Book Report vol.10

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

I used to do these book reports on the regular, but fell out of the habit for awhile. I read several good books since the beginning of the year, so I thought it would be a good idea to bring this series back.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
You know those books that suck you into their world so much that you can envision every detail perfectly and you start to miss the characters a little bit if you haven't read in awhile? This is one of those reads. My sister gifted this book to me for Christmas, but it took me until the spring to start reading it. A friend who had recently read it encouraged me to give it a shot and I'm glad I did. I really loved it!

The story follows the picture-perfect life of the Richardson family who live in an idyllic little Ohio town. Their world gets turned upside down when a mother and her teenage daughter move into their rental property across town. The two families get to know one another in an intimately uncomfortable way that leads to a lot of secrets spilling out (and eventually the Richardson's house burning down). I believe it's set sometime in the early 90s, but for some reason I kept picturing the time period as the '60s or '70s.

"Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and the new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way."

How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling In Love With Nature by Scott D. Sampson
This is a bit of an unusual read for me since technically I guess it could be categorized as a parenting book. I'd seen some excerpts of it around the interwebs and decided to give it a go. It sucked me in quickly.

Scott Sampson, the author, is a dinosaur paleontologist who is a passionate advocate for connecting people of all ages with nature. He writes a lot about his earliest memories in nature and how they influenced his life course later on. Some of his research is frankly shocking, like the amount of time today's kids spend outside compared to how much time is spent staring at screens. (I'm sure you can imagine). Obviously being outside in nature is beneficial, but I loved that his point isn't to spend time in nature as an antidote for today's culture. It's to spend time in nature because we love it. He gives lots of detailed ways to create and nurture a love for nature in children. Even if you don't have kids, I think it's a great read. We adults could use more connection with nature too!

"If children are to grow into healthy, well-adjusted adults, nature needs to be integral to their everyday lives, from place-based learned at school to unstructured, unsupervised, even risk-prone play around home. Nature isn't just a bunch of far-off plants, animals, and landscapes to learn about and visit once or twice a year. It's an environment to be immersed in daily, especially during our childhood years."

What have you read recently? Any good titles I should add to my list?

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