Monday, February 28, 2011

What Are YOU Reading?

Kelly from Unplanned Trip To Holland tagged me in a meme.  You need to check out her blog, she swears like a sailor and tells it like it is- I love her.  I love this meme too, unlike most of them where I have to share way too much information about myself (okay so yeah, I'm a social media addict- I guess privacy is not too much of a concern of mine), I get to share what I'm reading right now.

Here's the rules:
1) Take a pic of the books you are reading currently and add them to your post. 2) Describe the books and if you are enjoying them. Why or why not? 3) For every book you are reading, you have to tag one person. 4) Leave the person a comment, letting them know you tagged them.


I don't usually have so many medical-type books going on at once and I wish I had a good fictional (adult) book to share but at this point in time this is what is on my nightstand.

1) The Vaccine Epidemic - this was just delivered to my door about a week ago.  I haven't been able to get through very much of it yet, but done a lot of skimming through and reading little bits that are of particular interest to me.  This book isn't just for Moms who question the link between vaccines and autism, in my opinion every citizen needs to read it.  It explores our basic human rights, and who should have the say in what we put into our own bodies.  Each chapter is written by a different author from scientists to doctors to parents of children who have had adverse reactions to vaccinations.  Skimming through, I found Appendix B: Tools for Vaccination Choice and I love it- if you do choose to not vaccinate or delay vaccinations, that appendix will be very useful for the many questions/discussions that arise from others.  Again, I really recommend this to anyone- even if you are very pro-vaccine (and I'm not anti-vaccine, I'm pro-choice ;)) I think you should read it and then decide where you still stand.


2) My Stroke of Insight- this was on my summer reading list last year for school.  I really enjoyed it (more so than some of the others on the list) and have recently started to reread it because I was pissed off when I heard someone at my current placement tell a person who had a stroke last year that after a year they wouldn't see any more growth towards "normalcy".  So not true.  This book is amazing because the author, Dr. Jill Taylor, is a brain scientist and she had a stroke at a young age.  She is able to explain what happened to her on both a personal and a scientific level.  Her climb back to her "old self" is amazing and shows her strength of character.  It's really a book that makes you believe "anything can happen".  I also found this book really interesting because it seemed like I could relate her descriptions of parts of her recovery to what it must be like in Brian's mind as well. Especially the sensory issues she developed after the stroke, very similar to someone who has sensory-processing disorder.


3) Children with Starving Brains by Jaquelyn McCandless- I've owned this book for years but have never actually read it cover to cover.  It's been one of those books that I just look in the index for a certain subject and then read a page or two.  Recently I vowed I was going to read the entire thing and highlight important stuff.  I'm only 55 pages in right now and have completely dried out a highlighter.  This is really an important one for any parent that is interested in biomedical approaches to treating autism.  I'm not going to lie it's been a slow read, but I don't know if it's because I've just read so many similar books that some of the information is just repetitive.  It should be one of the first books you read and then one that stays on your coffee table for quick reference.


4) The BFG- I was so excited to see a Roald Dahl pack in Corbin's last book order.  In my opinion, one of the greatest children's authors out there (and adults too- if you get a chance you should really really read Switch Bitch by Roald Dahl).  We have already read The Witches, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, and Charlie & The Great Glass Elevator.  The BFG was probably my favorite of his when I was a tween and I couldn't wait to start reading it to Corbin.  Unfortunately, we are right in the middle of Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets so I just did what any parent would do.....just reading The BFG by myself.   






Without further ado, I hereby bestow this honor on to the following bloggers:


1) Dani G at I'm Just That Way- I like her style, she's a cool chick, therefore I'm interested to see what she's reading.


2) Kathy at Butterfly Moments - I love her stories about David, he reminds me a lot of Brian, and she is so very articulate in her writing.


3) Amy at Breast Cancer at 29- because she is my best friend, I love her, and she is always giving me new books to read that really make me think.  So far she hasn't suggested a single one I haven't loved.


4) Jean at Mommy to Two Boys-  Merely because I haven't heard much from her lately and I miss her posts!  


I'd love to hear what everyone is reading, I always need new nourishment for my brain.



7 comments:

Christina said...

Just another reason I am amazed by you - I can't seem to find the time to read and look how many you are going through! Wow!

Kelly said...

OMG. I feel like such a slacker! I am reading fluff and you are taking on the vaccine controversy, cerebral-vascular accidents, biomedical autism interventions, etc. Holy Crap, lady! Go getcha some good ol' fashioned bodice-rippers already! :)

Oh, I have also cracked a new book. "Elizabeth's Women: Friends, Rivals and Foes Who Shaped the Virgin Queen" by Tracy Borman. Non-fictional account of Queen E. Really good, thus far, if you are into that sort of thing. Which I am.

Heather said...

LMAO Kelly- You really just caught me on a weird week...we're getting ready to go to Texas again next week and I'm always trying to make sure I am educated on all the biomedical stuff before I get there so I don't look like an idiot.

MommyToTwoBoys said...

Please don't think I forgot! Do you know I read this Monday night, after you let me know, and that very night was when I got sick. I had planned on putting up this great list with my Kindle books and then I was struck with 3 illnesses! I will get to it, and thanks for calling me out on not being active! I have been struggling to find time to fit everything in these days. I will let you know as soon as I have my reading list up!!!

Heather said...

LMAO Kelly- You really just caught me on a weird week...we're getting ready to go to Texas again next week and I'm always trying to make sure I am educated on all the biomedical stuff before I get there so I don't look like an idiot.

MommyToTwoBoys said...

Please don't think I forgot! Do you know I read this Monday night, after you let me know, and that very night was when I got sick. I had planned on putting up this great list with my Kindle books and then I was struck with 3 illnesses! I will get to it, and thanks for calling me out on not being active! I have been struggling to find time to fit everything in these days. I will let you know as soon as I have my reading list up!!!

madfoot said...

I wish the infants, pregnant women, and adults going through chemotherapy who are exposed to the diseases carried by unvaccinated children had the "choice" to not have that happen.