Friday Reads: January 3

I began 2020 with reading Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith. I received this book through NetGalley (thank you so much!). So far I’m a quarter of the way through, and I’m really liking it. It’s a YA novel that revolves around the gaming world, and how players react when trolls disrupt a peaceful pasttime.

The format of the digital copy came out a bit scattered in the first chapter, but I can understand that publishers have their unique way of distributing digital copies. I pre-ordered the final copy on Amazon, so I’ll love going through the finished product on the 28th!

Blogmas Day 20: Enjoying Holiday Decorations

My husband and I love viewing holiday decorations! We drive around different neighborhoods to view beautiful inflatables and vibrant lights. Here are a few of the decorations we’ve come across in our travels. As you’ll see, I’m a bit partial for Snoopy related decorations!

This display was seen during one of our excursions. I was excited to see four Santa Snoopys!

I was so excited to see this 10ft Snoopy on this person’s front lawn!

I love trees that are decorated with sparkling lights!

Another awesome Snoopy/Peanuts Gang display!

I can’t wait to show more as December moves forward!

Blogmas Day 13: Christmas Books for Children

I love reading Christmas-themed books of any kind, especially ones for children. Since I work in the early childhood education profession, I’m always on the lookout for holiday stories geared towards kids. Here are some Christmas stories I discovered:

The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray

Santa Duck by David Milgrim

The Gingerbread Boy by Richard Egielski

Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner

Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson

Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney

Blogmas Day 6: A Special Christmas Memory

One of my favorite Christmas memories has to be my family gathering during the holidays. Nothing made me happier than meeting with my grandparents and cousins during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

From left: Me, my cousins Brittany & Phillip (her brother), and Tricia (Phillip’s fiance)

Here is a photo of me and my cousins Phillip and Brittany during a Christmas gathering in 2010. I was very close with Phillip and Brittany, so I have many fond memories when gazing at this photo. Our lives may have taken different turns over the years, yet I will always cherish the Christmas memories I have with family.

What’s a favorite memory you have during the holidays? Let me know in the comments!

Friday Reads: December 6

Here is what I’m currently reading:

Crier’s War by Nina Varela

I’m currently 52% through Crier’s War. So far this is such a well written story, with politics and race relations being a huge factor within the pacing of this tale. I also love the fact that there are same sex relationships described! It’s a story arc that’s not typically seen in stories. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Friday Reads: November 29

I’m reading two books at the moment: The Moments Between by Natalie Banks, and Knot on Your Life by Betty Hechtman.

The Moments Between by Natalie Banks

I received a complimentary copy of The Moments Between as part of the author’s launch team for this novel. I’m about halfway through The Moments Between, and I’m enjoying it. There’s a thorough dive into the circumstances in the days leading up to the moment in question. It’s very gripping!

Knot on Your Life by Betty Hechtman

I received a complimentary copy of Knot on Your Life through Netgalley. I’m currently 25% through the novel. From what I gathered from this novel thus far, it’s a comfy mystery revolving around a young woman’s yarn crafting club. The premise of the mystery seems to focus on a family with a shocking revelation revealed at the beginning of the book. I’m very intrigued as to what will appear next!

Friday Reads: November 22

Friday Reads bring me to finally starting a new book! I completed Becoming last night. It was such an informative memoir about Michelle Obama and her life, from her childhood years to her present life, post-White House. I will post my full review this weekend!

My Friday Reads now have me going back to A Dog’s Purpose. I enjoyed the bit I read thus far. The story paused at an emotional moment, so I can’t wait to see what happens to the lovable canine characters in The Yard!

I also have a NetGalley read: Knot on Your Life by Betty Hechtman. It’s a Yarn Retreat mystery, and it seems like you don’t have to read the previous installments in order to enjoy this one. I can’t wait to dive into the world of drama and yarn crafting!

Friday Reads: November 15

For Friday Reads, I’m currently loving ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama. I’m about 35% through the story, and it’s so good. I really apreciate the life journey style this book takes, documemting Michelle’s triumphs and struggles with each step. I can’t wait to find out how the other book club members at my library feels about the book!

My Friday Reads also include ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ by W. Bruce Cameron. I began reading this story the other day, and so far it’s so adorable. It’s a story documenting life from a canine’s perspective. It’s emotional, and I’m only through the first 50 pages! Such a touching read.

I hope you all enjoy your weekend!

Weekend Poetry/Bookish Events: Nov.8-10

Poetry readings and book signing events give me such joy. Discovering a bookish event that’s accessible to me makes life even better!

If you live around the New Jersey/New York area, here are some weekend activities taking place. I discovered all the info through Google searches. For more details, click on the respected links.

Saturday Nov. 9
Brooklyn (BPL) Annex: Waterfront Poetry Housewarming
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Brooklyn Public Library is celebrating the start of a new pop-up library space! Librarians, poets, and neighbors will gather for a housewarming & afternoon poetry reading. Poets Ben Purkert, Julia Guez, Christopher Encarnacion, and Matt Spohn will be in attendance.

Woke Baby Family Book Festival Featuring Story Time for Kids!
Poets House
New York, NY 10282

A celebration of independent presses that feature justice oriented children’s books, curated by Mahogany L. Browne.

Bookends Bookstore
Ridgewood, NJ

Rick Crandell, & Joseph Cosgriff
Crandell & Cosgriff book signing: ‘The Dog Who Took Me Up a Mountain’.

2pm: Leah Tinari book signing ‘The Presidents: Portraits of History’

Sunday, November 10

Words Bookstore
Maplewood, NJ
Second Sundays: Acting With Papermill Playhouse
Second Series is a monthly series for special needs children and their families. Please register before attending.

Barnes & Noble Somerville, NJ
Baby & Me Storytime Featuring Cookie
A special storytime for caregivers and children 0-24 months old, with sensory activities.

Friday Reads: November 8

Happy Friday!

I had such a productive reading week! Since I’m at home due to a NJ teacher’s convention, I aim to get some more reading done. I hope everyone is having a good day as they wrap up their work week (or preparing to begin your work week…I was once in that position a while back while working retail!).

Here are my current reads:

‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama
This is Michelle Obama’s autobiographical account of her life. From the streets of Chicago to her college life, Michelle shares life lessons learned while growing up with her loving family. I’m at Michelle’s high school years. She has quite a voice!

Deadly Deceit’ by Natalie Waters
Yes, I finally began reading ‘Deadly Deceit’! Since this is Book 2 in a series, I’m very intrigued if I need to read the first book before absorbing this one. So far I don’t feel completely lost!

I hope you all enjoy your weekend!