Showing posts with label Bookworm. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bookworm. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

12 Books Every One Year Old Should Own

Reading is one of my all time favorite hobbies and I love sharing my love of reading with my son. The older he's gotten the more he seems to enjoys reading. 

He will quietly sit on my lap while I read book after book to him. Just the fact that he's sitting in my lap and not moving and grooving is a miracle in itself. Now that cuddling time is fewer and farther between I really savor the moments we spend reading.

In the first year, we've come to love books that aren't too long and have a sing-song tone. I also look for board books so that the pages are not easily ripped when my son "helps me" turn the pages.

Can you ever have too many books? My vote is no, but I've narrowed it down to just 12 (or one per month). While these books can be enjoyed anytime, this is my recommendation for when you should start reading each book. Our favorites include....

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Month 1

Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown

I loved this book as a child, so soon after I found out I was pregnant my mom purchased this book for my little one. There is something soothing about this book. Maybe it's the familiar words, but this has been one of my favorites since day 1.

Month 2

Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch

Go ahead and before you even read the first page, grab a tissue. This book is guaranteed to bring you to tears with it's sweet sentiment. I remember my mom reading this book to us when we were little as well, but I just didn't realize how emotional this book will make you as a mother. 

Hold your little close and cry tears that only a parent can truly understand.

Month 3

I Love You As Big As the World, by David Van Buren

A friend at work actually gifted me Love You Forever and I Love You As Big As the World. I did not grow up with this book, however, I'm head over heals for this cute book. 

Month 4

Sophie La Girafe 123

This book came with our Sophie La Girafe as a set (See our post A Mama's Guide to Toys 0-3 Months for our favorites). Sophie has long been one of my son's favorite toys and this counting book is a great addition. As I read the book to him, we count each item. Add this set to your registry.

If you're a Sophie fan, we also love Sophie Peekaboo ABC, by DK. This book is a simple ABC book, but it has a few flaps and touch and feels that baby can explore as he or she gets older. 

Month 5

Moo, Baa, La, La, La, by Sandra Boynton

Be prepared to start reciting this book at work, in the shower, and out on the town. This book is catchy and you'll have it memorized in no time at all! "The cow says moo, the sheep says baa, three singing pigs say la, la, la...."

Month 6

Are You a Cow?, by Sandra Boynton

Sandra does it again! This book is just has catchy! When your little starts whining at the grocery store, whip out your sing-song voice to entertain him or her with your on-tap reading of this book.

Month 7

This is another classic baby book. We love the brightly colored animals and repetition of this book. If you love this book, Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?

Month 8

This plays the tune of Old McDonald, and you get to sing along! Luckily my son doesn't care that I'm a terrible singer. This book has been one of his favorites!

Month 9

This book is clever and cute. I like that this book is relatively short and my son likes that it has a sing-song tone to it. My son got this book as a Christmas gift and we've already read it over and over!

Month 10

Again with the songs, but my son is a happy as a clam when we read this book. 

Touch and Feel books are great for engaging your little one and practicing fine motor skills. My son loves to "pet" the animals!

I grew up with Where's Spot, so to me this book is a classic. This book has flaps that are opened as you look for Spot. My son loves to help me open the flaps on our quest for Spot. If you fall in love with Spot, check out these other books by Eric Hill:

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

11 Romantic, Chick-Lit Books for Mommytime

One of my absolute favorite things to do is cuddle up with a good book. My favorite genres include: historical fiction, dystopian, and romance. Valentine's Day is just around the corner so I figured what is more fitting than a post about romantic books to share the love.

Before baby, I used to read ALL THE TIME. Post-baby my reading time consists of about 30 minutes each night before bed. During this time I like to snuggle up with a book that helps me decompress after a busy day.  

All moms need a little mommytime! Whether you can squeeze it in first thing in the morning, during naptime, or just before bed, give yourself a little time to relax. Romantic, Chick-lit is the perfect way to unwind and get lost in the lives' of others.

