MAY
19

Books on my Nighstand

comedy, fiction, library, memoirs, young adult | 1 comment

My friend Aggie and I both enjoy reading and in the past have often shared book recommendations. Recently she mentioned that she had checked to see if I had posted any book suggestions recently. I admit, I’ve gotten a little bit out of the habit of not just reading but also sharing what I’m reading when I am enjoying a new book.

Being a single mom keeps me so busy and I don’t always feel like reading at the end of the day. Sometimes I just want to veg in front of the tv and binge watch Friday Night Lights (just finished this – loved it!).

But I do have a few books out from the library right now. Here’s what they are:

books on my nightstand

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

I’ve watched a few of his shows but never read his books. You can find a lot of clips on YouTube. Netflix has one or two full shows. He’s hilarious. I love that so much of his stuff is food-centric.

I got this book and his other (Food a Love Story) for my future sister-in-law, Erin, for Christmas and am finally getting around to reading them myself. For a laugh, check out this Kale clip (I happen to like Kale).

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

I’m just about done with this Mortal Heart, book 3 in the His Fair Assassin series.

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn’t mean she has..

Happier at Home by Gretchin Rubin

I have checked this out from the library at least once before but I didn’t get to finish it because several other people had placed holds on it. I grabbed it on a recent trip to the library so I can revisit what I already read and finish what I didn’t.

As in The Happiness Project, each month has a theme and finds Gretchen experimenting with several concrete, manageable resolutions meant to boost her happiness. With her signature blend of memoir, research, and experimentation, Gretchen’s passion for her subject jumps off the page, and reading just a few chapters of this book will inspire readers to find more happiness in their own lives.

Reborn by Jennifer Rush

Reborn is book 3 in a series about 4 genetically altered boys. Lots of action and suspense and a little bit of romance. I haven’t started this one yet, mostly because based on my experience with book 1 and 2 I know I won’t be able to put it down until I finish. I’m waiting for the kids to be at their dads for a weekend.

 

What are you reading right now?

MAY
22

4 Books to Read Aloud

book recommendations, children's books, summer reading | no comments

Great Books to Read Aloud

My almost-four year old daughter has recently discovered the joys of having me read-aloud to her. And, as a former children’s librarian, I feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven. I love picture books, but chapter books are my true book love. Finally getting to share that with my child is like magic. If [...]

MAR
04

Six YA Books to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen

book to movie, young adult, young adult lit | 2 comments

Six YA Books to read before they hit the big screen

I know some readers hate to see their favorite books made into movies – watching someone else’s vision of the characters come to life can be disconcerting! But generally, I love seeing movie version of books I love. It’s so fun to see things that have only existed in my head re-imagined before my eyes. [...]

FEB
04

Four Books for the Month of Love

adult books, book reviews, young adult lit | 2 comments

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I feel like February is a fairly unpopular month. The holidays are long over and winter has really set up camp, with no end in sight. These four books are perfect for snuggling up with on the couch, whether you’re celebrating your own love story on February 14th or just looking for a book to [...]

DEC
20

Last Minute Christmas Book Gifts for Children

book recommendations, children's books, reading list | no comments

childrens book gifts

Logan is positively obsessed with reading these days. He goes through books almost as fast as he goes through socks. Every morning he has a great routine of reading for 30 minutes, sometimes longer when he is so engrossed in a book, before he gets ready for school. As a mom who loves reading, I [...]

OCT
22

Six Fall and Winter Books I Can’t Wait For

new books, new releases | 1 comment

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I admit it. I’m that person. Who puts holds on library books months before they come out, just to make sure I’m the first one to get my hands on them. Who stalks blogs to read posts about upcoming hot titles. Whose “to-read” list is pages and pages long. That said, here are some of [...]