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Advent Books

I post something about these books every year about this time, so that you have time to obtain them and be ready the Sunday after Thanksgiving. :) This year I’m just reposting it. ;)


It is already November 14th and Thanksgiving is coming soon. I love this time of year but it moves so quickly. Before we know it, it will be a brand new year. :)

One of the things I liked to do during the Advent season when the kids were younger was to read an advent book. The ones I’m showing you today are for the older ones. Of course the younger ones in your family may also enjoy them but there are some tense scenes that may be too much for the littlest members of your family.

I’m sharing this week because you may need to order a book or request it from the library (if your system has it).

Advent Books ~ Lifeofjoy.meI have to admit that it has been quite a number of years since we’ve read this, so I don’t remember much of the story line. I do remember that we enjoyed it. We enjoyed it so much that I bought the sequels.

Advent ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdvent ~ lifeofjoy.meThe book would be started on Sunday, December 3. But if you think you may have trouble reading it every night, I guess you could start early. ;)

Give Jotham’s Journey a try this year, if you haven’t read it before. Next week I’ll share some books that can be read with the younger ones next week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Library Trip, Books, and Preparing for the Weekend

Last Saturday’s video got loaded a later than I’d have liked but at least we got it up on Saturday. ;) Last Friday was a bit of a bummer around here. Several months ago we found that Tiffany had a parasite and she took some pills that were supposed to kill it. We thought it had but alas, it has made it clear that it is definitely alive and well in her gut. Consequently, she was feeling quite horrible and they guys were home and inside because we had rain most of the day. (Hallelujah for the rain because it made it much cooler, only in the 80’s which is much more tolerable for me. ;) )

Anyway, the video editing just totally slipped my mind and I didn’t get it edited until Saturday morning. We talked a little about the importance of reading, keeping your expectations low, and books by Dee Henderson.

On reading day this week, I’ll be honest, I didn’t get much reading done but I did finish Rematch by Erynn Mangum. It’s a nice, clean, new adult, contemporary romance. It is the second book in the Lauren Holbrook series that Tiffany LOVES and so I’m reading it. I enjoy having books we’ve both read. I like it when that happens with any family member. :) So I now have the third book in that series, MatchPoint, on my TBR (to be read) shelf.

But this week was library week. That week when we have renewed the books the allowable number of times and we have either finished reading them all or finished reading all of the ones we are actually going to read at this time. We allow ourselves to simply return books that we are just not up to reading right now. I add the ones that I think I may want to read still but just not right now, to a page in my bullet journal to reference later. Although I must admit that my reading style is more of the type that just wanders the stacks and read book cover summaries to find books that I will bring home. We’ve gotten quite a few good ones that way. :)

This library trip I checked out the ten maximum books. I hadn’t planned on that but I’m interested in the ones I picked up. :) (I got two 3-book series, so that takes up six of the ten books.) When we got home and had some lunch, we decided we’d film our video that will be posted tomorrow on Joyous Jabbers.

Library books start on the left.

I didn’t feel much like doing any tangling this week. We are preparing for Brian, Lauren, and Liam to come this weekend!!! :) We’ll be celebrating both boys birthdays. I’m told Liam now loves chocolate chip cookies, so I made regular chocolate chip cookies for him. I made a full batch and froze them, eight to a freezer baggie. These are NOT THM compliant at all, however Tiffany found a recipe that she is going to whip up for us that is THM compliant. :)

For my grandson

This morning I’ll be baking the crust of that Strawberry Pretzel Salad for the base of the Strawberry No-Bake Cheesecake (which I will make sugar-free) for dessert tomorrow night (Brian’s choice dessert), as well as whipping up the rest of that dessert. ;)

