Book Review- Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women

Book Description

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a children’s book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world. This book inspires girls with the stories of great women, from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams

My Thoughts

As a mother, I´m always trying to find ways to empower my two girls. I want them to know that they´re not on this planet to cook and clean for their future partners, nor do I want them to have the impression that girls / women can´t achieve their goals because of their gender. We live in 2018 so my efforts aren´t too tiring.

Now, I´m not a Social Justice Warrior or a 2.0 Feminist. I don´t rant about gender equality nor do I go on a strike at home, at work ( That would be stupid since I´m my own boss) or anywhere else.

No movement has ever helped me become the strong person I am today and I still don´t need a movement to help me achieve my goals. If I want something then I´ll sure damn well make sure I get it, just like everyone else.

So, with that being said- I want my girls to become strong individuals when they grow up.

Sometime after Christmas, Mirjam ( my dear friend and partner in crime) brought my girls a Christmas present. I´m always uncomfortable when friends of mine bring gifts for the witches because many just don´t „get them“. Mirjam does. And what a wonderful surprise she brought.

„Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women“ by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo.Goodnight Stories

I am in LOVE and so are my girls.

A beautiful book about international women who dreamed big and aimed high in their lifetime.

From Coco Chanel to Helen Keller. From Joan Jett to Jane Austen…. So many women who went against the stream and made a difference with their actions.

Each mentioned woman has a one page biography , including an illustration of said woman, with a glimpse of their lives including their achievements.

I cannot begin to say how often my girls sit on the sofa and read about Jane Goodall or Cleopatra and all the others with sparks of awe in their eyes. And at night, when they´re in bed, I steal the book and read through it myself because it´s THAT interesting.

A great, inspiring book for little women and even adults. I wish I could buy this book for my neighborhood just because it´s that well put together and fabulous.

Would I reread this book? I already am.

Would I recommend this read? Absolutely! There´s no way around it- Every little girl needs this book. It´s colorful, it spotlights many inspiring women ( besides Oprah. Oprah isn´t in this one.) and it´s also a great book for young girls to learn about historical figures ( Queen Elizabeth, Katharina the Great).

The Cover – 5 Stars ( It´s cute. It´s colorful. It´s busy but not pushy.)

The Stories – 5 stars ( Love. )

My emotional state after finishing this book: Happy I have a friend with such great taste and ecstatic I have a friend who shows love for my girls. I´m also over the moon with joy that this book exists for children!

I´m giving `Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women 5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase Links

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.de

Review- Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops by Jen Campbell

Book Description

This Sunday Times bestseller is a miscellany of hilarious and peculiar bookshop moments: ‘Can books conduct electricity?’
‘My children are just climbing your bookshelves: that’s ok… isn’t it?’

A John Cleese Twitter question [‘What is your pet peeve?’], first sparked the ‘Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops’ blog, which grew over three years into one bookseller’s collection of ridiculous conversations on the shop floor.

From ‘Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?’ to the hunt for a paperback which could forecast the next year’s weather; and from ‘I’ve forgotten my glasses, please read me the first chapter’ to ‘Excuse me… is this book edible?: here is a book for heroic booksellers and booklovers everywhere.

This full-length collection illustrated by the Brothers McLeod also includes top ‘Weird Things’ from bookshops around the world.

My Thoughts

As a passionate reader I always love to spend time in a bookstore / shop and just sit there weird thingsfor hours. But that only happens like- twice a year because of how busy life always is. I just can´t make enough time. So the reality of my bookshop love looks more like this:

Rush inside a bookshop. Quickly scan the the room for something to read. Spend 2 minutes to take in the smell. Walk to the register and pay. Rush back out. Kinda like a slow version of the Flash. And that´s such a bummer because I would love to have a small chat with the employees about new releases or have them help me search for my next read at a normal pace.

A few days ago, I was looking for a birthday gift for my bestie ( who happens to love books as much as I do ) and stumbled upon something I knew she didn´t have yet. Something that would complete her already massive book collection. BUT, I had to read it first before I pass it down.

´Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops` by Jen Campbell, is a piece of art. I have never laughed this much while reading a book. `Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops` is basically a collection of remarks made by customers in bookshops and it´s, by far, the most entertaining read I´ve read in a long time.

The catchline on the cover couldn´t be more accurate.

“So funny. So sad… Read it and sigh.”  – Neil Gaiman

Every question asked by a customer in this book is either outragously funny or incredibally idiotic. The responses from the booksellers are often genius. You can actually feel how annoyed / stunned / shocked they were during their conversations.

There once was a time I worked with customers, so I know how hard it can be when a person has to deal with odd questions or is confronted with…. less brighter folks. Looks like bookshops aren´t immune to the 40-watt club members, either.

 

CUSTOMER: Who wrote the Bible? I can´t remember.

CUSTOMER`S FRIEND: Jesus.

And that´s just one example of many that will make you either fall off your seat from laughing or will make you shake your head in disbelief.

This is another one of my favorites:

CUSTOMER: Does this book come in other versions?

BOOKSELLER: I can check on the computer for you.

CUSTOMER: It´s just that I don´t like the way that this one pans out.

Wouldn´t it be brilliant if every book came with an alternative ending? How cool would it be if there were 2 versions of every book? *rolling on the floor, cracking up* Poor, poor authors. Lol. And poor booksellers!

An absolute brilliant page turner and eye opener.

I´m giving `Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops` by Jen Campbell, 5 out of 5 stars.

This book can be purchased on Amazon.com

Review- Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

Book Description

At once provocative and laugh-out-loud funny, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother ignited a global parenting debate with its story of one mother’s journey in strict parenting. Amy Chua argues that Western parenting tries to respect and nurture children’s individuality, while Chinese parents typically believe that arming children with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence prepares them best for the future. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles Chua’s iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, the Chinese way–and the remarkable, sometimes heartbreaking results her choice inspires. Achingly honest and profoundly challenging, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is one of the most talked-about books of our times.

My Thoughts

I have an important life motto.

„Never discuss politics, religion, money and parenting in public.“

Those four topics will guarantee a fight. Especially parenting because everyone has a strong opinion on how kids should be raised the right way.battle

I´m a mother of two girls, ages 6 and 10. We´ve had our up´s and down´s like any other family, especially when it comes to us parent´s trying to `do the right thing`.

I consider myself an easy going type when it comes to parenting. That doesn´t mean I sit back and sip cocktails all day long and let my kids do whatever they please. What I mean is- I´m not very strict. I believe life is too short to scream and have a nervous breakdown. Kids are little people with minds that are like a blank canvas. You have the duty to help fill in the blank space with all you have to give, that includes alot of love.You have to explain a whole lot or else they won´t understand. Sure, I get loud every once in a while but I never go beyond that.

We have very few rules in my house.

  • If you break something of yours it´s not going to be replaced. So take good care of what you have.
  • Don´t hurt anyone. Not verbally nor physically. Don´t dish out what you don´t want in return. Because you won´t like the echo.
  • Bedtime by 9 p.m.

And for the last 10 years I think I´ve done a pretty darn good job at raising my kids. I´m not one of those over-scheduled mothers who drive their kids all over town all day, five times a week. My house is not spotless and doesn´t look new because, well… I´m clever enough to know that I have kids who will either by mistake spill juice, food, etc, or will accidentally color my walls with toothpaste because they weren´t watching where they were going.

It´s all about communication. A relationship can´t function without talk and neither can kids know if what they´re doing is right or wrong without sitting them down and having a chat with them. Kids aren´t idiots, even if they sometimes act like ones.

As long as there´s no blood drawn or someone is in a life threatening situation- there´s no reason to go apeshit. Shit happens. If not with the kids then shit will happen at work, with the family…. you get the picture, right?

