#HogwartsintheSpringSwap #HogwartsintheSpring #HITSS
AHHHHH!!!!!! I love everything so much. That note book is the coolest thing Lea! And it was all so perfectly Ravenclaw. Thank you SO SO much. I'm feeling so magical 😍❤
Starting this today. I never attended camp as an adolescent but I worked at camps in college and professionally for awhile. It was a true highlight of my life. (Though the worst experience of my life also happened while I was working at a camp 🤷🏼♀️) I can't wait to dive in!
Did you ever attend camps? Work at them? Fond memories? Terrible memories?
I meant to post this a few days ago (but my husband returned from his deployment so we have been very busy!) So excited!! I just have a couple of little things to get and then my package will be ready to go to my recipient!
I love Christie Purifoy and I'm so happy to be reading an advanced copy of Placemaker. Hoping this stirs around the embers in my heart this cloudy, melancholy day.
My seasonal depression has been a little rough these past few weeks. Some days I'm just so tired I can't even deal with the internet "world." But I've been steadily reading. This macabre book was interesting to read and led to more than one nightmare. The counterpart of the World's Fair was interesting. You could tell the author was passionate about the fair. A few too many details for my taste and I'm not usually a reader of true crime.
Congratulations @TheReadingMermaid What an incredible Litfluence!! And it is mighty nice of you to help your books find new homes haha!
My favorite genre is probably kid lit. Or memoir. Just depends on my mood :)
If you don't already follow Tamara you need to! She is so nice and hosts great swaps. Congrats again!!
Breaking the kid lit cycle (mostly because I've finished a bunch of the ones on my TBR the last three days) with this book. Has anyone read it before or anything like it??
Jonathan's fever broke early this morning!! 🙌🏻🙆🏼♀️ he is a whole new boy. But now I'm a little more sick than yesterday so definitely another bed day. Starting Neil Patrick Harris' second installment of his kid lit series. I really enjoyed the first one! I love how his personality shines through in his writing. He's a great narrator.
I really do love the Greenglass books by Kate Milford. I hope she comes out with more of them. I find that they tackle serious issues (adoption and all that it can mean for the adoptee) that some kids deal with on a daily basis. Milford never shies away from the hard emotions, I love that. This is an empowering book that tells a great story and provides outlets and covert advice to kids struggling. Highly recommend!
Thank you @Crazeedi for the tag!!!
This is hard in that... I have dogs, I love cats, tacos are a weekly occurrence here, chocolate happens almost every other day, and books are a daily!! So let's see...
I justify getting rid of tacos because there are always taco bowls which while not the same, are still tasty. 🤭
@iread2much what about you??
I was about 100 pages in when our house guests from hell showed up. Two boys about Jonathan's age... I have never heard so much whining, screaming, fighting, and bullying. I'm all for hands off parenting to foster independence... but I'm not for negligent parenting that causes your kiddos to be monsters. And I *hate* when kids push, punch, and make fun of my little guy just because he is more reserved and not as athletic. *Steps off soapbox* cont.
I must be on a kid lit kick (probably because I am uber stressed out and had the worst panic attack I've had in years, this morning.) I read the first of this series back in... October? November? Then tried to listen to this on audiobook loan through the library but I'm just much better at hard copy fiction. So excited to dive in!
You guys. An amazing ending to one of my new favorite series. It uses lovely words like "jolly" and "plucky." It has just enough whimsy. A dastardly deed trying to be done throughout the series. Hijinks! Adventure! A curse! So much a winner. I can't wait to read these to my son.
After reading "I'd Rather Be Reading" by Anne Bogel I've taken care to read the acknowledgement page. This one had me in tears.
This is my 4th of my goal of 100 for 2019!
I LOVE these books. And I've finally gotten my hands on the newest and the end to the series. 150 pages in and I'm not a bit disappointed. Truly enjoyable narration and a delightful, "harrowing" story. Can't wait to find out what happens!! Anyone else a fan of the Incorrigibles??
This library hold came in late. What can you do?? 🤷🏼♀️ I really enjoyed reading this little guy and will add it to my list to try and snag again in November or even October to get lovely ideas for how to celebrate. I love all Susan Branch books. Definite fan girl haha!
Perhaps I should preface this by saying, I LOVE Savannah. So just about any book set in Savannah is going to win my heart. However this true life memoir crime novel was crazy interesting my adoration aside. Written in a very magazine reporting style (as the author largely wrote for magazines and newspapers) it records his time and friendships with some Native Savannahians and a murder amidst them all. Not scary (in my opinion and I scare easily.)
