Book Love

So, what books are you all loving this Valentine’s Day?

My mom celebrates her 86 birthday today and since she inspired my love of reading, let’s celebrate her with some great books.

I just hosted a book fair in my elementary library and the selection of new fiction was outstanding. The picture above highlights some of the titles. I heart reading youth fiction.   I will keep you posted.  I can say that Switch is an accompaniment to one of my favorite books SaavySee you in the Cosmos got incredible reviews, and we are reading The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street aloud as a family. So far it is delightful.  I linked all the book covers so if you want more details, just click.



Our priest is a reader and continually provides new thought-provoking books related to The Catholic
faith at very little cost.  This Lent we are reading The Case For Jesus by Brant Pitre. So, rather than giving up chocolate, we’ll be reading.  Son even got a new book of Bible stories that he’s going to read each night during this season.


My book club is reading An American Marriage.  The New York Times Book Review calls it haunting and beautifully written.  Loooving it!  Do you sense a theme?




I am rereading probably the most pivotal book on the subject of reading I’ve ever come across. Better Than Life by Daniel Pennac “Delving into his experiences as a parent, a writer and a teacher, he (author Daniel Pennac) asks, how does the love of reading begin? How is it lost? And how can it be regained?” Essential questions that must be continually addressed if we are to raise readers!



I forgot to mention last time that I love magazines.  I don’t subscribe, but I pick up a couple faithfully. Sometimes you just need the eye candy that magazines provide.  Four of my favorites linked below are Where Women Cook (gorgeous kitchen photos), Bake From Scratch, Flea Market Style and Cottage Style.  I get my People fix at the hair salon.

By the way, The Amazing Ursula Underwood was an interesting book.  I enjoyed it and jumped right into another Susannah B. Lewis Title, Ten Years Taken.  My mom loves mysteries so I will have to share it with her when I am finished.  Wait, I’m reading it free with Kindle Unlimited.  Happy Birthday anyway mom!


Hope your day is filled with love, laughter and books!






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!