Monday, July 30, 2018

It's Monday! WHat Are You Reading? 7/30/18

I'm excited to be linking up with Kelly Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts, It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Picture Books 

Our picture book reading was hit or miss this week.  We are reading lots of books around dragons and food for future book round up posts.

 Spaghetti Smiles was a book that I was hoping to add to a future books about food post, but this one totally missed the mark for me and L.T.   

And continuing on the food book trend we read Peanut Butter & Cupcake.  The pictures using real food was something different, but I didn't think it was a great book.  I  won't be including it in my food roundup post. L.T. got bored with this one half way thru it.  

We also read Ol' Mama Squirrel and I thought it was okay, but L.T. really liked it.  He thought it was so silly how that Ol' Mama Squirrel attacked the grizzly bear.  

Baby Dragon was a book we read to possibly add to part II of our dragon book roundup.  L.T liked this one (cute illustrations) and I was kind of appalled at this storyline.  The Mama Dragon has to leave her Baby Dragon overnight while she goes to visit Grandma Dragon who is not feeling well.  She tells the Baby Dragon to wait for her by the red fern. HOLD UP! So this Mama Dragon is okay leaving her Baby Dragon overnight without anyone babysitting.  As an adult reading this I am wondering why doesn't she bring the dragon with her? Does she really expect this dragon to sit by the red fern??  And of course, Baby Dragon misses his mother and gets sadder and sadder while he waits. A sneaky crocodile offers to bring Baby Dragon to his mother, but then he tells him he is going to bring the Baby Dragon to his kids so they can eat him.  Somehow Baby Dragon escapes, but then gets lost.  He manages to find his way to the red fern where he waits until his mother arrives.  She assures him she will always come back for him.   Obviously there are some life lessons in there like stranger danger (that sneaky crocodile) and listening to your parents, but I just wasn't a fan. 

Chapter Books  

 C Bear finally finished Thunder Girls. There was a time I didn't think that we were going to finish it because he just struggled with how long of a book it was and the lack of the pictures.  Lesson learned we are not ready for books without pictures.  

We just started this Usborne Illustrated Norse Myths and are loving it.   Stories are short (maybe 10-20 pages) and the illustrations break up each story. 

Adult Books  

 I finished Class Mom.  It was a funny light read.  Having been class mom I got quite a few chuckles at her emails to the class.  They were basically what I wish I could have said to the class, but didn't dare say.  

I started The Sapphire Widow and am only 40 pages in so hard to make a judgement, but I think I am going to enjoy this one.

Any fun picture books about food that you recommend?

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Knocking Off My TBR List

There was a time when C Bear was a toddler and L.T. was a newborn and I just stopped reading adult books.  Like I couldn't even manage to finish an US Weekly magazine each week.  

As they got older I would try to read a book or two for myself and it just always took too long or I got distracted and my love of reading was just gone.  And it's weird because I love reading to my boys. 

In 2018, I vowed to read a book a month.  I had plenty of time to watch mindless reality TV so I had no excuse why I couldn't read a book a month.  

It has been amazing to find my reading passion again.  I am excited to start a new book and when I get an email from the library that a book I have on hold is in it's like Christmas morning.  Also, I have read 19 adult books in 2018 and have no plans on stopping.

I'm new to Goodreads.  I just became a member in 2018 when I started on my back to reading journey. It's been fun creating a To Be Read list of books.  Currently, my TBR list has 528 books on it.  I know that's insane and I will never get to read them all, but I feel like I am making up for lost time and just want to read all the books.

Here are five books that I really can't wait to read

This one has a few holds on it at the library so I should be getting in the next month or two.

I love Southern Lit.  I just am always drawn to books that take place in the south and really enjoy the stereotypical southern characters, which is weird since I'm not from the South.  I won this book and can't wait to crack it open. 

I am probably not going to be reading this anytime soon.  I am number 412 of 487 holds at the library.  This might be one that I need to purchase. 

 I actually have a copy of this in my TBR pile.  I always put the library books and any books I win from Goodreads to the top of the pile.  As soon as I am all caught up on those books I will be reading this. 

I am a huge Anne of Green Gables fan so this novel about Marilla's life before Anne has me so intrigued.   My library doesn't have a copy so this will be one that I am purchasing. 

So tell me what's on your TBR list?  Have a GoodReads account? Leave your name or link to your profile in the comments. I would love to follow you. 

Monday, July 23, 2018

It's Monday What Are You Reading? 7/23/18

There has been so much reading going on this week.  I'm excited to be linking up with Kelly Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts, It's Monday! What Are You Reading?  I know this is supposed to have a kidlit focus, but I am going to sneak in an adult book or two I read/am reading into this post. 

Picture Books 

The Huff & Puff version of the three little pigs has an interactive element that made it fun and different than other books.  L.T.  thought the hole in the page for him to blow into was so fun and he liked getting to pretend he was the big bad wolf.   

We also read Food Truck Fest which was a fun book with colorful illustrations.  I'm hoping to take the kiddos to a local food truck fest so this was helpful in explaining what a food truck fest actually is.   

Last year C. Bear and I studied all things Statue of Liberty including going on a trip to visit the statue.  While we were browsing the library this week C Bear actually picked out Lady Liberty's Holiday for his little brother (and secretly himself) and L.T. enjoyed it. 

