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Hey y’all! I’m sooo behind on sharing what I’ve been reading lately (unless you follow me on Instagram where I give more day to day reading updates) but I’m here today sharing some of the books I read in the past couple months.

I’m actually ahead in my Goodreads goal which is WONDERFUL and I had a pretty good Spring when it came to reading and I hope the trend continues as we go into summer! I try to sneak in a few pages here and there when Riley is playing outside but most of my reading is still getting done at night when she’s asleep.

[Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links which means that if you click on a link and purchase something I’ve talked about or recommended, I’ll receive a very small percentage of the sale. Please see my disclosure policy for more info.]

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

 

Oooh this one! MADE. ME. CRY. It’s set in the 1980’s in Chicago as the AIDs epidemic takes hold and follows Yale and his group of friends during this time shared by a future storyline of Fiona, the sister of Yale’s best friend Nico, in which she is trying to find her estranged daughter while staying with a friend from the past. An absolutely devastating look into how the AIDs crisis impacted the community in the 1980’s through the eyes of Yale and his friend group. My heart broke often during this book as you can imagine.

I’ll be honest — Fiona’s timeline was my least favorite and sometimes felt not connected– but overall I thought her storyline was a heartbreaking look at being a survivor and coming to terms with how the AIDs epidemic affected her life — including her relationship with her daughter.

Definitely a heavy book but I highly recommend! (FIND IT: Amazon // Barnes & Noble)

Rating: 4/5
At A Glance:
literary fiction, 1980’s, AIDs crisis, LGBTQIA+


If you liked The Great Believers you may also like:
Tell The Wolves I’m Home
 

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

I listened to this on audiobook while at the gym and WOW I was gripped by this story. I’d previously read Tiffany D. Jackson’s Allegedly (wowsers that that book!!) so I had high hopes for this story that definitely lived up! What a well-crafted mystery this was about a young black girl whose best friend goes missing and nobody knows where she is and nobody is really taking her disappearance seriously but Claudia KNOWS something bad must have happened for Monday to just be gone without telling her.

The timeline’s were a little confusing (I don’t know if it’s from listening to it vs reading it) but when it all comes together…WOW. I don’t want to say anything else.

(FIND IT: Amazon // Barnes & Noble)

Rating: 4/5

At A Glance: Young Adult, Mystery, missing person, Washington D.C.,
Trigger warning: child abuse

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

This is the weirdest book I’ve ever read!! But so good?? Very creepy and weird that I don’t even know what to say about it! If you like weird supernatural stuff, this is it! It’s about a girl who can find things via a bridge that takes her where she needs to go who gets caught up a man who takes kids and can slip out of this world into one of his own mind (Christmasland) while driving his 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith. She manages to get away from him but many years down the road he tries to get revenge by taking Nic’s own son. 

For being such a thick book I feel like once I found my stride in it it read REALLY quickly. A very compelling bad guy and a heroine who is tough as nails, and even when she’s messing up big time, you still root for her. I thought it was suspenseful and well written (albeit gory and foul at times) and I really enjoyed this unique twist on the concept of a vampire. Very unique book!

I’ve started watching the show now that it premiered on AMC and it’s different so far but good! (Find it: Amazon // Barnes & Noble)

Rating: 4/5
At A Glance:
horror/supernatural, creepy, unique spin on vampire, kidnapping

Related: Books Becoming Movies In 2019

Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep

This was a really enjoyable fantasy novel and I can’t wait to read book 2! I probably would have given it 5 stars back in the day before I read a lot of fantasy but there were some small things that bothered me about it now having read more fantasy. Lots of telling vs showing, lots of repetition. Sometimes heavy handed writing. But the story itself?? Really good and different — it’s billed as Gladiator meets Game of Thrones and for once that’s not totally wrong (though it doesn’t have as much of the WOW that GoT has but I can see the parallel)!! I loved the banter with Sully and watching Evie become who she is outside the grips of the royal life.

It’s about Lady Everleigh, 17th in line to the throne and with no obvious magic abilities to everyone else, who survives the massacre brought on by her cousin who takes the throne by force from her mother the Queen. She and her cousin are the only ones left in the royal family though everyone assumes Evie is really dead and she goes into hiding with a Gladiator troupe to help avenge her family with the help of someone the Queen said she could trust with her last dying breath.

FIND IT: (Amazon // Barnes & Noble)

Rating: 3.5 or 4 / 5
At A Glance: Fantasy, gladiators, royal family, series

 

When You Read This by Mary Adkins

I liked this one but I SO wanted more! I loved the format — basically told via a person’s digital footprint so emails/texts/messages. It does keep you a little bit at a distance but I really enjoyed the format and how these things told the story. But I just wanted more?? Definitely kept my attention and I loved the premise of this blog being left behind by the main character and becoming the point of connection for her sister and her boss that she was close with. I felt for both of them and felt their loss. I didn’t really connect so much with them as much as I wished…like sure I rooted for them..but not wholeheartedly. I finished and was like well okay I don’t regret it but I don’t love it — though plenty of people did! I did love that even though it was sad in some parts overall it was a lighter read.  (Amazon // Barnes & Noble)

Rating: 3/5
At A Glance: Contemporary, epistolary, romcom,  cancer

Have you read any of these books? If so, thoughts?! Putting any of the ones I talked about on your TBR? Tell me what you’ve been reading!

Need more reading inspiration? Check out my 2019 summer reading list or this list of must read young adult books for 2019 !

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I saw a life coach I love, Ashley, do a post entitled If We Were Having Coffee and I decided to take her lead and do one myself in November 2013 because I loved it and sometimes I feel like we forget that there is a whole life behind the people that write and read blogs. I got such a great response to my initial post so I made it a  reoccurring thing for the past couple of years and do it when I feel so inclined!

Grab your coffee/beverage of your choice and meet me for a chat. I’m currently drinking a spiked seltzer!

[Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links which means that if you click on a link and purchase something I’ve talked about or recommended, I’ll receive a very small percentage of the sale. Please see my disclosure policy for more info.]

If we were having coffee….I’d tell you I’m reading Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim. I’d ask what you are currently reading….

If we were having coffee.…I’d tell you that I’m struggling with blogging (sidenote: holy crap my blog turns 9 next week) and feeling like I have a community here anymore. My blog traffic is great and on paper my blog is thriving but all the community and conversation is lacking here…and all the page views in the world can’t make up for that. I wonder often if it’s just the book blogging community in general (ie are people just not really commenting anymore)? Is it me? Is my content not what people want to read? Have I lost a connection with people that I used to have that sparked so much discussion on here? I used to get stressed trying to reply to 50+ comments on posts even though I really wanted to but I’d rather deal with that. I miss my community on the blog — I have more conversations on Instagram and Twitter but I miss it happening right here in this space.

