December Books

44. Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie Morganstern – Thomas picked this up from the library in anticipation of our yearly major decluttering that takes place around New Year. I thought this lady had some great things to say in analyzing the reasons why one cannot stay organized. It was a really quick read that was helpful in preparing for our kitchen decluttering and reorganization, along with some practical tips for the kids’ room. That place overwhelms me! I skipped the sections on offices and businesses, so I was able to read this in an afternoon.

45. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth – I have had this book since Josiah was a baby and have referenced it often. However, Micah has been a different baby altogether than the other two, and I actually sat down and read most of this book this month, so I am counting it. There is a lot of wisdom in this book and he gives you a lot of options to decide what best fits your child and your parenting practices. I recommend it for my childbirth students just to know what normal sleep is for their babies at different ages. I had no clue when Josiah was a baby!

46. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat – I saw this recommended on Pinterest, but my, was this a sad, sad book to read. I appreciated the glimpse into Haitian culture, but it was a very depressing book.

47. The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam – This book is written by a Cambodian woman who was sold into prostitution as a young teenager. It is her memoir of her escape from brothels and how she began rescuing thousands of girls and women from brothels. It was so sad, and reading about the corruption and brutality was difficult. The forward for this book was written by Nicholas Kristof, who wrote “Half the Sky.”

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