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Saturday, November 7, 2015

October Reads

It's Saturday and I'm spending the whole day downtown at a business course. I'm really hoping to learn a lot to help propel National Capital Doulas forward and help us grow and expand. Big plans, I tell you!

So this post is going to be quick because I only made it through two books in October. Can you tell I've been busy? When I look at my list for the year, I'm just so glad I read a lot in the first half. I think I need to find more in the young adult genre because those are quick reads!

44. The Intuitive Parent

From Goodreads: Parents are constantly overwhelmed with advice on how to raise smarter babies. All too often, fear is used to promote a particular cause (such as the vaccine-autism scare) or to market worthless products (such as “Baby Einstein” videos) that promise to make a child smarter or speed up development.

Now Stephen Camarata proves that educational fads and public health scares aren’t just stressful—they prevent parents from doing the things that would actually protect their child and promote learning and healthy brain development.

Camarata draws on research, case studies, and experiences with his own patients to argue for a return to instinct-driven parenting. Developmental milestones are misleading, and earlier is not necessarily better. He shows why the best things parents can do are almost always low-cost, routine activities such as playing “peek-a-boo”, reading books aloud, and simply paying attention to their child and responding naturally. This is the true “magic” that ultimately leads to intelligent, confident, curious adults.

This book will empower parents to recognize irrational fears and incredible claims that increase worry, steal their cash, and diminish their enjoyment of parenting.

What I thought: Because I was sent this book to review, I did a separate post for it which you can read here, but briefly, I liked the book and the overall message of you being exactly what your child needs. It's an empowering idea when a lot of the messaging parents get tells us that we aren't doing enough for our children and they'll be behind if we don't encourage them to do everything early and get them into the best schools. It's a relief to know that my kids will be fine despite my lack of Pinterest-worthy crafts and taking the grocery shopping instead of signing them up for all sorts of activities. Phew!

45. The Martian

From Goodreads: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—& a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

What I thought: BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR! I devoured this book and then I insisted J read it and HE devoured it. Then we went and saw the movie and it was awesome. You should read this book. 

So what do you think? Will I make it to my goal of reading 50 books this year?  


  1. Agreed about The Martian - I loved it! It was just such a fun read and totally engrossing. I haven't seen the movie yet - good to hear they did it justice!

    1. The movie could have been an hour longer with the stuff that got left out, but it was a good movie.