Semi-annual Book Round-Up

Throughout this first half of the year I have been blessed with the ability to get through these books. For a New Year’s Resolution I made it a goal to read (or listen to) at least one book a month and so far I have five books under my belt which isn’t so bad!

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Miek Weking

The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids by Jessica Joelle Alexander & Iben Dissing Sandahl

The Magnolia Story by Chip Gaines and Johanna Gaines

The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell

Here are my thoughts on the five books mentioned above.
The Whole Brained Child
The book made many references to left and right brain as well as frontal lobe and back hemisphere many times throughout. I liked this book and it made a lot of sense as far as connecting the left brain to the right brain in terms of child development. It definitely felt like the author was using many laymen terms to get his point across which was helpful since I am no neuroscientist, but at times I almost felt talked down to. Either way, it was interesting and insightful to learn how my little one’s brains tick.

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
This book changed my life! Every week we go to the library. Exceptions are when we are sick. During the first week of May we had gone to the library after finally getting better from being sick for what felt like an eternity but it was literally only 2 weeks since it started end of Coachella Wk2. I had misplaced my library card and needed to checkout with my drivers license with the librarian. Upon checking out Henry’s huge stack of bedtime books, I noticed a book with a really cute cover across the way. I ran over and added it to the pile since the title was interesting and I am so glad I did! It definitely changed my perspective on life. Every day, at least once a day, I choose to see the brighter side of things. An example of this change in mindset would be, Dustin dropped his phone down the side of his seat & was super bummed. I said to him, “Well at least you’ll get a good stretch in for the day.” These little moments every day have really added up and I definitely feel a lot less stressed out and a lot more appreciative and happy for all our blessings. I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone and everyone, especially people who have episodes of sadness, depression, and or anxiety. Even if you do not have those disorders, it is still a super functional to read for interior decor purposes as Danish people are portrayed to enjoy, warm lighting, cozy areas, comfy clothes, and good food.

The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids
As a piggy back read of enjoying The Little Book of Hygge, I was super interested in learning more about Danish Parenting. Written by a Dane and an American mom married to a Dane, I felt like this book was incredibly relatable since I am an American mom. This book was also super insightful and has inspired me to be more forgiving with myself and with my children. Personally, I really enjoy the idea of positive parenting and it was nice to learn that Danes kind of use that method too. Not going to lie, I did end up researching, “How to move to Denmark” after reading this book because it makes it sound like Utopia!

The Magnolia Story
Ah Chip and Johanna Gaines. I love them so much. I don’t know why I fought reading this book so hard, but after watching all the Fixer Upper on Netflix available to me back in 2017 at our old apartment, I stopped keeping tabs on them. I finally gave the book a chance and oh my goodness it was inspiring! There were some parts of the book that I was skeptical of, but for the most part, I really enjoyed their story. I remember their old Magnolia sign and it’s so cool that they included the back story to it. Learning their early love story was really sweet to know. One of the parts that surprised me the most, was Johanna’s little chapter about not fitting in and being part Asian. That felt incredibly relatable considering I spent some time in a majorily Caucasian school in Virginia Beach, VA and have spend all of my motherhood living in majorily Caucasian cities in Southern California. I grew up in a pretty diverse community with plenty of Filipinos but due to my family’s history I always felt a little bit outcasted from not living within a traditional nuclear family like other Filipinos. Being raised by my biological Aunt and Grandpa was an interesting experience non-the-less. Anyway, the couple references prayer and God often in their book, yet I didn’t mind it much since I was raised Catholic and do pray/meditate from time to time.

The Five Love Languages of Children
The original Five Love Languages book was recommended to me by a friend, I want to say, about two and a half years ago. We were having a coffee date at the Living Room Cafe in College Area and we were talking about how messed up our lives were, yet how we were still good people doing the best we can. I recently saw her in my news feed on facebook and was pleased to see she was doing good. In honor of her, I decided to pick up a FLL book and hop to it. Reading this book brought tears to my eyes because I realized a lot about myself, my shortcomings, and ways I can improve myself as a mother, a partner, and as a basic human being. She was totally right in that the book referenced cookies and baking cookies a lot. I totally was surprised that this book mentioned God a couple of times, but when looking up the official title of the book I found that it is listed under Christian literature. That doesn’t bother me, but I thought I should note it just in case it’s not your cup of tea.

I really enjoy reading books in general. If you have any books that you absolutely love of think I should check out, please let me know in a comment below!

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