Monday, September 24, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?!


What I Finished and/or Reviewed Last Week

I got busy this week!
I finished a ton of books!
I reviewed a ton of books!
(Patting self on back)

Happiness Books:

The Cure for Everything:
Untangling Twisted Messages about Health,
Fitness, and Happiness
by Timothy Caulfield
We get a lot of health information these days. 
But what about the validity of that information? 
What should we do and not do to be healthy?  more

 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People:
What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It
by David Niven
Happiness. It’s what people say they want more than anything else in life...more

The Ultimate Happiness Prescription
by Deepak Chopra
If you have read one Deepak Chopra book, 
you will be familiar with the ideas in this book, 
a book about finding happiness. He knows that we want to be...more

 Happier at Home:
Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project,
Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments
in the Practice of Everyday Life
by Gretchen Rubin
 Your happiness starts at home. 
All the great philosophers tell us this. 
As does happiness guru Gretchen Rubin in her new book, Happier at Home...more

Children's Books:

Ten Tiny Toes
written by Tod Tarpley and
illustrated by Marc Brown
Who could resist Ten Tiny Toes?
 The cover alone, with an absolutely adorable baby nibbling on his toes, 
will sell you on this book. 

But there's more....more

Nighttime Ninja
written by Barbara DaCosta
and illustrated by Ed Young
It is nighttime. Everyone is asleep. Suddenly, a black figure appears. It is Nighttime Ninja. 
He is on a secret mission, creeping through the house...more

Being Frank
written by Donna W. Earnhardt
and illustrated by Andrea Castellani
Children are always told to tell the truth. 
But there are certain truths (how we look, how we act, what we are wearing)
 that aren't always necessary...more

The Monsters' Monster
by Patrick McDonnell
Who is the scariest monster of all? 
When you are a group of scary monsters, and you can't decide among yourselves, 
sometimes you have to build your own...more

Joseph's Yard
by Charles Keeping
Trying to read all 1001 Children's Books 
You Must Read Before You Grow Up can be a frustrating experience. 
It doesn't sound like a hard challenge...more

The Order of Odd-Fish
by James Kennedy
'"I thought the afterlife would be drier than this," said Jo.

"Or better lit," said Sefino.

"We're not dead!" insisted Aunt Lily.

No one spoke for a while...more

Watership Down
by Richard Adams
When I think of wonderful books that I've read only once and 
I thought I will probably never have time to read again, 
Watership Down comes to the top of my list....more

Nonfiction Books:

The Hunt for D. B. Cooper
by Geoffrey Gray
Who was D. B. Cooper? 

Songs have been written about him. Stories told about him. 

But who was this man, this man who hijacked a plane and bailed out...more

What I'm Reading Now

Visit Sunny Chernobyl
and Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places
by Andrew Blackwell

What I Might Read Next

I have no idea!


What are you reading today?!

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  1. So are you happier or less happy now that you've read the happy books? ;-) I'm always a little leery of self-help books. Also, you are giving me courage to try Watership one more time.

  2. I like the happiness theme you had going on :-) Hope you enjoy your books this week.

    1. Yes, I'm now official out of happiness books. What to do now? Shall I become unhappy because I've read all my happiness books? ;->

  3. I feel a little happier every time I read a book about happiness. ;-> Of course. More than fifty percent of our happiness is within our control. I keep a little graphic about the main ways to be happier hanging around my home and my workplace just to remind me.

    Yes, yes, I urge you to read Watership. It's a lovely story.

  4. OOh nice variety! Hope you have a good reading week!

    Here's my Monday Wrapup

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  5. I´ve been meaning to read Watership Down for a long time, I just never seem to get to it! Hopefully you don´t have difficulty finding what to read next, if you do, I can give some hints!

    1. One of the things I loved about WD is the setting, the English countryside. Very peaceful. Well, except for all the animals who are trying to kill the rabbits!

  6. I do love the happiness theme...I have put Happier at Home on my list, since I really enjoyed The Happiness Project.

    Have a great week...and here's MY MONDAY MEMES POST

  7. Wow! You did have an awesome week. I still haven't read Watership Down and likely won't. I am not a fan of talking animals and have to have some category of books that I won't read. ;-) My Monday report is here at Inside of a Dog. Happy reading!

    1. I find it fascinating that you don't read books with talking animals! Interesting.

  8. Ten Tiny Toes looks cute! I have a three year old granddaughter I love to read to.

    1. I thought it was a fabulous book. The illustrator is the fellow who does the Arthur books.

  9. Cute children's books! :) Happy reading!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    New follower of yours. :)

  10. I'll pat your back,too! Good job! I hope to get some more read this week also, if only real life would cooperate!! I need to get a lot done before the Here Be Dragons Read along! I hope you stop by and add in your thoughts as well! Thanks for visiting Monday's post.

    1. Thank you! Yes, you bring up a good question: Why doesn't real life cooperate?!

  11. Nice job! You deserve that pat on the back. =)

    I could use a dose of your happiness books. And I saw some cute looking kids books too.

    1. The happiness books really do make me feel...well, happy!

  12. I just finished a couple of books for review and not sure what to pick up next either. I have so many reviews I'm behind on, I feel like reading a book just for the fun of it, but will I be able to enjoy it without feeling guilty about the ARCs waiting for me?
    Couldn't tell what you thought about Happier at Home. Did you like it? The Goodreads page you link to seemed to have a lot of people complaining that she was only able to be happy because she has no concerns about money, but I didn't get the feeling that she was trying to pretend that her family was living on an average income. If she had rubbed readers' noses in her financial status, I don't think those critics would have liked it any better. That just doesn't seem fair to me. I'm sure Deepak Chopra's not hurting for money either!

    1. I think Gretchen Rubin would be happy even if she had an average income or was poor. She doesn't really need money for any of the things she suggests in her books. I liked this one and the first book a lot.

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    1. I was amazed that I got everything read and reviewed. I started writing reviews Sunday morning and finished in time for me to make it to church!

  14. Wow, you got a lot done! :D Great selection, have another great week!

  15. The Cure for Everything sounds really interesting. I'm definitely going to have to check that book out.

    I have had The Order of Odd Fish in my classroom library for quite a while now but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. It definitely looks like quite an odd book.

    1. It's a big book, but it is very, very clever and very, very funny.

  16. How cute do those children's books look? :D Sounds like you had a great week. Good luck with picking your next read!

  17. Wow you did have an awesome week of reading and reviewing. You'll be in a great frame of mind to choose your next reads after all those happiness books. Being Frank sounds like a good one for grandkids. Have a great week and happy reading :)


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