I’ve got lots to do today, including cleaning up the spare room that we call the library, because we put bookshelves on nearly every wall in there after Brian moved out. We recently got rid of the dilapidated sofa-bed and Brian and Lauren left their inflatable mattress here last time, so we’ll get it all ready for them. But all that needs to be done today, as well as making some THM brownies for those of us not eating sugar and such to have at Sunday’s birthday gathering at my parents’ home. It’s nice that we get together as a big family to celebrate birthdays still. We don’t get together as often as we used to but I’m seeing my parents more now that they’ve moved. :)

Well, that’s all for today. I just feel like I’ve rambled but that’s how my week has gone. I started reading one of the library books I got this week and am eager to pick it back up. Tiffany finished it in ONE day! I have not had the time to allot to reading yet but stayed up a bit too late the other night reading because it was just soooo good. :) (Curious? It is Taken by Dee Henderson and really best read after Full Disclosure and Unspoken.)

Hope you have a great weekend. I’m looking forward to mine. I just hope I remember to take some pictures to share with you all next week. ;)

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Reading and YA Distinction

Do you have a pre-teen or teen? Do you struggle with books for them to read? Do they think they must get books from the YA (young adult) section of the library? Do you know that YA is NOT a reading level?

I read books from all over the library. Yep, children’s department too; see these posts I did recently about some juvenile fiction I’ve read in the last month or so. I’ve got one more checked out that I want to read yet. But I digress. ;)

I’ve read some YA books and I have to say that I would be very careful about which books my kids read in that area. They are generally filled with angst and teens experimenting with all sorts of things. There are soooo many good books in the juvenile section that are worthwhile reading.

Here is a really good article and even a podcast (but I haven’t listened to that) about the YA designation and that category. It is not a short read but does have some book suggestions as you scroll to the bottom. I’m looking forward to reading some of these myself. :)

I hope this helps you steer your child through their reading adventures.

Michele ºÜº

Review of Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, Books, and Trees Update

I started to share about my sourdough adventure but it turned into a post all its own and I’ll share that on Tuesday next week. Suffice it to say, I will definitely be making the honey oat sourdough bread again. :)

I read Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan MacNeal this week. Hmmm, what to say about it . . . okay, I liked the idea of cryptography and mathematics and a historical fiction book; I haven’t read historical fiction in ages and so this seemed like it would be good.

I loved this bit about a ballet . . .

I’ve never been one to get ballet but this one sounds interesting to me; I might even see if there is some recording of it that I can watch online. ;)

I liked that this seemed to be a stand-alone book, as I’ve got way too many books in series that I’m reading. It felt good to have a one and done. And then I got near the end of the book and realized that it is the first book in a series. Boy! I’m glad I picked up the first one in the series, since it ended up being a series. It looks like there are currently about six books in the series. ;)

The story was okay. There were some things I didn’t prefer and it seemed a bit slow to me. However, I am tempted to continue on with the series. I did not pick it up on this trip to the library though and I returned the other books I had that I didn’t read. The fifth one in the series is the one that is really pulling at me, Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante.

This is about a girl born in London and raised in the United States that inherits her grandmother’s house in London. She goes to London, postponing beginning graduate school, to sell the house and ends up having to stay an extended period of time to make the repairs in order to sell the house but without sufficient funds, must get a job first. She gets some boarders and gets a job as Mr. Churchill’s secretary.

The story is about her learning who her parents were and stopping a plot of destruction. ;) I enjoyed the cryptic bits but they were minor in the story, so don’t let that stop you from reading it. However, if you don’t like to read any cursing or mentions of homosexuality (non-explicit) then this is not the book for you as there were several of both. This is not a book I need to own but it was an okay read.

Oh, I know why this series thing is bugging me now. Last month at the library I picked up a Robert Ludlum book (the first in a series), a Clive Cussler book (the first in a series), the third in the Puzzle Lady series, and the next one in the Hannah Swensen series. Ugh! Too many series!

On this trip to the library I returned all the books I had and got out three juvenile fiction books and two books by Dee Henderson. :) Here are two of the books I got:

These along with Caterpillar Summer are about siblings that get along, and appear to like each other. I saw them last month and knew I needed to check them out. I’ll let you know how they go. :p

Tiffany has a lot of Ted Dekker books and I’ve been wanting to read his Circle series. I also had started Rematch by Erynn Mangum and want to finish it. We have a lot of books on our shelves that I want to read. Oh, and then there is the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson that Tiffany owns and I want to read as well.

