Books are life-giving. I can’t imagine a world without making the time to read and learn something new.

What will you find on this page? Novels, books on science, biographies, children’s books and the occasional  “Find” that is not a book but encourages anyone to read.

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A book caddy DIY for my children’s book collection

What I’m a reading?

Teen-Proofing: Fostering Responsible Decision Making in Your Teenager

I’m in the middle of reading this book. It provides practical, real-life scenarios between parents and difficult teenagers. (Aren’t all teens difficult though?)

Last book I read

The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed

How do you become an astronaut? What degree do you need? What do you have to do to pass the astronaut exam period? Find out in this book while reading about the amazing life of astronaut Scott Parazinsky.

How do I make time to read?

I listen to books with the Audible app. Driving, chores, waiting in line becomes enjoyable while listening to a great audiobook. My fave audio book so far?

The Rosie Project

Which book kept me up all night?

I feel I’m choosing who is my favorite child… But, for now I have to say: Eleanor & Park  YA Novel

I bawled when I finished this book. The story is about two teens, one is an outcast and the other is a son of of a korean immigrant.

Fave quote:

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
― Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

Disclaimer: This book contains some scenes about sex, alcohol, swearing, and drugs.

Audio-book that made my root canal pleasant (no joke!)

Good behavior

Non-stop story of a woman that is desperately trying to survive in a world of crime. There is a show on TV with the actress from Downtown Abby, “Lady Mary.” But, the girl (main character of  “Good behavior”) is NOTHING like “Lady Mary.”

Book that made my head hurt but in a good way and couldn’t put down

Dark Matter

Super fast paced book about a father that one day goes running an errand and his life changes in a terrifying way. Think of “Sliding doors” (the movie) but with a guy trying to make sense of his life and what if? After I was done with this book, it made me appreciate my life ten times more!

A True Story that left me speechless

Parallel Journeys

A true story from WWII and two main characters affected by WWII and the Holocaust. It observes the lives of a young German Nazi youth who that joins Hitler’s Army at about age 9 or 10. Parallel to the young nazi’s life, the book follows an adolescent Jewish girl who suffered at a concentration camp. As adults, they met, and wrote “Parallel Journeys.” They also did a speaking circuit in many countries including the USA. Redemption at it’s best.

More books to come! (I’m compiling children’s books and other novels that I casually put in my teen’s bedroom for him to read ;)

Until next time,


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