fruitkakechevy: (Default)
“The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books that they’ve printed.”

Bold those you have read.
Italicize those you intend to read.
Underline the books you LOVE.
Strike out the books you have no intention of ever reading.
Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who’ve read six and force books upon them …
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fruitkakechevy: (hippie)
A couple of you are pregnant (or planning) and I did a lot of reading while I was pregnant, so I thought I should post a list of things I found especially useful, as well as things that SUCKED.

"Take Charge of Your Fertility" Tori Wexler
"Garden of Fertility" Katie Singer (no personal exp, but recommended)
The class by the Couple to Couple League. (they're a little Too Excited, but they're dedicated and will help you to understand charting)

"The Pregnancy Book" Dr. Sears
DO NOT READ: "What to Expect When You're Expecting". It will make you fearful and overly-reliant on doctors. Ignore the clever title, and move on to something better. Almost anything is better.

"Birthing From Within" (take the class instead, if you can. It's AMAZING.)
"Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth" Henci Goer
Anything by Ina May Gaskin

Parenting: (best are starred)
"The Baby Book" Dr. Sears (good basic all-round book about babies)
**"Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves" (so great!! Paradigm shifting book.. requires some thought and perhaps reconsideration of what it is to be a parent or a child)
"The Diaper Free Baby" Christine Gross-Loh
"Parenting From the Heart" Jan Hunt
"Three in a Bed" Deborah Jackson
"Unconditional Parenting" Alfie Kohn (along the same lines as "Raising Our Children")
**"The Science of Parenting" Margot Sunderland (very accessible book about the science of attachment parenting.. great for if you have to argue about parenting strategies)
**"The No-Cry Sleep Solution" Elizabeth Pantley (the only sleep book you'll ever need!)
I found that "The Baby Whisperer" was not helpful, but it didn't really offend me either. YMMV.
DO NOT READ: Anything by Gary Ezzo, esp. Babywise. If you follow this plan, your baby will certainly be very unhappy and may actually be harmed.

I've read a bunch of books, and I've read about a bunch more. If you have questions, let me know.. because I certainly have opinions *grins*.


Jan. 11th, 2006 08:40 pm
fruitkakechevy: (panda)
I'd planned to write down the books I'm reading/have completed, but I completely forgot until now. Here's my recollection of the beginning of this year:

Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. I've read this book before, but not for at least 12-15 years. It's really interesting how much of the book I didn't really understand when I read it the last time.. my recollection of some of the stories is entirely different, and makes much more sense now.

Barbara Kingsolver's Animal Dreams. Kingsolver has lots to say about ideas that I hold very dear, so I love to read and reread her books. I especially loved Prodigal Summer.

There was a couple of things in Animal Dreams that pushed buttons. It was a small part of the book, but it's what I remember most. I'm very sensitive to any hint of "The Noble Savage" myth/controversy, and it causes me to read a book much more critically than I might otherwise. I have a deep desire to know about past or present ways of living that love and honour the earth through their daily existence. Though I know that I won't necessarily find this in native culture now any more than in any other culture, I still look for it while feeling wary when someone offers it to me. I think that I must have had my knuckles badly rapped at some point by some super Politically Correct racist-o-phobic anti-cultural-appropriation relativist that accused me of essentializing or something like that.. it still smarts a little, and I can't even remember when it happened!

I'm currently reading:

(off and on, not sure if I'll finish it) Graham Purchase's Anarchism and Ecology. I dip in and out, depending on how active my brain is feeling, and how actively I feel like Damning the Man and Smashing the State.

The Lonely Planet's guide to India. EEEeeEEE!!

Heinrich Herrer's Seven Years in Tibet. Alec got me this for Christmas.. He found me a sweet little hardcover from 1955, and I'm about halfway through. It's the amazing story of a couple of German POWs that escape from India into Tibet. They trek 45 days in a Tibetan winter with inadequate gear (ie: holey shoes, no gloves, very little food), and finally make it to Llasa. No one will sell a traveler food or supplies in Tibet if they don't have the right travel pass.. these guys had NOTHING!! Absolutely amazing. I've been told that the movie will ruin it completely (even though it has Brad Pitt!), so I'm going to try not to watch it.


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