One of my New Year's resolutions continues to be met: I read my obligatory two books, plus two others in February. I started with The Wild Trees, which was great, although I did skim the more technical/scientific paragraphs on the trees because...I just didn't care that much. But the book was great and difficult to put down, despite being about researchers climbing trees.
Next I moved onto Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume, which was one of those books that made me happy I checked it out from the library instead of buying it. Some essays were interesting, but some were bad. I loved and read all the Judy Blume books as a kid, but apparently I was naive because I missed some of the sexual awakening stuff (like in Deenie) that others say had a big impact on their lives. No one wrote about what I would have, which was in Are You There God? It's Me Margaret, the old description of maxi-pads that included a belt totally confused me and I would sneak peeks in my parents' bathroom, unable to find any belts or huge pads that attached to them. That book had a big impact on my life because more than just getting my period, I was worried about wearing a belt under my clothes one week a month. Of course I am going to have Clover read all of these books too, but I am going to set her straight about the belt thing.
The last book was Bend the Rules Sewing. I received two copies for Christmas (my mom is a last minute shopper and cannot be bothered with asking others what they have already purchased as gifts) and finally got around to sitting down to read one, instead of just looking at the projects. I love Amy, I love her blog and I loved the book too. It is full of helpful information, especially for the beginning sewer, and written in her witty, approachable style.