I am a part of various book clubs, including one in Spanish. You can imagine my surprise when the New York Times released its annual “10 Best Books of 2012” and I had not read a single one on the list. Yikes!
So what am I reading? Admittedly, I have not read the most intellectual stuff as of late. I just read this young adult novel for my trashy books book club — which is really an excuse for parents to drink and play board games. The novel, Every Day by David Levithan, is about a teenager “A” who wakes up every day in a different person’s body. It’s not the best written book, but totally intriguing!
I am also reading feminist writer Jessica Valenti’s tome Why Have Kids?. I am halfway through, and up to now, it largely focuses on personal parenting decisions that make parenting harder as opposed to the strident individualism of our social and economic policies that make having children in this country so dehumanizing and next-to-impossible.
My immediate thoughts? From visiting family in Central America, I can tell you that they are not nearly as frazzled — and dare I say unhappy? — as U.S. parents, who are much more isolated and the cost of childcare out of reach for parents to receive any respite. It’s an observation that my Honduran niece Eu made off the bat when she came to live with us and she has told me that her preference is never to raise children in the United States. Ouch.
I am not finished with the book so I will withhold judgement. But I am sure I will offer a review later on. Have any of you read it? What were your thoughts?
What is on your night tables?