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Showers of Books


Happily for me, I’ve been going to loads of baby showers lately. I guess it’s just that time of life where all your peers are having kids. Hooray! I love baby showers, and I love giving baby shower gifts! Of course, what do I give at these showers? Books! Pictured above are books I’ve given as gifts at the three showers I’ve attended in May (not everyone got ALL these books, but everyone got a mixture of some of these).


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Recommendation: Gilda Joyce: Ladies of the Lake*

51bn2kq1yxl_pisitb-dp-500-arrowtopright45-64_ou01_aa240_.jpgWow, I’ve read a lot of good books this year, but this one may just take the cake as my TOP read of 2007 (so far!). Gilda Joyce: Ladies of the Lake by Jennifer Allison is just so much fun! I love to read, and I love to laugh. But reading doesn’t usually make me laugh. This book is truly laugh-out-loud hilarious. Gilda Joyce is the girl I wish I had been when I was 13. She wears wigs, she solves mysteries, and her personality just LEAPS off the page. I finished the book this morning and–Oh Gilda!–I miss you. Luckily, I see another Gilda Joyce installment hits shelves in August!

In Gilda Joyce: Ladies of the Lake our fearless heroine solves the mystery surrounding the death of a student at an expensive private school that Gilda herself is attending on scholarship. You wouldn’t think a book about a girl drowning could be funny, but this one is! Gilda’s comments are hilarious–I especially enjoyed the goings on in Mr. Pante’s class (that’s Pan-TAY, not Panty!).

Ladies of the Lake is my second encounter with Gilda. I read Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator last summer. Why did I wait so long to read this one? Who knows. But it was worth the wait. The first one is spookier, the second funnier, and both are wonderful. Gilda Joyce fills a niche lots of kids are looking for: a mystery AND funny book. Go get yourself some Gilda Joyce!

*Yuma County Library book

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Reading, Carolina Style

Well, I’m back from hiatus, folks! Thanks for hangin’ in. Several days ago I posted about my Spring Break reading. I wondered what this Spring Break would bring. SB ’07 is very different from its predecessors, mostly because I now have an 11-month-old. But also because instead of hanging around Yuma and taking a jaunt over to Southern California, this year we visited my sister in North Carolina! I only brought one book on the trip because I didn’t think I’d have much time for reading, between taking care of Teddy and gabbing with my l’il sis. Turns out, I finished, not one but two books over Spring Break this year. Without further ado, here’s the Spring Break 2007 list:

Sunk Without a Sound: The Tragic Colorado River Honeymoon of Glen and Bessie Hyde by Brad Dimock
It’s a Boy: Women Writers on Raising Sons by Andrea J. Buchanan

Sunk Without a Sound is the non-fiction version of Grand Ambition and was also the One Book, One Arizona choice in 2005. As a fiction fan, I must say I did like Grand Ambition better. Sunk is a bit too technical for my taste. But, I did like the “mystery” part of the book. The author went into great detail about the people who claimed to be Glen or Bessie Hyde. Since the bodies were never recovered, no one really knows what happened to the honeymooning couple. One woman, claiming that she was Bessie, said she killed her husband then walked out of the canyon. Hmmm . . . . I read this at my sister’s house, while I was nursing the baby and everyone else was asleep. Definitely creepy.

I checked out It’s a Boy from the Wake County library that my sister uses. What a great book! It’s a group of essays about raising (you guessed it!) boys. The essays are about sons, from pre-birth through teenagerhood. Corny as it may be, all the essays “touched my heart” in one way or another. One in particular made me cry when the author described her now-teenage son and remembered when he was a little boy. This book would make a great gift for any mother of a son. (Andrea J. Buchanan also edited It’s a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters).

Wake County Library April 2007

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Baby in the Hat

Baby in the Hat

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Happy Read Across America Day!

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