Since the love of reading runs in the family and my son has been dying for a spot on my blog since he found out I started one, I thought that the best place for him was for him to write his own book reviews and recommendations, for other kids and even adults.
Like me, he is a avid reader, and he likes to read a wide variety of books. Non-fiction, fiction, comics, and pretty much anything he finds interesting. So when I asked him to contribute a book review, he knew right away which book would be his first.
My son Cris’ first book review on this blog is here:
I found Col. Chris Hadfield’s An Astronaut’s Guide to Life On Earth really interesting. It is his autobiography and has really cool facts I never knew, like how you actually have to be a military pilot to be able to become an astronaut. That fact out of many made a lot more things in my life make sense, like how one of my school friends (who will be unnamed) wanted to be a military pilot. I’m guessing he also read the book, and wants to be an astronaut.
Col. Chris Hadfield also made the book understandable for ages 10 and older. I think a 10 year old would be able to follow along pretty easily. Of course, Col. Hadfield did include a glossary and index, just in case, like the #1 rule in space!!! As he explains in the book: Every moment in space, you should always be thinking, “What’s the next thing that could kill me?”, so you can avoid it. It is a bit of a long book, with 295 pages, but honestly, I think the better of that. It was so cool, I didn’t want it to ever end!!!
To end this review, I will say this: for those parents out there who have children who are the age of 10 or older that love reading, I would get this fascinating book for them. It is also an inspirational book for boys and girls who may want to be an astronaut or who have dreams that they think are unreachable.
“If you can dream it, you can do it!” – Walt Disney
Cris – 11 years old
Books were a very early indulgence of mine. From the young age of 5, I have been voraciously devouring fictional chapter books, many that were on topics way too advanced for me. I was a regular patron at my local “bookmobile” when it was parked in my neighbourhood every Thursday, and I would bring home a shopping bag full of new books to read until the following week when I could trade them in for a new bag full.
I was the type of kid that my parents had to coax to put down the books and go outside to play and get fresh air. After much nagging, I would finally just take my books with me outside… fresh air and reading together, so they couldn’t complain!
Today, as an adult with responsibilities such as a full-time job, a household and a child, my precious reading has had to take a backseat to many other duties. Even if I try to do a little reading as I crawl into bed each night before turning off my lamp, I still find myself too exhausted and quickly start nodding off just a few pages in. Lately the only time I’ve managed to find enough free-time to read any novels has only been when I’m actually on vacation. There’s lots of time for reading while waiting at an airport or while on a 7 hour flight!
However, this has meant that I’m very behind on reading many books that I’ve seen out there, and my “to read” list is getting way too long. My goal is to find more time to read by turning off the reality TV shows that are taking away my precious reading time and killing my brain cells. (Well maybe not all reality TV… I mean, I have to know how all of the Real Housewives end up right?)
Hence, my book for this month: “The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo” by Amy Schumer, award-winning comedian, writer and actress. I’ve always been a fan of her humour, however crass and blunt it can be. But behind all the “naughty” comments, I find her stories and skits on her show Inside Amy Schumer have a real and honest message, whether it’s about gender inequality or sexual assault.
This book is really well written, easy to read and enjoy, and I personally love when an author I recognize writes the way they speak. I can really see Amy telling these stories the way she has written them.
The book is comprised of a series of essays on various topics and experiences that have come up in Amy’s life, and her take on them, whether comedic or serious. Many of these can make her seem very relatable and at times I was agreeing aloud with many of her hilarious notations.
Although I have a few chapters left to go, I can already confidently recommend this book to any of Amy Schumer’s fans or anyone who likes a good chuckle, especially when reading someone else’s straight-up no-bullsh*# views on life.