Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Review of "Oh Crap Potty Training" by Jamie Glowacki

Brief Summary: "Oh Crap Potty Training" does it's best to lighten a tough and stressful topic in the life of parents with toddlers.

Long Summary: Potty training is dreaded by every toddler parent by Jamie outlines how we should rethink our approach. The book addresses potty training as learning. We are assisting our children in learning a new skill not training them as we would a dog. I advocate for changing the name to potty learning, or toilet education. What child or adult wants to be trained?

In any case, this book outlines what to do, how to do it and several problems that may come up along the way. I appreciate that a variety of situations are covered. I am considering buying this book when I get ready to educate my child on how we as a society deal with our waste.

Rating:4/5

Other Works: Forthcoming: "Oh Crap I Have a Toddler"

Friday, October 26, 2018

Review of "Girl Wash Your Face" by Rachel Hollis

Brief Summary: "Girl Wash Your Face" is a self-help book laying down the hard work you need to get ahead in your life.

Long Summary: On a suggestion from a friend I listened to "Girl Wash Your Face" and found the book enlightening, uplifting, and a tad depressing. Depressing? Well yes. Rachel explains in the book how anything can be done if you set your mind to it. Well maybe that is how I am interpreting what she was saying. As much as she tries to say she doesn't have it all together and has had struggles, it does seem she has a very blessed life. Although, I suppose if anyone examines their life against someone else you will find things you are unhappy with and want to change. I would have to say overall this book has made me ask some hard questions and try to figure out where I am going with my life. I am trying to figure out how to be happier parenting as a stay-at-home mom.

The book is outlined with chapters being headed by lies and Rachel detailing why they are lies and how she has worked through them. I was thrown for a loop by her story about her boyfriend and then husband as I thought they were two different people. It turns out Rachel is the one who changed. While this book is an easy read and I found the narrative compelling I would advise you to stay away from it if you do not want to deeply think about your own life.

Rating: 4/5

Other Works: Party Girl, Sweet Girl, Smart Girl, Upcoming: Girl Stop Apologizing,

Monday, October 22, 2018

Review of "The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet"

Brief Summary: "The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet" is about an interstellar story about a collection of different species on a journey to a planet that has just joined the GC.

Long Summary: As a fan of Science Fiction stories about space I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The book begins following a female character, Rosemary, and how she cam to be on the Wayfarer. She joins a crew of humans and aliens on a tunneling ship. The crew immediately makes her feel welcome even after they learn about her past. The crew goes on a long voyage together to complete a tunnel to a new part of the galaxy that has just joined the GC. The job doesn't go as planned but the crew sticks together as a family.

I cannot recommend this book enough. I am looking forward to reading the other two books in the series as soon as I can. I enjoyed the character development, the world development, and the plot. There is so much to love and the descriptions are so vivid without being too wordy. If you are looking for a space adventure with different species all interacting together as a family unit you will enjoy this book!

Rating: 4.8/5

Other Works: Record of a Spaceborn Few, A Closed and Common Orbit