On my writer's shelf:
|On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King|
I'm loving this. I've never read anything by Stephen King until now, although I've watched a few film adaptations of his work. His style is so easy to read--not that it's simple-minded at all--it just flows. And his voice is very distinct without overpowering his content. While I don't agree with all his ideas, and his language is a bit colorful every once in a while, I'm finding this book motivating and interesting.
On my reader's shelf:
|The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak|
My Aunt Becca recommended this book to me, raving about how every sentence is pure poetry. I'm only on page 50 of 550, but I already know she is right. It's set in WWII Germany, and I find the different perspective refreshing. Narrated by Death, this book is lyrical. It's the type of fiction that I can read for fun but still feel enriched and inspired by. I would definitely not mind being caught by an old professor reading this.
On my parent's shelf:
|Brain Rules for Baby, by John Medina|
I just finished this, so technically it's on my "to return to the library bookshelf." Written by a developmental molecular biologist, this book approaches babies and young children from a very biological point of view. I really liked that the author vetted any studies mentioned in his book to those published in peer-reviewed journals and successfully replicated. No junk science or pop psychology here. What I really enjoyed was that all the advice in this book perfectly complemented my education as a family scientist--only this was the from the "brain science" perspective instead of the "social science" perspective. I loved that the two disciplines validate each other in this area. Another thing co-validated: the gospel. All the parenting principles outlined in this book were familiar to me, not only because of studying families and human development in college, but because of the church. The best parents are, in a word, Christlike. Very empathic and loving, but they also have high standards for their children. This book also comforted me as a new parent. How do I raise a smart child? Do I need all the bells and whistles of electronic toys and early reading programs? No. The best thing to do for your baby's intellectual development: talk to them, a lot. Also, no TV ... but that's another soapbox.
On my cook's shelf:
|Make it Fast, Cook it Slow, by Stephanie O'Dea|
On my brainless toad's shelf:
|Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, by Linda Berdoll|
What's on your bookshelf?