Well-written true crime novel that uses the right amount of detail. If you listen to this as an audiobook, be sure to get a copy of the book to reference the timeline, cast or characters, and maps/diagrams. Enjoyed the chapters most where the authors voice and perspective were shared. Appreciated the epilogue in the audio version on Libby. (Audio)
This book made me do some really hard introspection about the kind of parent I want to be vs. the parent I am today. Waffled between thinking everyone should parent like this and thinking "this is absolutely ridiculous! How could this ever work?" Making my co-parent read so we can discuss. Challenges our cultural norms regarding child rearing and schooling. (Audio)
This book had made me a more thoughtful human. Seeing the world through Annika's eyes developed a greater understanding of people on the autism spectrum. I don't want to spoil the plot so I won't say much else but I highly recommend this love story about second chances and courage.
Holy moly! I've been reading a lot of ya romance lately so I forgot how detailed adult romance novels can get. It was a good surprise. This sexy novel includes lovable characters and I finished it quickly. I'll definitely be picking up other books by the author duo.
A must-read for parents! This book is loaded with research without feeling overly-academic. Full of antecdotes and book recommendations. Chapter 9 is a Q&A of how to implement reading aloud in your home TODAY and details the impact of a 3-month reading experiment on a middle-class family.
I dog-eared so many pages as aha! moments hit me while reading.
Super fast read. 4 short essays and a lot of neat book-loving images/cartoons/quotes.
Will resonate with readers. Could work great as a coffee table book if you are into that kind of book display. Recommend. Read in one sitting.
"It is her voice I hear when I reread my favorite books from childhood." page 9 essay entitled "Autobiography of a Bookworm" by Guinevere de la Mare
"Sometimes it's like people are a million times more beautiful to you in your mind. It's like you see them through a special lens- but maybe if it's how you see them, that's how they really are. It's like the whole tree falling in the forest thing." Pg 47
"Reading out loud is probably the least expensive and most effective intervention we can make for the good of our families, and for the wider culture."
"I don't think a girl ever gets over losing her mom. I'm an adult and it's completely normal and expected for my mom to be dead, but I still feel orphaned sometimes." She smiles at me. "But that's just inescapable, right? When you lose someone in there still hurts, that's when you know the love was real." Pg 310