The Book for YOU: The Fringe Hours by @jessicanturner #FringeHours

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When I was in my 20s, I think I would have laughed at myself at 40 feeling like I would need a book to help me figure out how to make time for myself.  Of course in my 20s, I didn't have kids or a schedule that involved much other than going to work, going home and feeding myself.  My 20s are the last time I actually remember feeling like I had all … [Read more...]

The Cutest Coffee Table Book You Could Ever Buy {New Release TODAY}

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Do you guys remember Theo & Beau?  They are the viral napping duo whose totally adorable photos went crazy online last year.  Their mother is Jessica Shyba; she is a blogger friend of mine and the owner of the blog Momma's Gone City.  I looked forward to her photos on Instagram every day when she posted them -- and still do now that the napping … [Read more...]

Basher History Books: Funny & Educational Kids Books

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At our school's recent book fair, my 10 year old picked up this book: Basher History:  States & Capitals - United We Stand ($8.09, Amazon).  He's in 5th grade and will be learning all of the states and capitals this year so I thought it was great that he bought this.  Colorful and animated, I wasn't surprised either - this book actually makes … [Read more...]

Easy Chapter Books for Emerging Readers (Around Ages 6-8)

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As my 1st grader gets more confident in his reading, we're looking to turn the corner from the Level books with pictures into beginning Chapter books.  But it's a big corner and what are the best beginner/early chapter books? Things to look for as your child gets better with their reading and ventures into chapter books: Larger fonts.  I … [Read more...]

10 Books for 10-Year-Old Boys

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Looking for something for your 10 year old son to read?  We're always on the hunt for new, exciting books to interest my 10-year-old.  He was once a reluctant reader; he enjoys reading now but it definitely has to be a particular type of book full of adventure and fun for him to enjoy it.  Here's a list of 10 books he or his friends have recently … [Read more...]

A Beautiful Story Found in The Rosie Project {Book Review} And: Kindle Version On Sale $1.99 on Amazon!

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One of the reasons I'm loving having joined a Book Club is the variety of book selections. The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simison was our latest book that we discussed last night at our monthly meeting. I think this is our fifth book and I have yet to read one that I would have actually selected on my own. I have a genre I like and I generally stick … [Read more...]

10 Books You Need to Read in 2014 #BookClub

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I read up a storm during the month of December.  I think it was holiday procrastination or something.  I've been trying hard to break out of my "norm" for book choices and I think I've done a good job doing that - and really enjoyed some books I wouldn't normally pick up! Being in a new book club has helped too since the host picks the book.  I … [Read more...]

New Hot Book Series for your 3rd-7th Grade Level Reader: Spirit Animals

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My 4th grade boy loved this book.  He stayed up two nights in a row reading Spirit Animals - Book 1 (Wild Born) ($7.79 for Hardcover) after we bought it at our Scholastic school book fair.  He's clearly taking after my love of sci-fi and fantasy as this is a cool series about teenage kids who can call their own "spirit animals" out once they come … [Read more...]

Books My Reluctant Reading 3rd Grade Boy Has Been Loving

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As far back as I can remember, I loved to read. I remember reading in Kindergarten, elementary school and beyond and just loving books.  Judy Blume was my inappropriate author choice in elementary school and thanks to an older cousin, by middle school, I was reading Judith Krantz and Danielle Steel. (Probably with many a shocked look on my face at … [Read more...]

Must Read List: Great Fantasy & Dystopian Fiction Books

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Did you love the Hunger Games? The genre the Hunger Games can be considered as falling under (besides youth adult) is called dystopian fiction. It basically means a story that is set somewhere in the future in some sort of nightmare world or world post apocyplyse, post world wars. I love anything that has to do with a futuristic or a … [Read more...]