Nov 13, 2019

The Best Thanksgiving Books for Kids

11 great thanksgiving books for kids.
Are you a Thanksgiving fanatic?  Or do you jump right to Christmas books and Christmas decor?  I am a HUGE holiday lover.  I love to focus on each and every holiday.  It makes life so much fun for me.  

I am so excited to share my favorite Thanksgiving books for kids.  Some of them are picture books and some are more read aloud books for books or for independent readers.  The key here is to pick a book that will make you and your kids excited for Thanksgiving.  Maybe you can even pick one to add to your Thanksgiving books library. 

11 great thanksgiving books for kids

We have read this book many, many times.  I love how it goes through different people and how they are thankful for different things.  I also love how the things they are thankful for are so simple. 


11 great thanksgiving books for kids.

This book made both my girls laugh.  My youngest (4 years old) wants me to read it over and over.  


11 great thanksgiving books for kids.

This book is PERFECT in all the right ways.  It shares information about the Thanksgiving back in the 1600's.  It shares simple things that we should be grateful for.  Hannelore (age 7) said that it taught her and Isla (age 4) some really good lessons.  I considered that a win.


11 great thanksgiving books for kids.

I loved how much information this story put in a small book.  The girls learned a lot and there are sections which make it easier to stop at if the story is getting too long.  


11 great thanksgiving books for kids.

Do you know the book Spookley the Square Pumpkin?  This is just as cute, but has a thankful twist to it.  I love anything gratitude related.  It is so good for kids to read books like that. 


11 great thanksgiving books for kids.

We own this book and read it the night before Thanksgiving every year.  It has been fun and helps us get excited for Thanksgiving.  


11 great thanksgiving books for kids.

We read this every Thanksgiving.  It is funny and cute.  The girls really like it.  


11 great thanksgiving books for kids.

Every holiday I buy one book to add to our library.  This was the book I choose this year.  It is inexpensive.  These books are fun for kids and also informative.  We checked it out at the library, but didn't get it finished.  I was going to recheck it out, but decided that I wanted to add it to the library.  Hannelore is excited to read it.


11 great thanksgiving books for kids.

We have a A to Z Mysteries lover in this family, but I have to say that this one was really good.  It had a lot of suspense in it.  I was even on the edge of my seat at the end.  We were only reading a chapter every night, but when we were supposed to stop at the end of chapter 7 we all couldn't so we finished the book instead.  I love books like that. 


11 great thanksgiving books for kids.

My daughter loves mysteries and trying to figure things out.  We haven't read this book yet, but I know it will be a great book for her.  These books are a lot of fun. 


11 great thanksgiving books for kids.

We haven't read this book yet either, but I have heard great things about it.  Plus, Magic Tree House books are so fun and most kids love them! 

Do you have any that you would add to the list?  I love book recommendations! 

11 great thanksgiving books for kids.

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Oct 15, 2019

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

16 NEW Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year
Who doesn't love reading books for any holiday?  It doesn't matter what the holiday is I love to read books for myself and with my girls for any holiday.  This year I checked out a bunch of  Halloween books for kids that were new to us.  Some aren't actually Halloween books, but they are great for Halloween time.  We have had so much fun reading them.

I have a little tradition with my girls.  For every holiday I get one new book for that holiday.  That way I can build a collection, but it doesn't break the bank.  Maybe you could do something similar.

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16 NEW Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

This book is the CUTEST!  It might be my favorite I read this year!  My girls felt so sorry for the ghost in this book and really started thinking about how lonely it would be to be a ghost.  It is a really cute book.  

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

This book is all about all the things kids can dress up for on Halloween.  I liked it because it was good to show that these things might seem scary, but it is actually kids dressed up under the costumes.  It is a really fast read for kids that need something short to hold their attention.

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

Both of my girls felt sad that Tomas wasn't brave enough to get off his stoop in the first of this book, but it is a cute book that shows that everyone should feel included.  

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

I almost didn't include this book in the list because I wasn't sure if it scared my oldest daughter (7 years old and scared of EVERYTHING).  However, she said she loved this book.  We read it the same day as A Tiger called Tomas and she said she liked this book more.  There are closet ghosts, but the girl does get rid of them.  So if your child is scared of monsters (or ghosts) in their closet then this might not be a good read.  Unless you want to come up with solutions on how to get rid of them.  

