Reading Records

Beneath Montana sky 4/25

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February’s not half done

And I now have read four

It could have been worse,

so let’s do some more!

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Oh dear I’m writing poetry. Silly me. I am just so thrilled to be keeping up with my reading challenge for the year.

So the advantage of knowing an author of a book is you can talk to him or her about which of their books to read next. Since I finished the first four books of the Montana sky series, I decided to ask Deborah Holland where I should go from here. And boy am I glad I did! She provided the chronological order of her books which provided a great Segway to the oldest story in age: Beneath Montana Sky. It is only a novella, short in length but provides so much insight to the world Holland has created in Sweetwater Springs.

The story is about how John Carter met his wife Pamela. In the other books of the main series, these two characters are always present in the town folks’ lives. So it is amazing to hear how they began their life. The majority of the book actually takes place in Boston- Pamela’s original home and follows John on his quest for a wife after a tragedy befalls on the town. The descriptions of the late 19th century America are eloquent and provide a picture almost as beautiful as the Montana sky itself. It also gives hints of other characters that appear in the Montana Sky series, providing insight on their backgrounds or extended depth to their personality.

So need a short read for the short month? – I recommend picking Beneath Montana Sky up!

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A little Weathered

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Wow—I’m so proud of myself. It’s Mid-February and completed 3 books.  Maybe I will buy myself a blue ribbon. Or possibly a shiny medal. Or just enjoy the new stories in my mind.

 

So after finishing some new books I got, I decided I was going to go back and finish up books I had started already in my Kindle. The book with the most progress and that I knew I could finish was a historical romance novel: Stormy Montana Sky by Deborah Holland.  I started it as the author attends my church and came with her book 4 in the series (Glorious Montana Sky) to our church book group and I loved it! She was also instrumental in fueling my desire to write my own story down (THAT fiction book may follow later.)  However, if you need something that lifts your hearts but doesn’t have all the Fifty Shades details, then her books (and some of her colleagues’ books that amazon recommends) are for you. I would recommend starting with either the 1st in the series (Wild Montana Sky—which I have read and enjoyed) or the first in chronological order (Beneath Montana Sky—which I am currently working through and love because it’s a novella-so it’s not as long.)

Anyways, Stormy starts out right after Starry Montana Sky with the story of the school teacher Harriett in the western Montana territory trying to deal with the fact her crush in town has connected with and married another.  I would say you need to read at minimum Starry Montana Sky before starting this one as the significance of Harriet’s emotions will only be depended despite the briefly explanations in Stormy.   A new character comes into the picture- an uncle named Anthony (or Ant) Gordon in search of his long lost nephew who he is trying to rescue from his violent and alcoholic father.  The title of the book lives up to its name—there are twists and turns, major serious events along with beautiful subtle moments much like how a thunderstorm crosses the open plains.  The book also starts out a little more rough than the first two books in this series—but it does not lack in quality of the storyline or writing.

Overall, if you need something that touches your heart strings and lifts your spirits-I recommend reading Stormy Montana Sky.

 

Reading review Number Two

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2/25. I feel like i should get a gold star. At least for January. I read two books. I almost met a goal of 2 books per month already! Go me!

Anyways… even though I wanted to continue reading through some of the sensory processing books I got, something reminded me i purchased the Kindle Unlimited. So I went searching for an interesting (or at least easy) read. I came across the following and I’m so glad I decided to pick it (virtually) up.

It’s called How Dogs Love Us: a neuroscientist and his adopted dog decode the canine brain by Gregory Berns.

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It is a beautiful book. Nothing too technical but enough to understand the significance of what the author/scientist did in the dog community as well as the scientific community. The text is not wordy…it’s a short book (yes 254 pages in the kindle version with notes.) lastly, you can tell this author is my kind of people: dog people. It was an amazing and comforting to hear a voice while reading like this one.

First Book Review of 2019

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So i am please to say I am working on doing more reading as I begin the year 2019. As I stated, I haven’t been readying as much since I had Austin and its something I’m beginning to miss.

So, to break the curiousity of my mind (and some of my son’s issues), I decided to take some recommendations from a facebook parent group i’m a part of and look into this book: The out of Sync Child by Carol Stock Kranowitz.

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This book is about what is says on the cover: recognizing and dealing with Sensory process disorder in children. And yes — I will admit that I think Austin has some of this as I will explain in a minute.  The author is a former school teacher with a Masters in Education and “Human Development” (I’m taking from the inside cover of my copy of the book) who I can say its pretty much the most experiental expert for this topic. She also has worked with an occupational therapist for children to confirm her reseach who wrote the other recommended book for this disorder: Sensational Kids by Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., OTR. (yep, got that book too.)

For those of you who don’t know — sensory processing disorder is where a child has issues processing sensory items in their environment so much that it inhibits their daily routine. This is not limited to the 5 senses we all know (like touch/taste/sight/hearing/smell) but also the others related to your sense of self and your relationship to gravity and space. For some, sensory processing issues can be loud noises or scratchy clothing. For my son–it means a lot of things taste funny or weird and he never wants to wear a hat. I mean will throw tantrums if you put anything on his head for a second. And I mean rarely eats toddler appropriate food. Some related issues he has is that we are now seeing a speech therapist for his delays there and seeing an occupational therapist so he can learn age appropriate functions like dressing himself, how to experience new things and yet self-sooth.