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Top 11 Romantic, Chick-Lit Favorites:

  1. The Wedding, by Nicholas Sparks-- This is probably my all-time favorite book, and by far my favorite Nicholas Sparks book. The Wedding will have you crying happy tears with it sneaky, twists of happiness.
  2. The Best of Me, by Nicholas Sparks-- As one of my favorite authors, I couldn't help but put two of his books on the list. This book will tear out your heart, stomp on it a bit, and leave you absolutely baffled with the outcome. Grab the tissues ladies and cue the waterworks!
  3. Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, by James Patterson-- This author is well-known for his mystery novels, but this romantic book is absolutely captivating. The story intertwines the lives of two women and will leave you in tears with it's sweet sentiment.
  4. The Villa, by Nora Roberts-- This is another one of my favorites and by far my favorite Nora Roberts book. This story includes business, mystery, and of course a hot romance.
  5. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green-- In case you haven't seen the movie I'll stay clear of spoilers, but this book will tear at your heart strings as you read about an unexpected love with time as the enemy.
  6. Something Borrowed and Something Blue, by Emily Giffin-- This is a set of two books about Darcy and Rachel. Even if you've already seen the movie starring Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin, this duo are still a must-read. Come on, which book isn't better than the movie?! So snuggle up for a little wedding lust.
  7. Baby Proof, by Emily Giffin-- If you're like me and can't get enough of Emily Giffin, try out this other novel about a couple who agree to have a child-less marriage...until one of them changes their mind. I haven't read an Emily Giffin book I didn't love. Also check out her most current books: First Comes Love and The One and Only.
  8. The Friday Night Knitting Club, by Kate Jacobs-- When I picked this one up, I read really mixed reviews, but I adored this book. Equal parts female-friendship and romance, make this one a compelling story. 
  9. The American Heiress, by Daisy Goodwin-- I am a huge fan of Downton Abbey. If you too are going through withdrawals, this is a must-read novel. I just love the attention to detail in this period drama!
  10. The Undomestic Goddess, by Sohpie Kinsella-- You may recognize this author from her hit Shopoholic series. This book is an easy and fun read. The main character trades in her busy, fast-paced life for a simpler reality. The Undomestic Goddess will have your LOL-ing as you quickly turn the pages. I recently read Kinsella's latest, Finding Audrey, which takes on a much more serious tone. In Finding Audrey, a girl struggles through a psychological recovery with a small dose of comedy and romance along the way.
  11. Almost Perfect, Just Perfect, and Too Perfect by Judy Ortolon-- This trilogy is the perfect poolside read. When I read, I like stories that I can get lost in and don't require too much brain power. This trilogy fits the bill and will have you feeling the love. Don't forget to add these 3 romantic books to your vegging out list.

If you loved this list, check out some of our others before you go:

5 Historical Fiction Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down

2016 Summer Reading List

YA Series For Divergent Fans


Thursday, November 3, 2016

8 Book Recommendations for Twilight Fans

It's been quite awhile now since we've had a big book series craze. First there was Harry Potter, then Twilight, and The Hunger Games, but what will be the next big thing? 

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If you're a Twilight fan, this booklist is for you. Here's a few of my favorites:

The Selection, by Kiera Cass

The Selection series is The Bachelor meets dystopian. In this alternate version of the United States the Prince, Maxon, sets out to find a wife. These books are a bit girly, but I enjoyed them all the same. Also, check out the latest addition to the series, The Heir, which follows Maxon's daughter in a Bachelorette version of this dystopian world.

  1. The Selection
  2. The Elite
  3. The One
  4. The Heir

The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare

This is a 6-book series about shadow hunters, faeries, warlocks, vampires, and werewolves. I was a bit skeptical when I heard of this series because of all of this fantasy-based creatures, however, I was pleasantly surprised by the action, romance, and suspense of these books. 

If you saw the movie or TV show, don't let that scare you away from the books. These books are anything but cheesy and will have you enthralled from the beginning. Books in the series include:

  1. City of Bones
  2. City of Ashes
  3. City of Glass
  4. City of Fallen Angels
  5. City of Lost Souls
  6. City of Heavenly Fire

The Infernal Devices, by Cassandra Clare

If you enjoyed the Mortal Instruments or if you aren't up for a 6-book series, check out this trilogy that is actually a prequel to The Mortal Instruments. Books in the trilogy include:
  1. Clockwork Angel
  2. Clockwork Prince
  3. Clockwork Princess

Dark Artifices, by Cassandra Clare

These books are a companion series to the Mortal Instruments. This trilogy only has one book released to this point, but the others are coming soon!
  1. Lady Midnight
  2. Lord of Shadows
  3. The Queen of Air

Vampire Academy, by Richelle Mead

This series may be even more addicting than Twilight! When reading this series, I made several late night runs to Wal-mart to pick up the next book in the series because I just couldn't live another minute without continuing on in the series. 

These 6-books are filled with paranormal romance. Like TwilightVampire Academy is about vampires, however, these are a very different kind of vampires. The main character, Rose, is training to be a guardian for her best friend, Lissa. They share a psychic, unbreakable bond that keeps things interesting.

