It’s snowing, so I’m reading!

Snow has started to fall, tea is brewed, school is cancelled, time to read!

Last week I showed you the mountain of books on my nightstand, so today I thought I would tell you a little more about those titles, and hopefully find out what you are enjoying this winter. I like to read a variety of books and genre simultaneously.  Then, when I have a moment to read, I grab whatever I am in the mood for. I also use a Kindle for reading on the go. It is one of the first generation Kindles but it still works like a charm.  I like any device with “white paper technology”, but can’t read comfortably on a computer screen or other backlit device for too long.

I am truly blessed with friends and family who share, recommend and gift me books. I consider it such a compliment when someone takes the time to consider that I might enjoy a particular title.  So many of these came to me from trusted sources and I am excited about each one.

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking

My husband gave me this book for Christmas.  I am a little late to the party on this concept of curating coziness, but love the idea.  It’s a quick read with straightforward tips. Unfortunately, after burning the ceiling (yes the ceiling) with a Hygge inducing candle  and then leaving a different candle lit all night in my living room, husband has banned all mention of Hygge in our household.  It was fun while it lasted.

Spark Joy by Marie Kondo and At Home with Madame Chic byJennifer L. Scott are both in my pile as refreshers.  As I continue to declutter, organize and simplify I just need to revisit my original muses. Both, enjoyable reads and easy to reference quickly.  Perfect with a cup of tea (and maybe a journal to jot down your take-aways).

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue.  Krista, my dear friend and book club buddy loves to purchase the books that she reads (rather than borrow) so that she can pass them on.  When a book reminds her of someone or someone’s reading taste, she gives it to them. Love this about my friend and love that I am often a recipient of her generosity. I haven’t started this one yet, but it is by the author of Room (a tough book to read and even tougher to put down), so that intrigues me.  It also grapples with issues of faith (set in Ireland) and relationships, so I am in.  I don’t think it does either with a light hand but I’m ready.

Now, speaking of Ireland, I found Maeve’s Times on the bargain table and just love it.  I read all of Maeve Binchy’s books back in the day.  This one is a compilation of her column as the Women’s Editor of the Irish times from 1968 into the 80’s. With titles like “Idiotic Queue’s” and “Maeve on Margaret Thatcher”, you can’t lose. I love to read a couple at bedtime and be transformed back in time by her wit and wisdom.


Another friend, counselor and avid reader shared The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown after a conversation on just this topic.  The subtitle is “Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are”. Who can’t relate to that idea?  It was featured on Own’s Super Soul Sundays. I was not familiar with Brown prior to this, but am now a huge fan. My walking buddy and dear friend, Tamara, and I are actually planning to discuss it while exercising each week.  It will be a sort of book club on the move.  That probably gives you an idea of our level of exertion during these sessions.

My book club (the best bc and group of amazing women in the universe…I may be biased) is reading Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.  I won’t do this book or author justice, but it is safe to say that it is original, thought provoking and powerful. Prepare to be challenged as a reader!


I have been married to the love of my life and true partner for 28 years.  The book The 4 Seasons of Marriage by Gary Chapman does a beautiful job describing as he puts it, “the perpetual state of transition’, the challenges encountered throughout all of the seasons and strategies to strengthen your relationship within this context.  Love this point of view and the advice put forth throughout the book. marriage is hard work but always worth the effort.

The next fiction book I am reading is on my Kindle from the hilarious southern writer and social media maven, Susannah B. Lewis.  (check her out on Facebook @whoasusannah). I am starting with Unfortunate Ursula Underwood.  Her other books are mysteries but this one is fantasy fiction dealing with intolerance. I enjoy Lewis on social media and through her podcasts, but this will be the first of her novels that I have read.  It got great reviews so I will keep you posted.

Not on my nightstand, but two I just ordered for my professional and elementary library:

I am fascinated by the concept of visual note taking to help students process information.  The Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rohde will hopefully help me to share the tool with my students and strengthen my own skills as a “sketchnoter”.  I heard Marc Tyler Nobleman speak about his amazing journey to uncover the true creator of Batman and can’t wait to read Bill the Boy Wonder.

Well, that is it for now friends.  I am giddy with this unplanned opportunity to dig in to the pile.  I would love to hear what your reading or your thoughts on any of the titles I shared today.

My other favorite winter love is comfort food.  So, let’s talk recipes, meal planning and cooking soon.  For now the couch awaits!










16 thoughts on “It’s snowing, so I’m reading!

