Most importantly, and before anything else- ZOE IS SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT!! Praise all that is good and holy. It truly is a beautiful thing, and I learned a lot about myself in the process. But more on that in another post.
My last two kindness days have been small kindnesses in comparison to day 1, but any kindness counts. On day 2 I made a point to smile at everyone I came in contact with, and on day 3 I gave a sincere and effusive compliment. I haven’t done anything yet today, (I mean, I’m sure I’ve been kind, but I haven’t done anything purposefully) and I’m currently eating the cookies that I made to leave on someone’s doorstep. They’re just so dang yummy! I’ll just have to make some more.
Because I’m so insanely behind on my book count for the year, and because I read so many less graphic novels, I’ve decided to count them, as well as some pregnancy books I wasn’t planning on counting. I’m not necessarily going to review each one at length, but here they are, as well as the other books I’ve read recently.
The Prestige by Christopher Priest- This was really good. Went in a different direction than I expected, and I’m glad I read it before I saw the film, which I haven’t seen yet.
Missouri Boy by Leland Myrick, Kampung Boy by LAT, American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang- You can read my review of these graphic novels in the January issue of Eclectica.
Klezmer by Joann Sfar- This is the first volume of a graphic novel series about Jews in Russia- gorgeous art and really interesting.
She May Not Leave by Fay Weldon- I love Fay Weldon’s wicked sense of humor, and this book about new parents and their au pair is really entertaining. It also brings up some interesting questions about motherhood and responsibility.
The Pregnancy Book by Dr. Sears- Helpful, but oddly arranged.
What to expect when you’re expecting by Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi Murkoff and Sandee Hathaway- Also very helpful, and easier to navigate
What to Eat when You’re Expecting by Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi Murkoff and Sandee Hathaway- Really helpful.
So That’s What They’re For! The Definitive Breastfeeding Guide by Janet Tamaro- Really good, except for the first chapter which falls into that trap I talked about here.
12 Reasons Why I Love Her by Jamie S. Rich and Joelle Jones- This book is a beautiful look at a realistic relationships, dark side, light side and all. The art is breathtaking, the story is in parts hilarious and heartbreaking, and all of it is honest. It’s just really, really good.
Sidescrollers by Matthew Loux- I love this book. It’s about 3 guys who love video games and don’t really know how to deal with life, until they go through a crazy day and end up figuring things out. It kind of reminds me of Empire Records, and that’s definitely a good thing.
Anges Quill: An Anthology of Mystery by Dave Roman and others- I don’t have words to express how much I love this character and the world she lives in. She’s a teenage detective who can communicate with the dead, and she’s AWESOME. Zoe is so reading this. I really hope there’s more coming soon.
The Little Book of Hindu Deities by Sanjay Patel- B got this book for Zoe because of the pictures, but it’s got plenty of text too. It’s a primer on Hindu Deities (imagine that, based on the title!) and it’s really informative. The pictures, however, are really the best part- the best description is that they’re super deformed Hello Kitty versions of the iconic images, but done completely respectfully. They’re just absolutely adorable, even Kali with her necklace of heads and skirt of human arms.
Ok, that brings me to 85. Still behind, but not insanely so. And that’s the end of this post!
Currently reading: The Complete Short Stories of Dorothy Parker