House of Night, by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

I think you need to know up front that this series has 12 books! I did not realize how many books were in this series, but after reading a few I was hooked and I couldn't stop there. I'm happy to report that I did read all 12 books in this series, plus one novella. I started reading this series before all the books had been released. I reached book 10 before I had to start waiting for the next release. 

Again, we see the common vampire-theme with these fantasy novels. This series calls these individuals "fledging vampyres". Fledgings attend a boarding school called the House of Night (hence the title). Over a four year period, fledgings go through the "change", they must be with adult vampryes during this time. These books center around typical teenager issues, as well as supernatural conflicts.

Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi

This trilogy follows Aria, a teenager exiled from a futuristic city. In this dystopian world, Aria meets Perry (an outsider) and the two must learn to get along in order to survive in this alternate world.

The Host, by Stephenie Meyer

This book is not a series like the rest of the books on this list, but I thought I'd throw it in last just in case you didn't know that Stephenie Meyer has another book. 

The Host was a good book that did not disappoint. This story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that has been taken over by parasitic aliens. These aliens, better known as "Souls" take over the human body and live (as a parasite) in the human body (the host).

Also check out:

YA Series to Read If You Liked Divergent

YA Series to Read If You Liked Hunger Games

Thanks for stopping by our little corner of the web! What other books do you recommend?

Monday, August 29, 2016

YA Series to Read if you liked Divergent

I first read the Divergent trilogy several years ago, but I immediately fell in love with the books. With the 1st half of the final movie released to DVD recently, it's time to start looking for a new series to read. Here are my favorites that I'd recommend to any Divergent fan.

The Program, by Suzanne Young

In this trilogy, suicide is an epidemic, and "The Program" is the treatment. As a side note, you can watch Suzanne and her family look for a new home in an episode of House Hunters! The books in this series have an interesting, original plot that won't leave you feeling like you've already read this book before. Check out her books:

  1. The Program
  2. The Treatment
  3. The Remedy

Matched, Ally Condie

This triology is based in an alternate society where the officials make all the rules. 
 The government controls this future society, but the real question is can the officials be trusted? These books also include a love triangle between three extremely likable and relatable characters. These well-written books will have you begging for more.

  1. Matched
  2. Crossed
  3. Reached

Delirium, by Lauren Oliver

This trilogy falls into the dystopian romance category and will remind you of Matched. In this alternate society the government has developed a cure for the deadly disease "love". As each individual reaches 18 they must undergo the procedure. 
I enjoyed this series and found it to be a quick read that kept you enthralled until the end. 

  1. Delirium
  2. Pandemonium
  3. Requiem

The Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld

I was hesitant to read this trilogy, because it sounds a bit shallow, but after giving them a try I enjoyed this science fiction/dystopian story line. Again this series takes place in a future society with an alternate government that requires 16- year olds to undergo a surgery that turns them "pretty". Through this series the main character works to change a society that is run by these perfect-looking people.

  1. Uglies
  2. Pretties
  3. Specials

Birth Marked, by Caragh M. O'Brien

In a world separated by a wall, there are those who live inside the wall and those who live outside of the wall. Gaia is a midwife living outside of the wall. She has been raised to believe that it is her duty to record the births and hand over the quota of babies to the enclave. When her parents are arrested by the government she has always trusted, she must make some difficult choices about her future. This fast-paced dystopian trilogy is well worth the read. 

  1. Birth Marked
  2. Prized
  3. Promised

Young Elites, by Marie Lu

I first read her trilogy Legend, and absolutely LOVED it. I truly believe Legend is even better than The Hunger Games. I know, gasp, but seriously read the series and then get back to me. With exceptionally high expectations, Young Elites did not disappoint. A blood fever was rampant 10 years ago leaving many young people with unusual qualities. Adelina's dark hair turned silver and she has a jagged scar over her eye. Some of those with these unusual changes are rumored to have powerful gifts. Adelina is one of those affected by a mysterious gift. This dark fantasy will test Adelina as she deals with these powerful, feared changes.
  1. Young Elites
  2. Rose Society
  3. The Midnight Star

Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi

This science-fantasy series has a great romantic plot with it's twists and turns. Aria grew up in a sheltered virtual reality and was able to access alternate realities with the help of a "smart eye". When her mother goes missing she is forced to return to the real world, where she meets Peregrine who is considered a savage. Aria and Peregrine must then work together to rescue the people that they love.

  1. Under the Never Sky
  2. Ever Night
  3. Still Blue

You can also check out our list: YA Series for Hunger Games Fans for other related books.