I’ve read quite a lot recently – I’m pretty proud of myself! They have been short books though.
Shine, by Gerry Lewis, is a book on how to be a stand-out communicator. He explains that ‘ums’ happen in speech when your brain can’t recall information fast enough to get it out of your mouth. The more presentations and webinars I do, the more I try to control the ‘ums’ and I think it’s getting better! I would not say my brain is speeding up – perhaps it is more to do with habit forming.
I’ve read . Subtitled ‘a handbook of what makes your project right for funding’ it’s a slim guide designed to be a handy desk reference for writing that business case, grant proposal or response to a call for tenders. Lots of tables and worked examples make it practical if you’re in that phase of a project.
Reading for Fun
I haven’t actually read a lot for fun.
Planning with Kids by Nicole Avery was a Christmas gift and it’s really good. It’s about how to project manage your family and I enjoyed the ideas for routines, lists and keeping everything moving. There was a lot in here that we already do (as you’d expect…I do apply my work skills to home as well) but a few things that we could certainly start doing, like family meetings and having a bag of random parts of toys to be put away later (by the children).
I also started reading by Tom Reynolds. I have had this book on my iPad forever and remember it coming out. It was – I think – one of the first blogs to be turned into a book. It’s a behind the scenes look at the life of the London Ambulance Service and it’s heartwarming, frightening and sad in turn.
Planning with Kids is also a blog and the structure of the two books could not be more different. It shows that we’ve come a long way in what we expect from bloggers. A collection of bound blog posts is no longer what makes it on to the shelves.
I wouldn’t say I chose it for fun, but I downloaded a copy of Parenting Beyond Belief by Dale McGowan. It’s about bringing up children without a religious framework. I found it incredibly though-provoking and inspiring.
I would say it is geared towards secular families of all varieties living in largely religious communities, for example where the majority of children attend an act of worship with their families and yours is the one who doesn’t.
Having said that, there was a lot about talking to children, especially about science, death and religion, that I took away from it.
It’s a collection of curated essays from a wide range of contributors presenting a wide range of views, but the strand that holds it together is always that by bringing up inquisitive children committed to questioning and investigating their environment, they can make their own decisions about what to believe.
Popular in Our House
The boys got a number of books for Christmas and we did a book advent calendar. I’m not sure if that was a good thing, as they got into the habit of having a present to open every day and were still asking “to do the calendar” into early January.
The and a book were probably the favourites. Neither lend themselves particularly well to bedtime stories.
One of the advent calendar books (picked up in the Oxfam shop) was Dr Seuss Fox in Socks. I have no idea how I have managed to get to 40 without reading anything by Dr Seuss (is Edward Lear our nearest local equivalent?). It’s hard work to read. Should I persevere with it? Is there anything better by Dr Seuss that is a more fun entry into his books? Let me know in the comments below!