It has been a LONG TIME since I've read a "Christian" book. This one was well worth reading. I've been deeply traumatized and wounded by "men of God" and in some ways that was a blessing- I stepped away from Evangelical Fundamentalism... but in other ways it ruined my spiritual life, which is very important to me. This book was a good step in the right direction. With practical action steps at the end of each chapter. Would recommend :)
I was video chatting with his daddy when all of a sudden he passed out. This kid never naps anymore!! That's how you know he is sick. ☹ Thankfully he passed out on me on the couch that held my current read. So no complaints from this mama. 😊💕
You guys!! 33 of you entered my giveaway!! 33!! If that isn't the universe working good for all of us, I don't know what is. Thank you for your patience while I was sick. I assigned everyone a number and did a random number generator and @throwmeabook won!! So excited to send you a book off your TBR and some goodies.
Thank you to all 33 of you who entered and for celebrating with me!
Hello everyone! I haven't forgotten about #samanthamariegets3333 I've just been sick with a chest cold and last night my little guy came down with a fever so trying to get better and then I'll announce the winner!!! Thank you to all who have entered!!!
For now we are cuddling up with some picture books to help us feel better. :) I certainly miss my husband even more when I'm sick haha. #ohdeployments
Favorite/best ways to spend sick days?
In all the holiday hub bub, I did manage to finish a few books. I wanted to share how much I really loved this one. In high school I became a very strident fundamental evangelical Christian and in the last 6 years I've been dismantling that harmful theology. This book made me ache over the things I used to believe.
It was intensely engaging prose all the way through. Cameron's story is raw and honest. Well written young adult fiction.
#Giveaway !!! Three is my second favorite number and I've been wanting to do a fun giveaway to give back to this wonderful Litsy community.
To enter: Repost, tag me, and use the hashtag #samanthamariegets3333 AND on your post tell me your favorite number and why.
You will win: Your choice of book from your Litsy TBR!! (And probably some fun goodies.)
Winner chosen: Saturday the 5th
Thanks again for the fun times Litsy. Good luck! Open to all!
Staring the New Year off with a bad chest cold (boo!) And some poetry (yay!) And this poem seems like a good thing to practice coming into a new year.
Happy New Year everyone!! How are you spending this first day of 2019??
I feel like December has made me a crazy person. We have had visitors almost the whole month. Which was great but also SO draining for this hardcore introvert. I can't wait to delve into the amazing books @debthmpsn got me for #blinddatebookswap She got me the tagged book and also The Dark Heart of Florence. I had to show off how amazing her wrapping was, I'm SO bad at it haha. Completely in awe of your lovely skills, Deb!
Sorry I have been MIA. My husband deployed and life has been so busy. I'm in a reading slump because of it. The worst 😢 I'm hoping to get my life back together soon. Thank you for the birthday wishes yesterday!! I'm on a fun trip to Savannah, GA with my best friend and my toddler :) it's great to have good friends when husbands are away.
Finished this last night. It was so good I had to keep picking it up even though it was well past my bedtime. Haddish's life was uncommonly difficult. But she hasn't let the terrible things stop her. It always makes me wonder how some people can conquer the hard stuff with such a great attitude... maybe in Haddish's case it's her passion for comedy. TW for abuse. And a weird section with a disabled friend that I wasn't so sure about...
@LazyDays #favoritepoetswap #litsyswaps #openingday
Oh my goodness Sheneve!! @MirrorMask I am so excited about everything you got me. That mug is perfect and the tote bag is such a darling size! And these books 😍 they are so on the mark. Exactly what I've been wanting to read more of, but new to me!!!! Thank you very, very much. My first Litsy Swap was really fun!
1. I am cheesy. Tagged book.
2. We like to camp out in the living room as a family with our little guy. ♡ I love the magic of the twinkle lights and a cozy campout.
3. Elf or Love, Actually
4. Whatever protein my husband makes 😍 and cinnamon rolls!
5. Anyone who hasn't at this point in the day haha.
About 1/3 of the way through this book. Potty training my little guy today, it is apparently exhausting him. 😂 while he naps in a tent of pillows, I'm cozying up on the couch with the 4th in this mystery series. I can hear the rain and it is a day of content.
(BUT ALSO POTTY TRAINING IS NOT FOR THE WEAK OF HEART, HA!)
Please pray to the potty gods and toddler gods for us 😂
I've been reading a LOT of Hygge books in preparation for winter and my husband's coinciding deployment. I have suffered from SAD for as long as I can remember so I'm really trying to focus on the best, natural ways to help myself through winter. I really liked the emphasis on getting outdoors in this book. And the added elements of design in your home. Of course, the emphasis on community was not lost on me. Much to implement from this cozy book!
You know I love me some food memoirs. This one was pretty good. I thought it was an honest portrayal of one man's experience at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America). And I think the tone of the memoir was reflective of that time of life but it was really melancholy and whiny the whole time. I had to put the book away and take a break from the torturous tone. But it was, none the less, interesting. Especially his externship. 3 Stars.
