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I don't have time to read them, so i'm taking them back to the library

The killing moon NK Jemisin
The Throne of the Cresent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
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The Intentional Spinner by Judith McCuin

I'm not a spinner...or at least not a hardcore spinner. I kinda know what I'm going with a drop spindle and we'll leave it at that. I picked up this book at the library on a whim because I wanted to see what it said. The first four chapters or so are invaluable for any yarn/fiber enthusiast. The author goes through each type of yarn, how its made and what its good for. Then she goes through all the different types of fibers (plant, animal, man made) talks about the harvesting process, the carding process, and what the resulting yarn is good for. Awesome stuff! Worth borrowing from the library for that information alone. I learned an incredible amount and will be able to make some more interesting choices for yarn for my next project.
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I like trashy novels. They are great light-weight reading. But! I don't read many of them anymore. Why? The really boring ass cliche's. So if I'm going to read a trashy novel, it has to have something interesting about it. Magic, time travel, sci-fi, vamps...something. I'm bored with bodice rippers.

So I found a new series. The Warriors of Atlantis by Alyssa Day. Atlantis, vamps, magic, shapeshifters, random Gods. That works! I can read one in about 2 hours. And the heroines aren't automatically virgins (since I don't read much trash, this is a first for me) which is really kind of awesome.
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251.

I read, at least, 251 books in 2010. I'm actually a bit disappointed in the number. I was sure I'd hit somewhere in the 300's. But all in all. 251 isn't too bad. I got a lot of reading done. Especially when you add in: the daily paper, the Newsweek that comes every week, the 3 different homeschooling mags, Playboy, three different parenting mags, three different stitching mags, two zines, two travel mags, and one Waldorf Education magazine. I think if I cut out all my magazines, I'd have more time to read books.

Now there's a goal...stop reading magzines.

I don't think I'll continue this for 2011. It was an interesting experiment. I enjoyed it...but not enough to continue it.

I'll still post things about really interesting books or books I want to be able to find later.

What interesting books did YOU read this year?
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New book read to the Ike at bedtime.

251. Skippyjon Jones in the Dog House by Judy Schachner
Okay, if you like picture books and you haven't read this series...do yourself a favor...go and find one. We LOVE this series. Its about a siamese cat...whose alter ego is a chihuahua named Skippito Friskito and has adventures in his bedroom closet. Skippito Friskito speaks in his best Spanish accent. His Mama, Mama Junebug Jones, is always sending him to his room trying to get him to think Siamese Cat! She also speaks in a southern accent...in fact, Joe pointed out that I channel Holly Hunter when I read her bits. It seems appropriate. We still don't own any of these...mostly because there are soooooo many copies at the library and the kids just keep checking them out.
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247. Daughter of the Empire
248. Servant of the Empire
249. Mistress of the empire by Raymond Feist and Janny Wurtz
A triology of the other side of the Riftwar.

250. An Outline of Renewal of Waldorf Education by Mark-Dominick Riccio
Doctoral dissertation put into book form. It has some really interesting insights on how to read Steiner. Because Steiner is damn hard stuff to read. Also has some insights into the curriculum and how it was intended to be designed and used. How it might have looked if Steiner hadn't been forced to make it fit with the German educational authorities. Definitely making me look at what and why I'm teaching differently. I'm looking forward to reading his other works.

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Dec. 31st, 2010 02:00 pm
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The audio version.

I love my MP3 player. I listen to lots of books on it. We also listen to books in the car...well. Why not?

225. Excuses Begone by Wayne Dyer
His latest book. Very good, but basically a rewrite of Katie Byron's "the work"

226. Human Values in Eduction By Rudolf Steiner
A lecture series by Steiner...I listened to this so long ago, nothing is popping into my head about what's in it.

227. Inutitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path By Rudolf Steiner
Also known as the Philosophy of Freedom. The bedrock book of Anthrosophy. And its also the What book.

228. Love and its meaning in the world by Rudolf Steiner
A lecture series by Steiner. A bunch of lectures about Love and how it works. Its Divine Manifesitation, how it works upon humans...some of the stuff in this series was WAAAYYYYYYY out there (current humans descend from a single sex bipedal mammal? WTF?).

229. Knowledge of Higher Worlds by Rudolf Steiner
This is the How book. i.e. how to be an Anthroposophist. There's also some Why in it as well.

230. Spiritual Solution for Every Problem by Wayne Dyer
One of his older books, but I LOVE this book. Very uplifting and positive.