If we were having coffee.…I’d tell you that I’ve really gotten into the Enneagram lately but I’m so confused because the two types I am the most (4 & 7) are like polar opposites but I FEEL BOTH OF THEM SO CLOSELY. I’m an ENFP (myers-briggs) and it seems a 7 would be closer to that but I can’t tell if I’d been just feeling really depressed and maybe the 4 felt real at home for me. But there are so many subtle things about 4’s that resonate with me always. IT’S A CONUNDRUM. I’d ask you if you were into the Enneagram and what your type was. 

If we were having coffee…. I’d tell you that as Riley approaches 2 I am just in utter disbelief that we are here. Like HOW? I feel like I was just telling you guys I gave birth and was struggling with PPD/anxiety and HERE WE ARE…thriving. It’s been quite the past 2 years…LOTS of ups and downs. Motherhood didn’t come easy for me in the first year. Parenting is not always easy. But something about it feels effortless now — maybe that’s just the loving her part and the desire to BE her mom through whatever we may go through?  I can’t even put into words what this journey has been like — sometimes the sweetest thing and sometimes I’m in an elevator plummeting to the ground.

If we were having coffee…. I’d tell you that I’m still reading mostly adult fiction! It’s just been more appealing to me than YA lately. I don’t know why. It feels weird to have blogged mostly about YA for so many years and now I’m not as in the loop with YA as I was. I’m okay with it…I’ve always followed my reading whims but I didn’t think I’d go through SUCH a long YA drought.

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that I struggle with figuring out how much to share about Riley in the age of social media. I’m okay with sharing her photos but as she’s gotten older and gotten more of a personality than that of an itty bitty baby it’s been weighing on my mind more. For now I’ve kind of just decided I will share what feels right and mostly that all seems to be related to ME and motherhood — not necessarily about Riley’s life and her struggles and whatever. It’s hard…I want to share about her because she’s a huge part of my life but she’s also her own person and the internet is forever.

If we were having coffee….I’d tell you that I’ve been feeling a bit better about where we leave. Not the WHERE — it’s still far from everything and a food wasteland. BUT I love the book club I created and I really have hit it off with 3 of the other girls and we’ve hung out a bit outside of book club and I already cherish them as new friends.

If we were having coffee….I’d tell you that my weight loss journey has been….not great. I’m so out of shape since being pregnant. I lose the baby weight quick and then gained it all back thanks to probably not sleeping, depression, not moving much, eating ice cream and drinking beer when things were hard. I’m struggling with being consistent…not so much not knowing what to do. We eat VERY healthy 90% of the time and I have great workouts in place…I just struggle with consistency. I get a good routine and then something happens (Riley gets sick) and then I’m off again. There are so many REASONS for me to skip a workout on any given day because it’s the easiest option and some days I just don’t have enough fight in me to make it work and get a workout in. I’d ask for any tips on consistency with working out (especially with a small child)…

If we were having coffee….I’d tell you that I AM 5 BOOKS AHEAD ON MY GOODREADS GOAL. Something that will probably never happen again so cheer with me on this one haha.

If we were having coffee….I’d tell you I’m trying to practice meditation. I downloaded an app and I’m going to give it a good try! I’ve always thought it was a little woo-woo and not really anything but some friends swear by it so I figured WHAT THE HECK…why not. I struggle with meditating so much because my brain is all over the place at any given point in the day. But I want to try — to help anxiety and find some peace. My brain doesn’t ever shut up. I’d ask if you meditate and if you have any tips?

If we were having coffee…what would you tell me? Come on…lay it all out! It’s just you, me, the pleasant sounds of a cafe…and maybe some other eyes in the comment section but NBD right?? Our we can have coffee in my inbox if you don’t feel comfortable. I really want to know! What’s going on with you?

P.S. If you need some reading ideas, check out my 2019 summer reading list!

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New To the Queue is a semi-monthly thing around here wherein I give you a tiny glimpse into some of the books, movies, tv shows and music/podcasts I’ve recently added to my never ending queue of things to read/watch/listen to. For past posts, go here!

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links which means that if you click on a link and purchase something I’ve talked about or recommended, I’ll receive a very small percentage of the sale. Please see my disclosure policy for more info.

TO READ

Ellie and the Harp Maker by Hazel Prior
Publication Date – August 6th 2019

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list: The cover really caught my eye and it sounds like a delightful story about friendship and love that you find where you aren’t look for it.

What It’s About: It’s about two lonely people who meet by chance and start a wonderful friendship until one of them discovers a secret that could impact the future of their friendship and lives.

(Amazon // B&N // Goodreads)

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Publication Date- 
July 23, 2019


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
It’s a fantasy inspired by Mayan mythology which sounds like nothing I’ve ever read before!

What It’s About: Set in 1920’s Mexico, it’s about a girl, while cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather, finds a mysterious box in his home which she opens and accidentally sets free the spirit of the Mayan god of death who requires her help on his journey to take back his throne from his brother.

(Amazon // B&N // Goodreads)

Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Publication Date: July 9th 2019


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I was chatting with someone at the Random House booth during BEA about this one and it sounded SO up my alley! Boarding school + mysterious illnesses + an island = YEP

What It’s About: It’s about young girls from a boarding school that are under quarantine from a mysterious illness called the Tox which killed all their teachers one by one and then starts killing off other students. When one of the girls goes missing, her girlfriend searches into the dangerous woods beyond the school to find her and learns there is more to everything about their life, their school and the Tox than they ever knew.

(Amazon // B&N // Goodreads)

How It Feels To Float by Helena Fox
Publication Date: May 2019


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I vaguely remember seeing a really good review about it but haven’t heard much about it otherwise but seems like one I’d like!

What It’s About: It’s about a young girl, whose loss of her father at a young age, has impacted her mental health all these years later — something she tries to hide from everyone else. She sees her dad when she shouldn’t. She has dark feelings she tells nobody. She tries to act perfectly normal and mostly seems to keep that illusion — until what happens on the beach threatens to undo it all.

(Amazon // B&N // Goodreads)

TO WATCH

 

Chernobyl

Why I Added It To My To Watch Queue: I’ve always been fascinated by this historic tragedy and Will brought up that he wanted to also watch it so STARTING IT TONIGHT!

What It Is About: “Brave men and women act heroically to mitigate catastrophic damage when the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant suffers a nuclear accident on April 26, 1986.”

Fleabag

Why I Added It To My To Watch Queue: Everyone on Twitter is raving about it so I gotta see what it’s all about!