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

This is a cute book and a really quick read.  I loved how it had a lot of references to how family is everything and having their support is really important.  They were always there for each other and supportive of each other.  It was cute. 

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

Seriously, this book describes perfectly how the dark felt when I was a kid.  I loved how it made "the dark" feel like a person.  I loved how "the dark" was helpful in the end and it explained why we need the dark in our lives.  It was really cute and both my girls loved it. Not really a Halloween book, but it could be classified as a little spooky because for awhile the girls didn't know what the dark wanted from the boy in the book.  So there was a bit of suspense, but nothing to scary.  

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

Both my girls liked how it was so similar to Goodnight Moon (which they both grew up being read multiple times a month at bedtime).  I like Goodnight Moon more (of course...its a classic), but I like the "Halloweeny" twist for the month of October. 

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

This is how sheltered I am...I had no idea this was a movie and it looks a little too creepy and scary for my liking.  So if that is something that will bother you then know this book is a board book version of that movie.  Basically it counts down from 10 (in both English and Spanish) to 1 and it counts different things in the movie (like gravestones and other things like that).  It is a REALLY quick read.  There isn't anything more scary than what you see all around you during the month of October, because it is for babies and toddlers.  

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

I liked how it is a bilingual poem so we could learn together what some of the words meant.  That was fun.  The girls liked seeing if they said the words correctly or not.  My oldest kept saying, "This is creepy".  But she never was too scared.  Then they both thought it was funny that all the "creepy" things were scared of kids dressed up for Halloween.  

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

I really liked this book.  I loved the story within the story and how it made you think.  My oldest and I had a long conversation about it after we finished reading.  I love books like that.  My youngest daughter fell asleep during it, not because it was boring, but because she was tired.  However, I will say that she wouldn't have completely understood what was going on if she was awake.  The pictures would have been good enough for her though.  

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

Once again not too scary, but a little spooky.  I liked how Annie in the book didn't let the ghost scare her and that she started something and she wasn't going to stop until it was finished.  It showed persistence.  I also liked how she and the ghost became friends.  

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

This book is seriously the cutest.  I love this one.  The only hard thing is that it isn't readily available all the time on Amazon.  I picked up this one from Hallmark.  I love all the cute illustrations. 

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

Of course this is a favorite around here because it has cities in Utah and my girls like that.  If you aren't from Utah then you will want to get your own state and make it fun for your kids. 


16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

We are actually currently reading this and even though my daughter is super scared of EVERYTHING, this is just creepy enough to be good for Halloween, but not scaring her so that we are dealing with nightmares or her scared of everything.  So in my mind...that's perfect! 

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

We are actually reading this after Bunnicula.  So I can't tell you how it is exactly, BUT I have heard good things.  I hope it is good.  I will update this blog post when I read it and give an actual review at that time. 

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

I have this one waiting to be read, but we are reading the novels in the order my oldest wants to read them in.  I am not sure we will get to this one, but I heard it is the right amount of spooky as well.  I have also heard that some people like this series more than the Narnia and even Harry Potter books (WHAT?!....I can't say anything since I haven't read it yet). 

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

This book is sometimes read more than once a day.  I think my girls like it so much because of all the rhyming.  I read it during a Halloween party a few years ago and it was a favorite at that party too.  


16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

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May 18, 2019

Why I am Planning a Screen Free Month (and you should think about it too)

Why would you ever consider a screen free month?  Check out some reasons here!
Why am I planning to do a screen free month?  Sensory issues.  Headaches.  Stomachaches.  Anxiety.  Fearfulness. Easily frustrated.  Trouble sleeping.  Poor sportsmanship.  Defiance.  These are just some of the problem areas that we have with our girls.  On top of that I don't want there to ever be an addiction.  So I want to stop any road going toward screen addiction.  

Do any of these things sound familiar?  Are you having the same sort of "issues"?  Has your child been diagnosed with something that needs medicine to treat, but you don't want to move to medicine quite yet?  If so then you might want to consider a screen free month as well.  

