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Thursday, May 4, 2017

PCParent Reading List: May

A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

We've all see the advertisements for Hulu+'s newest show A Handmaid's Tale, an adaptation of this classic 1986 novel, but before you watch the show check out the book!  I watched the first few minutes of the first Episode on Hulu+ and decided that I really needed to read the book first (because afterall, isn't that just the way it SHOULD be done?).  So I bought the book on my Kindle Fire (which is perhaps the greatest invention for all of us Netflix addicted and avid reader moms, get yours here if you don't have one: Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa, 8" HD Display, 16 GB, Black - with Special Offers) and immediately started reading.  Let me first say, I like to read a chapter every night before bed, so it typically takes me a week or so to read a book, but THIS book I read in 2 nights.  I just couldn't put it down!  A brutal story of a dystopian New England society (set just a tad in our future) it covers themes of women's rights, religion, societal roles, politics, etc... all while maintaining a historical context that is completely enthralling.  If your going to read ONE book this month, make this the book.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Last month I on my April Reading List I recommended Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner.  This novel A Thousand Splendid Suns is the next of Khaled Hosseini's stories about the hardships of the Afghani people.  Where The Kite Runner was a story about a father-son,  this novel is about a mother-daughter.   A seriously heart-wrenching story of love, abuse, betrayal, and the role of Afghani women in pre and post Taliban rule.  If you enjoyed The Kite Runner or are interested in international women's issues, this is definitely the novel for you!


Vitamin N: 500 Ways to Enrich the Health & Happiness of Your Family & Community by Richard Louv

Last month on my April Reading List I recommended Richare Louv's Last Child In The Woods.  If you were inspired by Last Child in the Woods. then this is the perfect next book for you!  Vitamin N offers ways to use Nature to enrich your family's life.  It contains more than 500 activities, lists of informational websites, plenty of advice, and loads of essays for further reading.

Looking for Kid's Books this month?  Check out these Mother's Day books:





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12 comments:

  1. The book Vitamin N sounds interesting indeed. I see you were inspired by the activities for families, but what exactly did the author mean by 'community'?

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    1. You know the old saying "It takes a village to raise a child"? That's the community he talks about. The community of people (for example your church, your neighborhood, your friends, your town or city) that you choose to be in the lives of your child. He gives examples of activities that increase community involvement in nature. It really is a great book!! I highly recommend it!!

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  2. I loved The Kite Runner and a Thousand Splendid Suns! He needs to publish more work!

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    1. If you liked The Kite Runner and Thousand Splendid Suns, have you read "And the Mountains Echoed"? It's on next month list (reading it now). So far it's really good (and similar to the previous two)

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  3. I'm not a parent, but books are great for everyone. I think I will check out the first two. Thanks!! :)
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    1. Yes do! But read Handmaids Tale before you watch the new show!!

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  4. Thanks for sharing this list, these all look like great reads!

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    1. They are!! Thanks for checking out the list!

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  5. Reading is one of my favorite things to do with my son, he is OBSESSED with books, and is always so excited when he gets a new one. I'm going to have to check some of these out--thank you!

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    1. A thirst for reading young is sooooo good!! It helps with all kinds of things later on. They have great studies about reading to your children!!

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  6. I LOVE to read... wish I had more time to do leisure reading and escape into so many good books!

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    1. Just take a few minutes each day! It adds up :)

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