Book Challenge: Earliest Reading Memory 

A day late with these challenges but better late than never right? Spring break is in full swing for us. So far it’s been spent reading and playing. I hope you’re all having a great weekend so far!.
For #grimdragon Hop in the way-back machine! Early reading memories: Featured here are two artifacts from my childhood! We didn’t have a lot books growing up, so these copies of Where the Sidewalk Ends and Madeline are special to me. In third grade, my teacher gifted each child with a book. Girls got Madeline and boys got Curious George. For a child who loved reading, but didn’t have easy access to books, I thought it was the greatest gift ever. In fifth grade, my teacher had other students read poems from Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. I listened to Sarah Sylvia Stout, Hungry Mungry, and Sick with big heart eyes and begged my mom to get this book of awesome. She did and I haven’t been parted with it ever since! Included here are some of my kids’ favorites that I hope they will remember fondly when they’re older. 

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For #watermelanerdsapril Witty Banter (Moment of Laughter Day): Shel Silverstein, Sandra Boynton, Mo Wilems, and Rick Riordan are so witty and funny! 

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For #squeakybookishlibrary Bless and Curse: Growing up, loving to read was tough not having access to books. I think it’s part of the reason why I hoard books so much! (Okay, so it’s also a book nerd thing too.) But I’m so grateful that I have access now and can make sure my kids do too!

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For #thehamiltonedition I’m a general…wheeee! I think this prompt might be about having fun? Kids books are always fun! 😃

Book Challenge: A Book 50 Years Older Than You

It’s Thursday. We made it to our spring break! 😄 Tomorrow is the first day of vacation. One of the first things we do is head to the library to stock up on books during the break. What are some things you do to get your vacation started?.
For #grimdragon A book that’s at least 50 years older than you: The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I’m still reading through the stories but I’m enjoying them so far. 

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For #watermelanerdsapril The Dregs: Okay. I slipped in the crow because it went well with my Sherlock Holmes edition but it’s really a nod to one of my favorite band of criminals whom I think Sherlock Holmes would have probably found fascinating. 

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For #thehamiltonedition “I am inimitable. I am an original.”-Most Unique Character: Sherlock Holmes! Most famous detective ever! 


For #squeakybookishlibrary Sun and Moon: Mrs. Hudson is the moon–calm and steady what Sherlock needs a lot. Irene Adler is the sun–fiery and burns which we know Sherlock has experienced with her!

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The Sherlock skull bookmark with Mrs. Hudson’s quote “A nice murder. That’ll cheer you up” is from the Sherlock @nerdy.post. 

Bookstagram tag: #booksnotbullying 

Day 12
When I taught middle school, my classroom was almost always open at lunch. Sometimes we’d talk about books. Sometimes they’d ask me about class. Mostly it was a place to hang out for them. During those times, I learned that these kids were passionate about something–band, soccer, Magic the Gathering, Harry Potter, Dr. Who, Naruto, 1D–you get the idea, right? I’ve always been drawn to passionate people–I’ve learned a lot from them and even tried things I didn’t think I’d like and have been pleasantly surprised. It’s why I enjoyed teaching so much–the opportunity to engage with passionate people. 

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Bookstagram is a lot like that–everyone is here because we share a common passion for reading and books. It’s where we can escape to when we need a place to be ourselves. 

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And like all communities, people will have differing opinions and that’s okay. What’s not okay is shaming or disrespecting others when they don’t agree with you or if they like something different. What’s not okay is tearing others down in anger or frustration. Whenever I heard an unkind word said to another student in my presence, I would say, “Is that something you’d say to my face?” The answer was always no. My response was always, “Then you shouldn’t be saying that to anyone.” It’s easy to hide behind a screen, but please consider, if whatever you’re going to say isn’t something you’d say to the person if they were standing in front of you, then you shouldn’t say it.

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Please show your support for the tag #booksnotbullies by posting blue today. Make sure to also check the tag for some amazing posts. 💙

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Bookmark is from Amy’s @ladyofthelibrary daughter. ❤

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For #grimdragon Behind the Scenes: If you swipe to the right, you’ll see the stages of taking this shot: the flatlay, the shot unedited, and my daughter “helping”. 

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For #watermelanerdsapril Outer Space: Gemina!! 

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For #squeakybookishlibrary Laugh and cry: Daughter of Smoke and Bone and A Torch Against the Night–but mostly crying. 

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For #thehamiltonedition “How lucky we are to be alive right now.” Favorite Time Period: Jane Austen’s time–the Regency Period! 

Book Challenge: Diverse Books/Favorite Book This Year So Far

Okay. I know I get excited when talking about books, but the hype is real with these. If you haven’t read Percy Jackson and the Olympians or The Heroes of Olympus series, YOU NEED THESE BOOKS IN YOUR LIFE. I did a reread with my kids with PJO and we started reading THOO and I can’t tell you how much we’ve been enjoying them. I highly recommend them if you’re looking for relatable characters, lots of adventure, and humor—Rick Riordan @rickriordan has a talent for capturing the humor of this age group..