Now before I go on I want to say that I am sure some of you are already thinking (or even saying out loud), "Kids are kids.  They are going to be kids.  So they are going to have those sort of issues."  I completely agree.  However, there are "more normal" behaviors when it comes to the things listed above and there are excessive behaviors.  I am talking about the excessive behaviors.  

Also, I am sure some of you are thinking, "Why would you not give your child medicine if it is needed?"  I am not saying that at all.  However, there are some things that can be done beforehand to either lower the dose or to help the child not have to resort to medication at all.  Believe me.  My dad is a doctor and I am grateful for modern day medicine.   

I want to tell you why I am going to try this.  I want to tell you why I think everyone should try it.  I want to see what things get fixed from this "reset" and what things do not.  I want to see how behaviors and attitudes change after the "reset". 

My Story

It started in October when I was listening to Mom Conference.  I started listening to Dr. Victoria L. Dunckley.  She wrote a book called Reset Your Child's Brain: A Four-Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades, and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen-Time.  I was intrigued.  The way she talked about the effects of screen time on our kids made me want to look into it farther.  She had a lot of knowledge about screens and how they affect children.  

Why I am Planning a Screen Free Month

I decided to check out the book from the library first before I bought it to see if I was still interested in doing something this extreme after reading the book.  I read the book in January and knew I wanted to do it.  All the research she did with her own patients was overwhelming and amazing.  She has tried this with kids that are ADHD, to kids with sensory processing disorder, with kids who are bipolar, and so many more.  

So I started planning and seeing when I could do it and succeed at it.  I didn't want to do it half way.  I truly wanted to do my own study on my own kids.  I didn't want me to mess up at all and wonder if the outcome would have been different if I would have done it all the way.

I decided to start it in June because that is the first full month my girls are out of school.  I can know EXACTLY how much screen time they are getting when they are home with me.  So I figured that would be the best time to do it.

Now I want to tell you the main reason I am wanting to do this.  I have two girls.  Our 7 year old has been super sensitive to sensory things since she was a baby.  We could rarely watch TV with her in the room as young as 6 weeks old.  I am not joking and I wish I was.

I remember when I went to the pediatrician completely in tears because my baby just cried ALL NIGHT LONG.  She suggested the no TV thing to us.  So we tried it and we noticed a difference.  Sadly it was still really bad, but there were moments that were better.

Unfortunately, it hasn't gone away.  She gets overstimulated extremely fast.  She is a very sensitive child.  She has some very irrational fears, some of them crippling.  She has meltdowns all the time and although they are getting better with age they are still very often.  Also some very strong tantrums happen daily.  She gets easily frustrated.  She has separation anxiety.  She is very impulsive (there is no pause between feeling angry and hitting or throwing something).  She is constantly yelling, screaming, or whining.  She has really bad sportsmanship.  She also has some severe stomachaches and headaches.

Our youngest is three.  She isn't as severe as our oldest and some would say she is all around easier.  She doesn't have all the extreme things that our oldest daughter has, but she does have trouble with sleep.  That is getting better with age, but some nights it can be pretty bad.  She also can get frustrated  really easily.

Now I know that somewhere out there I am going to have some people rolling their eyes.  I know kids will be kids.  I know kids are still learning.  I know all these things.  However, I know that I have tried so many different ways to make life just slightly more easy or simple for my girls with very little success.

I want you to know that all around my girls are fantastic girls.  They might sound unbearably hard, but they are great for their teachers (school, dance, and church).  They are not bullies at school.  My oldest gets good grades and is ahead of her grade in all subjects.  My three year old is learning to read and loving it.  So I don't have anything that I am extremely worried about, but my oldest has some anxiety and she is the main reason why this whole thing intrigued me.  I wanted to add this in because I never want to come across that my girls are a pain.  Never!

When I heard Dr. Dunkley speak I knew I wanted to give it a shot.  Then when I read the book about all the amazing things it has done of kids as young as toddlers up to late teens I knew I needed to do it for my sanity, but also for the benefit of my children (or maybe just my oldest).  Our youngest might not be as "severe", but she can benefit from it as well.

That is exactly why I think every parent should try this.  It certainly won't hurt your children to try it.  You can set some goals to see if any specific problem areas get better and hopefully they will.  If not then you at least gave it a chance.