Now–there are many reasons why I personally am reading this book. But the information I am learning surrounding sensory processing and its related issues are reasons I want to recommend this book to everyone. First– it has given me a new awareness of things I do to compensate my sensory processing. I know–i’m an adult– but there were things I did as a child I now understand why and as an adult I can learn and help myself function better. Second–it has opened up my eyes and my heart to seeing children (and adults) more neurodiversally. Meaning that some times, people take in information and release out other information differently. And that’s not a bad thing.

What’s been interesting is that sensory processing is tpyically linked with Autism spectrum issues. Many times autistics have sensory processing issues and vice versa. I’m not sure if Austin has it himself (i’ve been told no but he’s still under 3 so you never know where things go at this age,) but I am interacting on social media with parents who have sensory/autstic families and adults to help/support/understand what it means to look at the world differently. That’s a huge reason in itself to read this book.

So if you need some non fiction ready for something very insightful and severely misunderstood, read this book.

 

Books for the Year -2019

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So I don’t know how many of you out there in internet/blog land do this–but its kind of my “quirk” every year to make a book list reading goal. I never complete it. But at least I know I try to focus myself into reading–an important tastk. Let me tell you–watching my son go grab ANY book (let alone “Star Wars: I am a Droid”) and bring it to me to read during a TV shows is a huge parenting win in my book. Especially for a boy who can hardly sit still.

So to recap– this year i set a goal of 20 books. Its a little under 2 books a month. I thought “well, I’ll go to book group and work back towards reading.” HA! Have kid-having hard time keeping up on reading adult books. Realistically i have read probably 20 more bookx than expected. But the actual goal of completed adult books is 6. Reading “Night Night Groot” every night for a good 3 months doesn’t expand my mind or grow my vocabulary (it does my son’s though 🙂 )

So I’m trying to figure out how to take seriously reading. I know I can reflect my love for reading to my son. And trust me–I LOVE THAT! But its tiring. And sometimes he only wants me to read the book. Or sometime my husband. And that’s not healthy reading for an adult.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Should I go for 20 again? Set a goal of 12 (1 book a month) or even less than 6? Any special books you can remmend?

Make Room for the Giant

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2018 has come and half gone already. I was shocked to realize that my reading goal of 20 books is slowly losing space. But considering I started off the adventurous, maybe the next books will be easier.

That being said, you’re problem where the title of this blog came from. No, it’s not the title of the book. It’s in reference to it’s pure size.

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This book is in no way short. Almost 500 pages of hidden (not secretive) history of Autism, it’s impacts on early children diagnosed, parents of those children and eventually the growth of something called neurodiversity. This is a fairly new term that explains the idea that autism doesn’t need a cure to fix a problem, but that autistic people have a different set of neurons providing a creative and sensitive outlook on life.

Despite its length, i enjoyed this book. I discovered how the beginnings of this condition confused many people, leading to bad insights like “bad parenting causes autism and therefore you should send your kid away.” It’s just horrible some of the things they thought and put families through. It really opened my eyes to the struggles related to autism.

My favorite chapter is the one about finding autistic mind can truly open up a world of creativity. Especially the beginnings of science fiction. People formed what would be considered the first fan clubs over the early fantasies and thoughts about space, astronauts and aliens. Let me tell you as another fan-girl, it was awesome!

So if you need a long book but want to be entertained and educated, pick up a copy!

The Missing Reading Records (sept 2017-april 2018)

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Wow. In working through this bog with a small child pushing buttons of the keyboard I realized I have not written in my book reading section in several months.  And I have actually read several books. So here’s a brief summary of the things I have read since my last post:

KETOGENIC COOKBOOKS: For my pcos diet I have picked up several of Maria Emmerich’s cook books on this Diet. They are organized in a lovely simplistic manner and include meal plans I can actually follow. My favorites are the quick and easy Keto book as well as the easy dairy free one. Not an easy diet, but well worth trying if you have hormone issues.

Allie and Bae by Catherine Ryan Hyde: an easy read a out an older lady and a younger teenager caught in unfortunate circumstances and how they survive by thriving with each other. We read it for my church book group, i recommend it if you need a filler, it’s not jaw dropping but I really needed support and encouragement and this book has definitely elements for that at any age.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle: short but so jammed packed! Yes we read it before the movie came out. I had never read it…which was unfortunate cause it is my perfect book. Science, fantasy, love, faith…agh! I can’t rave about this book enough. I won’t be seeing the movie right away though. One because I have a kid but more for reason two that I don’t want to ruin any quality it has by my read and I don’t want to ruin the book by analyzing the movie. I have respect for both genres and therefore will take some time.

Highly sensitive person and Highly sensitive child by Elaine Aron: I was given the Child book before as a recommendation as I noticed some things going on with Austin and wanted some answers. But starting that book cause me to look st myself as realize I have sensitivities I have adapted for adult living. Both these books were great for that!

Well that’s the completed bunch so far. I’m almost thru another couple books but life jumped in the way and movie season is upon us. Hopefully updates will come more often. Hopefully the blog posts will too