In Praise of Stay at Home Moms by Dr. Laura Schlessinger
This book came highly recommended by a friend (in fact she let me borrow it -thanks a million)! Let me preface this by saying that I am familiar with Dr. Laura as my dad listened to her when I was growing up and also during the years I worked with him. This book was a great (and quick read) - it is definitely for anyone having trouble with being a stay at home mom. Whether you are the one staying home and just need a little reminder or if you are the person bashing stay at home moms. There is so much we do and she is quick to point it all out and have you feeling very much proud of your decision. My favorite part are her comebacks for people's rude comments about us stay at home moms not being successful or "important" - this book definitely reaffirms most of my feelings about stay at home moms. Another key factor is her opinion (which I also happen to hold) of: Let's not get into a debate about which is better let's just agree that each family must make their own decision and whichever decision is made is just as important as the other. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone interested in stay at home moms - whether they are one, want to be one, or don't quite get what we do (no we don't eat bon bons and watch soap operas all day)!
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
The second in the Millennium Trilogy this book was AMAZING! I could not put it down and even stayed up super late three nights in a row to finish it (I am definitely not a night person)! While this book picks up where the first book left off I do feel that is separate and could be read by itself with only minimal confusion. The end of this book however lends itself directly to a third story and is such a cliff hanger that my vow to wait three days before reading again quickly went out the window! This book continues the story of Mikael, Millennium Magazine, Salander and a few other characters however it also delves back into some past histories creating a whirlwind story. The relationships between the characters intensifies over the course of the novel and it is amazing the transformations the characters take on. If you are up for "murder mysteries" this is a great read - but be forewarned it is a very twisted and gruesome book during some scenes.