I can't wait to see what things will change.  I can't wait to come up with a plan that works for each of my children individually.  All kids are different.  All kids can handle different things.  Just because the AAP and the AHA say that a certain limit is ok doesn't mean that for every child it is recommended, only you as the parent can decide that. 

This break will help reset the screen time and then help you add it back in slowly.  When I say slowly I mean 15 minutes a week slowly.  More on that later.  It does seem extreme to me, but for me I know I want to try it for my child.  If you are in a similar situation then you might want to do this as well.

I will be doing a series with this topic.  I want to share all the resources and all my tips, tricks, and things I learned along the way.  I will also share what the outcomes were.  I hope you take this journey with me or at least learn something along the way.

Parenting is hard.  That is why it is so much better doing it with other amazing parents.  And YOU are an amazing parent! 

Why would you ever consider a screen free month?  Check out some reasons here!

Mar 24, 2019

Book List Inspiration for Women

Check out this book list for women.  There are quite a few must read books on here with a total of 35 different titles.
In 2017 I made a goal to read 35 books throughout 2018.  I have some book list inspiration for women that I want to share with you, but let me tell you the story real fast about this goal I made for myself.  Maybe you can relate. 

Reading 35 books in 2018 was a pretty lofty goal since I read UNDER 12 in 2017.  However, I have always loved reading.  However, when I became a mom that hobby took a backseat, WAY in the back.  So it rarely happened. 

In 2018 I wanted to focus on self care more to help combat some anxiety I deal with.  So I thought reading was a fantastic way to start.  I read 46 total.  It is crazy how if you put your mind to something you can accomplish it.  

I am providing my list of books as a book list inspiration for women and I will give tips on how to read more if that is a goal you want to achieve as well too.  It is doable.  If you like reading, but find it hard to take the time to do it then please keep reading.  You owe it to yourself. 

Book List first, then a few tips.  I am going to break my books that I choose into categories.  I will also provide links to all the books that I had on my 2018 reading list.  I must add that I decided to do this because of a reading challenge that my friend Julia posted about on her blog.  I decided to take her challenge and I loved the diverse books I read because of it.  When I introduce a book I will list what category it fulfilled in that reading challenge. 

I am saving my favorite books for last.  They are my books I like to call my personal "Hall of Fame" books.  These are books I want to read dozens more times in my lifetime.

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Check out this book list for women.  There are quite a few must read books on here with a total of 35 different titles.

Not my favorite
I didn't love these books, but I would love to hear your thoughts if you read them and loved them.  That is the beauty of books, some people love a book while others might hate it.  Books are very personal.  There are VERY FEW BOOKS I DON'T LIKE, even these ones had great moments.  However, I wouldn't recommend them to anyone personally.

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"With a subtitle":  This one is my least favorite book I read in 2018.  It had some really good one liners.  It had some points that I could relate to wholeheartedly.  However, it was hard to get through.  The author and I are very different in a lot of big topics.  So it was hard for me to push through it.  

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"Set in a place I want to visit":  Just for those of you wondering....it is set in Italy.  This was SO SLOW at first.  That is why I wouldn't read it again.  It became a lot better, but not enough to fully redeem itself.  This could go in the "Classics" category I have below, but I just wouldn't recommend it.  So that is why it is here.


Un-categorized
These books had their own categories and I didn't have two or more books to go with them.  So I threw them in this category together. 

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"Favorite Author":  I can't say that Nicholas Sparks is my only favorite author, but I picked him because it had been quite a few years since I read one of his books.  I of course loved this book.  I had a friend who usually doesn't like love stories read it and she loved this book because of all the twists and turns and details in the book.  

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"# in title":  This book was happy and sad all in one.  The girl in this book is so strong and so amazing.  I want to read this to my girls when they get older.  It shows that hard things don't have to define us. 

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"Random book chosen by it's cover": I think the reason why I picked this book is because I love regency romance novels.  I was very happy when I liked this one as well.  It had plenty of suspense and a great love story to make it even better. 

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"Translated from a different language": I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked this book.  This isn't the type of book that I like to read (usually), but I really liked it.  I found myself laughing out loud numerous times during this book.  Ove was so endearing.  I fell in love with him and I loved seeing his heart soften (think the movie Up) throughout the book.

