Do you NetGalley?

I've read a ton of new books for free thanks to NetGalley. Are you using it yet? It's perfect if you're a book lover and have a blog to share reviews. Just sign up for an account, search through titles, and request books to read on your favorite e-reader. So easy! Here are a few I've read lately.

The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to Parenting by Bunmi Laditan I'm sure by now you all know about the Twitter sensation, Honest Toddler. I've been enjoying the tweets for almost a year.  Sure some are cheesy, but some are laugh out loud funny and you can appreciate them whether you have kids or not. And now there's a parenting book! This guide, written from the toddler's perspective, tells parents exactly how to raise a happy child. Some of it hilarious to me because I can picture my kids saying the same things, or at least having the same thoughts and ideas. Especially this part: "If you write a blog, please obey the following steps: Log in to your blog platform. Go to "My Account." Look for a link that says "Deactivate Blog" and press it." "Why waste an enormous amount of time ignoring your toddler writing posts about how family oriented you are." Oops. I felt called out about Facebook and Twitter too. I thought the how-to format was a great way to go from blog/twitter to book, but it got a little old after a while. Maybe it was just too much snark for me in one sitting.  It was definitely a funny read though, and could be a great baby shower or new mom gift.  

Dummy: A Memior by David Patten While working through some of my son's quirks, I did a lot of research on ASD, auditory processing disorders, and ADD/ADHD, so this book instantly stood out and I couldn't wait to read it. David Patten is a very smart man, but because of the time period (1960s) and lack of understanding of learning disabilities, he was treated poorly and didn't have access to support. He was constantly punished and failed out of public school only to spend time in a violent inner-city alternative high school, a mental institution, and an experimental home for schizophrenics. Since he was unable to keep a job, he ended up selling drugs and getting involved with the wrong kind of people. But because of his abilities in abstract and analytic thinking, he was able to break out of this spiral and land a high paying job in technology. Though he still can't read or write, he has now published his story, which is truly heartbreaking (especially the abusive experiences he witness and endured in the experimental home) but also very inspiring. I was shocked, heartbroken, hopeful, and uplifted while reading about his life and shed tears of anger, sadness, and happiness. I think everyone should read this book to better understand those with disabilities. I just want to meet David and give him a big hug! 

Real Justice: Sentenced to Life at Seventeen: The Story of David Milgaard by Cynthia J. Faryon What I love most about NetGalley is that I can check out books I normally wouldn't, for free. This was a short, easy read about 17-year old David Milgaard. Because he was a troubled kid and hanging out with the wrong kind of people, he was easily arrested, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison for a rape and murder he didn't commit. He served 23 years in prison before his determined mother and new lawyers were able to prove his innocence. Can you imagine being in prison that long for something you didn't do? He was just a kid when he started his sentence! Before staying home with my kids I was a criminal defense paralegal and these kinds of stories always fascinate me. How could law enforcement and the justice system make so many mistakes? I would love to learn more about how he adjusted after being released. The story read a lot like a segment on 20/20 or Dateline. I liked it and can't wait to read more from this series.

I received these three books from NetGalley for review purposes.


tara said...

i am so behind on my netgalley reading! i tend to request a million books at once them half of them are archived before i get to it. i'm a mess. lol

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

No ereader reading for me, I just can't get the hang of it. Thankfully my kindle was a hand me down. I need the actual book in hand!

Misty said...

Ooh, I'll have to check this out.

A book that reads like Dateline? Count me in.

Sarah said...

I love Honest Toddler on Facebook... haven't read the book though. I'll add this to the list but GUESS WHAT? I don't follow a ton of blogs but wanted to be your 300th follower as I'm sure you were excited to hit that marker! Hope you'll stop by and follow back if you like what you read! :)

Sarah said...

Oh... and I only have one boy but see you have two and I HOPE I get another boy. Obvs just want a healthy baby but I LOVE being a 'boy-mommma'! :)

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I need a reader. I think I'd read more if I did. The last book I started was World War Z in December. The goal was to finish it before the movie came to theaters. That didn't happen lol. It's SUCH a boring book though!

I love me some Dateline so I should check out your last book!

Karen M. Peterson said...

I didn't even know NetGalley was a thing. I'm there!