Day 19: the ones that defy categorization

Is categorization even a word?  I choose to believe it is, so don’t tell me if I’m wrong, okay?

Here’s the dealio with these next two books.  I’m sure they probably do fall into some category, but I have no idea what that would be.

cleaning house

Cleaning House by Kay Wills Wyma could be considered a parenting book.  Or an organizational book.  Or…a cleaning book?  Is that even a category?  I don’t know.  What I do know is that I thought this book was awesome.  Entitled kids?  Check.  Enabling mother?  Check.  Dirty house?  Check.  Obviously, I needed it.  This author is pretty much my hero.  She conducted a 12 month experiment to show her kids just how much they really could do and it worked!  They learned to do laundry, clean toilets, fix entire meals, and the list goes on.  Granted, most of her kids are a little older than mine are, but I can see myself planting the same seeds of laziness and entitlement in my children’s lives and Cleaning House helped me to see and understand that a little better.  I’m especially bad about doing things for my kids because it’s easier to just do something than to teach them how to do it right, but that’s not doing them any favors in the long run (or the short run).  Jerm has always told me that I need to just take the time to teach the girls how to do things that I think are too hard for them, but reading this book made me understand just how much I excused.  Great book.

(Wow.  I really rambled on there, huh?)

seven

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker

I’m going to be honest; I don’t really know exactly what to say about this book, except that it made me stop and really think about how much I have, how much I waste, and consider what I could do to help those less fortunate than myself.  I especially loved the personal experiences she shared about adoption, since I’ve always had a soft spot for that subject. I didn’t agree with some of her ideas, but it was a very engaging read and the author is hilarious.  I don’t know if I could do some of the challenges she took on: only 7 foods for an entire month?  Only 7 articles of clothing for an entire month?  It would be interesting to try (and hard, I’m sure).  I liked this book enough to consider keeping it on my shelf for a while.  I think it may be the kind that I need to re-read ever so often.

Do you like any books that are hard to categorize?  Feel free to share.

You can see the rest of this series here.

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