We already did a post about some of our favorite dragon books.  You can check that out here.  We still had quite a few dragon books on our TBR list so we are working on part II of that post to be up in the next week or so.  Dragon Stew will be part of that list.  We read this several times this week and it's still going strong. 

 And rounding out the books we read this week was A Walk in New York.  I loved the random little facts they had about some pretty famous NYC landmarks.  L.T loved the fold out page about the Empire State Building.  Maybe that is some place we will visit this summer.

Adult Books  

I finished reading Sorority.  You can read my review on it here.  

 I also finished Ghosted which actually surprised me.  I had read about fifty pages and was debating if I should even read anymore.  It was about a woman named Sarah who spent seven days with a man named Eddie and then after going on separate holidays (already planned before they met) Eddie ghosts her.  The first few chapters are her being obsessive on why he hasn't called and just reacting in a way I totally couldn't relate to.  I felt like if this was what the whole book was going to be about I should just stop now.  I am glad that I continued on because the story really developed and I grew to love the characters and it was more than a love story.  It was a story about deep grief and how it impacts a family.  It ended up being so much more than I expected and I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked this book. 

 I just started Class Mom.  Looking forward to some laughs with this book. 

Saturday, July 21, 2018


I was so excited when I found out that I had won a copy of Sorority through GoodReads.  I had been in a sorority in college and always find books with sorority life as the premise interesting. Based on the description I thought Sorority would be about a young woman who dies in the sorority house and like a who was responsible for her death storyline.  

The book felt more like a collection of short stories with very little driven plot.  Yes there is the story of Margot's death (but she wasn't murdered) and it does touch on how it affected some of the other sisters, but it wasn't really the main focus.  And that's where I struggled reading this book.  What was the main focus?  There were so many sub- stories going on and way too many characters to keep straight.   And in the end, I felt like some of the sub- stories were not fully developed and it became frustrating to read.  

I did think the author did an excellent job of portraying sorority sisters.  First off she showed that there are a variety of girls who pledge a sorority (from your super Christian to your goth) and she showed the absurdity of rituals and the stress of pledging that was dead on.  And I think the way she portrayed drinking and drug use is pretty accurate (though a bit scary to admit).  

I guess I was hoping for something more and this book didn't deliver it.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Dragon Book Roundup Part I

Dragons are the big focus in our house this summer and I can't believe how many dragon books are out there. This is going to be a two-part post since there are so many books we want to include. 

The Paper Bag Princess

So many people recommended this book and I can see why.  It's about a beautiful princess who is going to marry a prince named Ronald. One day a dragon burns down her castle and kidnaps Ronald.  This princess has no clothes and has to wear a paper bag as she tries to find the dragon and rescue her prince.   Princess Elizabeth tricks the dragon by tiring him out and making him lose his ability to breathe fire.  Then Princess Elizabeth goes to rescue Ronald who acts like a world class JERK!  He is all judging her because she is wearing a dirty old paper bag.  And Elizabeth is such a badass and is like. Ronald  your clothes are nice, but  your a bum.  The last line is "They didn't get married after all."  I love that Elizabeth was smart and took no nonsense and didn't settle for a JERK.

When A Dragon Moves In 

Such a great book for those with a good imagination. A little boy builds a sandcastle and a dragon moves in.  So many naughty things happen on the beach like the dragon eats his sister's peanut butter sandwich, kicks sand, nibbles the brownies and so much more.  Of course, no one in the boy's family sees the dragon and so they yell at the little boy.  Finally, the dad says the dragon has to go and the little boy agree....until he builds a perfect sandcastle the next day. 

Puff the Magic Dragon

It's a cute little board book with lovely illustrations that L.T. really enjoyed, but as far as a story there isn't much besides the words to the song.   

Have You Seen My Dragon?

I loved the black and white illustrations with a pop of color on each page. L.T. loved looking for the dragon on each page. I really liked how each page had something for him to count. It reinforced L.T. counting to 20 and he didn't even realize he was doing work. Total win in my book. 


A little dragon does not want to go to bed and wants to hear the bedtime story again and again.  The little dragon gets angry when the parent falls asleep and they can't hear the story again.  When a dragon gets angry they breathe fire and the little dragon burns a hole right thru the pages of the book.  L.T. loved the burnt pages and the hole in the back of the book.  

Dragon's Extraordinary Egg  

This story is sweet and shows how being different than others can be a good thing. I also thought it showed adoption in a positive light. The story is about a dragon who sees all her other dragon friends with eggs and so badly wants her own egg. One day she finds an egg all by itself and this egg needs a mommy.   The dragon cares for the egg and loves the little penguin that comes out of it. The penguin is so very different from the dragons. She can't fly and doesn't have a long neck. Instead, she is small and has feathers, but those feathers help her save all the dragons in the end.  

Dear Dragon  

I have become such a big fan of Josh Funk's writing.  This book is about two pen pals (one's a dragon and one's a human boy) who write each other letters and have no idea that the other is of a different species. It's silly and funny and has such a great message that you shouldn't judge people or dragons without getting to know them. 

Me and My Dragon  

Another fun imaginative book of things a little boy would do with his dragon. It reminded me a bit of When A Dragon Moves In.  

What dragon books do your kiddos love?

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