What I’m Reading: Book Reviews 2018

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2018 Book reviews of my favorite books.

20-year-old Judah and 7-year-old Apollo enjoy reading side by side.

As you probably know, I am a reader married to a reader raising a houseful of readers. We love books in this house. So many good books to read (and share) and so little time. I have so many good intentions about sharing all the great books with you here but, well, let’s just say the road to h-e-double-hockey-sticks is well paved. By me.

But here I am, anyway, with some of my favorite reads from 2018 so far.

2018 Book reviews of my favorite books.

I was working on my computer the other day and glanced up to see this. Yes, there is an innate love of reading shared in our house.

And, with no further ado, the best books I’ve read so far in 2018.

Born to Be Wild: Why Teens Take Risks and How We Can Help Keep Them Safe by Jess P Shatkin

This is such an important book for parents of teens and preteens to read. I took this book to New Zeland with me and read it in between holding my beautiful grandson. This book explains the science behind why teens make such risky choices and how we can keep them safe along the way. This was a real eye-opener for me. In fact, it may be swaying me about teens and sleep. I have never been a proponent of later start times (I’m an early to bed early to rise kind of girl) but it’s hard to argue with science…and the importance of keeping our kids safe. ¬†This book is definitely worth taking the time to read.

In Bloom: Trading Restless Insecurity for Abiding Confidence by Kayle Aimee

A couple of years ago I read Kayla Aimee’s first book Anchored a couple of years ago (in fact, I wrote about it here) so I was excited to see she had a second book out. In Bloom is a bit different from Anchored. It still has Kayla’s signature humor but talks about her life in middle school and has more “life lessons” thrown in. I am going to be completely honest…I preferred her first book (I don’t do sap) but this one is still worth reading.

Bounce: Help Your Child Build Resilience and Thrive in School, Sports, and Life by Kate K. Lund

This book is so good and practical! It talks about the seven pillars that will make your child resilient and how to accomplish those goals. The seven pillars include: tolerating frustration and managing emotions, sustaining focus and attention, developing courage, building motivation and more. Seriously? Every parent should read this book because every parent is going relate to these common struggles. This book is short (just under 100 pages) and offers real, attainable goals and practical suggestions on how to accomplish those. Each chapter ends with a list of action steps for reaching the pillars. You can read it in just a couple of days and if you are anything like me the book will be filled with underlined sentences and highlighted passages.

The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu by Dan Jurafsky

I am really, really enjoying this book. I studied Linguistics in college and love to learn about the origin of language and how it develops and changes over time. I think you will enjoy this book even if you don’t have a particular passion for language. Did you know ketchup was originally fermented fish sauce? Did you know the more letters there are in the menu description the higher price you will pay? I am not finished reading this one yet but just had to share my excitement.

What are your favorite books so far in 2018? Please share in the comments (or better yet leave a link!)

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  1. I haven’t read enough this year to warrant having any favorites, but I’m currently reading “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown. It’s about the University of Washington’s rowing team going on to the 1936 Olympics (haven’t finished reading it yet). I was extremely surprised how much I like it. Fascinating read, for me at least. Not because of the rowing (just doesn’t interest me) but because of the history associated with the story. The Depression, the Dust Bowl, the economic downturn of it all, the events leading up to WWII intertwined with a sport I know nothing about. Can’t wait to finish it.

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