I´m not saying I´ve done everything right. I´ve made plenty mistakes, myself. And I still got the teenager years ahead of me. Who knows how my kids will turn out by then. But for now- I´m happy and so are my kids ( I hope. Gonna have to ask them in the morning about that. Lol)

I knew, before I started this book, that it wasn´t going to make me happy. As I´ve said above- any discussion about raising kids will most likely end up in a disagreement. I know for a fact that alot of people don´t understand how my husband and I can stay calm and collected with our kids and I´m not quiet either when I see parents yelling at their children in public, or trying to discipline them in what they think is the right way infront of me ( I hate when kids get yelled at for whatever small reason. Hate, hate, hate ). But reading this book made my blood boil. I was fuming.

So outragous and unreal. How can anyone act like the author / mother acted towards her children? It was appalling and….. it left me speechless.

I hated this book. And what I hated most was how I couldn´t stop reading it. I wanted to know if anyone actually reported that mother or if she got away with the terrible shit she put her children through.

The credentials on the back said:

`Breathtakingly personal … Her tale is compelling in the same way as a good thriller`

`Blissfully funny … This book, for all it´s hilarious / hair-raising insights into how to raise terrifyingly over accomplished children, strikes me as being not so much about parenting methods as about the immigrant experience`

There were no hilarious parts in this story. None. I didn´t even smile.

And in the description it says:

`It was supposed to be a story of how Chinese parents are better at raising kids than Western ones.`

And that´s exactly what this book was about. `Battle Hymn Of The Tiger Mother` is a biography of a woman, wife, mother on parenting and how Western civilization is practically shit at raising kids and only the Chinese are capable of bringing out the best of their offspring.

I call that a crock of shit. How dare she?

The clue of it all was- The author raised her kids á la Chinese style in a Western civilization. That´s just as terrible, if you ask me.

What this author revealed in her book was not only medieval, it was cringe-worthy.

Not at all worth anyting…not even my time. I still get pissed just thinking about her ways and how she dealt with her children.

Telling a child the picture she drew was not good was one of the worst parts of the book for me. Seriously, I have 2 kids who couldn´t be more different from one another, too. My oldest is the quiet type and my youngest is my firecracker. If I´d have told my oldest her picture wasn´t good she´d have needed life long therapy. If I´d had said the same to my youngest she´d have grown horns and chased me around the house…from the ceiling…while spitting fire. ( Aren´t kids great? :-))

Hours beyond hours of Violin and piano practice? My oldest would have fallen asleep and my youngest would have eaten the instrument out of spite. My life is too short to witness either.

Threatening a child with burning stuffed animals, not allowing playdates…. HELLO? The stuffed animals from my girls are their lifelines. They´d have to pull off some serious shit for me to want to burn their sacred bears, dolphins, etc. To be honest- Burning anything of theirs would never cross my mind in the first place. Neither would putting my child out on the cold because it didn´t want to practice an instrument or what not. It´s 2017. Surely, there are other ways to knock some sense into a child ( should any form of communication fail ).

The author wanted her children to be the best. No. You don´t quite understand…. she wanted them to be THE BEST. I want that, too, for my girls. But not at the cost of their freedom and sanity.

This book was, also, less about her children and more about self-display. I, I, I, me, me, me. That´s all I read. Lots of screaming and fighting. For fucks sake…. to read about the many fights was exhausting beyond means. I wasn´t even interested in the cultural differences because the author globalized everything and constantly compared. I, now, automatically assume all Chinese mothers are brutal, mean as shit witches and that Western mothers are lazy shits who ruin the lives of their children. That´s how this author displayed the two cultures. I´m aware that that´s not, in anyway, true… but she just went along and pointed fingers at nations and cultures. Not cool at all.

Bah. I´m not surprised I hated this book. I´m not even surprised I hate the author and want to hunt her down for the shit she thought was worth having printed.

I will not recommend this book. It´s not worth it. But I will keep it and show my girls one day how life could have been if they were born into that family.

See? Never talk about parenting. And don´t write a book about parenting either. That will only get you 1 out of 5 stars. Unless we share the same opinion. Lol.