Sooo many great books in 2019! 😁
This was...heavy...and insane...and just...wow. I have sooooo many questions. Also, people really terrify me. This was really well written and a crazy ride. Definitely pick it up!
⭐️⭐️💫 #unpopularopinion - I did not love this book. If it hadn‘t been a book club read, I never would have finished it. It is perversely fascinating to read about someone‘s life of violence, abuse, & neglect, but I will never enjoy reading about child abuse. I also thought this book read more like sections written for a memoir writing class than a full book, so to me that was an odd style choice. Overall this is not one I‘d recommend.
I cried for most of the second half. Boy, what a ride. Tara was raised in a Mormon household but an extremist household. No doctors, no school, fears about the government and Illuminati. This is about how she decided to get an education and what that meant for her family.
A lot of parts where I was angry, but a lot just broke my heart. This was really an excellent read and I am glad I finally got to it.
It is so beeping cold here (-36 with windchill and below -40 tomorrow morning) ☹️ not cool. Well cool but also very much not. This is reading weather NOT go to work weather.
I‘ll finish this one tonight though.
I think that Dweck's ideas about growth mindset (people can change and develop new strengths/skills/knowledge) vs. fixed mindset (people are the way they are, are naturally gifted/smart/good at things) are so important. I'm grateful to have learned about the theory and research behind them, and I‘ll absolutely use them in many areas of my life. I have some thoughts about the book itself (too many examples, many verging on judgy/insensitive; ⬇️
Tara's experiences made me think more deeply about how we experience/view the world and how our perceptions are shaped by our environments. This book felt like a private exhibition of mourning and release. It was definitely intense. I am sure her story will stick with me for some time.
I know what book all of my friends who are expecting will be getting as a shower gift! This is an amazing collection of tips and reasons why parents should read to their children at very early ages. Based on empirical research the author breaks down the information into “chewable chunks “for readers from all backgrounds. I cheered at parts, applauded ideas, and danced when Vygotsky was quoted. A must for anyone who reads to children.