What It Is About: “A dry-witted woman, known only as Fleabag, has no filter as she navigates life and love in London while trying to cope with tragedy. The angry, grief-riddled woman tries to heal while rejecting anyone who tries to help her, but Fleabag continues to keep up her bravado through it all. ”

Watch with Amazon Prime

The Favorite

Why I Added It To My To Watch Queue:  Seeing all the love it got during awards seasons + all the clips of it intrigued me!

What It Is About: “Amid the hornet’s nest of rivalries and intrigue that define the court of mercurial Queen Anne in 18th-century England, cousins Abigail Masham and Sarah Churchill battle to gain the favor of the monarch and her court.”

   

MUSIC/PODCAST ROTATION

Orion — X Ambassadors

Why I Added It To My Listening Rotation:  I haven’t listened to this whole one yet because it’s only coming out on the 14th but I’ve listened to all the singles they have out and I’m anticipating listening to the rest of it!!

A Different Kind of Human Step II – AURORA

 Why I Added It To My Listening Rotation: I love AURORA’s stuff!!

Directionally Challenged podcast

Why I Added It To My Listening Rotation: It sounded interesting and I AM THE DEMOGRAPHIC WHAT UP 30-somethings!

“A podcast about realigning your internal compass. 30-something women asking life’s questions and learning from the people who just might have the answers.”

If you want to catch what I’m listening to…follow me on Spotify! Let me know who you are so I can follow back and check out youuur music!

YOUR TURN! Tell me one book you added to your TBR list recently! Tell me a movie/tv show you added to your must watch list! Tell me a new band/singer you just added to your musical rotation! Also, have you read/watched/listened to anything on my recently added list? Or did I make you add something to YOUR queue? Tell me, tell me!

To keep adding to your reading list, you might also like:

Beach Reads/ Summer Reading List For 2019

New YA Books To Read In 2019

Adult Fiction Books To Read In 2019

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Hello there! I’m back from BEA (Book Expo of America) and Book Con and nursing myself back to health from the post conference crud I always seem to get afterwards. But I wanted to be semi-timely with my wrap-up because I rarely ever am.

So BEA yeah??? I haven’t gone since 2015 but before that I was going every year since 2011. So it was A BIG chunk of time in which I went to London + Madrid instead when BEA moved to Chicago in 2016 (please never do that again), was super pregnant in 2017 and then had a baby I wasn’t ready to leave for that long in 2018.

But I was ready to go back this year — because I missed it and also because I needed something for ME! 

And honestly? It was pretty much the same as the last couple times I went — lots of booths to explore, galley drops, signings, networking, lines, awful concrete floor. With a few small personal differences which I’ll get to in a minute.

I’ve noted in past BEA write-ups that it’s A LOT different than when I started going. For example, I swear back in 2011/2012 I would just walk past booths and get books practically shoved in my hands + lots more people willing to chat with you at booths about titles. Not as many scheduled drops — just at random.

As an aside, I don’t mind getting less books AT ALL — that’s not the issue. I’ve been doing this a long time and I have way more contacts that I did back then so I don’t need to grab everything I’m interested in because I can ask and they are typically willing to send them.

I just miss when more people manning the booths were willing to chat with me for a bit because this really IS how I curate my lists and see what they are excited about in-house and, when they would book talk a title to me that really caught my attention, that they would just reach in their little magical booth and pull it out for me sometimes. Now it seemed like unless it was a scheduled galley drop it wasn’t happening and I’d have to write it down for later. And honestly…it’s not THAT big of a deal. Just noting the difference for me.

This year for me was the first year in a LONG time I felt like I had new networking to do. I felt pretty confident in my relationships with publishers of YA that I work with so it was nice to reconnect with them especially after all these years. But this year for me was all about introducing myself and connecting with adult imprints and children’s books imprints/publishers since I’m doing a lot more of both of those things than I used to. I feel like I walked away with some good connections but wished it was how it was back in the day because I made SO many great relationships chatting at the booth that led to working with those publishers long term.

ANYWAYS…I think this Book Expo went well overwall! On a personal level it was a tad overwhelming coming back (I FORGET!!) and it was a bit lonely because it seems like less bloggers (or maybe just that I know) go these days but I really enjoyed reconnecting with those I did know and meeting new people.

So, I’ll get to the books now because MAYBE SORTA THAT’S WHAT YOU CAME FOR??

 

[Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links which means that if you click on a link and purchase something I’ve talked about or recommended, I’ll receive a very small percentage of the sale. Please see my disclosure policy for more info.

 

 

Books I Got At Book Expo

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds: Jason Reynolds is one of the best writers out there writing for kids (middle grade and YA)– FIGHT ME ON THAT…I’ll wait. This is upcoming middle grade in which he weaves together ten different snapshots of middle schoolers on their walk home 10 blocks. It sounds great and I can’t wait to read it! Out October 2019.

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill: My pal Margot at Oni Press (you may know her formerly from Epic Reads) hooked me up with this graphic novel and I’m obsessed with the cover!! It looks whimsical and charming just from flipping around. I can’t wait to get lost in this world of tea dragons!! Out Now

The Two Lila Bennetts by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke: I really enjoyed earlier books from Liz and Lisa so I had to wait in line to meet them and get a copy of this upcoming Sliding Doors-esque thriller. I LOVE A GOOD SLIDING DOORS STORY. Lila Bennett seems to be in a pickle in both versions of her life…SOMEONE IS OUT TO GET HER AND I CANNOT WAIT TO FIND OUT WHO! Out July 23

The Gravity Of Us by Phil Stamper: This one has been on my radar but after meeting Phil on the floor I swung by Bloomsbury and HAD to have it. Two young guys falling in love + a backdrop of the space race to MARS. This is going to be SO GOOD. Out Feb 2020

The Map From Here To There by Emery Lord: One of my most anticipated for next year!! Emery Lord is one of my ALL TIME FAVES when it comes to contemporary YA and I have been DYING since news of this sequel to the delightful The Start Of Me & You was announced. Check out my review of The Start Of Me & You to see what it’s about and then go read it so when this one comes out you’ll be ready! Out January 2020

Pilu of the Woods by Mai K. Nguyen: I actually just finished this one and liked it!! It was a really charming graphic novel about loss (and guilt) and emotions and what we do about the feelings we feel — even when they are hard! I loved the illustrations so much! Out Now

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell: I just read my first Lisa Jewell for book club this year and I HAD to get my hands on this because I want to devour her thrillers. This sounds like a fantastic domestic thriller! Out October 2019.

