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Need a Good Read?

Is anyone else as ready for summer as I am? Aprils sporadic weather had me feeling, well…blah. At least I had some good books to get me through.

Read All Day: April

1. Watching You by Lisa Jewel

Genre: Fiction, Thriller

Because that’s the thing with getting what you want: all that yearning and dreaming and fantasizing leaves a great big hole that can only be filled with more yearning and dreaming and fantasizing.

2. The Magician by Michael Scott

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Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

If you tell people everything you take away their opportunity to learn.

3. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

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Genre: Fiction, Classics

Perhaps if I make myself write I shall find out what is wrong with me.

4. Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

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Genre: Historical Fiction

We women make choices for others, not for ourselves, and when we are mothers, we . . . bear what we must for our children.

5. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

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Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir

Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete.

6. Hey Ladies!: The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, and Way, Way Too Many Emails by Michelle Markowitz, Caroline Moss and Illustrated by Carolyn Bahar

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Genre: Fiction, Humor

Mason jars. Chalk menus. Social media tie-ins. I’m probably speaking another language to you, right!?

7. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

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Genre: Fiction

Dishonesty was part of the price of being a social animal, and of marriage in particular.

8. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.

9. The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd

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Genre: Historical Fiction

It seemed a ridiculously careless accident that made me a female rather than a male. The rest of the time I wondered why it should make a difference at all. But it did.

10. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

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Genre: Young Adult

What he feared the most was that all this hiding had made it impossible for him to ever be found again.

Now, Go. See. Do.

~meemish

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Looking for a Good Book?

A quick road trip mid-month led to a few extra books on the list this month. Do you like to listen to audiobooks while you drive? What are your favorites?

Read all Day: March

1. Got Ideas? by Justin Jones & Scott Waddell

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Building products can seem like a daunting task if you think about everything that has to happen. But if you take it one step at a time, and surround yourself with the right likeminded people, it’s not as massive of an undertaking as you might think. Not to say that you won’t crash and burn. You might? But you have to be willing to fail, over and over again. This very thing is what separates the builders, creators, and doers from the mere dreamers and talkers.

Genre: Nonfiction, Entrepreneur

2. The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

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To mess around with Ebola is an easy way to die. Better to work with something safer, such as anthrax.

Genre: Nonfiction, Science, History

3. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

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Skye’s always saying exactly the wrong thing to people-it wasn’t just special for you.

Genre: Fiction, Childrens

4. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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Most of what she knew, she’d learned from the wild. Nature had nurtured, tutored, and protected her when no one else would.

Genre: Fiction

5. Final Girls by Riley Sager

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Because here’s the thing about details—they can also be a distraction. Add too many and it obscures the brutal truth about a situation.

Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

6. The Winter Sister by Megan Collins

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We O’Leary women—we keep our promises to our sisters.

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

7. Tweak by Nic Sheff

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Trying is terrifying because I know I will just fail. But I do want things to be different. I do…I am so afraid. I’m afraid to hope again.

Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir, Mental Health

8. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

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I had never classified myself with other girls. I was not of their species; I was different. I had never thought my future would be like theirs.

Genre: Historical Fiction

9. Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

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A long time ago I stopped wondering why there are so many crazy people. What surprises me now is that there are so many sane ones.

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary

10. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

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You can’t keep the birds of sadness from flying over your head, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair.

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult

11. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

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Some people might think that my mother is my biggest problem… but my mother isn’t my biggest problem. Neither is my father… My biggest problem is my brother, Farley Drexel Hatcher.

Genre: Fiction, Childrens

12. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

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You have to be where you are to get where you need to go.

Genre: Nonfiction, Autobiography

13. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

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Just because something’s damaged doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be treated with respect.

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult

14. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

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A wrongdoing doesn’t give you the right to do wrong.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Now, Go. See. Do.

~meemish

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Need A Book Recommendation?

Read All Day: February

What a month! Have you read any of these? If so, let me know what you thought in the comments. I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading. Share the love.

1. Where She Went by Gayle Forman

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You were so busy trying to be my savior that you left me all alone.

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction

2. My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper

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One of my great hobbies in life is feeling sorry for myself. Nothing makes me feel more alive than when I suspect I have been wronged. Oh, the energy!

Genre: Non Fiction, Memoir, Humor

3. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

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When I read a book it feels like real life and when I put the book down it’s like I go back into the dream.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

4. The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

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At the heart of every legend there is a grain of truth.

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

5. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.

Genre: Mystery, Classics, Fiction

6. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

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After you get stung, you can’t get unstung
no matter how much you whine about it.

Genre: Historical Fiction

7. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

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It all boils down to this: A person has only two options in life, to do something or to do nothing.

Genre: Historical Fiction, Adventure, Young Adult

8. Beautiful Boy by David Sheff

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I am becoming used to an overwhelming, grinding mixture of anger and worry…

Genre: Non Fiction, Memoir

9. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

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The things that go unsaid are often the things that eat at you.

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary

10. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

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We’re all on a jagged graph. I know I am. Up a bit, down a bit. That’s life.

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction

11. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

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Every time you see someone’s bright-and-shiny, remember: They have their own crappy truths too.

Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

12. The Invisible Life of Ivan Insaenko by Scott Stambach

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Don’t die before you’re dead. And if you do, let it be the good kind…when the only part of you that dies is who you were supposed to be.