231. The Childs Changing Consciousness by Rudolf Steiner
Another lecture series. This is a deep look at the ages and stages in regards to teaching.

232. the Education of the child
Lecture series (notice a theme here? I have a hard time reading Steiner...I find its easier to listen and absorb what's being said) This is one of the pedagogical series.

233. Kingdom of Childhood by Rudolf Steiner
LOVE this one. The only one delivered to an English auidence...so its not translated from german stenography...this one was translated on the spot by an translator. Another of the pedagogical series.

234. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Classic of Western Civilization. Kids loved it.

235. The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Book 2.

236. Barefoot book of Princesses by Caitlín Matthews
Princess stories...need I say more?

237. The Story Tree by Hugh Lupton
Barefoot book of stories intended for the younger set. Read by the author. Sounds like Christopher Eccleston is reading stories to us.

238.Barefoot book of Fairies by
Tanya Robyn Batt
Fairy Stories on 2 CD's

239.Barefoot Book of Knights by John Matthews
Knight Stories. Read by Anthony Head "Bad Doggie!"

240. Tales from Celtic Lands by
Caitlín Matthews
Tales from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany.

241. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

242. The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne

243. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Berry
a how Peter Pan became Peter Pan story. Awesome!

244. Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Berry
Book 2! Again Awesome!


245 Practical Advice to Teachers & 246. Discussions with Teachers by Rudolf Steiner
I put these two together because they are the transcripts of the TWO WEEK crash course Steiner held right before starting the Waldorf School in Stuttgart. Practical Advice is the morning lectures, Discussions is the discussions they had in the afternoon. I personally would love to see the two books put together in one book. So I could read the morning lecture, and then read the discussion section. Rather than having to flip back and forth.

Alright that's all the audio books I can either think of or find somewhere that I know I've listened to. But there's probably more.
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I've got a stack of picture books and I want to get these off my desk

212. Rapunzel retold by Barbara Rogasky
Got it for the illustrations (lovely) but love it for its a pretty true retelling of the original Grimms. They just added that the prince and Rapunzel were married before she got out of the tower...don't want to be explaining those bastard twins now do we?

213. Thumbelina by Sylvia Long
Never read this one before...wierd story. Nice illustrations though.

214. The Log Cabin Christmas by Ellen Howard
Interesting story...awful for the dialog. I hate reading to my kids things that aren't in proper English...adding an accent doesn't bother me...but bleh.

215.The NIght Before Christmas by Clement Moore
Illustrated by Mary Englebreit...awesome! And it even says "Donder!"

216. The Little Drummer Mouse by Mercer Mayer
Awesome illustrations. Cute story. Will get this one from the library next year.

217. Silver Packages by Cynthia Rylant
Interesting story.

218.The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers

219. Old Turtle and the Broken Truth by Douglas Wood
Christmas present from [livejournal.com profile] allanh  and his lovely husband Randy. A must for the bookshelf for those who want to raise children with religious tolerance.  We love this book. This is actually book 2...I need to get book 1.

End of picture books
220.Making Fairy Tale Scenes by Sybille Adolphi
Another Waldorf crafting book. Lovely! I must make the Mother Holle in it.

221. Magician: Apprentice by Raymond Feist
222. Magician: Master by Raymond Feist
Books 1 and 2 of the Riftwar Saga. We are talking about coming up with a new campaign and this series came up in conversation. I needed some light reading...so I grabbed these. Good stuff!

223. Raising Blaze:Bringing up an extraordinary son in an ordinary world by Debra Ginsberg
Seen on the Parenting shelf in the Library amongst the raising boy books. Originally written in 2001. As I was reading I was going "this kid is autistic". And with the re-release this past year she changed the subtitle to "A Mother and Son's Long, Strange Journey into Autism" For me...it was a really good book. It showed me a window of another family affected with autism...and it made me glad Ike was born 16 years after this kid. And it reinforced my opinion of what public school can really do for kids like them...and why I'm keeping Ike out of them. Mostly because I don't think its improved any.

224. There if you need me: a true story by Kate Braestrup
I enjoyed her book on prayer so much I went out and requested her other books. Loved it! Funny, and at some points made me want to cry. And I never, ever want to have to meet her in her professional capacity. At a book signing, yes. At her job. NFW.

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Dec. 22nd, 2010 04:08 pm
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208. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
Believe it or not, I've never read this story before. Duh. Its good. And it got left out in the rain last night. that's going to hurt when I take it back to the library tomorrow.

209. Parenting for a Healthy Future by Dotty Coplen
Love this book. It articulates many things I believe about parenting in general and will bring out its own blog post. Coming soon.