I got Unspoken by Dee Henderson. I think it follows Full Disclosure with new characters but I don’t know. I just know I enjoyed Full Disclosure and wanted to read another of her books. I love her O’Malley series and saw the library had Jennifer’s story. It is small; I guess you’d call it a novella. I know it will be a tear jerker so I’m not sure when I’ll read it. ;)

Tiffany and I checked on the fruit trees in the side yard this week. Turns out that the tree I thought was plums is my nectarine tree! I thought that baby died. I guess it was my other plum tree that didn’t make it.

The nectarines look yummy. The peaches on this tree, not so much. :D I haven’t looked at the peaches on the tree in the chicken yard but suspect they are nearly ready too. :)

I’m excited about the pears and also sad that there are only three. I’m just happy to have any. :D

All the apple trees are alive in some stage but I doubt they’ll produce apples this year either. We really need to fertilize them and mulch them and hope next year is better. ;)

Well, I’m going to run for now. Hope you have a great weekend. The guys have a men’s breakfast tomorrow. Tiffany and I are helping serve the pancakes and sausage. I’m taking some low carb/keto pancakes and have been asked to sing a song too. So it will be a busy morning but a good one.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Weather, Packing, Birthday, and Books

The weather has continued to top the news around here with severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flooding. They guys have had to take alternate routes into work on a couple of occasions because of the flooding.

We managed to get to my parents’ home for a couple of hours this week before the torrential downfalls we had mid-week. Mom was pleased with the progress we made even though I didn’t feel like it was much. Yeah, sorry; no pictures. Their walls are looking quite bare because Mom and I got most of the pictures and framed items off and packed away. Tiffany finished up some odds and ends in the living room and dining room and it was looking quite packed and ready to go by the time we left.

Sean hurt his big toe early this week and felt it was best not to go to work and stand on it all day. Thus he was available to go with us. He helped Dad with a repair and then getting up some fencing that he’d been wanting to get up. They finished their projects about the same time we were finished with ours. :)

For Tiffany’s birthday this week, I made the base cake for her birthday trifle, a couple of days in advance. Then made the pudding and the cream on her birthday, earlier in the day. By afternoon, all I had to do was put it all together. I think I’ll share that on Tuesday next week.

I finished reading Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson last weekend. I really enjoyed it! If you have read and enjoyed her O’Malley series, I think you will like it. It is the story of Ann Silver and Paul Falcon. Ann is, among other things, an author that writes her friends’ stories, upon their request. These friends just so happen to be the people we meet in the O’Malley series, so it feels like a homecoming of sorts. :) I had no idea this was the case when I picked it up! It was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed it so thoroughly that I bought it this week. :) I love her and Paul’s story.

Dee Henderson crafted this story so well that I wondered if it had any bearing from reality. Was it possible that she was telling her own story, like she claimed to tell her friends’ stories in previous books?

Sadly, it doesn’t appear to be the case, as Dee Henderson appears to still be single and this book was published in 2012. However, it was still a very good read for me. Like I said, it had that coziness of catching up with friends with a murder mystery, including 30 unsolved cases, and the falling in love story of two Christians, who have waited for the marital fit.

There was so much about this book I loved that I could not pick up another book all week. Seriously! I didn’t want to mess up the book euphoria I was experiencing. ;) Since this was a romance, I didn’t want to read a romance. Since this was also a murder mystery, I didn’t want to read one of those. It felt like an action/adventure to me, even though it probably wasn’t . . . I guess I was just totally immersed in the book. At any rate, I didn’t want to start an action/adventure right away either. I wasn’t in the mood for a historical fiction, so that left me with Peter Pan, which I was not in the mood for either. So, I didn’t read anything and played some of my computer games instead. ;) But the week is over and I’m ready to start a new book.

