What we’re reading in May

So….it’s still May for a few more hours.

This month I treated myself to a book I’ve been wanting to read for quite some time. It’s come highly recommended all over the place, and I’ve wished for it here and here hoping someone might get the hint. Nobody did. So I finally bought Amy Poehler’s Yes Please for myself to bring on vacation to Florida:

Amy Poehler's Yes Please

It was a heavy book to bring along, but whatever. We weren’t exactly packing light, anyway.

And would you believe that I actually found the time to read? Spending all of that time in our condo for Boo’s naps afforded me the time to sit out on the balcony and read, while sipping juice (a beer or rum punch would have probably been far more satisfying, but alas…..pregnant). At night, while the hubby put on terrible reality shows like River Monsters, I read some more. It felt great.

And the book? It’s actually a rather strange book…but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It’s part memoir, part advice column, part comedy act, and part something I can’t quite put my finger on. I discovered there’s much more to Amy Poehler than SNL and Parks and Recreation (which I kind of knew already since I’d discovered Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls), but this book helped pin that down.

Part of that “something” was her motto for women, in general: “Good for her! Not for me.” No matter your choice – to have children or not, how to have your children, how to feed your children, how to raise your children, whether to work or not, etc., there’s no need for comparison. “Good for her! Not for me.”

In the book Amy comes across as genuine, mostly down to earth, intelligent, and funny.

It was a great and easy read.

Sandra Boynton's The Going to Bed Book

Boo has (finally?) started to lose interest in The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Don’t get me wrong – he still loves it – but he’s added a few new books to our rotation, including Sandra Boynton’s The Going to Bed Book. It’s a cute, and (very) short read, which makes it a perfect bedtime story, that leaves us both satisfied.

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