Sunday, December 8, 2013

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? Dec 9 Edition

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. The host for December is Gilian at Rose City Reader. You can also view the touring blog list here for the upcoming months.

Review Books:

This will be perfect when my daughter and I have some time to cook together over the school holidays.

The Real Girl's Kitchen by Haylie Duff (from Penguin)

Though she is best known as an actress, Haylie Duff feels quite at home in her kitchen. When she started serving up easy and elegant recipes, kitchen tips, and entertaining advice on her blog, Real Girl's Kitchen, the site quickly grew into a destination for fans and foodies alike.

Now everyone's favorite recipes—along with dozens of new dishes—are available in a gorgeous, hand-held volume. The Real Girl's Kitchen covers it all: breakfasts, salads, soups, appetizers, snacks . . . even recipes for your "cheat days"!

Haylie tackles everything from healthful green smoothies, to drinks for an impromptu gathering, to whipping up an impressive meal for a date. Each recipe is accompanied by full-color photos, along with a personal story from Haylie's life. The Real Girl's Kitchen shows readers not only how to eat to live, but how to love to eat along the way.

I work with seniors who have dementia and I have lost a few over the years, so this one caught my attention:

Hospice Voices: Lessons for Living at the End of Life by Eric Lindner

As a part-time hospice volunteer, Eric Lindner provides companion care to dying strangers. They’re chatterboxes and recluses, religious and irreligious, battered by cancer, congestive heart failure, Alzheimer’s, old age. Some cling to life amazingly. Most pass as they expected.
In telling his story, Lindner reveals the thoughts, fears, and lessons of those living the ends of their lives in the care of others, having exhausted their medical options or ceased treatment for their illnesses. In each chapter, Lindner not only reveals the lessons of lives explored in their final days, but zeroes in on how working for hospice can be incredibly fulfilling.

As he’s not a doctor, nurse, or professional social worker, just a volunteer lending a hand, offering a respite for other care providers, his charges often reveal more, and in more detail, to him than they do to those with whom they spend the majority of their time. They impart what they feel are life lessons as they reflect on their own lives and the prospect of their last days.

I've got active kids so this one should be a good resource:

Keeping Your Kids Out of the Emergency Room: A Guide to Childhood Injuries and Illnesses by Christopher M. Johnson, MD (from Author Marketing Services)

Last year America’s 76 million children made 27 million trips to hospital emergency departments—one for every three children. That represents a lot of fevers, coughs, sore ears, twisted ankles, and broken bones, plus the wide gamut of other illnesses and injuries children can experience. Whether or not an emergency room visit was warranted for each of these visits, however, is an entirely different story.

Keeping Your Kids Out of the Emergency Room is an essential guide to the most common illnesses, injuries, and ailments that send kids to the ER, and when particular symptoms warrant those trips or not. Christopher Johnson, a seasoned pediatrician, offers a go-to resource for all new parents and parents of young children, providing solid information on those instances when a trip to the ER is essential, when a trip to the doctor will suffice, and when a wait and see approach works best. He tackles all the most common ailments that cause parents to wonder if they should take their child to the emergency department. Since these problems appear as a bundle of symptoms, not a diagnosis, the book is organized around what parents actually see in front of them. It also teaches parents how emergency departments work, so the experience is understandable when a trip to the ER is essential. 

And here are more kid books to read and review with my son:

Kurt, Gert, Jazmine, and Bagel by Irene Dolnick (from author)

BRR! Ouch! Jazmine gasped as she faced life alone and without friends. Enjoy her adventures with Kurt, Gert, and Bagel as they discover friendships together.

Spark by Kallie George  (from Simply Read Books)

Spark is a little dragon with a big problem. He can’t control his fiery breath. Even practicing doesn’t help. Will Spark ever be able to tame his flame?
The first book in an early reader series about baby magic animals, Spark is a gentle reminder that there is a perfect time for everything.

Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers (Book 1) by Lee Edward Födi

IN SEARCH OF STOLEN SECRETS . . . For over a thousand years, the Box of Whispers has guarded the most precious treasure in the Land of Een. But when the box is suddenly stolen, young Kendra Kandlestar finds herself swept away on a magical adventure where doors speak in riddles, plants cast dangerous spells, and strange creatures lurk in every shadow. With only a handful of enchanted carrot seeds to help her, will Kendra be able to overcome these perils and find the fabled chest? There’s only one way to find out: peer inside the Box of Whispers and discover a world of magic, monsters, and mystery!

Kendra Kandlestar and the Door to Unger (Book 2) by Lee Edward Födi

LOST IN A MAZE OF MYSTERY . . . Everyone knows that the creatures of the outside world are forbidden by magic to enter the Land of Een.

That’s why Kendra Kandlestar is so surprised when a giant Unger arrives in the middle of the night to deliver a cryptic message: if she can find the Door to Unger, she will be able to unlock the truth about what really happened to her long-lost family.

But when Kendra finds herself trekking through the wilderness with a magic-peddling faun and a rebellious Unger, she begins to wonder if it isn’t all just a clever trap to lead her into the heart of danger.

This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This is where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.  The kidlit version is hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

Read and reviewed:
The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman

Bookish Post:
My Reading Plans for December 2013
MORE Straight Talk by Dr. Ralph E. Jones Book Blast and $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway (ends Friday Dec 13, 2013)
Children's Author Barbara Reid Wins Writer's Trust of Canada Award!

There are still two days to enter this giveaway:
Mary Elizabeth the Spotless Cow Book Spotlight and 25$ Amazon Gift Card Giveaway (ends on Wed Dec 11, 2013)

Currently Reading:
Love Anthony by Lisa Genova
The Stowaways by Meghan Marentette (with my son)
The Riddle of Prague by Laura DeBruce (with my daughter)

Hope you all have a great reading week!

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