For #watermelanerdsapril Diverse Books! YES. So much diversity! What I love about the diversity in these books is that they also have significant connections to the characters’ history and they also add depth to the story. Piper is a child of Aphrodite, but she’s also part Cherokee. I love how her background, both the godly side and Cherokee side help shape her character growth and help the story develop. There are so many more characters who represent diversity too.

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For #grimdragon Favorite Books of the Year So Far! I have enjoyed these books so much! But if I had to pick a favorite of all, which is nearly impossible, I think House of Hades is my favorite Book 4. Because Nico DeAngelo! 🖤

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For #squeakybookishlibrary Real and fake—Hazel Levesque! She’s a child of Pluto who has also won the favor of Hecate. She can manipulate the Mist—the magic that helps to disguise the monsters and demigods from the mortals. She has incredible scenes in House of Hades where her skill in manipulating the Mist and getting their enemies to believe what they see has helped to save the other characters!
For #thehamiltonedition “I will never be satisfied.” Books you want more of—I’m so sad we’re almost done with this series! My kids have really enjoyed them and I’ve enjoyed making memories with them too. I really don’t want it to end. I’m going to miss these characters!

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I hope your week is going well. Our landlords are having our patio redone due to termites. Yay! The workers like to work during nap time. 🤦🏽‍♀️ It’s all good though. It’ll be done before Spring Break and ready for the summer. Also, I’ve been reading Jessica Cluess’s A Shadow Bright and Burning with my girl Jenn @a_tad_bit_bookish. I’m really enjoying it so far! 

Book Challenge: Tea and Book Boyfriends

I hope you all had a great Monday! Thanks to everyone for the well wishes. No more migraines today, but I still took it easy. We’re all every excited because this is the last week of school until our spring break—just three more days! (They get Friday off!).
For #squeakybookishlibrary Alive and Dead—If it hadn’t been for Aunjuli’s tea, I wouldn’t have made it through my morning! 😅

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For #watermelanerdsapril Appreciate: Coffee/Tea—Tea! If you saw my Story, I rushed to take pictures today because the light was so good. But I forgot to eat breakfast! But I made tea though. Today’s choice was from @riddlesteashoppe The Dark Prophecies Draft tea. This is a blend of almond, tiger eye, oriental spice with white peppercorn. Perfect for a Monday morning when you need to get your morning going. I love Aunjuli’s tea and if tea is your jam, I highly recommend checking out her shop. Visit my girl Natasha @shotmeinthebook for a discount code! 

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For #thehamiltonedition “You walked in and my heart went BOOM” Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends—Pictured here is one of my #currentreads A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi. I loved The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes was one of my most anticipated reads this year. I’m still reading it, but I’m enjoying it so much. Gauri and Vikram are becoming my OTP. Vikram is totally book boyfriend worthy and if I’m honest, I’m crushing on how awesome Gauri is too.😍

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Wooden “Book Hoarder” bookmark is also from @riddleteashoppe! Mom Fuel mug is made by Thimblepress from Target.

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Book Challenge: Book that got you through a tough time

Is the weekend really over? Sad face! I’ve been been pretty much battling migraines all weekend and now that they seem to be going away, the weekend is over. At least my Monday won’t be too bad. Yay? .
For #grimdragon I needed this book! A book that got you through a tough time: If you’re new to my profile, I’m a big Jane Austen fan! Pride and Prejudice came at a time in my life when I needed it most. It was my first year teaching and I wasn’t sure if I was cut out for teaching. My father also passed away that year too. It was a year plagued with doubt and loss and Pride and Prejudice helped me get through it all. I actually saw parts of the BBC Miniseries (Colin Firth will always be Mr. Darcy to me!) on TV and decided that I wanted to read it first before I saw anymore of it. I loved it! Jane Austen also inspired me to be a writer too.

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For #squeakybookishlibrary Good and Evil: Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham!  

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For #thehamiltonedition “It’s hard to have intercourse over four sets of corsets.” Hot and steamy scenes: Okay. Corsets were used in Regency England which is when Pride and Prejudice was set! But, as for hot and steamy, well, I thought the Netherfield ball when Darcy and Elizabeth dance together and verbally spar was steamy…for the Regency era. Oh! And Lydia and Wickham! They were totally hot and steamy! (But it was like implied.)

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This gorgeous Darcy and Elizabeth print was from the Classics themed @nerdy.post. 

April Book Case Club 

How’s your weekend going so far? I can’t believe how fast this weekend has gone by. In case you missed it, I did an unboxing for the Children’s April Book Case Club box @bookcaseclub in my Story on Instagram. If you’re looking for a way to build up your children’s library, the children’s Book Case Club is a great way to get started. Each month you’ll receive four children’s books ranging from primary, picture, and upper grade primary/middle grade books. I have four kids ages 10 and under, so there’s something for everyone!
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Check out my Story to see the flip throughs for this month’s books. A monthly subscription is $9.99 plus shipping. You can use my discount code on my Instagram profile for your first box!

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