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary

13. Becoming by Michelle Obama

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If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.

Genre: Memoir, Nonfiction

Now, Go. See. Do.

~meemish

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What Book Should I Read Next?

How many times have you asked yourself that same question? Well, get ready for the answer. This year I’ll be adding a monthly list of the books I’ve been reading to the blog. Read All Day (RAD) will be a complete list (the good, the bad, and the ugly) of the books I read the previous month. So, here goes:

 

Read All Day: January

1. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

                                Nine Perfect Strangers

“The lowest point of your life can lead to the highest.”

Genre: Fiction

 

2. Radium Girls by Kate Moore

                                                                                                                          The Radium Girls

“Radium, he determined, was dangerous. It was just that nobody told the girls…”

Genre: Non Fiction, History, Science, Biography

 

3. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

    The Couple Next Door

“Everyone is faking it, all of them pretending to be something they’re not. The whole world is built on lies and deceit.”

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense

 

4. Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes

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 “Home was the same as when Martha had left it, but because “she” had changed, her world seemed slightly different, as though she were seeing everything in sharper focus.”

Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Middle Grade

 

5. Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

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 “No matter how big you get, it’s still okay to cry because everybody’s got a right to their own tears.”

Genre: Poetry, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult, Middle Grade, African American

 

 

6. A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

                                                                                                                               A Stranger In The House

“Suspicion is an insidious thing: doubts have started creeping in, things that he’d previously been able to ignore.”

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense

 

7. Circe by Madeline Miller

                                                                    Circe

    “It is a common saying that women are delicate creatures, flowers, eggs, anything that may be crushed in a moment’s carelessness. If I had ever believed it, I no longer did.”

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology, Historical Fiction

 

8. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

                                                                                                        Hillbilly Elegy

“whenever people ask me what I’d most like to change about the white working class, I say, “The feeling that our choices don’t matter.”

Genre: Non Fiction, Memoir, Biography, Politics

 

9. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

                                              The Fault In Our Stars

“But it is the nature of stars to cross, and never was Shakespeare more wrong than when he has Cassius note, ‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves.”

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Coming of Age

 

10. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

                                                                                                                                   If I Stay

“Dying is easy. Living is hard.”

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction

 

11. Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat by Patricia Williams

 

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“The way you turn  a sad story around, you should be a comedian! You’re the funniest person I know.”

Genre: Memoir, Non Fiction

 

12. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

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“There are too many loose ends in the world in need of knots.”

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary

Now, Go. See. Do.

~meemish

Baby Feet

10 Mom Approved Infant Care Books

Don’t get overwhelmed with the number of infant care books out there. There are so many different books, because there are so many different ways to parent your newborn.  The right one is the one you choose.

1. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

2. Baby Wise by Gary Ezzo & Robert Bucknam

Baby Wise

3. The Happiest Baby On The Block by Harvey Karp

The Happiest Baby on the Block

4. What To Expect The First Year by Heidi Murkoff & Sharon Mazel

What to Expect the First Year

5. Babycenter.com

6. The Baby Book by Dr. Sears

The Baby Book

7. Save Our Sleep: Helping Your Baby Sleep Through the Night From Birth to Two Years by Tizzie Hall

Save Our Sleep

8. The Rights of Infants by Margaret A. Ribble

Don’t let the publishing date discourage you.  It come highly recommended and has five star reviews on Amazon.

The Rights of Infants

9. Children: The Challenge by Rudolf Dreikurs with Vicki Soltz

Don’t let the publishing date discourage you.  It come highly recommended and has five star reviews on Amazon.

Children: The Challenge

10. Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline & Jim Fay

Parenting with Love & Logic

 

Now, Go. See. Do.

~meemish

 

 

Read To Your Baby

16+ Must Have Board Books for your Baby’s Library

So, you’re expecting. Congratulations! Now let’s talk about what you need for your baby’s literary success. It’s never to soon to start reading to your baby.

1. Sandra Boynton Books-Get them all! Here are my favorites though.

– Belly Button Book

Belly Button Book

-The GOING TO BED BOOK

The Going To Bed Book

– Moo, Baa, La La La!

Moo, Baa, La La La!

– Pajama Time!

Pajama Time!

– A to Z

A To Z

– Opposites

Opposites

– Horns to Toes and in Between

Horns To Toes And In Between

– Doggies

Doggies

– BUT Not the Hippopotamus

But Not The Hippopotamus

– Blue Hat, Green Hat

Blue Hat, Green Hat

2. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight Moon

3. Put Me In The Zoo by Robert Lopshire

Put Me In The Zoo

4. Are you My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Are You My Mother?

5. Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman

Do, Dog. Go!

6. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

7. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

Little Blue Truck

8. Mommy Hugs by Anne Gutman and George Hallensleben

Mommy Hugs

9. The Napping House by Audrey Wood

The Napping House

10. Silly Sally by Audrey Wood

Silly Sally

11. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Good Night, Gorilla

12. That’s Not My Kitten Usborne Books

There is a large series of these books and they are all great.

That's Not My Kitten

13. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

14. BabyLit

BabyLIt

15. Mini Masters

Mini Masters

16. There’s A Wocket In My Pocket! by Dr. Suess

There's A Wocket In My Pocket!

 

Now, Go. See. Do.

~meemish