Of course, it is painting weekend, prepping for my parents’ move next weekend. So I’m going to be a bit busy but I may sneak in a few chapters of a new book this weekend.

Speaking of books, I got a deal on the Stormlight Archive Series by Brandon Sanderson. They are on sale right now on Amazon. Lots of books are on sale right now. So if you are wanting some books for the summer, you should go check it out. I basically got each one of the Stormlight Archive books half priced!!! Whoo hooo!!! This is awesome because I was wanting these books for my birthday earlier this month and got money to spend on them and then Tiffany found this sale the other day! Yay!!!

Well, we’ve got a full day and actually, a full weekend ahead. I hope you enjoy yours.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Easter’s Almost Here and Endings

Easter  ~ Lifeofjoy.meAmazing how quickly the weeks seem to pass. It’ll be Easter in just a couple of days. I’m planning to make the ham I got on clearance a couple of months ago. It was only 95¢ or maybe it was $1.19 a pound but then had a $5 off sticker on it. YEAH BABY! Grabbed that right up and promptly froze it. I’ll be thawing it today and tomorrow and will cook it Sunday evening for our Easter dinner.

Growing up we never had a home-cooked Easter meal except for once, that I can remember and it was a doozy that guaranteed that we’d never do it again. :D I was already grown, married, and had kids. Mom decided to try the big turkey dinner, yes turkey, for Easter that year. We got home from church and the bird was not any where near done! It was crazy. Oh! and we get HANGRY! Yeah, it was not pretty. :D

I couldn’t find a turkey ham for Michael though, so we got the turkey pastrami. I’ve been told that one other store might have had some but I wasn’t willing to add a fifth store on to my grocery day, even if it is only a few blocks away. I didn’t want to take a chance that they wouldn’t have it or the turkey pastrami and then I’d have to go back to Walmart again. The way it was, I didn’t buy my xylitol at Sprouts because it is cheaper at Walmart when they have it. I’d seen it last week but had already gotten it at Sprouts, paying more, so this week I thought I’d chance it. NOPE!!! :p Nary a one at Walmart. Now if it were just me and Micheal, we’d just make do but since Sean and Tiff prefer it in their morning coffee/tea and it is Easter weekend, I was nice and went back to Sprouts and got it. Fortunately it is only a couple blocks from Walmart. ;)

So I am planning to have ham, Dreamfields spaghetti noodles-broken into pieces about 2″ long, and fried green beans. I may make some low carb bread to go with it but we love each of these items that with all the homemade candy we will have, we won’t need anything else with it. I’m also planning to make a low carb boston cream poke cake.

I finished Delicious! this week. In full disclosure, there was a scene that was PG rated, in the third quarter of the book and was short. It occurred on the date where the main character goes to Mitch’s home. It is also noted that a character or two is homosexual. Now other than that, this book was really good. As I mentioned last week, I loved the descriptions in this book, which is something I seldom ever say. :)

I also enjoyed the mystery with the letters, hidden place, and history. It was a fun read. However, once again it felt like the ending was rushed. I have this same problem with movies, especially Chick Flicks; I like to see the couple together at the end. You know how in You’ve Got Mail you see Kathleen and Joe together in the park? They are there long enough for me but in Kate and Leopald, they cut away from them dancing just a little too quickly. Another example of this is in the remake of Sabrina, where at the end Sabrina and Linus are in front of the Eiffel Tower–they are there interacting together long enough to make it good but when my mom recorded the movie from tv years ago, she cut it off as soon as the ending credits started rolling and it just wasn’t enough for me. When I got the dvd myself, I was very pleased to see the interaction through the credits. :)

In the Santa Clause 2, it isn’t good enough until I see Carol dancing as Mrs. Claus in the credits. Another one was in The Majestic, it ended and I wasn’t good with it until I saw the pictures on the mantle through the credits. I guess it just gives me some closure. I know I’m odd but are any of you like this?

