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pick of the week

This past week the weather here has been horrible. And completely out of the ordinary. Rain, gray skies, and wind I can deal with. But this… This bitter cold and snow has to go!

Except for a quick trip outside to make a snowman– like so:

Conrad the Snowman

We’ve been stuck inside having dance parties and watching entirely too much tv.  And since I don’t want their brains to rot and drip out of their ears on my watch (just because of a bit of crappy weather) we’ve also been cuddling under blankets with some good books.

So, without further ado here’s my pick(s) of the week:

For the Pea:

A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na

If you can’t tell but the cover, the illustrations are amazing. My favorite? The pigeons who sleep with one eye open.

for the Danger-man:

You Are Special by Max Lucado

A sweet little tale about a puppet who isn’t liked by all the other puppets but then learns it doesn’t matter. One of my all time favorite children’s book. And I think it’s a good lead in for kindergarten. (Especially since the Danger-man is already a bit worried the other kids won’t like him.)

For mama:

Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk

This book was shoved thru my mail slot on Thursday (thanks to paperbackswap) and I nearly my pants with excitement. I just started so there’s nothing to tell, but it is Chuck Palahniuk so I know I will not be disappointed. (Crap, what does that say about my sense of humor.)

Here’s to hoping next week our weather will be back on track and we can get out of the house.

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for the love of books…

I’m still trying to figure out this whole blogging thing so I’ve been browsing blogs in my spare time lately. And I stumbled on Book Chick City and this reading challenge. 100 books in a year. 

Initially, I thought: “I can totally do that.–I’m in!” 

And then I realized, I COULD do that IF I counted children’s books. I think I read maybe 20 adult books last year. MAYBE. (And, embarrassing enough,  nearly half of those were the Sookie Stackhouse series.)

What’s worse, I read way more often when I was a working mom. Now, that I’m a sahm (wow. I think that was the first time writing that acronym. It felt weird.) I just don’t get that much ‘me’ time.  And yes, I counted my 30 minute bus ride (each way) as ‘me’ time.

This year, I want to read more-for myself (and not just textbooks). Really, it’s what I love and it’s what I do best. We’re only 9 days in to the new year so I suppose it’s not to late for a resolution and to join this challenge.

 Okay—so it’s not 100 books. But, it’s a start..and maybe the challenge aspect will keep me motived to make some time for myself to do what I love. Plus, I haven’t read Anne Rice’s entire Vampire Cronicles- so there’s that.  

 Wish me luck. ❤

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am I really crying right now…

Okay, so it might be a bit early in our relationship to say this but, I’ll freely admit that I cried like baby when Dobby died. I don’t think that is strange. I was invested in that relationship for the better part of seven years.  I’m telling you this so you know that crying over children’s books is not abnormal for me. But-by no means is it common for me either.

With that being said, I think you can image that I am at least mildly surprised when I find myself choking up while reading to my kids lately.  I first noticed it while reading ‘No David’ to the Danger-man last week. It seems like that book was written just for him-really, it is uncanny. Now it’s ‘Stellaluna’. I’m pretty sure I read it 10 times today. (at least!) And, I swear, it was like a kick in the teeth every time I read it. For some reason, I have oodles of empathy for that damn little mama bat and with that comes an overwhelmingly grateful feeling  that my own babies are cuddled up next to me listening to a storybook.  

I don’t know, perhaps, I’m just getting too invested in the characters after the hundredth time through.

I can’t help but wonder, am I the only one that gets this emotional over children’s books? (Surely not. Right??)

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