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring: I always love meeting debut authors whose books aren’t out yet at Book Expo because they are always just SO EXCITED TO BE THERE because it’s their first big event for their book. Sara Faring was a DELIGHT and I’m glad I got to meet her. She just kept saying how excited she was and you could tell she genuinely was so thankful for everyone who stood in her line. I also got to listen to her talk a little bit about this book and her journey at an event Fierce Reads held for bloggers and it made me more excited about this gothic paranormal thriller set in Argentina!! Out September 2019

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky: STEPHEN FREAKING CHBOSKY. Yes that one. PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER STEPHEN CHBOSKY. The highlight was definitely meeting him. He was SO great and I’m so excited we FINALLY have a new book from him!!!! And this book could NOT be more different than Perks. It’s an adult horror novel and I am intrigued!! It’s about a little boy who vanishes and comes back 6 days later with an imaginary friend who has tasked him with a mission that only he can complete. SOUNDS CREEPY. Out October 2019

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager: I loved Final Girls so I definitely stood in line for Riley Sager’s newest thriller about a woman who accepts a job as an apartment sitter at a fancy building in Manhattan and finds out the job and the building is not at all what it seems especially after a friend she meets there disappears. Out July 2019

The Fountains Of Silence by Ruta Sepetys: This was my top priority for BEA because I LOVE Ruta’s historical novels. It’s rare that I read YA historical (adult is where it’s at for me with historical) but her books ARE THE ACTUAL BEST. This one is set in 1950’s Madrid! Stoked because I’ve been to Madrid and I love being able to really picture a setting well! Out October 2019

Long Bright River by Liz Moore: This one I hadn’t heard of but when I was chatting with a publicist working the booth she said it was her favorite upcoming one that they had there so I was game! It was only afterwards I realized this thriller is set in Philly so double win!! It’s about two estranged sisters — one an addict living on the streets and one a cop — and the disappearance and murders that start the hunt to find her sister and the killer that roams in her district. Out January 2020

Searching For Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok: This one was on my most anticipated book list for 2019 and I’m so excited I got to meet the author and snag this one (it came out this past week). FAMILY DRAMA & SECRETS. MOMS AND DAUGHTERS AND SISTERS. MISSING PERSON. It sounds like a perfect book to devour this summer! Out Now

So that’s what I brought home with me! I’m really pleased about the trip and the books! What books are you most excited about from this pile??

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It’s my favorite reading list of the year — the time where I share the books that I think are THE beach reads for 2019. Summer is my favorite season for reading because I LOVE reading outside and I love making my summer reading guide — maybe its a throwback nostalgia to when I was in school to have a summer reading list. I don’t know but I get WAY too excited about it and I’m really excited for my summer reading list for 2019!

If you’ve followed me before you know my favorite kinds of beach reads / summer reads are romcoms, thrillers and lighter reads of any genre. I will read ANYTHING during the summer or on the beach but I definitely gravitate towards these types of books and CRAVE them all summer. So if those kinds of things are your jam, definitely check out this 2019 summer reading list for your beach reading (or anywhere reading) pleasure.

So without further ado here is my 2019 summer reading guide.

(You can check out my older guides if you are looking for backlist titles for your summer reading list: 2018 Beach Reads / Beach Reads For 2017 / summer must reads for 2016 / Beach Reads For Readers Who Don’t Like Typical Beach Reads / Beach Reads For Teen Readers (and other YA lovers)

[Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links which means that if you click on a link and purchase something I’ve talked about or recommended, I’ll receive a very small percentage of the sale. Please see my disclosure policy for more info.

 
 

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren: Well, this was totally supposed to be saved for my beach bag HOWEVER I couldn’t wait and devoured it in 24 hours as this post was being written. I had a grin on my face the WHOLE time while reading this book! It was two of my favorite tropes (hate to love + faux relationships) in one book and it was EVERYTHING watching these two enemies bumble their way through their fake honeymoon and fall for each other.
 
 
 

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane: If a family drama is your idea of a good beach read, check this one out! It’s one of my most anticipated reads of this year because I’m so intrigued by this story of two neighboring families, and their children, whose bond is shaken by a tragedy that happens and affects their relationships even decades later when the two children (now adults) find their way back to each other.

 

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert: I am so excited for this new book from Elizabeth Gilbert — looks like a perfectly fun beach read for historical fiction lovers like me! It’s set in in the 1940’s NYC theater scene and is about a young woman who goes to live with her aunt in Manhattan, after being kicked out of her freshman year of college, and is introduced to the theater world via the run-down theater her aunt owns. She starts to come into her own until a scandal hits that has massive effects on her life going forward. I love that this book is told by the main character when she’s older a la The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo style.

 
 

I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie: I’ve enjoyed some of Catherine McKenzie’s contemporary novels and I’m excited to read this thriller from her because it sounds too good! If a thriller is your idea of a beach read (totally mine just as much as a romance or light read!) then add this thriller/mystery about siblings, upon reading their parents’ will, who are forced to solve the mystery of a young girl who was found dead at the family’s camp many years ago until the estate can be settled. Sounds like the perfect thriller for your summer reading list!

  

The Rest of The Story by Sarah Dessen: Sarah Dessen is a STAPLE in my summer reading / beach read life. Her books never fail to be the perfect summertime read for me! I’m excited to meet Emma Saylor and dive into her summer at the lake with her (deceased) mom’s side of the family that she hasn’t seen since she was very young and see how North Lake shapes who she feels she is as a person as she’s right up in her family’s history.

 
 

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary: I love unique love story plots and this one sounds like a winner! It’s the story of two people in need of money/a place to live who decide to share the flat while the other is working. Having never met nor having any overlap in the flat, their relationship and knowledge of each other unfolds through notes they leave one another. The perfect beach read, right??

 
 

Things You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center: I LOVED Happiness For Beginners and How To Walk Away by Katherine Center so this book is for sure on my summer reading list. This one is about a tough female firefighter who moves from Texas to Boston to be with her estranged and ailing mother while juggling her new job at a firehouse who doesn’t seem to thrilled about have a lady firefighter and a growing relationship with one of her fellow firefighters.

The Floating Feldmans by Elyssa Friedman: I love me some dysfunctional family books and the fact that this book is set aboard a cruise ship that said dysfunctional family is on for a family vacation as a last ditch to bring the family closer together? I AM HERE FOR IT. This sounds like an absolute page-turner of a book to read on the beach!

 
 

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai: I just really love reading romances on the beach — just my fave type of beach read — and this one looks SO CUTE. I love me a good second chance romance and this one has all the makings of one as the main character is giving a guy who ghosted her a second chance….and he happens to be the new spokesperson for the rival dating app business that she’s trying to buy. I can just imagine getting lost in this one on the beach or poolside which is why it was a must for my 2019 summer reading list!

