What a challenge! If it was a real bookstore card, I might waste it on Melissa & Doug stuff, like the time I bought the magnetic skeleton play set – which wasn’t exactly a waste because they still love it…). This also comes at a good time, because I’m not really loving the Kobo, and I suspect that getting a few new books for it may be just the ticket, as they say.
Warning: Some of the choices here are religious-freaky-weirdo stuff, because the library doesn’t carry those. It’s kind of funny; I don’t believe in conspiracies, but if it’s a book about atheism or science or psychology or being gay or trans or polyamourous or anything of a liberalish non-traditional kind of nature, they have it in spades. But if it’s about God, faith or the Bible (or – gasp – Jesus!), they probably DON’T carry it… “Dawkins? No problem!”
(I read Dawkins’ gorgeous Magic of Reality a couple of weeks ago, but I’m still processing, and may be for a good long while…)
- No-brainer: Amy Stewart’s gardening classic From the Ground Up. Just finished reading her Wicked Bugs over Shabbos! No idea why the library doesn’t carry this one cuz it’s not Christian, that I can tell. Anyway, now I own it… kind of.
- Celia Rivenbark, We’re Just Like You, Only Prettier. Just because she makes me laugh, okay? We don’t have to be Albert Einstein, David Suzuki or Steven Hawking every single minute.
- Ruth Beechick et al. Homeschooling Methods. From the editors of The Old Schoolhouse magazine, which, disappointingly, just stopped publishing a print edition. The reviews look good and it’s always helpful to expand my awareness of other homeschooling ideas beyond my own little box.
- Phil Vischer. Me, Myself and Bob. From the creator of VeggieTales, a memoir of his own faith, dream, etc.
- Evolving in Monkey Town. Spiritual awakening and a girl coming to grips with her own (and her town’s) fundamentalist past.
- Churched: One Kid’s Journey Towards God Despite a Holy Mess. Ditto – only this one’s a boy. See, this is the kind of faith-based stuff the Toronto Public Library avoids carrying.
Here’s one I’m still debating:
- Cathy Duffy’s classic 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing the Right Curriculum and Approach for your Homeschool Style. It’s tempting, because I would like to read it, and if I buy it at the Kobo store, it will be in an easily-readable ePub format. On the other hand, it’s very hard to mark your place, flip around, or search within books on my Kobo. What to do?? (okay, I bought it)
Argh! I can’t stand the way the Kobo bookstore doesn’t let you keep anything in your cart. It is designed to let you buy ONE book at a time… which makes the promo codes difficult to use, because it’s usually one per person.
And the amazing thing is, 7 books in and I still have almost $50 left on the card. Yay!!! HB2Meeeeeee! <3
(okay, second amazing thing is, 7 books in and no trees have died; that is a cool thing, too)
Anyone else having fun feeding their electronic reading thingies…?