Mini Reviews #3

As we prepare for the newest member of our family to arrive, I have had to make some important decisions.  What pediatrician to go with, whether to breast or bottle feed, where baby should sleep for the first few months, etc.  Something that I decided on before I even became pregnant this time was that I wanted to venture into the world of cloth diapers.  The biggest reason for me is cost.  My mother has graciously offered to purchase all of baby’s diapers, so the cost will be nothing for us, whereas the cost of disposables adds up fast.

However, as I have come to learn more about cloth diapering, I have discovered other positives. It seems that cloth diapers are usually better on baby’s skin, not to mention they apparently reduce the number of blowouts that occur and they are better on the environment. Changing Diapers is the one book I have read on the subject, and it not only expounds on the pros of cloth but also educates you on the different styles, brands and also how to care for cloth diapers.

I have a feeling I will be using this as a reference guide in the next few months! Have any of you tried cloth?  If so, please share your experiences!


The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt is one of those books that I have been looking forward to for a long time.  I tend to enjoy diary formatted books, and this one was even more fun because it was a scrapbook, so it had a lot of fun additives.

It’s 1920 and Frankie hopes to escape a life on the farm by attending college at Vassar. There is a salacious love interest, as well as a Transatlantic voyage, among much else, so it is definitely an intriguing read.

My biggest problem with Frankie Pratt was how quickly it went.  It’s one of those books that can easily be read in one sitting, not only because of the format but also because it is an absorbing book.  The time period injected a bit of fun as well and I appreciated the period elements that Preston included.

Because the readathon is coming up, it is worth mentioning that this would be the perfect choice to break up the monotony of reading all day and into the night!


I read my first Sophie Hannah book last year and was immediately hooked.  Her mysteries are engrossing and they remind me a lot of Laura Lippman’s, which I am also a fan of.

Naomi Jenkins is having an affair with a married man.  She is completely captivated by him and although she realizes that the situation is wrong, she has convinced herself that her love for Robert Haworth rights any wrongs they have committed.

One year into their affair, Robert fails to show up for their weekly hotel tryst and Naomi is filled with dread.  She never doubts that something awful has happened, and she sets out to find him, no matter what the cost.  She decides to report him to the police as a man who raped her, in the hopes that that will move them into action.

I thought Naomi was completely deluded.  She had already spent so much time becoming enmeshed in an adulterous relationship and now she was willing to accuse her lover of rape in order to discover his whereabouts.  She seemed like an all around nut job, to be honest, but the circumstances of her past and Robert’s disappearance made for a compelling read.

16 Responses

  1. I loved the Sophie Hannah book…in fact, I have enjoyed all of hers that I’ve read. Thanks for your mini-reviews today!

  2. I really need to get my hands on that Frankie Pratt book. And good for you for using cloth diapers. I couldn’t make myself do it because of the ick factor (which I know is lame). And my husband was pretty anti-cloth too.l

  3. I didn’t go the cloth diaper route, but there was a lot of debate about it when my son was young. Good luck to you!

    I loved Frankie Pratt too!

  4. I have the Frankie Pratt book here just waiting for me! I can’t wait to get to it. The Truth-Teller’s Lie sounds like a very dark and compelling read, and now that I have read the premise, I think I need to read it as well!

    Good luck with the cloth diapers. I can imagine that there would be some serious benefits to them, and I think it’s great that you are investigating all this beforehand!

  5. I’m pregnant with my first child (a boy, due in July) and have been interested in cloth diapers too. I just reserved that one from my library – thanks! I hope it works out for you. We have already been given a ton of disposables, but it never hurts to look into the options.

    • Congrats! I am due with a girl in August. I think having disposables on hand is a great idea even if you go with cloth because they are great for when you’re out of the house. Plus, I may use disposables until baby is big enough to fit in the regular cloth diapers–I don’t want to shell out the cash for newborn size when she’ll only wear them for a few weeks!

  6. Frankie Pratt does sound like a great readathon selection! I’d definitely pick it up for that except for this nasty overabundance of books I have on hand already. The Sophie Hannah’s definitely going on the tbr list as well.

  7. My daughter is planning to use cloth diapers (we’ll see how long that lasts:) There are advantages for sure.

    You must be getting excited.

  8. Wasn’t Frankie Pratt just adorable? I wish I was clever like that.

  9. The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt sounds perfect for readathon (which I might actually get to do this year). Thanks for the recommendation!

  10. Great reviews! I didn’t go the cloth diaper route, but many of my friends do it. I think it’s great that it’s a good option. Luckily, my DD’s diaper days are numbered. 🙂

  11. The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt is on my tbr list. I’ve heard so many great things about it.

  12. I didn’t used cloth diapers but I have known a surprising amount of people who have and I heard mostly positive experiences. I think the biggest challenge is finding the time to clean them, and the ick factor for some people. 🙂 I think it’s a great thing to do though – good luck!

  13. I’ve been wanting to read the Frankie Pratt one forever! I’ve read one Sophie Hannah and didn’t like it at all, so never tried any others… I see so many people enjoying her books though that I might re-consider.

    Hope preparations for Baby are going well!

  14. I have a friend who swears by cloth diapers. She would be thrilled to hear that you’re considering it! She saved a ton of money and discovered that they’re easier to deal with than most people think.

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