Gift Guide for the Book Lover

gift guide for the book lover!
This gift guide was easy to put together.  I thought of all of the cool book-related things that I would love – check out below!

KINDLE: I have a Kindle and love it.  It took a bit of getting used to reading something that I didn’t have to physically turn the pages but I got used to it super fast.  I have the Kindle Fire so I can also access my email, the internet and other apps but there are a few different versions so you can taylor the kindle to the recipient’s needs!

BOOKLIGHT CLOTHESPIN: So cute and useful!  I go back and forth reading on my Kindle (or via my Kindle app) and reading traditional printed books. This book light would be perfect for those traditional ones!

booklight clothespin
 GIFT CARDS: Gift cards to your local bookstore (or major chain bookstore) or online retailer (like Amazon) would be perfect for an avid reader.  They can then purchase a book of their choosing!  Wrap the gift card with a bookmark or a set of book plates to keep the theme going!

BANNED BOOK LITERARY TOTE BAGCute design and very useful…a perfect bag to carry all of their books (or Kindle)!  They also offer an Out of Print Banned Book Pouch, and Banned Book Mug

“LIBRARY STAMP”T-SHIRT: Do you remember when you’d take books out from the library and the librarian would take the card out of the book and stamp it with the due date?  (Am I TOTALLY dating myself???)  My kids looked at me like I had a few heads when I told them about this antiquated way.  This t-shirt will bring back memories to the people that do remember!

Library Stamp T shirt
READING JOURNALA great way to document all of the books read and their reviews.  Love it!


 THE BOOK LOVER’S COMPANION: WHAT TO READ NEXT: I never seem to have a problem trying to figure out what to read next because there are so many awesome books out there – fiction and non-fiction alike. I have so many books in queue on my Kindle, on my shelves AND on my Amazon wishlist – I could read for a year straight and still not make a dent.  This book is great for book clubs too!

 I could go on and on and on with cool gift ideas for the book lover.  What are you getting the book lover on your list?


Five for Friday – December 12

five for friday

What a week!  I have been looking forward to this Five for Friday for like, 7 days.  Kidding.  This week was extremely busy, but with all great things!  I started time blocking my days and that has really helped me get stuff done.  It’s a work in progress, as I am typing this blog intro on Friday at almost 10 am…have a great weekend!

My kids are addicted to Minecraft as are all of their buddies…do you know what its doing to our children?  Found this article very interesting!


I love heels.  Well, I actually love all styles of shoes (it’s genetic) but I love the way that heels make our legs look longer (and sexier – oo la la).  They look awesome with jeans, dresses, basically anything.  Anyway, the reason I went on this rampage is because I read an article about some “shoe hacks” to help make your shoes more comfortable.  Heels immediately came to mind for me as being one of the more comfort-challenged of the styles.


 I love to read.  There’s something about reading a book, be it fiction or nonfiction, that takes me away for a bit like a mini vacay.  At the beginning of the year I posted my Reading List and I didn’t get to the bucket list wish of 50 books, but I think I did darn well considering full time work, two kids, sports, husband, etc.!  Stay tuned for my 2015 Reading List.  Have any recommendations?


 I am big into color but you’d never know by my closet.  Speaking of color, what are your thoughts on Pantone’s Color of the Year 2015 – Marsala?  I’m loving it!


 Last but definitely not least, I want to wish my super awesome parents a VERY HAPPY 44TH ANNIVERSARY!!!!

Please tell me what you like to see in the weekly Five for Friday!

BOOK REVIEW – Welcome to the World!


Welcome to the World!
by inspirational author Kanta Bosniak works as a baby blessing for the child and for the child in us all. Directly addressing the child, it serves as a kind of loving welcome as well as a kind of spiritual owner’s manual for exploring the adventure of life. The book gently anchors self-worth, confidence, kindness, and compassion. Parents can read it to the baby still in utero, to the newborn, as well as to the toddler. Toddlers and young children can also enjoy the Welcome To The World! Coloring Book.And adult “children” of all ages may enjoy re-parenting themselves with both book and coloring book, which feature sweetly whimsical line drawings and affirmations typical of Bosniak’s books.


Kanta Bosniak is an author, artist, coach and interfaith minister with over 40 years experience as a Spiritual Growth Teacher.

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“This book is disguised as a basic spiritual coloring book, yet as with her other books they provide gentle triggers of love and happiness.” – Beck Valley Books on The Love is Everywhere Coloring Book by Kanta Bosniak

“As soon as I picked this book up,and started reading it I felt like I was with a friend.” – Debs Here on Abundance Triggers by Kanta Bosniak

“Kanta’s writing which has never ceased to amaze me. I really like her style and unique illustrations.”- Writers with Books on Love Poems by Kanta Bosniak

MY BOOK REVIEW:  I wish I had this book when my boys were younger!  The words were filled with love.  You knew from the first few pages that Kanta was speaking from the heart.  It was very uplifting and left me with a smile on my face!  The illustrations are quirky and fun too!

About Kanta Bosniak

Kanta Bosniak is an author, artist, coach and interfaith minister with over 40 years’ experience as an educator in Spiritual Growth and Guided Meditation. She illustrates her publications with playful drawings and vibrant, color-rich cover art, so that readers and listeners can enjoy owning her work. Collectors of her art include a Nobel Prize Winner, an Emmy-winning producer, a popular television actress, several authors, a U.S. National champion athlete and people of all walks of life. She is a frequent speaker at churches, universities, holistic education centers, and conferences throughout the US. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Women. For more information, visit

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My 2014 Reading List – UPDATED!


