Great Books: Spoon and Chopsticks

It’s been a while since I have blogged about a great book for kids. Today you get a double whammy. Spoon and Chopsticks, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, are absolutely precious and serious fan favorites over at the Pless house. Both books are told through the eyes of everyday utensils, a little spoon and a pair of chopsticks…. read more

Great Read: Nobody’s Fool

This is the first of Richard Russo’s books I have read and it did not disappoint. As I read Nobody’s Fool a few people saw me reading and asked me what it was about. The best way to describe it is by saying it’s a detailed look into a sleepy little town that is down on… read more

Best Books: Toddlers

It’s been fascinating over here to revisit all of my daughters’ favorites while also adding a few new ones to almost 2 year old JT’s collection. I had completely forgotten than young toddlers like to read the same book over and over. These are our favorites that are on constant rotation. Side bar – it… read more

Great Book: When Breath Becomes Air

I ordered When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi, when it was first printed last year, but held off on reading it until this summer. Knowing that it was a heavy read about a neurosurgeon who quickly and brutally loses his fight with stage 4 cancer I wanted to make sure I read it when… read more

Great Read: The Secret Garden

At the end of the last school year the girls and I decided we would start reading chapter books together as a threesome. It was a great incentive for us to speed up the usually very slow “getting ready for bed” process as we scrambled to jump in bed and dive into our book. I… read more

Great Read: The Happiness Project

While it sounds like an overstatement, I can confidently say that The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin made me think more about my life and how I live it than any book I have read in the last ten years. This book was a best seller 5 years ago, but I somehow missed it when it… read more

Great Read: The Nightingale

I’ve read my fair share of World War II novels, but Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale tells the story from a very different angle. In this novel that follows the lives of two French sisters over the span of two decades the reader sees what it was like to be a non-Jewish French woman living during the… read more

Good Book: The Elephant Whisperer

I’m not sure I have fully divulged this before on the blog but I am 100%, whole-heartedly, without a doubt an animal lover. As a child I always wanted to be a veterinarian or a dolphin trainer. Clearly that ship has sailed and I wasn’t on it, but I still do take the chance to… read more

Great Read: Fates and Furies

For any and all who are heading into spring break, Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff is an excellent read. There are portions of the story that had me racing to bed at night to tear through another few chapters, and then other sections that peacefully trickled by. The pace of the book mirrors the… read more

Best Books: You Are Special

You Are Special is a book that should be in everyones library. It’s particularly poignant on a day when you or your little people are feeling less than special and need to be reminded that you are in fact perfect-as-you-are, loved, and precious. In this book author Max Lucado introduces the reader to the Wemmicks, a… read more