How to Shower When You Have Small Children

  1. Hide your kids favorite toys.

  2. Wait until you can no longer put up with your own smell. This should be at least 4 days.

  3. Let the kids “accidentally” find the toys.

  4. They will go nuts playing with them.

  5. Lock yourself in the bathroom while they’re distracted and enjoy a luxurious 4 minutes of glorious freedom.

Books I read in 2018

After failing to read 25 books last year I set a goal to read 12 new books in 2018. Nailed it.

I’m going for another 12 in 2019. I have no illusions of magically having more time to read in 2019 than I did in 2018.

Here’s the list of books I read in 2018, organized by date read.

  1. How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7 by Joanna Faber. This is a great book full of strategies that work for me and my kids. I regularly forget to use what I’ve learned, however, so it’s a book I’m going to be returning to again and again.

  2. For We Are Many (Bobiverse, #2) by Dennis E. Taylor. I read the first of this series in 2017 and it remains my favorite of the 3. This installment is good, but one of the plotlines started to bore me.

  3. All These Worlds (Bobiverse, #3) by Dennis E. Taylor. The boring plotline from the second book got a whole lot worse in this one. I still enjoyed the book a great deal, but I completely lost interest in a portion of it.

  4. Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse, #1) by James S.A. Corey. I’m weirdly at a loss for what to say about this one. I liked it a lot—even gave it 55 stars on Goodreads—but I can’t think of anything to say about it. It’s a science fiction novel that takes place in our solar system and there’s a super creepy villain and I enjoyed it.

  5. Caliban’s War (The Expanse, #2) by James S.A. Corey. Same as the first one in this series. Thumbs up. Apparently there’s a TV show based on these books, which I have yet to watch.

  6. The Organ Takers: A Novel of Surgical Suspense by Richard Van Anderson. I received a free audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I’d never read a book in the medical thriller genre before and it worked for me. It was engaging and entertaining. Good book. If you haven’t listened to many audiobooks before, the narrator can totally make or break an already great book. I’ve had to stop listening to what were probably good books, but I just couldn’t take the narrator’s voice. The narrator for this one, who happens to be a friend of mine, totally nails it. I was a bit nervous going in because I don’t know what I’d have done if he’d been awful. Luckily, he’s a great narrator and I don’t have to worry about that now. 1010 will listen to more books he narrates.

  7. Age of War (The Legends of the First Empire, #3) by Michael J. Sullivan. I like everything this guy has written and this book was no exception.

  8. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander. I laughed out loud repeatedly while listening to this one. J.K. Rowling is a genius (but you knew that already).

  9. Creative Selection by Ken Kocienda. This inside look at Apple’s design process during production of the first iPhone and then the iPad was an engaging read. I recommend it if you’re into following Apple at all.

  10. The Lost Emerald of Briarwood (Shadow Sovereign Series, #1) By Vona Stewart. Vona is my sister (it’s a pen name). You should read these fun fantasy books when they’re released because they are good and will cause you to live a long and prosperous life.

  11. The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter (The Riyria Chronicles, #4) by Michael J. Sullivan. As I mentioned earlier, I really like everything this guy writes and I enjoyed this book even more than Age of War. The two main characters in this book are two of my all-time favorite fictional characters. Lots of great action and laugh out loud moments. If you haven’t read anything by him I suggest doing so immediately.

  12. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. This was recommended to me by my sister and it is a fantastic book. You shouldn’t skip it. My wife read it and loved it as well. I can’t wait to read the second one.