  1. I love sketch noting. One word of warning, it makes your notes more *notable* – A few years ago I used this approach in a meeting and really got caught up drawing a “slippery slope” (which is what I thought we were looking at based on the speaker’s suggestions). I caught people looking at my visual notes and decided it might not be suited for more intimate meetings 🙂 Love your blog!

    My nightstand reading:
    Coherence – The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems by Fullan and Quinn
    Strategy in Action by Zweifel and Borrey
    Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock
    The Divine Mentor – Growing Your Faith as You Sit at the Feet of the Savior by Wayne Cordeiro

    1. Thanks Lisa. I am just getting into sketch noting so great advice 🙂 I’m practicing with information in my Bullet Journal but hoping to use it more in PD settings. I will be attending a conference soon, so perhaps I can capture the keynote with it. Just added The Divine Mentor to my list. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Not to be a freaky twin BUT I have a line up of teas and books to see me through the snow day(s). I have “my grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry”, “Lilac Girls” , “Launch” , “The Happiness Project” and “The Zookeeper’s Wife ” on my bedside table …. I love to mix it up as well, but read through one book before a move onto the next one.

    1. Love it! Let me know what you think of Lilac Girls. I’ve been eyeing that one. I wish I had the attention span to complete one book at a time. But alas, I am a slow reader too, so potpourri reading for me.

  3. I’m currently reading Lisa Hannah’s The Nightingale. I typically don’t enjoy “war” stories, but this one has me hooked.
    I also finished The Giver, by Lisa Lowry (I also Netflixed the movie…do yourself a favor and don’t!) It was a quick read, and had me thinking.
    While it’s not a light read (pretty heavy topic), one book that I couldn’t put down was We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver.
    Happy snow day…or 2!

    1. Loved The Nightingale, Ann! I think it was the female perspectives that drew me in. Although, I do love any historical fiction.

    2. I absolutely loved The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. One of my all time favorites. I also enjoyed, from the same era, “All the Light we cannot See “ by Anthony Doerr. I love historical fiction. I’m currently reading Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad” recommended by my sweet friend Diane. She read The Lilac Girls and couldn’t say enough about it so I have put it on my next read. I’ll post soon about “The Underground Railroad”. Also, I’m going to have to check out sketch noting. :)). Gotta love snow days! Thanks for some great new girls. I have The Wonder and Home on reserve through Overdrive. :(). Btw.. why are we all up so late.

      1. Thanks Lisa! Looking forward to your update on The Underground Railroad. I’m up late because I don’t want to miss a minute of this snow vaca. Oh, and I don’t have to get up in the AM🤗

  4. I am currently on a roll reading for work. I just finished 5 Dysfunctions of a Team and will be starting The Ideal Team Player. I am also halfway through reading Brene’s The Gifts of Imperfection. I feel like I am on a first name basis with her. I also have tried to read Sketchnoting but am too much of a perfectionist to be able to really try it. Maybe after Brene works on me a little more. 🙂

    1. That’s a pretty heavy reading list Janene. I’m glad you have some Brene to lighten it up.😉 I’d like to get The Wisdom of Sundays. Maybe I’ll meet some more Brene Browns.

  5. You always have such wonderful titles to share, Kristin! My Amazon wish list is growing, but unfortunately the number of hours in the day is not. Never-the-less, I’ll be adding The Sketchnote Handbook and Gifts of Imperfection to my ever growing list!

    I’d also love to say that I’ll be reading Love Warrior and Lincoln in the Bardo over the next couple of days, by it’ll be more like the RVE study guide for a big exam on Tues… 🙁

    But, pasta e’ fagioli and snickerdoodle blondies are already on the snow day menu for tomorrow! 🙂 Looking forward to your next post!

    1. Good luck on your exam Lisa! Your fun reading days aren’t too far off. BTDubs, tomorrow’s menu sounds delightful! Save me a blonde!

  6. Unfortunate Ursula Underwood intrigues me! I also recently read The 4 Seasons of Marriage, and found it to be a true picture of marriage through the years. Lincoln in the Bardo is almost finished, and I am looking forward to reading Touch, Present Over Perfect, and Y is for Yesterday.

    1. I started Ursula and am enjoying it. What did you think of Bardo? I thought Present Over Perfect was somewhat unexpected. It was like Niequist, whose writing I love, was almost revelatory in a different way than I have found her in the past. Y is for Yesterday makes me a little sad. Maybe it is fitting that there will be no “Z”. I hadn’t heard of Touch, but it is on my list now! Thanks for sharing!

Comments are closed.