Twitterature, November/December 2013

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An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear. Maisie’s background investigation for a real estate transaction leads her to discover a terrible wartime secret of the people of small village in Kent. Full of plot twists and interesting characters! #gypsies #violins #dirtysecrets #zenophobiaisbad

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris. This book of holiday-themed essays and short stories was a mixed bag. His personal essays were good, but the others were awful. He’s going for dark humor but the topics are so extreme that they weren’t funny to me at all. Read Me Talk Pretty One Day instead. #skipit #theoppositeofholidaycheer #deadbabiesandpointlessamputationsarentfunny

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. The grown-up version of The Fault in our Stars, with quadriplegia instead of cancer.  This book puts you inside the heads of the characters (although I didn’t like the changes of narrator throughout) and really makes you think about what you would do in their situations.  #morethanaromance #morethananeuthanasiabook

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.  This book is full of practical advice about how to communicate with your kids to build up their confidence and make them more independent. It’s not a wishy-washy discipline book, it’s a guide to interacting with respect (going both ways) and teaching kids how to be problem solvers. #nomoreyelling #itneverworksanyway

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The One Community photoblogging project continues in 2014!  The January link-up opens on January 5.  The words for January are treasure, silver, resolution and winter.  I always love seeing everyone’s photographic interpretations of the inspiration words.

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21 thoughts on “Twitterature, November/December 2013

    • Yeah, I’ve liked other Sedaris books so I was a little disappointed in this one. It’s my book club book for this month so it will be interesting to hear what everyone else thought. I would recommend Me Before You, definitely!

    • I’d say go with Stars unless you can’t handle reading a storyline involving kids with cancer. (I know, it sounds horrible, but it’s an amazing book.)

    • It will be a good book club book — lots to discuss. I’d definitely say David sedaris isn’t for everyone, but if you like dry humor, his more memoir type books are pretty good.

    • Wow, you are a very quick reader! I hope to find a little time to read over the next few weeks as well. Visiting family members = more hands to help with kiddos = more free time for mama! =)

    • Of the Sedaris books I’ve read, I would agree with that. I like a lot of his essays on This American Life, too. Yes… Read Maisie Dobbs! It’s so good, and there are 10+ books in the series so you won’t get through it too quickly. I’m taking it slow and just reading one every once in a while.

    • It is sad, but more of a “wow, that really makes you think” than tears dripping on the page kind of sad. It’s worth a read, unless you have a friend or family member with a terminal illness, it might be upsetting.

  1. That’s a great description of Me Before You! I’ve read the first Maisie Dobbs book but haven’t gotten to any of the others yet–but I will! And thanks for the review of the Sedaris book, because I’ll just skip that one. Your description sounds so similar to how I felt about his latest (Let’s Talk About Diabetes with Owls). While some of the essays were hysterical, the other 2/3 were way too dark for me. I’d much rather re-read Me Talk Pretty One Day than wade through the yuck to get to the good stuff.
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