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9 Books to Read This Fall

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Here are some great books to check out this fall…


It’s fall, y’all. 

(Even though it definitely doesn’t feel like it in my neck of the woods–hello, 90 degree weather at the end of September!)

But it is a good time of year to cozy up with a book, so here’s my list of nine books you should read this fall… Read More »


Huge Summer Giveaway Alert! {Put Me In The Story}

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Summer is finally here!

It’s a season filled with fun outdoor activities, playdates, sports and more. Put Me In The Story wants to help bring even more fun (and a healthy dose of learning) to your family’s summer routine!

My kids got personalized storybooks from Put Me In The Story last year and they remain favorites for bedtime reading.

Put Me In The Story creates personalized books starring your child in beloved books and alongside their favorite characters to help them stay engaged in the story and foster a love of reading! Read More »

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Hot Beach Books for Summer 2017

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Check out these five hot beach books for summer 2017!

I’m headed to the beach next week. While it won’t be relaxing the entire time with three little kids, I will definitely have at least some free time to read. 

I think?

Here are the five hot beach books I’ll be packing in my bag…

(Okay so maybe not literally packing them in my bag. Some will be in my bag. Some will be loaded onto my Nook. And some will be on my Kindle app.)

But you get the idea. Read More »

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Guilty Pleasure Book Recommendations

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If you’re looking for a good book to read, I’ve got several recommendations…

I have been on a TEAR lately.

I’m reading books left and right, finishing two a week instead of catching up on my beloved Bravo shows. 

Say what?! Read More »

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The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand {Book Review}

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Rumors spread quickly on the small island of Nantucket…but is there any truth to what you hear?

The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand.

I discovered the joy of the Elin Hilderbrand novel last summer while vacationing in Long Beach Island.

The local 5 & 10 store doesn’t have a huge selection of books, but they had several Hilderbrand novels.

I picked one up on a whim and fell in love with the tales of love, betrayal, and mystery on the small island of Nantucket. Read More »

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Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief {Book Review}

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An intriguing look into the notoriously private world of Scientology and its history.


I guess you could say that Leah Remini’s autobiography about growing up in Scientology hooked me on this subject. (Read my review of Remini’s book here.)

Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief, however, tells an entirely different tale of Scientology.

Wright delves into the history of both Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

Confession– I found the early parts of the book detailing Hubbard’s childhood rather boring, but it’s a necessary piece of the puzzle I suppose.

Hubbard was certainly an intriguing man, I’ll give him that.

The historical background of how Scientology came to be only further reaffirmed my belief about the “religion,” which is that it is based on the rantings of a borderline insane person.

More interesting than the forming of Scientology, though, is the later years when celebrities are drawn into the mix.

It’s quite clear that Scientology is a money-making venture and gaining celebrity support is a huge part of achieving that. I just couldn’t believe the names that were actually fervent Scientology supporters.

This book is worth the purchase price for the parts about Tom Cruise alone– you will not believe the lengths that the church went to in order to keep Cruise happy and involved.

But there’s a darker side, too. You will read of horrible cases of abuse and neglect by church officials, including current head David Miscavige.

Interestingly, there is no mention whatsoever of Leah Remini in Wright’s book. That was startling to me because she very publicly left the church, although the timeline of her leaving is about the time this book was published, so maybe Wright wasn’t aware that Remini was leaving when penning his book.

Bottom line– if you’re fascinated by Scientology and looking for a book about it, I’d recommend Remini’s book first.

Then if you’re still interested and want to hear an even more detailed, composite picture of behind-the-scenes Scientology workings, definitely check out Going Clear, available on Amazon here.


10 Best Books to Get Kids Ready for Kindergarten

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Help your child get used to the idea of kindergarten by reading all about it!

10 Best Books to Get Kids Ready for Kindergarten

Is your child getting ready to start kindergarten? My five-year-old starts next week.