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"Mystery": Once again I am surprised with how much I liked this book.  I was super scared to pick a book from this category because I am the biggest scaredy cat in the whole world.  However, it wasn't as creepy as I thought it was going to be.  I talked to a lot of people that told me I would be fine.  They were right.  

Series
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Challenge Category-"From my must read list": I had read the previous books in this series years ago and needed to finish the series.  I actually reread and read all the books remaining books in this series during the year as well.  I actually like this series a lot.  

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"Published in 2016": I am sad to admit this, but I really didn't love this book.  I didn't hate it, but I wish I loved it as much as I did the first 3 books in the series.  The first 3 books will be shown later on in this list.  Let me tell you when I read them 4 years ago I FLEW through them and I am NOT a fast reader. 

Non-Fiction
Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"Biography": I am not a typical biography girl, but this one was captivating.  I loved getting to know him better.  I also liked reading about everything he has accomplished.

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"Self Improvement":  This IS a parenting book, but I still put it in self improvement, because I am a mother who wants to get better.  This book is amazing.  It has changed the way I look at raising my kids.  It has more of a cooperative approach to parenting.  I really really liked it and suggest anyone who has kids who get really angry or are highly emotional to read it.

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"150 pages or less":  This is a very quick read.  I decided to read this one because my young cousin died in a tragic accident.  It came very suddenly and it was very hard.  I also knew I would be losing my grandma sometime soon.  Sure enough she passed away a few months after reading this.  There were great words in this book.  I loved it.

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"Culture I'm not familiar with": I know OF this culture, but I found out I knew NOTHING about it.  I can't begin to explain how life changing this book was.  I think about my life here in the United States so differently than I ever did before.  This book is phenomenal.

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"A book I previously started": I had started this book the year before.  Just like most non-fiction books I didn't get through this very fast.  Even if I like them it takes me longer to get through them.  This one was beyond interesting.  If you are an introvert you must read this.  If you are an extrovert and have a hard time understanding introverts then this would be a great book to read.

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"Written by a celebrity": Who doesn't like Chip and Joanna?  I love their personalities AND their style.  So naturally I loved this book.  It was so fun to get to know them better.  If you have a chance you should listen to it on audio book, because they read it and it is so good.   However, you want to hold the book too because there are pictures as well.


Classics


Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"In a made up place":  I read this with my 6 year old daughter.  It had some parts that were tough to get through because of the old English that was used, but we loved it.  I will say that it is MUCH darker than the Disney version of Peter Pan.

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"100+ years older than me": Can you believe I have never read this book?  I have seen many versions of it in movie form, but never read it.  It has been on my "to read" list for years.  So I decided to change that this year. I loved it.  I knew I would.

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"Over 400 pages": Reading this one checked another book off my "to read" book list that has been on there far too long.  I didn't know as much about this book as I did Pride and Prejudice, but I knew enough to anticipate some things happening.  Once again.  I really enjoyed it.

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"Considered a classic": When I was younger I watched this movie on repeat.  I am so very surprised I haven't actually read it.  I knew the story line, but I was surprised how much my heart hurts for her while reading it, even though I anticipated everything.  Once again a beautiful story about a girl who doesn't give up.

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"Favorite Holiday Book": I know most of you are probably thinking there is no way I can be a book lover and not have already read all of these classics.  I know.  I know.  I am shocked too.  I know this story inside and out.  I knew what was going to happen and I basically knew when it was going to happen.  I laughed out loud a few times because Charles Dickens is just so amazing at telling stories.  


Historical Fiction

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"1st book of series": I liked this book, but not as much as the TV show.  Maybe because I was smitten with the show first.  It was a fast read and I liked the book, just not quite as much as the show. 


Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"Book to Movie": This book was so good.  I loved it.  It took me a bit to get all the names of the characters down, but I loved it so much.  I wish the ending wasn't as abrupt, but it was really good.

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"An Award Winning Book": I love historical fiction books.  So very much.  My favorite historical fiction books are usually set during WWII and that is the time period of this book.  Just like all WWII books (typically) I wish it had a happy ever after.  Although the end of this book isn't terrible it wasn't a ride-into-the-sunset-forever-happy type book.  I guess that is how WWII was though...even when it was over there was so much loss.

