The most memorable books I read during October 2014


Starting this month, I am starting a new series of posts where I will list the most memorable books I have read in the past month and why they made such an impact on me. These aren’t necessarily “the best” books, but instead are the ones that really stuck with me for one reason or another. This list may include books for any age group or genre. I read a broad range of books, both fiction and non-fiction, so you never know what you may find in my monthly list! To get us started, here is my list of the five most memorable books I have read in October 2014!

1. The Flat Rabbit by Barour Oskarsson. This had to be one of the weirdest, least politically correct picture books I have ever read! It had me, my mom and my husband laughing out loud though. It is morbidly hilarious to see a rabbit flattened, then to see his neighbors scrape him off the road, attach him to a kite and fly him in the air. Not sure this is really a great book for kids, but it is hilarious for adults.

2. Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin. This middle grade historical novel stuck with me because it is the story of a child who grew up thinking Stalin and communism are the best things in the world, only to see how flawed the system truly is and how he has been led to believe things that aren’t true at all. To me, this idea that it is possible to fight for something you believe is right and then find out later that it is actually wrong is a profound lesson to learn.

3. History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life by Jill Bialosky. This adult memoir struck a little too close to home, but then again, that is why I picked it up in the first place. Since I have also had a sister commit suicide, I could easily and sometimes painfully relate to much of what this writer had to say. The circumstances and details might be different from case to case, but anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide would likely see much of their own suffering and search for healing reflected in this memoir.

4. I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children’s Drawings & Poems from Terezin Concentration Camp, 1942-44 by various authors. As the title states, this nonfiction book is a collection of poems and drawings that were created by children imprisoned in a WWII concentration camp. Some of the book is funny and cute, some of it is sad and depressing, but it all shows the innocence and strength of the children who were mistreated during this horrible time. It also shows the loss of life and joy this world suffered due to ignorance and hatred.

5. The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz. This middle grade fantasy novel was a fun and enjoyable read. By the time I finished it, I was wishing to be a night fairy myself. I’ve always been a night owl anyways, so why not? Although the story starts out rather sad (with the fairy losing her wings in a terrible accident), things quickly start to look up and by the end of the novel, the little fairy is better off for the experiences she has had – both good and bad.

Something fun…favorite shows of all time?

Lately I’ve been working ALOT.  I’m still doing book reviews and author interviews for this blog, promoting my ebook “In Memory of Dad”, finishing the final editing work for my upcoming picture book, “Ode to Icky” and working on my next ebook release, “Weezie, the Elephant with Allergies”.  I’m pooped, so instead of doing some philosophical, life-changing post, I am just going to talk about my favorite tv shows and invite all my readers to share their faves in the comments below as well!

My personal favorites:

* The Twilight Zone

* The Mary Tyler Moore Show

* I Love Lucy

* Charmed

* The Dick Van Dyke Show

* House

* Little House on the Prairie

* Looney Tunes (the originals)

* Ghost Whisperer

* Family Guy

I could probably think of more, but I’m too tired….

Things I’ve Learned Today

*There is a penis museum in Iceland that just received their first human donation…hmmm. 

*There are Jews who deny that the holocaust happened…or even attempt to justify it.  What kind of self-hating people are they?

*The Mormons have magical underwear.

*Michael Jackson was apparently very spiritual, because some people believe that black people can become white by being holy. 

*Cats can have seizures. 

*The first official book written by an Australian was entitled A Statistical, Historical, and Political Description of the Colony of New South Wales and Its Dependent Settlements in Van Diemen’s Land, With a Particular Enumeration of the Advantages Which These Colonies Offer for Emigration and Their Superiority in Many Respects Over Those Possessed by the United States of America.  Is that a book in itself or what?

*You can buy Easter greeting cards with actual pine trees in them.