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes: This unexpected friendship turned something more  between a widow and a former MLB player sounds amazing. Evvie is a widow who rarely leaves her house and Dean is a former MLB player whose mojo is off and he’s come to stay for a few months in a rented apartment off Evvie’s house. The rule is they don’t ask each other about either of those things….but then they get closer and have to grapple with the things they haven’t said. I’m so happy to have a copy of this because I don’t think I’m going to be able to wait until summer to read it!

A Stranger On The Beach by Michelle Campbell: I just love picking a good thriller for my beach read! There’s always plenty of them on my summer reading list. This thriller is about a marriage destroyed by secrets and the stranger who just happens to be there to pick up the pieces and be there for comfort and revenge….until the obsession turns into a nightmare. It sounds like SUCH a page-turner which is what I need when I’m on the beach trying not to people watch the whole time.

The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess: Ah this one looks so good — the publishing scene in the 80’s and set in New York City and Cape Cod! It’s about a 20-something writer trying to break into the literary scene — something that seems like it’s happening when she’s invited to a famed literary figure’s Book Parties and gets offered a new job. She soon learns this world isn’t everything she thought it was!

That’s What Frenemies Are For by Sophie Littlefield and Lauren Gershall: This one looks fun and the perfect book to read this summer! The main character is a Manhattan socialite always trying to impress her friends with the latest and greatest . She starts a new fitness craze and decides to take her instructor under her wing and turn her into a fitness superstar to dazzle everyone….but none of it goes to plan and her life begins to spin out of control.

Meet Me In Monaco by Hazel Gaynor: I LOVED The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter so I’m so excited to read a new one from from her. The dazzling setting + the romantic backdrop of Grace Kelly’s whirlwind romance and marriage to Prince Rainier III of Monaco just is going to make this the perfect beach read for 2019. But this story is about a perfumer named Sophie and a photographer named James who meet after Sophie fends him off as she shelters Grace Kelly, trying to flee from the press, in her boutique.

One Night At The Lake by Bethany Chase: I have LOVED Bethany Chase’s previous books and so that + the setting of this book (THE FINGER LAKES REGION!!!) makes me know this is going to be an amazing 2019 beach read! Two best friends + the man they both love + a tragedy on a hot summer night that alters their lives forever.

There’s A Word For That by Sloane Tanen: Like I’ve said before, if there’s one thing I love it’s dysfunctional family books and this one looks like a GREAT one which is why it’s on my 2019 summer reading list. It’s about a wildly dysfunctional family who comes together in…rehab.

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin: I have been WAITING for a thriller to be made about escape rooms and here we are so this is definitely making my summer reading list for 2019! A group of ambitious and cut-throat Wall Street employees are required to do a team building Escape Room exercise and dark secrets emerge….as well as the mystery of what happened to a former employee of the same company.

Which ones of these sound like your perfect beach read for 2019? Are any of these on your summer reading list for 2019? Are there any new books that SHOULD be on my beach read list for this year?

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Back in the Fall, a few months after we moved to our new house, a 14 month old Riley fell in love with school buses. Our new house has a couple school bus stops it seems and if we are outside at the right time we can catch a BUNCH of them. It was really fun, after I started pointing them out to her, to see it finally click with the “Wheels on the Bus” song and the school buses in real life. It became her newest favorite thing and within a couple months she’d even start yelling “school bus” when we were inside because she knew exactly what it sounded like. So of course you know I was gathering up all the books about school buses that I could.

Now at 21 months Riley is still in love with school buses. We read school bus books all the time and we are ALWAYS singing Wheels on the Bus and doing the motions. It doesn’t seem this school bus obsession is wearing off anytime soon. She will yell “kids!!” when we see one because she knows kids get off the bus because we were further up our driveway one day to see them. I love how excited she gets about them so I’ve really had to up my game finding books about school buses.

So I figured I’d share the wealth if you also have a kid who loves school buses and you want to find children’s books about school buses (or featuring them) them too. And even if your kid doesn’t have a special affinity for them yet or care about them some of these are just really great books anyways.

[Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links which means that if you click on a link and purchase something I’ve talked about or recommended, I’ll receive a very small percentage of the sale. Please see my disclosure policy for more info.

Books About Buses For Toddlers

I am saying these books about school buses are for toddlers but these school bus themed books would definitely be loved by pre-schoolers and up too! But if you are looking for books about buses for toddlers, these are your best bet to start in my opinion and are the ones that are Riley’s favorites to read.

 

 
The Babies On the Bus by Karen Katz

Karen Katz is everything in this household and this is Riley’s all time FAVORITE school bus book although I think it’s just in general one of her favorite books. It’s an EVENT when we read this one because we do ALLLL the motions. She will even flip through it on her own and do them because she knows exactly which ones go to which page. It’s basically the Wheels On The Bus song but it’s about a bunch of babies on the school bus on their way to school I guess? HIGHLY recommend this if you are looking for a good book about buses for toddlers!

FIND IT: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

 

 

The Itsy Bitsy School Bus

This one is really cute and short and it’s set to the rhyme of The Itsy Bitsy Spider. It’s all about the school bus getting up and reading to go to school bus school which is a fun little twist. This is quite the sturdy little board book so it’s a perfect board book about school bus for toddlers who aren’t so gentle!

FIND IT: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

The Little School Bus by Mary Cuyler, Bob Kolar

I really like this one! The school bus narrates what he and Driver Bob do and how they pick up the children every day making it a perfect book about buses for toddlers. I love that this book is diverse and inclusive — the kids aren’t all white and the school bus shows how it put its ramp down to let one of the kids in a wheelchair get on. If your toddler would be curious about the “day in a life” of a school bus..this is a good one that shows the school buses’ “job”.

FIND IT: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

You may also like these bedtime books for toddlers and babies!

The Wheels On The Bus

If you are looking for an interactive school bus book this version of Wheels On The Bus is the one you have to go with! There are flaps and different things on many of the pages. I wished it had sliders on ALL the pages but alas — still a hit over here though!

FIND IT: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

 

 
The Seals on The Bus

If you have a kid that loves Wheels On The Bus but you are KIIIIINDA sick of it — this is one of my favorite picture books about buses if you are looking for a fun and silly spin on the original song. It’s not just seals but other animals also but it’s great!!

FIND IT: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

 

My Fun School Bus

If your kid loves lift the flap books, this is a great books for kids who love school buses! Riley is OBSESSED with this one even though it’s not really ABOUT school buses. Lots of great learning stuff!

FIND IT: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

 

School Bus

I think this one is aimed at older kids but there’s no real story to it and sparse as far as words on a page go. I just know that Riley loves it so this book about school buses is toddler approved over here! I feel like an older kid would be bored by it but maybe if they are REALLY into transportation and school buses they might like it if they don’t care about a story! It’s one of the older children’s books about buses on this list but I think it’s a classic!

