Monday, March 5, 2012

Giggles and Lorax, Book Reviews

My reading goal for 2012 is to read 100 books. This is quite a lofty goal and I doubt I’ll make it but I’m going to try and get as close as I can. Considering how much reading this will really entail, I won’t be possible for me to do full book reviews on all of them. So from time to time I’ll do a recap of what I have read and my recommendation of whether or not you should pick it up. In the last couple of weeks, I was able to knock out four books. Two of them are children’s books and I thought about not counting those, but when you set such a lofty goal for the year, ALL BOOKS COUNT!

March 7th is World Read Out Loud Day. Consider incorporating one of these books into your activities for the day.

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Building Better Families by Matthew Kelly

I think this is a must-read for families with children. Even though, at this time, I do not plan to have children, there was valuable information for me as well. This book gives practical information about learning to be a better wife, a better husband, a better parent and above all, a better version of yourself.

Amy Giggles by Coy Bowles

I received this book at Blissdom 2012 in support of ConAgra’s Foods campaign to end child hunger. This is a really great book that encourages kids to be themselves and not hold back who they are for the sake of pleasing everyone else. Little Amy is adorable and she has a laugh that will never be suppressed. After reading it, I gifted it to a very stubborn and beautiful little girl (and her brother) who I am sure will have no problem suppressing her personality. If you have a little one in your life, please get this book for them.


The Dating Dilemmas of Delilah Dunnfield by Victoria Thurman

This was a personal read for me as well as entertaining as it was written by my friend Victoria. I do have to say Delilah is a character that made me nervous. I wanted to shield my eyes while reading afraid for the next “experience” that would befall her. In great southern lingo, one of the characters says “Lord love a duck!” and that’s what I had to say time and time again. This is a fun read and the author is working on the sequel. (hurry up, Victoria!)

The Lorax by Dr. Suess

I never read The Lorax as a child and considering my love for trees, I’m not exactly sure how I missed this one. It would have been one of my favorites, maybe even beating out Daisy Head Mayzie. The Lorax is as relevant a story today as it was when Dr. Suess first wrote it. We must always be aware of the effects of what we do to the earth and pray that there will always be a seed available that allows us to recover after what we have done. I highly recommend this book for all children and adults. This book was a gift to Blissdom 2012 attendees along with a birthday party for Dr. Seuss that also celebrated The Lorax movie that just opened in theaters. I hope to get out to see the movie this week. I hate I don’t have one of those Lorax mustaches to wear. I am very happy to say that I SPEAK FOR THE TREES. I will be gifting this book to my nephew. Hopefully I can get it to him before he sees the movie.



  1. Thanks for the review, April! :) I love the Lorax picture of you! I saw the movie. Quite good. A little long and one too many musicals, but overall, very good. :)V

    1. We took two four year olds and a two year old to the movies today and the Lorax was a hit. I almost cried! It really was a great movie.

  2. Thanks so much for reviewing Amy Giggles-Laugh Out Loud. I really believe in this book and it's message. Took me forever to get it finished. Thank you Coy Bowles

    1. Coy, thanks for visiting my blog. It was a pleasure reading about Amy. I hope she has a sequel coming.