This Totally Counts As Reading

Since the baby has been born, I’ve been starving for a book.   I know I could listen to an audio but I just can’t stay focused on one unless I’m driving my Mom van.  It is super hard to find time to read nowadays so I’ve devised a plan.  I’ve found, what I’d call, “bathroom readers”.  That’s right!  I’m taking bathroom books to the living room and even into the bedroom:)   Okay, it’s mostly pictures but they fulfill, for the moment, my need for books.  I’ve come up with a short list that will leave you breathless from laughter and also some that will keep you intrigued…if only for a short time:)

  1. I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets – Smith, Larry
  2. There I Fixed It: (No You Didn’t) – Cheezburger
  3. Postsecret Extraordinary Confessions From Ordinary Lives
  4. People Of Walmart:  Shop And Awe – Wherry, Luke
  5. F In exams – Benson, Richard
  6. Awkward Family Pet Photos – Bender, Mike
  7. I Could Pee On This: And Other Poems By Cats – Marciuliano, Francesco
  8. Passive Aggressive Notes – Miller, Kerry
  9. I Can Has Cheezburger? – Professor Happycat
  10. P.S. I Hate It Here:  Kids Letters From Camp – Falanga, Diane

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Life In The Congo…No, Thank You

Our book club recently read, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.  Let me tell ya, I’ve never wanted so badly to crawl into a book and hit one of the characters in the face…with a cactus.  I’ve always said that if a book doesn’t leave you with some kind of emotion then, it wasn’t all that great.  Walking away from a book in tears or ready to throw a fit, now those books stick with you forever.

The story is told through the wife of a Southern Baptist preacher and her 4 daughters in rotating chapters.  It began with the family learning they are leaving their Georgia home and going to live in a tiny village in the Belgian Congo in the 60’s.  Nathan Price has no narration in the book but his actions speak volumes.  Once there, the family is thrown into a world they’ve never known.  The country falls steadily into turmoil and Nathan refuses to leave and seek safety for his family.

There are parts of the story that you just want to roll your eyes at and others that you are wiping away tears.  Get It.  Read It.  The End.