Here are the new books I’ve read recently. I’ve put in bold the books I would recommend.I’ve also added a new feature called the Mom Rating. This shows how many kids can be in the same room with you while you’re reading – the fewer the kids, the more concentration is needed. Oh, and a “3 kids and a Cub game” book? Totally great for those days you’re ready for a break, but everyone’s still awake! Little to no concentration needed to enjoy!
26. The Great Turkey Walk; Karr, Kathleen; 208; 4/15
SASR: One of those rare books both kids and adults would like! Hilarious tale of a boy who decides to have a turkey drive to Denver, Colorado. The characters he meets along the way are what give the story its great flavor. (I read this out loud to the girls for school. I only count “school” books if I read them out loud to the kids.) Rating: 8
Mom Rating: 3 Kids
27. Travels With Charley; Steinbeck, John; 125; 4/20
SASR: I have an author crush on Steinbeck right now, and this book did not disappoint. A great overview of his trip across America in his camper he constructed on the back of his truck. And the passages about his poodle, Charley, who came along for the ride are hilarious. Rating: 9
Mom Rating: 2 kids
28. Wizard of Oz; Baum, L Frank; 228; 4/22
SASR: Read out loud to the kindergartner for school – third time I’ve read it out loud. While I enjoy some parts…I’m kinda tired of it, frankly. (Or should I say “L. Frank-ly”?) Rating: 7
Mom Rating: 3 kids
29. Dr Dolittle; Lofting, Hugh; 176; 4/23
SASR: Another out loud read to the Kindergartner; he enjoyed the parts about the animals and the Barbary Pirates, but other parts are a bit outdated and plodding. We also watched the 1960’s movie version starring Rex Harrison. Let’s just say it was one of the dumbest movies I’ve ever seen – including the part where the girl and the animals return to England riding inside the shell of a ginormous pink snail (i’m not joking). It also, according to IMDB, destroyed Rex Harrison’s career as a leading man.
Mom Rating: 3 kids
30. Nigella Express; Lawson, Nigella; 380; 4/24
SASR: I rarely put cookbooks on the list, but when I realized I literally read the entire book – yes, even the recipes – I had to include it! There is something about her presentation that catches my attention and the five or so recipes I’ve tried have been absolutely perfect. I even emailed a recipe from this to a friend because I want to force everyone of my facebook friends to cook from this!
Mom Rating: 3 kids and a Cubs game
31. Why We Love the Church – In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion; DeYoung, Kevin and Kluck, Ted; 229; 4/25
SASR: Excellent book discussing the importance of church and being involved in a church. Especially in today’s culture, where it is cool to bash church and find “community” outside of church. Also focuses on what’s important – preaching the gospel. Much of the book is defending the church against authors and books that are seeking to “find a new way to do church”. If you spend all your time trying to reach the “seekers” and water church down, and if you remove the gospel, you have nothing.
Mom Rating: 0 kids (concentrate and listen!)