210. Little Bee Sunbeam by Jakob Streit
I saw this at RSC bookstore in August so I grabbed it. Lovely book. Its a story about a young bee and hides an amazing amount of information about bees appropriate for the younger grades.

211. Beginner's Grace: Bringing Prayer to Life by Kate Braestrup
I saw this in the new books section of the library and snapped it up. Really good book. Its not often that a book will cause me to laugh out loud...much less several times. It took me till about halfway through the book to realize she's a UU Minister. (the Minister part is upfront...took me awhile to figure out the flavor) Lighthearted yet serious look at prayer.

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Dec. 16th, 2010 10:06 pm
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Grrr. I had a list of about 15 picture books that I was going to add to this list...but then my computer crashed and the file was lost. Oh well. I'll add the ones I remember

201. Naamah's Curse by Jacqueline Carey
Book 2 of the Naamah Trilogy. Good stuff! I want this trilogy someday.

202. Sliding into home by Kendra Wilkinson
Hey, I like the show. I'll borrow the book from the library. Its pretty much what you expect.

203. I am Wonder Woman by Erin Stein
Early reader of the origin on Wonder Woman. Gwen has developed a fascination with WW. That's my girl!

204. Cars by Pixar
Big Picture book of the movie. No surprises here.

205. Star Tree by Gisela Colle
Lovely book. Story about a city pulled together during a winter storm.

206.the Three little Javelinas by Susan Lowell
The three little pigs moved to the Southwest desert.

207. How Jackrabbit got his long ears. by Heather Irbinskas
Trickster tale of the Southwest.

The end is nigh. Coming up...a list of all the audio books I've listened to. Yes, they count!

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Nov. 30th, 2010 07:42 pm
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197. Wild Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz
I've been wanting this book for awhile. Its a "cookbook" of fermenting foods...all sorts of foods! I am looking forward (as is Joe) on using the Kimchee recipe!

198.Magic Wool: Creative Activities with Natural Sheeps Wool by Dagmar Schmidt & Freya Jaffke
Cool book! I see all these neat wool roving pictures and I've never known how to make them. This book shows how to make them. I can't wait to use it!

199. Get Me Out! A History of childbirth, from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank by Randi Epstein
This one caught my eye in the non-fiction section at the library.  Not bad...quick read

200. The Nature Connection: An outdoor workbook for kids, families, and classrooms by Clare Walker Leslie
I love reading the other books she's written and this is one is one I've looked forward to seeing being produced. Its a workbook based on the months of the year with lots of activities. I am looking forward to using this with the kids in a couple of years.

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Nov. 23rd, 2010 09:29 pm
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194. A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole
Saw this one at the used bookstore and the drawings inside caught my eye. Chapter book level reading, simple, but nice story. Illustrations are awesome

195. Bunny tales:Behind closed doors at the Playboy Mansion by Izabella St. James
Story of one of the Party Posse. Hef's set of 7 girlfriends. No surprises, but still interesting.

196. Teach your own by John Holt.
Old book on homeschooling, but considered one of the classics. As a nearly 30 year old book its legal information was quite dated, but some of the other bits were still applicable. Enjoyable read. One statement that made me really think. At one point the author points out that most people not only neither trust nor respect children, they don't like them either. And I'm going "Wait....what?" I thought about it and realized its true. We don't trust children...we weren't trusted as children (I'm sure we can all point to incidents we when we were children and adults didn't trust us) and in turn we don't trust the children around us. We are trained by society to believe that children are out to do bad, make messes, do the wrong thing on purpose to irritate us, etc, etc. Its making me think about how I think about my children.

And I also pondered the not liking children. I realized that's true too. Most people will say they like children. And what they mean is they like well behaved, quiet, non-intrusive, instantly obedient children. Hence [livejournal.com profile] ross_teneyck 's comment that truly the best thing in the world is holding a sleeping baby...who upon waking up screaming and puking which you can hand back to its mother. As long as the baby was quiet and sleeping...its a good baby and you like it. Once it wakes up, hand it off to someone else to deal with, its not such a pleasant baby anymore. So go away baby! (Sorry to pick on you Ross). And most adult views of children follow this same path. As long as children are quiet and not bothering me...they are good kids and likable. Once they start acting like active children...they are a menace and need a good beating disciplining so they stop acting up. Maybe I'm a little sensitive about this. Not too long ago someone told me that I have the worst behaved children they've ever seen. Maybe that's true...but I think I need to work on continuing to like them when they do act like little beasts brats heathens terrors monsters children. Loving children is easy...liking them...especially when there are a lot of them, and are not easy children, is a lot harder.

