Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tips for Tuesday - Books: Pets Letters To God 2, Entitlemania, and Shambala Junction

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Me - Today I am recommending Pet Letters to To God 2 by Spots Labowski and Ellen Phillips. This book is made up of letters that animals have supposedly sent to God. It is really funny. It's got some pictures too, and they are usually really cute. Kids who like animals and hearing about the funny things that they might say if they could talk would love this book.

Mom - Today I am recommending two books one has to do with over parenting and how it hurts children and gives them a sense of entitlement and what to do about it and the other has to do with a young woman who overcomes that on her own.
Entitlemania by Richard Watts is a nonfiction book about how not to spoil your children. He thinks that the reason that children today feel so entitled is that their parents make them that way. He preaches a kind of extreme parenting that I don't think a lot of parents can live up to which includes keeping children out of family businesses and not letting them inherit a lot of money. Watts presents his views clearly and convincingly, and it is a book that definitely makes you think. However, I don't think a lot of parents could stick to the kind of parenting that Watts suggest because it goes against their basic instincts as parents to help their children as much as they can. It has a lot to do with the way a person is raised and the example their own parents set for them. Watts is able to practice what he preaches, because that is the way he was raised but not everyone was raised that way. Also, a lot of the book like matters pertaining to family businesses and inheritances of large sums of  money only apply to wealthier families and not the majority of poor to average families.  The book does make you think though and is interesting to read.
Shambala Junction by Dipka Mukherjee is about Iris. She is living the life she is expected to live and engaged to the man she is expected  to marry, a man that she may or may not love. Then, one night they are travelling on a train, when the train makes a temporary stop, Iris steps off and is inadvertantly left behind. There she meets Aman and his family and her life completely changes when she gets caught up in their attempts to recover their missing baby who was accidentally left at an orphanage. The plot sounds crazy and unbelievable when you hear it, but it works and makes for a very intriguing story when you actually read the book. The story moves along quickly and really draws you in.  The story is full of interesting  well drawn characters who are likable at times and not at others (although one or two of the characters are never likable)  Although at first, Iris may seem weak minded or spoiled, she shows a lot of growth over the course of the story, and over all, she is an admirable character that you can root for. All in all, it is a good book with a great story and a satisfying ending.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

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