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"Book with a name in the title": This book had me captivated by the first page.  However, it lost steam for me in the middle and then picked up toward the end.  I had no idea about this part of the world during this time frame.  I learned a lot and there were so many good insights and thoughts about life and how hard it can be, but finding happiness through it all.

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"A New York Times Bestseller": YOU GUYS!  This book!  Are you kidding me?!  It was heart wrenching.  It makes me sick to think this actually happened.  I read all about the actual events of this whole scandal and I couldn't believe it.  Utter shock.  It was a good ending, but still so heartbreaking.  How can you have both endings?!

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"Based on a Historical Event": Once again I had no idea that I had such little knowledge about the Willie and Martin Handcart Companies.  So little.  I was so intimidated by the mere size of this book.  I read it towards the end of the year and I was scared I wasn't going to finish it in time (I am not a fast reader).  However, I flew through this book.  I couldn't put it down from start to finish.  I wanted it to keep going and see the characters settle in more.  It was so good.  I loved how the author brought in both historical and fictional characters.

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"Sure to make me cry": This book is borderline into the next category as well.  I don't know why it isn't so maybe I should move it there.  I guess because I wanted to keep it with the other two WWII books.  It was so good.  I cried a lot.  The ending was sad and happy at the same time.  This book made me see how brave people were during this time.  It was mainly the women that it followed and wow.  I want to be that amazing.


Personal Hall of Fame
These books were my favorite of the whole year.  They are ones I have already read numerous times or plan to read again.  They are ones I will recommend to everyone.

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"Recommended by a friend": My friend Tera recommended this book to me.  She actually knew I would like it so she gave me a copy.  I haven't read a lot of books during WWI so it was fun to read.  There was a ton of references to the Civil War as well which I haven't read a lot of.  I LOVED the suspense in it, but the love story was the BEST. 

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"Fairy Tale": I have to say I was VERY skeptical about this book.  I need to tell you though that I loved it so much that I stopped reading the books on my reading challenge and read this ENTIRE SERIES before I read another book on my list.  I blew threw them so fast and I wanted to start reading them again as soon as I was finished.  The twist of the fairy tales was so creative.  I seriously loved it.  So if you are skeptical then you must give this series a chance anyways because I was the same way. 

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"One word title": I know I keep saying this, but THIS BOOK.  You have to read this book.  It puts everything into perspective.  It makes you think about what is important (essential) in life.  It is just so good.  You must read it and refer back to it often. 


Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"3 books by same author": I wanted the first 3 in a picture together and so I had to have all 5.  I actually read all 5 in this year.  I have already talked about The Crown earlier.  The first three books are some of my favorite books ever.  My best friend gave me them when I had my youngest baby.  She gave them to me to read while I was nursing.  Well read them I did.  I read all 3 in a week.  Once again I must say that I am not a fast reader.  This was done because I couldn't put them down! 

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"Read before" AND "Finish in a Day": I had to put both of these together, because you can't read Heir to Edenbrooke without having Edenbrooke in your hands.  They are bound together.  With that said, I don't know if Heir to Edenbrooke should be in my Hall of Fame books, but it is so short that why not?  They are literally in the same book.  Edenbrooke on the other hand has my whole heart and soul.  I LOVE THIS BOOK.  It is my favorite book ever.  I could read it over and over again. 

Tips for reading more:
  1. Audio Books!  This isn't holding a book in your hands, but you are "reading" a book.  It makes chores so much better.  I loved doing this during chores, driving in the car alone, or whenever I really wanted to read, but couldn't actually sit down and read.
  2. Schedule time to read.  Make a date with yourself and read the book you have been wanting to read for quite some time. 
  3. Always carry your book with you.  You never know when you will be waiting at an office or in your car, might as well be reading. 
  4. Do a reading challenge like I did.  It is crazy if you put your mind to something then you will find ways to do it.  
  5. Go to bed earlier.  This way you can read for a bit and then go to sleep at your normal time. 

So that's it.  Have you read any of these?  Have you been wanting to read any of these?  Did this post add any books to your list that you want to read?  Also, I would love to hear what you are currently reading!  

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