Books, Books and More Books

I simply can’t get enough books. It takes me several days to finish a good book but the joy of being so engaged in the story that you actually feel a part of it is like no other feeling. 

Yellow Crocus and Quaker Cafe are two recent reads that I adored. Quaker Cafe starts out a bit slow but is a really enjoyable, heartfelt story. Yellow Crocus is just a winner, through and through. 

If you love reading, try out Kindle Paperwhite, I’m really loving it and have started 11/22/63 again…can’t wait for the miniseries, James Franco will be a terrific Jake!



Current Book Loves


From the bottom: BHG – I’ve posted extensively on the blog about my love of this book. When I was in California I found this pristine, early 90’s edition for $1.75. I’ve made waffles and sourdough starter and bread from it.

Happy Chaos by Punky Brewster – This jewel was sparkling at me from an end cap at a different thrift store in California. It was $2.99 and I love it SO much! Soleil rocks parenting and life in general.

Si-Cology 1 – Borrowed from my neighbor…what can I about Si, he’s perfect!

One Summer – By a NY Times best selling author I don’t know but it was in the bargain bin at Wally World late last night when I picked up my kitchen bug zapper. I will not tolerate even one fly in my home…they are the plague of summer.

*If you need reconnect time with your preteen daughter, late night trips to Walmart are awesome! Last night was one of those summer nights I would have slept outside if we had a trampoline. Beautiful evening!

Word building flash cards I bought last night for J-Bug. I totally thought they’d be over $5 but were under $3. She loves them.

Good day and happy reading and book buying/borrowing!

Scholastic Read Aloud Tips

Go here for advice about raising good readers.


For years I’ve wanted custom book shelves, here is the first(of many, we have lots of books ;)Paul made this for the girls’ room…


Due to the fact that I clearly have a book buying problem, once in a while I donate a stack to our county library. You know, to make room for more!

Only for my books though, I could not ever get rid of any of the children’s books, they’re extra special!

Books are Beautiful…Reading is Spectacular!

It’s articles like this that reminds me of how dedicated my parents were in making sure I loved books and that I had every possibility of becoming an early reader. They read to me every night beginning when I was a baby through my elementary years.

I knew when I had children we would be surrounded by books! Here are some favorites…


We fell in love with Biscuit during Paige’s Kindergarten year.


Cody loved Clifford and My First Little House Series. Paige was a Pigeon fan! Jenna enjoys these books. The American Girl book, Danger at the Zoo is one of my favorites. I enjoy these books as much as the kids do.

If you ask a child if he or she likes school or wants to count or sing their ABC’s and they reply with a yes, there’s a good chance they’ve been raised in a home surrounded by books and the sound of reading. It’s never too early to start, read to those babies as soon as they are born and never quit. You won’t regret it!