Friday, January 25, 2013

2013 January Bookmarks

*Bookmarks is an online book club hosted at Creative2xmom. Here we discuss the books we've read in the past month as well as the suggested reading. Our suggested reading for January was Absolutely Organize Your Family by Debbie Lillard.

These are the books I read this month:

Desperate by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson--See my review here.

Nurturing Creativity by Renee Tougas-- This was a quick and easy read that I completed in just a couple of hours.  Tougas' book is written to remind all of us moms how important it is to incorporate creativity into our everyday lives, whether with our children or on our own.  She reminds us to reject perfection, take creativity in small steps and not be afraid to take chances.  Good read for moms dipping their feet into a more creative lifestyle!

Becoming Sister Wives by Kody, Meri, Janelle, and Robyn Brown-- Ok, so don't judge me.  Curiousity got the better of me.  Becoming Sister Wives is the Brown family story before they starred in TLC's Sister Wives.  The book is broke into 4 sections, each section further broken down by the 4 wives and told from their own perspective.  Which much of what is shared can also be gleaned from watching their show, there was a few surprises, including how each wife has struggled in finding her own place in the family.  While three out of the four wives grew up in the FLDS church, I can't help but hear the pain and struggle in each of their voices.  I'm sure they all believe in the principle, but carrying out a belief is certainly harder than merely believing.  For the most part, I just felt very saddened by these women.  While I'd like to respect everyone's choice to live their own life, much of their story came across as sad and desperate.

Our suggested reading for January was Absolutely Organize Your Family by Debbie Lillard-- I had mixed feelings about this book.  As a follow up to Absolutely Organized, Lillard tackles the area of organizing your family.  While the book was laid out logically, much of the content was common sense.  Lillard discusses her method of CPR (Categorize, Rearrange, Purge) which works well for any room of the house, including Mom and Dad's own need to organize.  Realistically, this is a great starting point, but if you've already started, you're certainly well on your way.

So what are your bookmarks this month?

Tell us in the comments about the books you're chewing on. Or link up a review from your own blog. Let's share the books we're finding, good and bad. And give us your thoughts on 

Don't forget to come back Feb 22nd and we discuss Prayer Starts with a Relationship by Cynthia Bezekw

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