1. My husband. He is my safe space. I'm going to miss him when he deploys soon.
2. My son. He's small. ;) Actually, he is quite tall for a 3 year old. People always ask if he is 5 or 6 😅 but still, small in relation to me and my thankfulness for him is unending.
3. The perfect reading day!! It was dark and rainy. I had tea and finished the tagged book in between chores. Lovely.
4. My moms group is having a bonfire!
I have lots to update haha. I've also started this cozy mystery series. I've never read cozy mystery and this is a delightful introduction (I think anyway.) It's set in Savannah, GA which is one of my favorite cities in the world. And who doesn't love a little witchery, baking, and murder?! 😂 I've ordered the next 3 from the library. Can't wait!
Do any of you like cozy mysteries?? Any recommendations??
Also, I've been completely absorbed with reading (yay!), cooking, play dates with friends, and the fact my husband deploys soon :( ... but I did want to mention I received my #favoritepoetswap box and mailed mine on Monday!
This is my first Litsy swap, so I hope I did enough for my package I sent. I can't wait to open!!
I love books that envelop me with their earnestness and sincerity. Anne Bogel is my kind of book lover. Completely okay and in love with her reading life. She described so many experiences about the reading life that just... YES! It was a quick afternoon read. And one I'd happily curl up again if ever I need reminding how wonderful the world of books is.
I was eating lunch and reading this book when all of a sudden I heard little snores on the couch next to me. Sweet boy. Gave me enough time to finish another Ruth Reichl. I have just a couple left about her mom and I will have read them all. This too, was good. I love the food descriptions and a peek into the life of a food critic.
Sorry for the poor lighting. I just finished this book by book light and I know I'm late to the party hype, but I LOVED it. I got it from the library today and finished it in one sitting (minus taking my dog to the vet and putting my little guy down for bed.) It was so good. I felt like I fit right into the world of the Vanderbeekers-it was written so warmly and invitingly. If you enjoy kidlit, READ THIS BOOK!
I got two new journals today. I had finally finished my "life" journal that spanned 3 years. And I decided that I wanted to get a new one but also a journal to record books and quotes. Is anyone else into journaling? Have more than one going at a time? Tell me all about it!!
Happy Friday Littens :)
#journal #journaling #bookjournal
Just finished this one, though I've been reading it in snippets over the last two weeks (heading to the library soon for more holds and wanted to get this returned.) Excellent and heart wrenching. I like the idea of 12 simple, but powerful words or phrases to say. Language and life intermixed... my kind of nonfiction book.
My little guy is eating granola and relaxing on the wild pile he created in the living room haha.
Another read I finished in the last week. Just like Reichl's memoirs, this novel was full of delicious prose (if not sometimes an overly decadent offering... but this is Reichl's style.) A fun story that draws a smidge from some of her own life experiences. I think I'd like to add this one to my own library one day. (I borrowed from the library because I'VE REMEMBERED HOW GLORIOUS LIBRARIES ARE!!)
I've been reading a bunch the past week. So time to update Litsy :) LOVE this book. It's a cozy kid mystery set in a cozy inn run by the protagonist's (Milo) parents. It takes place during the Christmas holiday break. It checks so many of my boxes for a good, relaxing, adventurous read.
5/5 Stars. A wholly interesting and fast paced memoir. Some people have lived and know how to write to make it all very interesting. Some adult themes. This memoir deals with Ruth's life from her early 20s to early 40s. I started it and couldn't put it down. I read it in one sitting (sorry for ignoring you yesterday my toddler 😂) some recipes I would love to try. Again, recommend this one for anyone who loves memoirs and/or food writing.
4/5 Stars! I enjoyed this immensely. It recalls the author's life from a young age to her early twenties. Full of nostalgia and Ruth's journey toward food (her parents were wholly uninterested in food and down right awful cooks.) Tender moments, good recipes, and also some fun laughs. Would read again and recommend to anyone who loves memoirs or food writing.
I just finished the tagged book on my Kindle and OHMYWORD IT WAS EVERYTHING. I love good food writing. Part personal story, part cook book (over 130 recipes I think!) it was just what I needed to get back into reading. Lucky for me I have two more of her books in paperback so I'm jumping right in to this one next. Do you love food writing? Any recommends? Are there any food lovers book clubs? Happy Friday everyone :)
In the midst of my miscarriage, I received a beautiful card and post card from my amazing pen pal, @iread2much Thank you so much!! I am going to get yours sent out this week. Sorry it has taken me a bit of time. Love litsy pen pals!! Such a happy reason to go to the mail box. :)
Life goes on. And I'm being extra gentle with myself. Reading a magazine to get back into books. Chaos in the form of dogs and my toddler. But I like the chaos, keep it coming!
Also, have read the tagged book, such a sweet couple, even if I don't agree with all of their politics 😏