I can’t say thank you enough to those of you who have indulged my obsession and sent me book-themed gift ideas, recommended your favorite books, or told me you enjoy reading the blog. I enjoy writing it! I really appreciate the support and community. Every so often, I take a look back at some of my personal favorites over this past year and a half of book blogging. Since the only person that has the time and interest to read every single word I write is my mother (Hi, Mom!), here are ten great posts you might have missed in the past 18 months:
6 Picture Books for Day of the Dead: I’m doing my best to teach our children about our new home (North Carolina) while making sure they also know everything about where I grew up (Arizona). You’d better believe they know how to pronounce Gila monster.
Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawson was my kind of historical fiction: it piqued my interest in a topic without bogging me down with details. I can see myself reading this one again.
4 (More) Books Best Read with a Snack: Do yourself a favor and just make yourself a pot of chicken soup before you even start reading these ones.
Finding Time to Read: Reading Aloud is as much a reminder to me as anyone else. Our routine changes every few months, and I found myself skipping or rushing reading time again. Breakfast reading is out and piling in my bed with books is back on.
7 Picture Books for Your Mini Ecologist: 7 books that everyone in the house enjoyed. Since Josh is a biologist, he wants the science to be accurate. Since I am decidedly not a biologist, I need it to be beautiful. These books are both.
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson is one of the only books I read last year that did not work well (for me) on audio. I’d love to read this one again in print.
Reading on the Road: Rochester, NY: The highlight of the year for me last year was our trip to Rochester. I fell in love with the libraries, the ice cream parlors, and the fact that the children’s museum is its own branch of the city library. Genius!
5 Picture Books that Play with Story Structure: Whether you’re making a lesson plan or just missing college lit classes, these books are fun to read and just as fun to analyze (if you’re someone like me who thinks literary analysis is fun).
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: The very first post on the blog will always have a special place in my heart. As an added bonus, this is my favorite Stiefvater book to date.
When Life Gets Heavy, Donate Books!: We live too far from the city to put a free library in our front yard, but I’d love to restock a couple we’ve seen in town. Here are three other ways to get books into the hands of people who need them.