No Spoiler Book Review
I avoided reading this book because it was so popular, I felt like it couldn’t be trusted. Everyone was saying how good it was, but the cover made it look so frivolous and it just sounded unoriginal. I was completely not interested in this book. Then it was recommended to me by someone who I just met, but really liked, and I thought, I better read it in case I ever see this person again. So, I read it, and of course I loved it!
This is one of those odd books that is impossible to summarize and actually make it sound good, it’s about bullying and domestic violence, but you know, funny? Books like this, make these difficult topics more accessible and easier for people to talk about. This is a fun, easy, entertaining book that is also an important book.
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My goal is to read at least one book per library check-out period. I usually check-out my books from Overdrive, so my download period is two weeks, that has me reading at least 26 books per year. I don’t stick to a particular genre; I usually look for whatever book on my list is the most different from what I have just finished. So, if I just finished a non-fiction on current social issues, I might follow that up with a funny satirical memoir. My reading list tends to look like a random selection of popular books from the last ten years with the occasional classic mixed in. I will try not to include spoilers. Please join in the conversation!
the feather thief by kirk wallace johnson
This was recommended to me by my amazingly talented and insanely smart hair dresser, or as I call her, my “hair boss”. The premise of this book is so bizarre, that I was instantly intrigued. Apparently, there is a worldwide community of Fly-tiers, that obsessively make salmon fly ties using the feathers of rare, protected and endangered birds. This is the story of how one of those fly-tiers broke into the Tring Museum of Natural History and stole irreplaceable bird skins to sell and support his hobby. This is a very strange tale and it is all true!
Favorite line from this book:
(This is part of the Tring Museum’s history) Lucky visitors caught glimpses of Rothschild astride Rotumah, the 150-year-old Galapagos tortoise he’d sprung loose from an insane asylum in Australia.
Yep, that happened…
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I read to my oldest daughter, Piper, as soon as we brought her home from the hospital. I knew that she would not understand what I was saying, so I had purchased some of the original Brothers Grimm fairy tales and the Tales of Beedle the Bard. I wanted something that was kid appropriate, but also entertaining for me. I read these to her frequently and we both enjoyed them. Since then we have devoured hundreds of Board Books. Her first favorite board book was Olivia, which we read nine-hundred-and-ninety-nine times. We have read thousands of beautiful and fun picture books, thanks to our public library. I never had to introduce reading to her, because it was always part of our routine.
When my second daughter, Emi, was born, I was very concerned about creating a positive dynamic between my two daughters, so I actually didn’t start regularly reading to her until she turned one. The time when I should have been reading to Emi, I spent talking with Piper in front of her. I do not necessarily recommend this to all parents, but it worked for us. I still exposed the baby to an extensive vocabulary as my older daughter is a very expressive talker, saying words like “technically” and “preference” by four years old. Thanks Books!