FIND IT: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

  School Bus Books For Pre-schoolers (and Pre-K Kids)

Are you looking for school bus books for preschool age children? Although these books are geared more toward pre-schoolers, toddlers will enjoy them too as well as older kids — I know Riley has enjoyed a lot of these. But overall I think these children’s books about riding the school bus will be helpful for kids curious about school or going to school for the first time.

 

 It’s Your First Day Of School, Busy Bus!

This book is so cute even though Riley is definitely a little too young to get much out of it– would be a good book for preschoolers who are interested in school buses or kids nervous about their first day of school! It’s a cute little story about a school bus’s first day at school! Riley just liked looking at all the pictures of the buses and seeing what the bus does.

FIND IT: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Pete The Cat Wheels On The Bus

We are big Pete The Cat fans over here and Riley loves this Pete the Cat twist on the classic Wheels On The Bus song featuring Pete the Cat. The book says it’s intended for preschoolers but eh Riley loves it a lot! One of my favorite bus books for preschoolers because I just love Pete!

FIND IT: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

I’m Your Bus

Another good one that is a “day in the life”  of a school bus book for kids who love school buses but a GREAT if your almost school aged kid is looking for books about riding the school bus. Riley liked this one a lot and I’m sure she will love it even more when she understands the concept of school or when she’s starting school. It’s really cute!

FIND IT: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

You may also like these heartwarming children’s books that always make my mama heart melt.

 
My Bus

Riley really enjoyed this one because, even though it’s not technically a SCHOOL bus, because not only did this book feature a bus but it also had a variety of other modes of transportation (that the bus takes the animals to) which she’s been getting into more. She thought it was fun with all the animals that got picked up. It’s definitely an educational book too that would be better suited for preschoolers as their is some math type stuff along with the story that went WAY over Riley’s head. A fun school bus book for preschool age kids!
 

FIND IT: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

I hope this list of picture books about buses is helpful for your kids! I’d definitely love any other recommendations you might have for books about buses for toddlers especially since we’ve read these over and over again.

And if your kids are truly school bus obsessed I have to recommend some school bus things Riley is loving right now at 21 months:

 

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Hi friends! I’m coming off a pretty wicked reading slump in March but April is seeming to be a little bit better minus last week when Riley was sick AND we took a trip to the ER which was beyond scary to me. I’ve just wanting to dive into some fiction after that stressful experience. 

BUT I have another roundup of books I’ve read lately and want to share with you and I’m REALLY trying to be timely with these now that I caught up with my backlog. So, let’s jump to it:

[Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links which means that if you click on a link and purchase something I’ve talked about or recommended, I’ll receive a very small percentage of the sale. Please see my disclosure policy for more info.]

How To Make Friends With The Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

*A free copy of this book was provided for review consideration. As always, this doesn’t affect my opinion of the book!*

This one hit real close to home in the grief/loss of a mom department — which is why it was one of my most anticipated young adult book of 2019. Even as many years as its been for me…I find certain books that can hit a spot that makes it all feel so raw again. I really felt for Tiger immediately — how can you not? She loses her mom who is her EVERYTHING (despite certain rocky aspects of their relationship) and gets bounced into the foster care system — while grieving and mourning. I found the little moments of grief and loss portrayed to be what made this book for me on a personal level. There’s just little things that if you’ve lost someone you will recognize even if it’s not exactly the same (Tiger wearing that dress her mom picked out….might seem silly to someone else but I’d say all of us grievers have that one thing we can’t rationalize or let go of in our minds). It’s a unique book and I know it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but it was definitely mine.  (FIND IT: Amazon // Barnes & Noble)

Rating: 4/5

 

Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce

Oh this one was so delightful!! Definitely going to recommend it to people who say all the historical they read is depressing because, sure there’s a sad part and it’s set during a war, but this is NOT that at all. I loved this story of our twenty-something main character during WW2 who has big dreams of being a war correspondent and applies for a jobs she think will get her on that track only to realize she’s really taken a job as typist for a small, out of touch women’s magazine where the boss only prints “acceptable” advice column letters and that bothers the main character who sees all these women looking for real help in such a hard time and makes her decide to help them.

The MC is plucky and the rest of the main characters are wonderful. I loved how this book shows every day life and normalcy in a time that is NOT normal…when people are trying to find a new normal as their city gets bombed during the war. This one made me smile a lot and I thoroughly enjoyed it. (FIND IT: Amazon // Barnes & Noble)

Rating: 4/5

 

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Gosh what can I even say about this?? One of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. I loved getting to know her childhood and her life through this book! She’s got a knack for storytelling and I couldn’t put it down. She’s candid and real and I admire her even more!! I always struggle when people ask me who my role model is but put her down as one because I truly feel she is after reading this. Inspiring and a great look into the life of this wonderful woman.   (Amazon // Barnes & Noble)

Rating: 4.5/5

Confessions of A Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan

Oh this one was so fun! It was our book club’s pick after a few people said we needed something lighter after some of our last reads. We are all moms so this one brought an amazing discussion. I thought this book was really fun (albeit silly and over the top sometimes…which it obviously was trying to be) and I really could relate so much to this fictional stay at home mom as one myself. So many aspects of motherhood where I was like OMG YES THIS IS ME I FEEL THIS WAY. It was a lighter read and, while I wasn’t excited about it when it won the poll and became our pick, I am SO glad I picked it up. If you are looking for a fun book that touches on motherhood in a tender yet hilarious way, I highly recommend. (Amazon // Barnes & Noble)

Rating: 3.5/5

 

When You Read This by Mary Adkins

I liked this one but I SO wanted more! I loved the format — basically told via a person’s digital footprint so emails/texts/messages. It does keep you a little bit at a distance but I really enjoyed the format and how these things told the story. But I just wanted more?? Definitely kept my attention and I loved the premise of this blog being left behind by the main character and becoming the point of connection for her sister and her boss that she was close with. I felt for both of them and felt their loss. I didn’t really connect so much with them as much as I wished…like sure I rooted for them..but not wholeheartedly. I finished and was like well okay I don’t regret it but I don’t love it — though plenty of people did! I did love that even though it was sad in some parts overall it was a lighter read.  (Amazon // Barnes & Noble)

Rating: 3/5

Have you read any of these books? If so, thoughts?! Putting any of the ones I talked about on your TBR? Tell me what you’ve been reading!

Need more reading inspiration? Check out this list of books for adults to read in 2019 or this list of book to movie adaptations in 2019!

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Hello friends! Hope Spring weather is treating you nicely because truth be told our favorite things right now are sunshine and 70 degree weather and family walks. 

But I went on a little makeup and skincare spree and I got a bunch of new things for Riley as she’s outgrown some of her other things and figured it’s time to share some of the other things we’ve been digging lately.

[Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links which means that if you click on a link and purchase something I’ve talked about or recommended, I’ll receive a very small percentage of the sale. Please see my disclosure policy for more info.

Jamie’s Favorite Things Lately

1. 100% Pure Multivitamin Night Serum: I decided to start taking better care of my skin in my 30’s and one of my next things to find (because I’m slow and steady here) was a night serum and I HAVE FOUND THE ONE. I bought it off their website but you can also get it off Amazon. I still use the coffee bean eye cream of theirs under my eyes (especially in the morning!) but I put this on my face after that so it does layer on my eye cream. I’m curious if I could just straight up replace this at night but I couldn’t give up the eye cream for day. 


2. 100% Pure Naked Palette: Oh I love this palette so much!! I like that it’s not just an eye palette but has blush and luminizer/highlighter too. I think I’m going to LOVE this for travel because I hate taking so much with me. They have some other really nice looking palettes I want too! It’s unavailable currently on Amazon (they have one or two but not this one) so you gotta get it through their site.

3. Ecotools makeup brushes: I needed some new makeup brushes so I snagged this kit when Whole Foods was having a sale on beauty stuff and I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. I used to buy the expensive Sigma brushes because they are great but these are fantastic!!

 

4. Silicone Face Brush: I can’t believe my whole life I’ve just washed my face with my hands after using these bad boys. A friend made a little goodie bag for all of us for girls night and this has been life changing.

Related: My favorite way to journal

5. My new glasses from Warby Parker: If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen my latest home try on because I was in need of new glasses (and Warby is the only place I get them!). I went with the Daisy’s!

Related: Must Read Books For 2019 (adult fiction) // New Young Adult Books To Read In 2019

  Riley’s Favorite Things Lately

 

1. Yookidoo Bath Toy: So all of Riley’s bath toys were seeming to bore her because she’s had them since she was a baby and she was just not loving bath time the way that she used to so I figured I’d get a couple new things for the bath! I found this one and I was like OMG SHE IS GOING TO LOVE THIS ONE because she is obsessed with the kitchen sink…and I was right! She now started to fight us getting OUT of it. I also wanted to get this one but I was afraid she’d go wild and soak the bathroom every night.

2. Spike The Fine Motor Hedgehog: I noticed lately that Riley has been really into things that require fine motor skills so I wanted to get her a toy that would support that and this was a big win! All the concentration on her little face doing this!

Related: Heartwarming picture books that melt my mama heart

3. Melissa and Doug magnets: We got the shapes and farm set because she’s really into both things right now and this has been a godsend in the kitchen along with our learning tower for anything happening in the kitchen. I love that they are big enough she can’t shove in her mouth because even at 20 months she still likes to do that crap.


4. Hape Puzzle: Riley loves puzzles so I thought I’d mix it up with this one and it was definitely a good choice — a bit of a learning curve but she’s been getting it a bit more.

Related: Good books to read to babies and toddlers at bedtime

 

5. Kinetic Sand: During the winter we went to the library and they had a kinetic sand station and MY CHILD WAS CAPTIVATED and I’ve never seen her be so engaged in one activity. She put up a HUGE fight leaving (sand throwing and screaming) and I promptly ordered it to get here the next day and put it in our water table since it’s been cold and we aren’t using it. BEST IDEA EVER. We got the beach sand looking one but they have colorful sand and glittery sand! Will side eyed me when we got it thinking it was going to be Mess City by it isn’t at all. I got so much reading time done the first week we got this stuff!

So that’s what we’ve been loving lately! We are on a bit of a spending freeze lately so not buying a whole lot of new stuff so I’m pretty calculated about it when I do! What have YOU been loving lately that you feel like you just need to share with someone?

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Hey bookworms! I feel like this past month or so have been a really fun month of reading for Riley and I. She’s 20 months right now and really INVOLVED in the reading. She remembers details of books, she asks me to read certain books by name (a word or two of the title or that describes) and she will sit by herself and “read” and actually say some of the real words on the page that remembers. It is SO fun. It is one of my greatest joys of my life right now — further proving that my reading life (while different) has just been more rich lately!

Hopefully these will helpful for any of you with little ones or anyone in a position to read or gift books with little ones. We are always happy for any recommendations.  And if you want to know what books Riley already loves and has read, check this list of her favorites.

[Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links which means that if you click on a link and purchase something I’ve talked about or recommended, I’ll receive a very small percentage of the sale. Please see my disclosure policy for more info.]

Butterfly Colors & Counting by Jerry Pallotta

Riley is really fascinated by counting AND butterflies right now so I grabbed this book from the library! There’s no story — just really all about counting the colorful butterflies so if your kid is into counting or colors right now this is a good one! She is getting really good at counting even though it’s not something we formally work on — just something we do when a book calls for it. She wants to do it all the time! I hear her practice counting when she’s reading all the time. She likes to skip the number 4 though but I love that she loves doing it and I keep trying to provide fun books to keep that going!

Hands Can

I just love books with real pictures and so does Riley so I try to always add one or two of those books on our library list. Riley thinks this book is so fun and shows all sorts of practical life things that she herself does. I also love how diverse the children are in the book! Definitely recommend for your toddler!

And Then It’s Spring

I  went on a Spring picture book theme kick at the library and I LOVE THIS ONE. I think it’s a little over Riley’s head at the moment but she did sit there for the whole thing. It’s a cute story about a little boy he just wants spring to come and while he’s waiting he decides to plant a garden..and he waits and he waits for signs of his garden/Spring. I love this book. Related: I did a post about books for Easter baskets and this book was definitely on it! It’s perfect!

Owl Babies

Lately Riley has been on an owl kick — she started really pointing out the owls in other books we had with various animals — so I decided to get her this one. It’s SO CUTE. These baby owls wake up to find their mother isn’t in the nest and they are nervous and wondering where she went. This is a great book to talk through separation anxiety for toddlers to be honest. It’s ADORABLE and we have been loving this one!

Related:  Heartwarming Picture Books That Melt My Heart

We’re Going On An Egg Hunt

This was supposed to go in her Easter basket but ALAS…might just have to get a different one. We really like this one! It’s in the vein of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, and while I don’t love it as much as the original, I really liked it and think its a great Easter book for toddlers!

Happy Hippo, Angry Duck

This one is definitely one of my FAVORITE Sandra Boynton books! It’s about FEELINGS and EMOTIONS and that’s one thing I’m really trying to be teach Riley as best I can early on and letting her feel safe to express those.  It has probably the BEST line at the end that I literally wrote down because I love it so much!

Old MacDonald Had A Farm

Riley has become super obsessed with Old MacDonald (the song) and also everything farm animals (she loves this barn we got) so I snagged this on Book Outlet for her! I love watching her “read” it by herself and do all the sounds!

