Welcome back to our member profile feature on From Left to Write. Our club has almost 100 bloggers who love to read, write, and talk about books. On our book club days, you only get a glimpse into their blog so now you can get to know our members a little bit better.
Melanie still feels like a child sometimes, even though she now finds herself the mother of four kids. Her student husband has promised that life will get easier when he is done with school, but she isn’t holding her breath. In spite of two master’s degrees, she’s somehow never had a real job. Nevertheless, she dreams of the day when she can be . . . something. For now, she spends her days folding laundry, cooking, eating, cleaning up, wiping noses, changing diapers, and re-reading countless children’s books. When she can, she tries to find time for some grown-up types of thoughts to record at tales from the crib.
Melanie is one of our panelists for our upcoming Twitter book chat this Wednesday, August 15. Don’t forget to RSVP for the Twitter chat so you can win some prizes!
What childhood or children’s book has changed your life?
I read The Five Little Peppers, and How They Grew at some point in my childhood, and it has stuck with me all this time. I didn’t have a good relationship with my only sibling until we were older, so the thought of five kids all working together and playing together was so appealing to me. Now with my own family (with four kids), I see how friendly family can be (even in the midst of arguing) and how that community can help you overlook challenging circumstances, like being low income, just like it did for the little Peppers.
What fiction book has made you think?
After I finished reading The Book Thief, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. From the beginning, you know that the future is not good for the majority of the characters of the book. Yet instead of feeling horror while reading it, I felt incredible hope. I wish I had the ability to talk appropriately about incredibly hard things, like war-torn Nazi Germany, yet still bring a sense of hope and promise for my readers or listeners. I think this book should be a must-read for everyone.
What nonfiction book have you recently read that stuck with you?
I really don’t like reading non-fiction, so I only read it when forced. I had to read The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother for my real life book club, and it gave me a lot of food for thought when it comes to parenting. I definitely want to encourage and enable my kids to do their best in school and other activities, so that may involve pushing them at times. But I also want to be a good listener for my kids and hear what they are revealing about their passions, their interests and their goals. I don’t agree with some of her principles, but I do think that reading the book has made me a better mother overall.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I hate to be without a book. This online book club seems like one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I love getting a new book in the mail and waiting until “naptime” to curl up with a yummy snack and a new, sometimes powerful, read.