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There has been so much going on over here and so much changing soon. I wish I could say I was reading a lot, but it's feeling like a luxury at the moment. 

Family visitLast week, we had my husband's brother and his wife drive down from Boston and stay with us for the week. It had been months since we enjoyed anyone's close companionship for that long so we all enjoyed the time together. We were very sad to say our goodbyes. I hope we can all return to the pre-March era soon. 
While they were here, we celebrated the girl's birthday. (I feel like I have been talking about birthdays on this blog for the past many weeks but we are done for the year! Next birthday is in March.) My daughter had wanted a unicorn cake, and that's exactly what we got, so that made her day. For her birthday present, we wanted to take her to a store and get her a bike but stock is incredibly low. Last week, she had just mastered riding a bike (no training wheels, she went straight from balance …

One for geeks and one for parents, both fun | Quick Reviews


The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy
I'm not sure how I ran into this book. But as soon as I did hear of it, I wanted to read it. There is a lot of awesome geeky stuff out there, in books, movies, and on TV, and I generally enjoy many of them when I do read/watch them. So, when I saw this book, I wanted to see what more I can add to my list, and also what people generally thought of the ones I do like. I was also looking for where to start with certain series like Doctor Who and Star Trek. (I am big about starting a series in order, even where it's not necessary.)

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy definitely had a ton of recommendations but not much of it was new to me. The recommendations were also not very diverse. They were all mostly women/girl-friendly but beyond that? Meh. Some of it is probably not the author's fault because there isn't a whole lot out there that can be considered diverse.

I liked what the author did with this book - there are several recommendations on how to be more of a fangirl and how not to feel embarrassed by it. She also asserts that there is nothing bad about being a fangirl nor is there a way to be one. This is very good advice because fangirls are not always taken seriously - most times, people thinking squeeing is all we do. To me, this book was more a fun geeky read with some good information but I did wish there was more in this book.



Sh*tty Mom
I saw this one initially on Litsy. Twice. I am a sucker for funny parenting books. I can not bring myself to read the serious ones - I find myself disagreeing a lot with some of the advice. But the funny ones feel human. Normal. And mostly forgiving because who is a perfect parent?

Sh*tty Mom is a mix of humor and some good advice, which is actually a very interesting combination. Every chapter starts on a funny anecdotal tone, followed by suggestions on how to cope. A lot of the book is to be taken with a pinch of salt. Although there is nothing offensive in the advice that's doled out, it's important to read the book with a readiness to guffaw and not criticize.

I enjoyed and liked this book a lot. I wouldn't say that I loved it though. I found myself wishing for longer essays as I read this book. All chapters in this book are very short - a minute or two of reading. I wanted at least some of them to be longer because they were wonderful. Still, this book made for a good bedtime reading.


I borrowed these books from the good old library.

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