Last year, I listed all of the books I wanted to read in 2013.  I made a dent, but not as much as I wanted to.  Although, come to think of it, there were books that I read that weren’t on my initial list – two being the Divergent series!  Here’s my list for 2014.  (Note: a New Year resolution I really need to keep to this year, is to NOT BUY ANY MORE BOOKS until I read the gazillion I have in paperback or downloaded on my Kindle.)

  1. Orphan Train – COMPLETED 1/15/14
  2. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  3. The Holiday by Jane Green
  4. A Walk in the Park by Jane Green
  5. The Girls in 3B by Valerie Taylor
  6. Over You by Emma McLaughlin
  7. Bared to You by Sylvia Day
  8. Swim by Jennifer Wiener
  9. Paris Without End by Gioia Diliberto
  10. Paris in Love by Eloisa James
  11. The Fallback Plan by Leign Stein
  12. Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb
  13. Prep, a novel by Curtis Sittenfield
  14. The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan
  15. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  16. Pearl of China by Anchee Min
  17. Womenomics by Claire Shipman
  18. The Weighing of the Heart by Jane Thynne
  19. Extraordinary Theory of Objects by Stephanie LaCava
  20. The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman
  21. The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Phillipa Gregory
  22. Motherland by Amy Shone
  23. A Place of Yes by Bethenny Frankel
  24. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
  25. The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty
  26. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
  27. The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
  28. The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay
  29. MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Brett
  30. Smut: Stories by Alan Bennett
  31. Girl Land by Caitlin Flanagan
  32. The Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tobar
  33. A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay — COMPLETED  9/14
  34. The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
  35. Saving Ceecee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman – COMPLETED 7/14
  36. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  37. The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain
  38. Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner
  39. Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs – COMPLETED 10/14
  40. Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
  41. Promises to Keep by Jane Green
  42. The Summer We Met Gatsby by Danielle Ganek- COMPLETED 9/12/14
  43. Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner – COMPLETED 10/14

Do you have any good book recommendations?  I’d love to hear!


  1. The Chaperone – COMPLETED 1/14
  2. No, Seriously – (audiobook) COMPLETED 1/14
  3. On the Inside – COMPLETED 1/14
  4. Orphan Train – COMPLETED 4/14
  5. Wedding Night – (audiobook) Sophie Kinsella – COMPLETED 2/14
  6. Spelling it Like it is (audiobook) – COMPLETED 3/14
  7. Have You Found Her? – COMPLETED 4/14
  8. Brunette Ambitions (Lea Michele – audiobook) – COMPLETED 5/14
  9. Maxed Out – American Moms on the Brink – COMPLETED 6/14
  10. The American Heiress – COMPLETED 7/14
  11. The Book of Life – COMPLETED 8/14
  12. Not That Kind of Girl – COMPLETED 10/14
  13. Knit the Season – COMPLETED 11/14
  14. Call the Midwife – READING NOW!




Book Review: Eclair Goes to Stella’s


Hi, I’m Éclair and I’m seven. My sister Meggie is two. When mom got sick we had to go live with Stella, my dad’s mom, the one with maroon colored hair. I begged Dad not to make us stay with her because she beat her horse and was going to eat her rooster, but he didn’t believe me. Even after I pretended I was going to barf, he left us with Stella.

So there we were, Meggie and me, on a strange pink farm with a skinny horse, a mean rooster, and Stinky Stella who had a living room filled with dead deer heads.

What would she do to us?

Would we end up on her wall too?

MY REVIEW: I didn’t know how this book was going to pan out when I first started reading.  I was concerned and confused when I read that Clair and Meggie’s mom was going away because she was “sick”…at first I thought it was going to be too heavy of a topic for the recommended age group to grasp, but it can be true life!  I felt that the book was very real in that Eclair was telling the story how a true young girl would tell a story.  From the mention of the stinky diaper, to what was going through her head when she saw the trophy deer heads in Stella’s house.

I enjoyed reading the book and look forward to learning mores about Eclair and Meggie’s adventures on Stella’s farm.  I hope that the author does touch on the main reason for the little girls going away to their grandma’s and how they cope – it could turn out to be a healing book for children that may be going through the same situation.

Book Reading Age
First – Third grade GIRLS, 5 – 9 year olds

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“Do you want to name her?” Stella said.
I squeezed my eyes to think again. “Star. She looks like a movie star.”
“I love it.” Stella reached up to give me a high-five. “Star, it is.”

About the Author

Michelle grew up in the suburbs of Detroit with five brothers.  She enjoys writing her novels and encouraging writers and readers alike. She is living her dream writing stories of real people searching for their dreams and confronting their fears, showing the passion of the characters’ plights, often giving her the ability to show the reader the ‘other’ side of the story. When she is not writing she enjoys life on the tennis court and is known as “Queen of the Rim Shots.”

Her debut novel, CACHE a PREDATOR, a geocaching mystery. was launched in July, 2013 and has been an Amazon best-seller in the crime/thriller category.  Her other works include: Willow, Scattered Links, Kelly’s Story, Eclair Series, and The Vision in a Kiss.  She has won contests in both The Writer’s Journal and The Writer’s Digest. Love is Just a Word (Scattered Links) was a bronze medalist is the 2010 Frasier Contest, a 2011 semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis Contest, and won the Aspiring Writer’s Contest withe THE READING ROOM, 2013.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.




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