Book List and Instant Camera Birthday Surprise!

My older son is going to turn 8 soon and I haven't been able to figure out his "main" present.  The boys are getting a microscope for their Christmas present, but I couldn't think of a good non-toy present for his birthday, other than books (which he is getting quite a few).

He had a much-loved little digital camera that unfortunately is lost somewhere in the house (maybe), with all of his photos from our trip to Florida this summer.  So even though I love the idea of a camera, I hate to spend the money for a second digital camera where he will take a million shots and I will never had time to get them printed.  I purchased some disposable film cameras for the boys, but they take time because I have to send them off to get the prints.  And if you don't already know this from reading my blog, I am often quite lazy...

So I was looking at Amazon and ran across the Fujifilm INSTAX 210 Instant Photo Camera.  It is only $60 and the film runs at about 75 cents a photo (not much different than printing them out at home or at a lab).  It is huge for a camera but light weight and it takes pretty large prints, unlike some of the instant cameras out there.  The prints aren't going to be SLR or decent digital point-and-shoot quality, but I read the reviews and they sound like they are pretty darn good.

I always wanted an instant camera but never had one and I think this is the perfect present for an 8 year old who is interested in photography.  He will have limited film to shoot, so we can work on composition and seeing the light.  Most importantly, when he takes a photo he can print it out immediately, label it, and put it in his photo album.  No work at all for mom.  I am so excited about giving this to him and I am sure I will be blogging about it.  I might have to get some extra film for me.

Now, on to books!

I love books and have a "slight" Amazon and Barnes and Noble addiction.  I order many of my books at Amazon (especially used ones), and try to buy the rest of them at my local Barnes and Noble store to hopefully keep the storefront open. I can't imagine a life without actual bookstores where I can handle and books and sip on coffee...

I wanted to make a short list of books I have read recently and really enjoyed.  Maybe Christmas present ideas?

This was a great book that really encouraged me to stop stressing out so much as a parent.  I don't agree 100% with everything, but I love Tom's advice about drinking.  He said most of us drink a beer or glass of wine after putting the kids to bed. He suggests drinking it before their bedtime. That way you will be really relaxed and enjoy your time even more with them.  Love the advice and it works, especially on those stressful days.

This is a classic I bought years ago and just reread.  I love the book list and suggestion of reading to your children as long as they can.

This book has more book lists for your children.  Some great suggestions.

I already blogged about this book. Great for new photographers or old ones like me who need a refresher course.

Great suggestions for creating craft projects around stories with your children.    I get inspired reading this.

Neat ideas for promoting reading, writing, math, and science in children from 4-8.  I read it for inspiration.

This book cracks us up.  So funny that I bought a few extra copies for my nieces and nephews.

Of course I have to read some fun books.  My husband and I are reading this right now and we love it.  I also have read a bunch of "junk" books like the entire Hunger Games series and some great mysteries.  I get these books from the library.  I also have a library addiction...

When we moved last winter I lost my Nook somewhere in the new house.  I keep on thinking I will find it (I love that Nook), but I am afraid it is gone for good (or until I buy a new one).  I have been reading books on my iPhone which is horrible...  So I am going to buy a new nook or this cheap Kindle, 6" E Ink Display.  I love reading real paper books, but I read all of my classics on e-readers.  E-reader classics are free, so no need to drag around an 800 page book.

If you have read a great book recently, please tell me about it in the comments!  Hope you have a Christmas and holiday season full of great books!

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Barbara November 20, 2012 at 1:03 PM  

I LOVE books too, and we have far too many in our house. The hubs has a "tower of death" that will crush us when the next earthquake hits!
I'd love to see your books, but the photos aren't showing up in the post. It might be my computer, but I thought I'd mention it...

Jenna@CallHerHappy November 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM  

I'm finally reading P&P and loving it!

Jeff Randleman November 20, 2012 at 1:55 PM  

I had the same problem in Google Reader, but the Amazon store images show up just fine on your page for me.