I’ve managed to read quite a few novels recently.
Ensnared by Rita Stradling was not what I was expecting. It’s the Beauty and the Beast story, retold with AI robots. It’s actually very touching and believable (scarily) with a twist I didn’t see coming. I really wanted to see how it ended and I read it very quickly.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty was a much easier read. If you’re worried about being too engrossed in your career to the detriment of the things that matter, like family, then this will be a sharp reality check. I read it and thought – I don’t want to turn into Alice. Alice wakes up at the gym after a head injury and has forgotten the horrible career-driven, competitive person she’s turned into. This one would make good holiday reading.
Although both those were meaty books, the book I’ve spent the longest looking at recently is Dairy Free Delicious by Katy Salter. We’ve been dairy free for nearly a year and this is by far the easiest collection of recipes I’ve found. It’s hard to find decent dairy free recipes that aren’t also gluten free or vegan or require weird ingredients that we just don’t have. Some of them aren’t particularly child-friendly, at least not for this household, but I’ve been able to adapt them. Everything I’ve cooked from this book has been eaten – it’s a real winner.
Project Management Books
The only book of note that I’ve managed to read this month is Bridging the PM Competency Gap by Rich Maltzman and Loredana Abramo. It has a cover with Lego on, and is a good explanation of how to create a positive environment for project success by skilling up your staff. If you have ambitions to build the skills of your project management team through a structured development programme, then this will help you get there.
Reading to the Boys
The Night Pirates has been relegated to the back of the cupboard (hurray!) but the CD is still a favourite in the car. Given that the premise of the book and the joke at the end relies on the imagery to make any sense, the CD inspires me even less than the paperback.
Instead, we’ve been reading Supermarket Zoo by Caryl Hart and Ed Eaves which is really funny. The boys are amazed at how many animals can fit in the car but it’s because mummies are so good at packing the shopping. Obviously. They think it’s hilarious that the giraffe only fits in because her head pops out the sunroof. I don’t think they’ve ever seen a car with a sunroof so this is a huge novelty.
Calm Down Boris by Sam Lloyd is another book I have been trying to ‘relocate’. It has a hand puppet attached to the book and the basic idea is that hairy Boris gives tickly kisses. It’s very memorable and we’ve made up our own actions which are basically feeding Boris different types of (pretend) food and then depending on what it is he eats it up or spits it out. The game is (I think, although no one has explained the rules to me) to get Boris to spit out as much food as possible because that means mummy has to make the puppet’s mouth scrunch up. It’s more fun than I’m making it out to be here. For a few minutes, anyway.
Personally, I’d stick with Thomas. I’ve been lucky recently in that I’ve been asked to read a different one every night for the past week. Normally I read the same one for several days before we switch to another story but this week it’s been Mountain Engines, Gordon the Big Engine, Henry the Green Engine and Small Railway Engines (that’s my least favourite).
From reading that you’ve probably got the impression that I don’t enjoy reading children’s books at all, which is not the case! I seem to have picked on the books I’m tired of this month, but we read a lot, daily, and I hope they grow up with the same love of books that I have.