At any rate, evidently I need my books wrapped up appropriately as well. In Delicious!, they came to the end of the “mystery” and then quickly told the reader what transpired afterwards rather than showed it. Not a fan of quick wrap ups. Don’t get me wrong, the author tied up the loose ends but just did so very quickly. The last 25 pages, once again, could have been at least double that. But, that and my disclaimer aside, I enjoyed the book.

I’m considering using Goodreads. What are your thoughts on it? Is it helpful or just time consuming?

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Spring, Books, and Motivation

Motivation ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’ve had a hard time with motivation this week. Some weeks are easier than others. I really like it when I get most of the week’s blog posts done on one day. I tend to have a better week when I don’t have the post to do every day.

I’ve not been drawing every day either. I’ve been doing the Festina Lente all in one or two days too. That’s the biggest reason I’ve been doing all week’s prompts in one piece. (You can see them on m Wonder Wednesday posts.)

This is what the Bradford Pear trees and the daffodils look just a week after the last pictures I posted of them.

Bradford Pear Trees full bloom ~ Lifeofjoy.me Daffodils in full bloom ~ Lifeofjoy.me Bradford Pear tree flowers ~ lifeofjoy.meIt’s so pretty. I love the springtime. :)

Books~ Lifeofjoy.meI started a new book this week. Most of the time when I read descriptions they are lost on me. I don’t enjoy them and I glaze over a lot of the time and have to re-read the important bits. However this new book, Delicious!, is different. In the beginning, it is about a gal who gets a job with a food magazine and has that ability to name the ingredients in the foods.

In this book, I love the descriptions. :D I guess because they are food based, generally. I have no idea how it is going to progress, other than what the summary said, and hope that it stays as engaging for me as it has started out to be. If it does, I’ll have to look for more books with food in the forefront. ;)

We should have gone to the library for our monthly visit this week but we renewed our books for a second time and will go in a couple weeks when they are due again. Of the six books I checked out, I’ve now completed three.

I read the crossword puzzle one, A Clue for the Puzzle Lady, this week. I didn’t really care for the main character and have no idea how they can make a series out of this but the eighteenth, yes 18th, one came out last year. I’ll probably get the next on our next trip to the library, to see where it goes.

I’ll probably finish this one before the weekend is over and Tamar is so short it won’t take long at all to get through it. Then all I have left from the library is Anathem, which is a very large book. I started it last week but struggled with it–the descriptions really had me struggling–then I put it down and picked up the crossword one. So, we’ll see if I can get into it after I finish Delicious!

Tiffany, Lauren and I are going to buddy read Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. None of us has started it yet and I hesitate to start it before re-attempting Anathem because I know I’ll love it and that may make Anathem difficult to read. ;) But we shall see.

Books Cookies and Motivation ~ Lifeofjoy.meI think I figured out how to make the Resurrection Rolls low-carb/keto/THM-compliant and am looking forward to making them when the kids come up in a couple weeks. I’m also planning to make the Easter Cookies next week. (I shared links to both of these yesterday.)

I’m very excited about this even though nobody else in the family is sharing my excitement. I’ve already got my ham for Easter dinner, although I will have to get my turkey ham for Michael next week. I’ve been looking for one for months because Michael cannot currently eat ham without breaking out in a rash. The last two times I made ham, I got him turkey pastrami from the deli. It works just as well although a bit smaller. I really hope I can find the turkey ham but will get a hunk of the turkey pastrami if need be.

Well, that is enough rambling for today. If I work out a good tasting low carb alternative to those Easter treats, I’ll share on a Tuesday.

Until next time, God Bless,

Michele ºÜº

Kittens and Book Review: The River of No Return

Book: River of No Return ~ Lifeofjoy.meOh my gracious! I was going to talk about how much everything has changed in just a week but I just finished my first book read of April and that is where my mind is right now. And Fridays are for whatever is on my mind, right? ;)

So the book I just finished is The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway. It is 452 pages in the hardback format and a pretty good read centering around time travel. :) I love a good time travel story.