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Nov. 12th, 2010 02:31 pm
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191. The Vanishing Pumpkin by Tony Johnston
Cute story, read many, many, many times right before Halloween. Love the artwork (but then again, I'm a huge fan of Tomie dePaola)

192. Bullet by Laurel K. Hamilton.
Latest Anita Blake book. Another excuse to write sex scenes. Very little character or plot development. (okay some character development) and an interesting look at mistakes made in polyamourous relationships. A good example of the assume principle.

193 Developing the observing eye: Teacher observation and assessment in early childhood education. by Cynthia Murphy-Lang
I was a little disappointed by this book. I got the impression not only by the title but the review by the bookstore owner that this book would be very helpful for someone attempting to develop the habit of child observation. Exercises and things. What I got was a part on Steiner education and then a second part that consisted of a lot of checklist assessment pages and their meanings. Not at all what I was looking for. Good stuff was still there...but the meat of the book was not what I wanted.
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186. Who said boo: Halloween poems for the very young by Nancy Carlstrom
Cute poems!!! Perfect for k-2. Illustrations are awesome too.

187. Pedro and the Padre by Verna Aardema
Local bad boy makes good after adventures.

188.Rabbit makes a monkey of lion by Verna Aardema
Precursor to several Bre'r Rabbit stories. Sister Rabbit is still in Africa.

189. The girl who spun gold by Virginia Hamilton
Multi-cultural Rumplestiltskin. Story moved to the West Indies. Gorgeous illustrations.

190. Make way for ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Classic of Western Civilization. Awesome illustrations...can see why its got the medal.

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Oct. 31st, 2010 09:33 pm
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182. Loving What Is: Four Questions that can Change your Life by Byron Katie
'Nother self-help book. Mentioned by Wayne Dyer in one of his lectures so I decided to swipe it from the library and read it. Good stuff and useful I think.

183. A Warm and Gentle Welcome: Nurturing Children from Birth to Age 3, The Gateways Series Five Edited by Trice Atchinson & Margaret Ris
Gateways is a publication by WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America) and this is a series of articles pulled from that publication and republished around a theme. Although it wasn't on the required reading list for Lifeways, it seemed like it would be a good read when I spotted it at the Rudolf Steiner College Bookstore. So I grabbed it. I was right, it was a good read. And I received photocopies of 4 articles in it during my last class. Awesome articles. And some things are not only applicable to working with that age group, but with children beyond. I enjoyed this one very much.

184. The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz
I thought this was a Halloween story. Wrong! Its a Thanksgiving Story. Very cute.

I'm doing a very bad job of keeping up on all the picture books I keep reading. I keep returning them to the library before I blog them down. Bad Jen.

185. Divine Misdemeanors by Laurel K. Hamilton
An excuse to write Fairy sex. Lightweight and a fun read.
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179.Write these laws on your children: Inside the world of conservative Christian homeschooling by Robert Kunzman
The most common face of homeschooling in America is conservative Christians (CC) who want to protect their children from the "Goddless Culture". So I'm definitely not that, I wanted to see what this guy came up with. It was not a wide book. This book profiles exactly 6 families. Which isn't a big enough sample in my opinion to put up as the face of CC Homeschooling. But they volunteered. This book disturbed me for a couple of reasons. 1. Two of the families should NOT be homeschooling. One because it was her husbands idea and she did so reluctantly. The other for being the sterotypical inbred, ignorant, white trash, redneck Christian. Who are also child abusers who swear by and promote the use of that damn book "To train up a child" (The book has been implicated in several severe cases of child abuse and child death in homeschooling families. Go look at the Amazon entry for quotes and samples. Ugh) The other thing that really bothered me is that not one family was "Homeschooling". There were all "schooling at home". Their childrens' education all consisted of textbooks, reading chapters, answering the questions in the back, take the quiz. Wash, rinse, repeat. But after some consideration I realized that their educational goals were to put God back in, which they accomplish, but not necessarily to create creative, imaginative, thinkers. The author tries valiantly to stay neutral, but fails. I will give him many props however that he states at the end of the book that he was bankrolled by the NEA.

180. The Armageddon Inheritance by David Weber
Book two in the "Empire from Ashes" series. I can't find book 1. But I read it anyway. Weber is still a good read

181. Heirs of Empire by David Weber
Book three. I don't think Weber will come back to this series even though he left room for more expansion. He stole too many of the ideas from this series for his new Safehold series. Which is VERY good by the way.

