Alright guys! If you have been following these for a while you know I’ve been struggling to name these monthly updates. I wanted to share my latest obsessions, online links, and a reading wrap-up. I’ve tried Daily Growth and Expanding My Mind, neither of which sounded quite right. I also thought Links I Love or Monthly Update.
What do you guys think of Reading Wrap-Up and Links? It seems to fit.
Links I Love
Do Your Kids A Favor: Take Them To The Library – I love ScarryMommy’s blog post, reminiscing of her times at the library and why her kids had library cards before they could even read. I grew up in the country and lived pretty far from the library. But I have a feeling my kids will also have a card before Kindergarten.
How I Slowed The Flood Of Library Holds – Teresa Preston on Book Riot figured out how to space out her holds so she doesn’t get them all at one time! Brilliant! I utilize the hold feature quite a bit and I tend to put a handful on my hold list at a time. I will have to figure out if my library system has a “suspend hold” feature. Does yours?
On The Blog
6 Funny Celebrity Books from 2016 – Looking for a laugh from a celebrity you love? I made a list of books published in 2016 from celebrities: from Amy Schumer to Anna Kendrick.
Out of that list, my favorite would have to be Lauren Graham’s Talking As Fast As I Can. You can read my full review of her book here. A close second would have to be Mara Wilson’s Where Am I Now?. Full review here.
I’ve added a new “connect with me” picture here on my blog, which you can see on the right side if on desktop and on the bottom if you’re on mobile. There is also an updated picture on my About Me page, as well as new pictures some of my socials like my Instagram page and Pinterest. My brother took the pictures – isn’t he pretty talented!?
I’m looking forward to the month of May!
Got a cool link for me? How about a book you’d like reviewed? Or some suggestions for your next read? Leave a comment on any post!
You can also connect with me on my social profiles. I love hearing from you there as well!
Summary – Known for her “cute” roles in Mrs. Doubtfire, Melrose Place, and Matila, Mara Wilson stole the hearts of many fans.
Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and a little out of place: as the only child on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, the sole clinically depressed member of the cheerleading squad, a valley girl in New York and a neurotic in California, and one of the few former child actors who has never been in jail or rehab. Tackling everything from how she first learned about sex on the set of Melrose Place, to losing her mother at a young age, to getting her first kiss (or was it kisses?) on a celebrity canoe trip, to not being “cute” enough to make it in Hollywood, these essays tell the story of one young woman’s journey from accidental fame to relative (but happy) obscurity. But they also illuminate a universal struggle: learning to accept yourself, and figuring out who you are and where you belong. Exquisitely crafted, revelatory, and full of the crack comic timing that has made Mara Wilson a sought-after live storyteller and Twitter star, Where Am I Now? introduces a witty, perceptive, and refreshingly candid new literary voice.
Summary – In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”).
Summary – Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents and brother were arrested and deported while she was at school. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career for herself, without the support system of her family.
Summary – In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.
Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.
Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
Then Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?