Now here are my disclaimers: this book had a couple of curse words but not much for an adult fiction book and there were two intimate scenes and two short suggestive scenes that can easily be skipped over. That’s it.

So I really enjoyed the twists in this book and enjoyed the read . . . until the last 50 pages when things started to feel a bit rushed and definitely at the last 25 pages where it was super rushed! Although the romance in this book resolved well, it seemed as if that was THE thing that the author was focusing on. There are so many loose ends: Who is Mr. Mibbs? Can Julia and Nick penetrate the Pale? What caused the Pale? Can the Pale be stopped? What about Jem Jemison? Is he really only what Nick thinks he is? And don’t even get me starting on Nick and Julia learning how to use their abilities!

Most of the story was told very thought out, with enough hints about twists to come as it went along. It had a good pace until it got down to those last 25-50 pages. Then all of a sudden it stopped letting the story unfold and started summarizing the story! Ugh! Those last 50 pages could have easily be another 100 to 150 to do it right.

Then the ending just kind of . . . plop! That’s it . . . The End but is everything like it was or is it different? I enjoyed the book but I’d have enjoyed it so much more if it had been wrapped up better.

So what do I do? I look to see if there is a sequel hoping to find the answers to my questions and continue the story and what do I find? This book has a copyright of 2013. That is six years ago; just sayin’. ;) I find that there is a prequel called the Time Tutor but it is only a novella and is a meer 90 pages about Alva Blomgren and Ignatz Vogelstein. While I think it might be interesting, ninety pages is not very long at all and with how abruptly this book ended, I’m not sure I want to get my hopes up.

I also saw, in an interview with the author, that she was working on a sequel with a working title of Brothers and Sisters but that it was going to be another ‘love story’ and centered around two different characters putting Nick and Julia as secondary characters. This saddens me. :( I love stories that the sequel picks up right where it left off with the same characters.

The Stormlight Archive does sequels right but I’ll I’ll talk about that another day. However I read The Rook by Daniel O’Malley and was eager to pick up the sequel, Stiletto. Unfortunately, this book introduces two new characters and sets the story around them rather than the main character of the previous book. I could not get behind that and decided not to finish it. I just don’t have time to push myself to read a book that I don’t really care about the characters especially when it was touted as being a continuation of the story of the main character but thumbing through the pages, it is hard to even find her name mentioned. Very sad. I’ll talk more about that book at another time though.

New Kittens ~ Lifeofjoy.me

In other news, we had kittens born yesterday. The mother cat, Kit Kat, generally only has two kittens. This time she had four. two black and white ones and two tabbies. Two have tails and two don’t. So I guess six weeks from now, we will have some kittens to give away.

Well, it’s been a week of sinus headaches in our house. Even after the rain the other night, we were still attacked with headaches. Ugh! I’ll run for now.

Until next time,

MicheleºÜº

March Library Run and the Weekend

I finally got tired of waiting on Tiffany to finish reading Oathbringer and I was ready to read some more, so I started the book Sean read last month. It sounded interesting to me. It’s called Rook. It grabbed me from the start and I’ve not liked having to put it down but alas, there are things that must be done. I am just glad that the thirst for reading has returned. :)

We did our monthly library run today. I like that you can only renew books over the phone once. It makes me both more diligent to read but then also forces us to actually go to the library.