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Oct. 8th, 2010 07:53 am
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Today's entry is brought to you just so I can turn this one into the library today.

178. Knitting Rules by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Okay, first off, if you are going to write a book about knitting, it helps to have a last name of Pearl. This is another blogger turned book author. I saw this  one on the bookshelf at the library last week and started skimming it and decided it needed a full read. Its cute. And funny. And there are some good knitting tips in it too. Borrow this one from the library...not really worth owning IMO. But still an amusing read.

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Sep. 29th, 2010 08:33 pm
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175.  A Sufi Message of Spiritual Liberty by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Short, sweet and to the point. An interesting counterpoint to Steiner

176. Spend the Day in Ancient Rome: Projects and Activities that bring the Past to Life by Linda Honan
Found this one sitting on an end cap at the library. We'll cover Ancient Rome Someday (6th grade I think), but it never hurts to find and write down a good resource. This one is okay. There's some interesting projects in it. It will probably merit another look when that particular block is much closer. Also need to note the author has written one for Ancient Egypt as well.

177. Chanticleer and the fox by Geoffrey Chaucer
Lovely book. One of the tales from Canterbury Tales. Lovely illustrations...kids liked this one a lot!
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169. Lily Quench and the Dragon of Ashby by Natalie Jane Prior
Cute kids book about a strong young girl. Writing was a bit too juvenile for my tasteI also did not like references to drinking and face lifts....not appropriate for a juvie book. Other than that it was cute.

170. Hold on to your Kids: Why parents need to matter more than peers by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate
Okay, here's a book for mollygm. This one answers the question on why young kids don't really need socialization outside of the family sphere. Really, really good read. A lot of lightbulbs went off in my head while reading this one. Not just about my parenting but about society in general.

171. Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes you Knew by Ellen Notbohm
Awesome book. One that needs to be read by every family member, teacher, specialist, or anybody else who is around children with autism. Google the title of the book and you'll get the essay that inspired the expansion to book form. Some people may be getting this for Christmas from us this year.

172.The Tale of the Turnip by Brian Alderson
Beautiful Illustrations. I have to admit its what caught my eye. Basic premise, snooty bastard gets what he deserves. Cute book. I think I've read it 4 times today alone.

173. The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop
Cute chinese fairy tale. After the second page I dropped the word chinese in front of the word brother. The two are inseparable. The drawings are primitive and somewhat racist. Then I took a look at the publication date. 1938. Okay, that explains a lot. Still a good story.

174. The Uncle Wiggily Book: The Rabbit Gentleman's Adventures by Howard R. Garis
I grew up with the Uncle Wiggily game. So when I saw this book at the used bookstore I snapped it up! I never realized the game was based on a book! Cute stories! HORRIBLE writing. How in the world did this thing ever get published? Its awful! Where the hell was the editor's red pencil. Illustrations are awesome though. Bre'r Rabbit would kick his sorry ass.

175. John Henry by Julius Lester (Dammit, already did this one...#129)
Speaking of Bre'r Rabbit...American Tall Tale about John Henry. Just go ahead and google it if you've never heard of him. I had never heard of him until I met Joe and he kept singin' this silly song. "When John Henry was a little baby! Wham!" And then he'd slap his hand on the table. WTF? (BTW if you need a copy of "Trains!" Joe's got the MP3's) whatever. So when I decided to do American Tall Tales for school, I knew I had to do John Henry because it was new to me. And when I found this one at the library I just had to read it to him. This reading went really, really well. Good story, good illustrations.

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Sep. 16th, 2010 07:54 pm
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164. Anansi finds a fool by Verna Aardema
I can only fit in only so many fables and trickster tales into our school work. So I'm grabbing ones from the library to read during story time after lunch. This is one of them. I'll be reading more.

165. Iktomi and the Boulder by Paul Goble
Another Native American Tale by Paul Goble. Awesome illustrations!

166. Hero of the Rails by Awdry
Thomas the Tank Engine story. Enough said.

167. Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against all Odds. by Jenny McCarthy
I know some people hate her for the No Vax thing. I still say she has some valuable things to say about biomedical treatments of autism. This was a book of essays about other people. And their autistic children. There were many instances where I kept going "ooo! That's just like Ike!" Its a good book of hope.

168. More than a Mom: Living a Full and Balanced Life when your Child has Special Needs by Amy Baskin and Heather Fawcett
Title pretty much says it all. Found some good things in here..skimmed last part...its all about that career thing.

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