Related: Bedtime Books For Babies & Toddlers

Planting A Rainbow

This is a fantastic book if you are looking for gardening books for toddlers or preschoolers! I have zero green thumb but my sister gardens quite a bit and Riley is over there a lot so I wanted to get a book about it! I love the illustrations so much! Riley doesn’t really get into it but I hope the more she gets into the gardening with my sister maybe she will. She does say FLOWERRRRRS a lot when we read it haha.

Dim Sum For Everyone

This book literally makes me hungry every time we read it. Riley REALLY loves this one and I’m not quite sure WHY — I mean she is an adventurous little eater but we’ve never taken her for dim sum yet so I DUNNO. But I find her reading this one a lot solo. I’ve been making it a point to try to have a diverse collection of books so she sees the world reflected as it really is so I snagged this on Book Outlet when I saw it!

Daddy Hugs // Mommy Hugs

Oh these books are so sweet and have made such a splash in our bedtime reading routine. She always loves these ones! We just LOVE Karen Katz over here!! Riley really gravitates to her books!

The Little Gardener

This is a cute lift the flaps board book — very simple and perfect intro to gardening for a toddler to learn some of the aspects of gardening!

Have you read any of these with your kids or any kids in your life? What did you think?! Any of these going on your TBR? Tell me what you’ve been reading with the kids in your life!

PPS. I’ve GOT YOU if you need some adult reading and are in search of new adult fiction books to read in 2019!

Pin for later for ideas with books to read with your 18-20 month old (or toddler in general)

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My mom never went over the top for Easter for us as kids in the 80’s & 90’s but I ALWAYS looked forward to Easter — Easter egg hunts, trying to find our Easter baskets in the morning, JELLY BEANS and BOOKS! My mom ALWAYS had books for our Easter baskets for as long as I can remember and it’s a tradition I want to keep going with Riley — which led me down a rabbit-hole (lol didn’t mean that) of searching for books for Easter baskets.

I’ve started brainstorming good, creative ideas for books for Easter baskets (mostly for toddlers) & some book themed Easter baskets to go along with them for this year now that she’s older! I have come up with so many Easter basket book ideas that I’m probably prepared for several Easters to come and I had to share it with you guys.

It’s honestly been so fun thinking of all these future memories we are going to have and it makes me feel so connected to my mom (who is no longer here with us anymore) just thinking about all these wonderful memories I have and I’m happy to keep the tradition going! I won’t be continuing the tradition of fancy Easter dresses and bonnets (I should find some pictures of the OVER THE TOP outfits that I hated haha) but good books in her Easter baskets is something I can do!

I thought it would be fun to give you some ideas for books for the Easter baskets you might also be trying to put together for your kids or little ones in your life. Obviously ANY book belongs in an Easter basket but, for me, I see myself gravitating towards Easter/Spring themed books in Riley’s Easter baskets.

All the ones I’m going to be sharing are more toddler focused (because I have one!) but each section has a variety of alternate books you could swap out.

[Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links which means that if you click on a link and purchase something I’ve talked about or recommended, I’ll receive a very small percentage of the sale. Please see my disclosure policy for more info.

Easter-themed books for your kid’s Easter basket

1. We’re Going On An Egg Hunt: I love the idea of building up our Easter book collection and this is the first one I’m going to start with because I think the Easter Egg Hunt theme could be fun! This one is SO cute as a play on We’re Going On A Bear Hunt (a fave here!) — fun flaps which Riley still loves and counting Easter eggs! While I don’t love it as much as the original book, I think Riley is going to love it!

Some fun things for your toddler’s Easter basket to go with the Easter Egg Hunt theme:

Egg Shakers: We have maracas in this house but every time we go to storytime and our music & movement class Riley always seems to prefer the shaker eggs (reads: tries to steal them from the other children holding them) so I’m getting her a set!

Egg matching puzzle: Riley has played with this at the library and LOVES it so it felt like a good one to order! Although you know how it goes….she probably won’t even look at it at home! It’s a perfect egg themed toy for your toddler’s easter basket!

Easter themed stickers: BIG sticker fans over here — I have them EVERYWHERE so that we have them on the go or at home. I couldn’t find any egg ones I liked but I’m sure you could.

Easter coloring book + Honeysticks crayons: I love this Easter themed coloring book for toddlers! Simple! Plus our preferred crayons are these Honeysticks — perfect size for her hands and I love that miss MOUTHS EVERYTHING STILL isn’t inhaling toxic stuff when she sneaks them in her mouth.

Also just saying these peanut butter eggs are AHMAZING. She’s probably going to get a total of one of them and I will eat the rest. THE SACRIFICE I TELL YOU!

 

Other Easter Themed Books For Easter Baskets:

 

 

  Rainy day themed books for Easter baskets

A Good Day For Ducks

We love playing in the rain and I thought a Rainy Day themed Easter basket could be super fun — things for the rainy day and things to do inside on a rainy day.

Other fun things to include in your rainy day themed basket:

Rain boots/rain jacket/umbrella: These are way more expensive than I’d want to spend for an easter basket personally but my thought is I AM GOING TO BUY THESE THINGS ANYWAYS. I love a good “well you needed this anyways so I will gift it to you” gift. haha The rain boots are the exact ones I have for Riley!

Toy boats: We have these exact ones for the bath but I’m definitely going to take one or two out for rainy day puddles.

Rainbow Stacker: Because rain always brings the chance of rainbows! These are kinda pricey for an Easter basket but way cheaper than the beautiful Grimm’s rainbow stackers.

Rainy day bath toy: I am ALWAYS looking for good bath toys that won’t get moldy and what a fun little bath toy to include in an Easter basket!

Dot and Dab markers: I like to bust out any kind of artsy stuff like this on rainy days when we are all cooped up because she loves this kind of stuff!

Other Books About Rain / Rain Themed Books For Easter Baskets

 

  Gardening Themed Books For A Toddler’s Easter Basket

I just love the idea of a gardening book themed Easter basket! I know Riley is going to be gardening with my sister this Spring when she goes over there and I’d like to try my hand at doing a very small bit with her.

 

In The Garden by Elizabeth Spurr

I really enjoy getting realistic stories for Riley because she seems very interested in real things as much as she loves silly, fun books. Especially something NEW for her. We already had this one which is really cute!

Other fun things to put in their garden themed Easter Basket:

 
Gardening Set

Flower Stacking Toys

Vegetable puzzle

Flower stickers (my girl loves stickers)

Carrot counting stacker

  Other Books About Gardening To Put In Their Easter Baskets

There are so many great garden themed books for Easter baskets for many ages — check out a few of these!

 

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