Library Haul – Week of 1/11/17

Yeah, yeah. “Week of–” is supposed to start on Sunday. Whatevs. 

We’ve made a few library trips in the past, usually on Saturdays, but Emmy would never look through the books herself and didn’t want to sit for story time. She love to read together at home, but at the library there was too much tI look at.

After we moved we decided to check out the library branch closer to our new house. It’s smaller but we can always reserve books from other branches and have them sent to the one here. Emmy has really been getting more excited about going to the library this month, and picks out a few books along with telling me what she wants to look for. Right now we really like Elmo and Curious George, and I try to find her a book with colors or ABCs or something of that nature as well. Story time is on Wednesdays here and she has also been enjoying it and participating more. We’re still working on sitting down and listening to the story instead of trying to wander off but she’s getting better at it. There’s another little girl her age so she asks when we get there if she will be there for stories.

So anyway. Our week we have books will start on a Wednesday. Deal with it.

This week we picked out the following:

Curious George’s Are You Curious? by Margret and H. A. Rey.

San Francisco: A Book of Numbers (Hello, World) by Ashley Evanson

Nighty-Night by Leslie Patricelli

The Crayon’s Book of Colors by Drew Daywelt and Oliver Teefers

Elmo’s Book of Friends by Naomi Kleinberg

Are You Curious? is of course a favorite. For whatever reason, Em asked to read this one more than any other book this week. She liked to answer the questions with “no, no!” and giggling. Of course she yelled no to “do you ever feel loud?” My kid, loud? Never.

I thought San Francisco looked really cute, and it has numbers as well as cartoon drawings of popular things in San Fransico such as the cable cars. There are apparently others that have Paris, London, and New York. However, Em showed no interest in this one so we probably won’t look for the others for a few months.

Nighty-Night is also going on our list of favorites. I love Leslie Patricelli’s books. They’re very simple but adorable and quirky (I actually just learned today that the character is called Baby-Toddler, which made me laugh). We received another book entitled Tubby back when Emmy was born, which is about bath time, and she didn’t seem as interested in it, but this one is new and I wanted to look at it. It worked out, she literally asks for me to read it again three or four times every time I read it once.

The Crayon’s Book of Colors says it’s from the creators of another book with crayons, which I havent read yet. I personally laughed at several pages, but Em didn’t show any interest in this one either. Pity.

I was surprised Elmo’s Book of Friends wasn’t picked up more. She picked it out and asks for Elmo most days, but she usually decides to read Curious George instead after we go to get the library books out. It’s a bit wordy so I don’t like it as well as some of the others we’ve read. She did learn about “Hola” (and “Adios”) from the page with Rosita.

I’m excited to see what we find next week! This week we’re going to start looking at a letter of the week, so I want to look for something for “E” since we’ll start with her name first.


Book Review – One Small Donkey

I know, it’s way too early for Christmas books, and believe me, I know. I’m a Halloween girl, myself. But, this book showed up in an email I got from BookLook Bloggers and it looked too cute to pass up.

I’m glad I requested it! The book tells the story of a little donkey who was chosen to carry Mary to Bethlehem where she would give birth to Jesus. It uses a simple rhyming pattern and is quite adorable. I got the board book version because I know how rough Em can be on books, and the pages are actually even sturdier than I expected. Em loved the illustrations, and actually took the book from me at one point so she could stare at one of the pages. This book will definitely be going in our rotation in December and I see it becoming a favorite.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions here are my own.

Book Review – Life is Better at the Beach

Life is Better at the Beach is a simple little book that reminds the reader to take life slow. With calming pictures, and quotes and Bible verses, this book talks about a beach vacation and how to continue that mindset in daily life. At the beach, you don’t worry about how you look or what work you have waiting for you. The author suggests that we continue to have a peaceful life at home and how it will help is tackle the stresses life throws at us.

I really liked how well this book is put together. The text is short and simple, so that you can easily find time to read a page or two. The pictures and theme of the book are fun and light,  and the quotes go along with the whole thing. I would recommend this book as a gift especially for those who want a book to take a moment and relax.
Disclaimer: I received this book (in ebook form) for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review – A Month of Sundays

 A Month of Sundays seeks to provide insight on what it means to truly rest on the Sabbath, and it goes further than simply phyiscally resting on Sunday. The author talks about the state of mind that she feels should is necessary for real rest. She tells short stories from her own life, and also gives a dinner recipe at the end of each chapter.

While the intentions of the book are good, I personally found the narrative rather pretentious. I didn’t really enjoy the book or find the information helpful. Unfortunately the recipes also aren’t things that my family would be interested in either. While someone else might enjoy the book, it wasn’t my cup of tea and so I will not be recommending it.

Disclaimer: I recieved this book for free from the publisher (in ebook form) in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review – Pressing Pause

This book contains 100 short devotionals geared towards moms. Each devo is quick and to the point, so that busy moms can easily carve out some time to stop and take a moment to read one a day. There is a Bible verse at the beginning of each devotional, followed by a short devo and reflection questions.

I love how simple and to the point each devotional takes no time at all to read, but gives one plenty to think on. I’m slowly working my way through the book, and so far it has covered topics such as not worrying, and reflecting God’s love to your children. I would definitely recommend this book to any mom looking for a simple daily devotional.

I recieved a free copy of this book (in ebook form) in exchange for my honest review. All opinions above are my own.

Paper Crowns Blog Tour – Book Spotlight


Ginger has lived in seclusion, with only her aunt Malgarel and her blue cat, Halcyon, to keep her company. Her sheltered, idyllic life is turned upside-down when her home is attacked by messengers from the world of fae. Accompanied by Halcyon (who may or may not be more than just a cat), an irascible wysling named Azrael, and a loyal fire elemental named Salazar, Ginger ventures into the world of fae to bring a ruthless Queen to justice.

I’ve not known Mirriam long, but I have already found that she is wonderful writer and extraordinary person. I have seen posts here and there about her new book, Paper Crowns, and became more and more intrigued as I read. A talking cat? A fire elemental? I needed to read this book! When she announced that she was ready to publish, I was ecstatic. I absolutely cannot wait to read Paper Crowns! There will definitely be a review posted as soon as I am finished. Until then, I hope you pick up your own copy, and enjoy what I have been told is most excellent writing.


Mirriam Neal is a twenty-two-year-old Northwestern hipster living in Atlanta. She writes hard-to-describe books in hard-to-describe genres, and illustrates things whenever she finds the time.  She aspires to live as faithfully and creatively as she can and she hopes you do, too.

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I will link below to the rest of the blog tour this month, so be sure and check those posts out as well!

Arielle – Splendor Falls on Castle Walls. Author Interview.

Anna – Adventures of Annapuppy. Book Spotlight.

Ashley – Unlikely Things. Author Interview and GIVEAWAY.

Jenny – The Pen Slayer. Six Reasons Why You Need This Book.

 Abi – Whimsy Writer. Book Spotlight.