Thursday, February 23, 2012

What I'm Reading


Right now I'm reading Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting and so far, so good. I'm definitely enjoying the author's writing style; she does a great job of mixing statistics and facts with fun anecdotes and personal stories. It's written in an entirely engaging way, and I feel like I've learned a lot, even though I wasn't reading this book as a parenting book. And I don't really think the author intended for it to be one, anyway! Bringing Up Bebe is more so a look at one woman's experience as an American mother living in France, taking us on her entire journey and sharing what she's learned along the way in a humorous, page-turning tone. It's an easy read- totally approachable, quite fascinating, and if the first three-fourths are indicative of the rest of the book, enjoyable from cover to cover. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who spends time with little ones or really anyone who's interesting in learning more about cross-cultural parenting.

So how about you- what are you reading right now?

31 comments:

  1. That's sounds like a good read - I'm a child carer in a centre with many different cultured children. I'm sure I would be able to learn a lot from it! I am read Crossed by Allie Condie, the sequel to Matched. Its a great read!
    Amy xo
    amyandthecity3.blogspot.com

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  2. Right now I'm reading 1984 by George Orwell. Pretty fascinating!

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  3. "Rape" a Love Story by Joyce Carol Oates. Super tough ...

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  4. Norvegian Wood - Haruki Murakami.
    Danielle, i want suggest you 'The hand that first held mine' from Maggie O'Farrell, my Jenuary book, such a beautiful story and i think you could really like it and understand Lexie character. I cried at the end and is rare! Let me know if you decide follow my advice.

    Have a great day,
    V.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hand-That-First-Held-Mine/dp/075530845X

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  5. I might have to snap this off the shelves and give it a read, currently I'm engaged in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. I have to read a book before I see the movie!

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  6. Sounds good! I'm actually in a no-book phase at the moment. Not because I don't want to ....but because I can't seem to find a book that sounds good enough to read...sometimes I get these phases where everything sounds so booooring...
    So need a book though.

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  7. I am reading book 3 of The Hunger Games triology. I love it so far and I find myself reading it slower now because I don't want it to end. I love when you reccomend books!

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  8. I read the intro to Bringing Up Bebe as an article in the Wall Street Journal, and found it interesting but surprising. A lot of what the author learned from French women was sort of what I took to be the norm in parenting (I must add, I have no kids yet), and I was surprised that these ideas seemed to be new ideas to the author. Certainly, the techniques the French mothers used (those in the intro at least) were what my own mother used on me 30 years ago in the UK, and what we plan to do with our own children should we be lucky enough to have them. I plan on reading the whole book though, as it looks really good.

    Currently reading 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo', because I'm three years behind the groove... :)

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  9. I am currently reading The Girl Who Played With Fire. I just finished Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, well, devoured it actually. This trilogy is engrossing.

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  10. I'm really enjoying that you are sharing all these different kinds of personal posts rather than just the specific formatted series (not that I don't enjoy those too, particularly the love stories).

    And I always love to hear what people are reading!

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  11. Thanks one of your post on the Hunger Games I have been reading the trilogy and am on the last book the Mockingjay. You should definitely add some book reviews to your posts - I so enjoy reading your perspectives on books you've read.

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  12. Currently reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

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  13. Sounds good!

    I am currently reading book three in Nora Roberts' Bride Quartet -- Savor the Moment.

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  14. Sounds good if I had babies :) I'm reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It's gotten mixed reviews, but I've really enjoyed it! It's made me think about things & improve areas in my life. I think you would like it ♥

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  15. I'm currently reading "Looking for Alaska" by John Green to my husband. It's good! I might give that book you mentioned a go,thanks!

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  16. i'm reading a game of thrones. i would not recommend reading this after watching the tv show though. way too similar. a great story, but it's proving tough to get through. but i'm excited to so i can start the next book.

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  17. I just finished reading" A million miles in a thousand years" by Donald Miller. Super inspirational book!

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  18. I adore the cover. It's got a bit of the same color scheme as the book I'm currently reading. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian. Think I'll give this a read next! Sounds really good.

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  19. I just finished the Hunger Games series which was amazing! I suggest it to all!

    http://madnessanmusings.blogspot.com/2012/02/friday-favorites.html

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  20. The 5th Harry Potter book. I only read the first two as a kid so I started reading the others last year and love them now! I have to read a bunch of other books in between to drag the series out though since I know it's done. =]

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  21. Thanks for the book ideas everyone! I'm currently reading "the Complete Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi - EXCELLENT BOOK!!! I learned more about Iran in the first chapter than I'd ever known! Plus, it's in a comic format and chock full of snark - how can you beat that? I highly recommend it.

    Page 150 is the best thing I've read in a while - it's the last time she sees her grandmother before leaving to another country and asks that they sleep together that night. She (Satrapi) watches her grandmother change for bed and describes how grandma puts fresh jasmine flowers in her bra everyday, which makes her smell lovely, and how, as she takes off her bra, these flowers fall from her breasts in the moonlight. It is the most beautiful scene. I now want to grow jasmine for the lovely scented flowers and never wear "perfume" again! And then comes the snark :) She asks her grandmother how her breasts are so round, to which the very serious answer is "every morning and night, I soak them in a bowl of ice water for 10 minutes." LOL Grandma also offers the sage advice that if a man hurts her (Satrapi), to not get too down about it; remember that it's not always malicious, it's really because men are kind of stupid.

    And that's just a single page.

    http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Persepolis-Marjane-Satrapi/dp/0375714839/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330109491&sr=8-1

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  22. I'm reading MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche. It sounds like it's written a lot like the book you're reading now - funny and insightful personal stories along with facts and statistics. I'm really enjoying it a lot, because it's true - it really IS hard to make new friends as an adult! It's giving me lots of ideas on ways to grow my social circle.

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  23. I'm excited to check this out too! Have you read, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother? It got the same kind of attention last year but it's about Chinese parenting styles.

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    1. hehehe this book is actually the inspiration for my next tattoo! I'm going to get a tiger wrapped around my arm with my daughter's name in the tail stripes. Now all I have to do is wait until she's done breastfeeding for ink time :D

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  24. I'm reading Raising Happiness and strongly recommend it for parents and caregivers.

    Next, I'm planning on reading Bringing Up Bebe - can't wait to hear what you think of it!

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  25. Just Kids by Patti Smith. Such an interesting read by such an amazing icon, I'm so in love with her. I do like reading about differences in cultures, and babies, so I might look this one out. I'd love to see more blog posts about what you're reading!

    Rosie xx
    Just Listen

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  26. I'm flip flopping between Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson and The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. I think the latter is proving to be more on my wavelength at the moment, though, so I'll probably get into that one first! Both were on a ton of 2011 year end best lists so I have been looking forward to delving into them for some time.

    Then I'll probably re-read The Hunger Games in preparation for the film! I know you must be as excited about that as I am. :)

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  27. Thanks for the recommendation! Ive been searching for the right book to read and this seems like a perfect match! :) Are there any others that you enjoy? Only if you don't mind sharing!

    Breannaanyan.blogspot.com

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  28. 'happiest toddler on the block" it is pretty good and I'm close to the end.

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  29. I read an article on French parenting and Rob and I were totally nodding along to it. If we have kids I think it's something we'll research as well.

    I'm reading a book about the differences between men and women...I think it's called "Sex on the Brain." VERY interesting. In one part, she cites a study where they took 1-day-old infants (boys and girls) and played sounds of humans in distress. The girls noticeably responded more to the distress than the boys, showing some biological evidence of women being more caring and empathetic (though of course this isn't universal...there are very caring boys and very uncaring girls)! Anyway it's very interesting.

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