piecing together in the process the dynamics of an unforgettable family." 
I just started reading the novel and am very excited. There is no doubt that Bernadette has a not very friendly personality, but there must be underlying reasons for this. The author clearly loves her and gives Bernadette a very endearing presence. The characters are intelligent and funny. Life is a comedy...

Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Every evening Alex and I get comfortable on the couch and read a few chapters of Wonder. It is a fictitious story of a boy named August whose face is so disfigured that it shocks adults and scares children. As he says, whatever you imagine his face looks like, it's worse. The story starts when August goes to the 5th grade in public school after being homeschooled by mom all previous years.

But this is not a sad book. It's real, positive, and uplifting. But most importantly, your children will fall in love with August quickly and will learn to accept that he looks so different. The book will ground your children and teach them true kindness. A must read!

Are you going to join me in reading these books? 

If you are going to participate, start reading Where'd You Go, Bernadette. On September 28th I will post a few questions and announce the date of the book chat! 

xo, Zuma A.
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