One of the ways we have tried to prepare her for this exciting time of a new school, a new teacher, and riding on a schoolbus is by reading books about it.

Here is a list of some wonderful books to get kids ready for kindergarten!

10 Best Books to Get Kids Ready for Kindergarten

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, by Joseph Slate. My daughter’s preschool gave us this book as a graduation gift…what a great idea! It’s rhyme-y, silly, and full of fun animals.

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Kindergarten, Here I Come! by D.J. Steinberg. Learn all about the milestones and special moments that kindergarten entails. This one is only $3.46 for the paperback on Amazon!

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The Night Before Kindergarten, by Natasha Wing. Will saying goodbye to Mom and Dad be so tough once the kids learn just how much fun kindergarten is? This is another cheap one– just $3.39!

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On the First Day of Kindergartenby Tish Rabe. Written in the style of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” this hardcover shows all the fun and exciting activities kindergarten has to offer.

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Clifford Goes to Kindergarten, by Norman Bridwell. My kids love Clifford and they love this story of when Emily Elizabeth brings Clifford to kindergarten with her!

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Planet Kindergarten, by Sue Ganz-Schmitt. Blast off and help your little space explorer prepare for kindergarten with Planet Kindergarten.

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Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergartenby Toni Buzzeo. Watch Adventure Annie save the day in kindergarten!

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Curious George’s First Day of School, by H. A. Rey. At $2.82, the price is right for the tale of the curious monkey’s first day of school.

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Kindergarten Rocks! by Katie Davis. Dexter and his stuffed animal Rufus are just a tiny bit nervous about kindergarten starting.

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The Berenstain Bears Go To School, by Stan Berenstain. Everyone’s favorite bear cubs are headed to school, but Sister Bear is a little worried about starting kindergarten. This one’s a steal at $2.82!

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Summer Reading Tips for Parents

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Keep your kids reading this summer with these tips from Raising A Reader!

Summer Reading Tips

Right now my kids are only five, three, and one, but reading is still a part of our daily routine.

Every night the kids get to pick two books each to read before bedtime. While right now we are reading books like Amelia Bedelia and Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night?, I’m eager to get to books that I enjoyed as a kid like The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe or Matilda.

Raising A Reader, a national nonprofit organization that provides resources and guidance for families to implement home-based literacy routines, has several tips for parents to make reading a part of the summer break.

“Summer reading should be all about the parent-child experience,” said Gabrielle Miller, Ed.D., president and CEO of Raising A Reader, a wonderful non-profit that aims to help families develop, practice, and maintain home literacy routines. Read More »

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9 Books to Read Right Now

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I’ve been coming across great book recommendations lately. Here are nine picks for good books to curl up with this winter!

9 Books to Read Right Now

Maybe it’s the colder weather, but lately all I’ve been wanting to do is read a good book in the evenings. 

I’m currently in the middle of three of the books on this list. I can’t wait to get to the rest of them!

Here are nine picks for books you’ll want to read this winter… Read More »

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Troublemaker: Book Review

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What is it about Scientology that is just so fascinating?

I think for me, the interest lies in the fact that it has A-list celebrities as its parishioners plus it was developed by a science-fiction writer.

Like, are you serious? How is it possible that seemingly smart, powerful people like Tom Cruise and John Travolta are involved in such a cultish, idiotic “religion?” What’s the catch?

After spending the majority of her life as a Scientologist, actress Leah Remini attempts to explain both the draw of Scientology and the dark side in her new book, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology. Read More »


20 Halloween Books for $5 or Less!

Halloween Books

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I love to celebrate the spirit of holidays through books. For each holiday that I have a box of decorations (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.), I also have our holiday books in the box.

We unpacked our Halloween box yesterday and the kids loved reading all the “new” books…which were really just our books from the past few years. And each year we add one or two to the collection.

Early favorites judging by bedtime story requests last night and tonight are The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin and Sofia the First: The Halloween Ball.

