23 May 2010

Book Review Sunday

Hooray!  I am finally doing a Book Review Sunday.  I have three books to talk about, though one is not part of the 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge, but it is super cute.

  1. The Good
    • Throw Out Fifty Things by Gail Blanke
    • This is a book that everyone should read.  Just ignore the self-help guru style (the website associated is super annoying, though the book is not) and it is actually pretty cool.  In a nutshell you need to weed out your stuff because things (physical, emotional or mental) can clutter up your life.  I like it because it motivated me to do a lot of physical sorting in preparation for our move, but it did also make me throw out some mental/emotional stuff too. 
  2. The Bad
    • How to Cheat at Cleaning by Jeff Brendenberg. 
    • Yeah, I kind of said I would only mention good books, but I think a warning to all is in order. This book helps you "cheat" at cleaning by suggesting that you establish elaborate systems and/or purchase pricey convenience items to get the job done.  To me, those are not helpful tips.  You may be cleaning less, but now you are living your life as a slave to your organizational methods so I am not sure I see the point.  Additionally the section that supports the idea that men don't "see" dirt was pretty pathetic. While I agree that in any relationship you have to ask for help if you expect to get help, but perpetuating the idea that the women should take the lead on this one is pretty sad.
  3. The Adorable
    • This Is The House That Was Tidy And Neat by Terri Sloat, Illustrations by R.W. Alley.
    • This is a kids book I got for Cha Cha at our local library.  It is a very cute book, complete with lots of rhyming, repetition and adorable pictures.  However, what makes it unique is that, in sharp contrast to the above book, it shows the whole family being responsible for the messes and the cleaning.  The "tidy" book depicts Dad coming home and cleaning up so as to allow Mom to sit down and relax at the end of the day.  I thought is was a very nice twist to a classic tale of messy kids while being much more representative of the mainstream co-parenting/co-housekeeping households often seen in our peer group.  As Charlie summarized "that is DaDa making pazgettis (spaghetti)." My DH makes the best home-made pasta and sauce so this seemed to really strike home for her.
Hooray, books are getting read, I can almost feel my brain halting its progression to Wonder Pets induced mush.


    Heidi Maxwell said...

    Ha! I love it.

    My list includes about 15 Robert B Parker novels. The ones about the PI names Spenser. Total brain candy. The last 'real' book I read was Beautiful, Bountiful, Blissful by Gurmuhk. That was wonderful while i was pregnant. What can I say. I likes my pulp.