I got way too many books but since I’m not sure if I’m going to like them, and thus finish them all, I think it will be okay. Of course, there have been very few books that I have not  liked so much that I did not finish (dnf) them. Michener is one of those authors that I just could not read. I tried really hard to but I just couldn’t. When Michael and I were first married, nearly thirty-two years ago now, I got a subscription to Reader’s Digest Condensed Books. I loved it but one month they included one of the newest books of Michener in the collection and I tried to read it, as I did all the included books. This time though his book was half of the collection! So I tried but I just couldn’t. I get lost in descriptions of places and people and things. I finally just had to put it down. Then not long thereafter another of his books was in the collection, so I tried it, hoping that maybe it was just that book. Nope! Tolkien was that way for me when I we used it as a read aloud when my kids were mostly in their teens. I think the trouble with that one may have been the length of the chapters and feeling like I’d never get through with the chapter to move on. I may try again but not now. :D

TBR March '19 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’ve got a mix of fiction, including mystery and science fiction. I would put The Rook in the fantasy genre from what I’ve read so far, as it has an X-Men feel to it but Sean, who has read it already, says it is espionage (a genre I love, or at least I did once ) and paranormal.

I also got Unveiled which is a novella by Francine Rivers about the Biblical character Tamar. It is a short read and I enjoyed Redeeming Love by her, so I thought I’d give this a try.

A Clue for the Puzzle Lady looked interesting. Well, actually there was a whole shelf dedicated to this series of books and it intrigued me, so I quickly googled which one was the first in the series and chose it to bring home. We’ll see. There are soooooooo many different mysteries at our library; I think my mom would love it.

A few of those are time travel books and believe it or not, they weren’t all in the science fiction section. Two of them that I got deal with mail, which I thought was an interesting coincidence.  And The River of No Return is a book I picked out myself but when I showed it to Tiffany she informed me that she had borrowed that one from the Tulsa library system and it had been on her shelf for about a year and never got around to reading it.

2.5yo grandson ~ Lifeofjoy.meIn other news, Brian, Lauren, and Liam are coming up this weekend. It is sooo hard to believe that Liam is nearly approaching three years old. Thus, he’s in a toddler bed at home and will not be in the pack-and-play to sleep at night. This should be interesting!!! :) Especially considering the room we usually put him in has soooo many things that he is not supposed to get into. It’s not been a big problem before because he was in the pack-and-play but this time will probably be a bit more interesting. I’m trying to get it a bit ‘child proofed’ before they get here but we’ll see how it goes. :o

We have three birthdays to celebrate this weekend. If my other sister and her family lived in town, there’d be four as one of my nephews’ birthdays is just two days after Sean’s. It makes for a busy month. :D

I’ll run for now,

Michele ºÜº

Blind Date with a Book

Blind Book Date ~ Lifeofjoy.me
Probably should have used a few more words but I did it quickly. ;)

Have you heard of Blind Date with a Book? I hadn’t until Tiffany told me about it when I was contemplating what to write for today’s post.

It looks like this was the idea of Karissa, a librarian in Canada. You can read about how she did this here. From what I’ve gathered, she wanted a different kind of display for Valentine’s Day and came up with idea to wrap the cover of a book with brown craft paper and give some key words to describe the book. As she said, the descriptions were kind of like a dating ads. The idea is to get people to try out a book based on the keywords, not on the cover. It seems that she started this back in 2015.

There is actually a company that sells books this way, except that they are completely wrapped and you must unwrap them to read them. I think this takes away from the ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ aspect though.

Karissa said that she was playing with the idea of a ‘what did you think’ form to get some feedback from patrons. Another library in Virginia took off with that idea and included a ‘Rate Your Date’ questionnaire in each book and enticed patrons to fill them out and return them to be entered for a prize drawing. :) What fun.

So, are there some books you have wanted your kids to read but didn’t want to just make them read them? How about covering several different ones, putting some key words on the cover, and letting them pick one to read? It could be biographies or fiction or even easy picture, whatever books you want to dress up and make a fun ‘game’ of it with.

If you are part of a homeschool group, you could do this as a group. It could either be done as a secret santa kind of thing or as a book loan, where the owner of the book has their name in the back to be returned at the next gathering.

If you give this idea a try, let me know how it went.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

PS. I came across this really neat idea for some YA books. I don’t know about the books themselves but I thought the approach was quite well thought out, to enable the blind date with a book virtually. When you click on the ‘ad’ you liked, you are taken to the book on amazon. I loved her descriptions/ads

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