Here are twenty Halloween books for $5 or less that you can add to your collection. All are $5 (and change) or less and all are available on Amazon prime so they will get to you in just a few days!

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Nantucket On My Mind

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The Castaways

So I know I said I’ve been in Long Beach Island for the past several weeks, but for the past few days I’ve been in Nantucket…in my mind.

Thanks to what can only be described as an addiction, I have read three Elin Hilderbrand novels in the past week: Nantucket NightsSummerland, and The Castaways

Is there a support group for this? Read More »

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The Selection: Book Review

The Selection Book Review

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The Selection was recommended to me by my friend Kelsey. She described it as a mix between The Bachelor and The Hunger Games.

I read it last weekend and loved it…her description was totally accurate!

The book takes place in a futuristic world with a sharply defined caste system. As a member of the 5th caste, protagonist America Singer is destined for a life of scraping by and serving her superiors through the arts (she plays the violin). Read More »

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20 Hot Beach Reads

20 Hot Beach Reads

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I know that you all are anxiously awaiting the release of my eBook, but until it comes out (in a few short weeks!), here are some other hot titles to check out.

A special thanks to my blog’s amazing Facebook community who provided me with most of these recommendations.

(Best when read by the pool, on the beach, or hiding in the closet from your kids.)

If you hurry and order one now with Amazon Prime, you should have it by the holiday weekend! Read More »

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19 Passover Books for Kids

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Are you looking for a fun way to teach your child about Passover? Or maybe you need a small Passover gift for a little one?

Expand any child’s holiday book collection with selections from this list of 19 Passover books for kids! All are reasonably priced and available on Amazon. Read More »

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22 Easter Books for Kids

22 Easter Books for Kids

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I’m on an anti-sugar kick, because I realized that we eat way too much of it in my house. So instead of filling my kids’ Easter baskets with candy, I’m going to get them some non-sweet items. Like Easter books!

I love to add to our holiday book collection each year. There are so many great selections on this list and there are lots that are under $6! Read More »

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35 Dr. Seuss Books You Might Not Have Heard Of

Dr. Seuss Books

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How many Dr. Seuss books can you name? The obvious ones come to mind first…

The Cat in the Hat. Green Eggs and Ham. How the Grinch Stole Christmas. 

But did you know that there is a long list of other Dr. Seuss books that you probably haven’t even heard of? 

If you’re looking to expand your Dr. Seuss collection or celebrate his birthday (a.k.a. National Read Across America Day) on March 2nd, here are some of his lesser-known titles… Read More »

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25 Adorable Children’s Valentine’s Day Books

 Children's Valentine's Day Books

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It’s just about one month until Valentine’s Day! One of my family’s favorite ways to get into the spirit of a holiday is to read books about it.

We have several of the books on this list and I’m excited to add a few more to our collection this year. 

I definitely want the Little People Lift the Flaps one, because my kids love the other book we have in that series.

Here’s a collection of 25 Children’s Valentine’s Day books that will be great additions to your child’s library. Read More »

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Holiday Books for Kids Under $10

Holiday Books for Kids

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Greetings! It’s time to start prepping for the holidays!

One of my favorite ways to get my kids (and myself) in the spirit of the holidays is to read Christmas books. I keep them in the attic for the rest of the year so they are new and exciting again each December, plus I usually add a couple to our collection each season.

If you’d like to add to your holiday book collection, here are a selection of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa books available on Amazon.

If you’re not a Prime member, you can always sign up for the 30-day free trial to access the early sales and amazing free two-day shipping benefits for the holiday season. 

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20 Thanksgiving Books for Kids

20 Thanksgiving Books for Kids
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Happy November! Now that Halloween is officially over, let the real holidays begin!

I stink at crafts, so one of my tried and true ways of being festive for each holiday is to read holiday books for kids.

Here’s a list of twenty Thanksgiving books for kids to get your whole family in the spirit. All are under $10! Read More »