Book Shelf: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Shoot this book into my veins! I loved it so much. I completely invested in the story, the characters, and found it hard to put down. I took the story with me to sleep and into my dreams. Beautifully written and captivating!

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Book Shelf: Unicorns, Mermaids, and Magical Tales by Sarah Northwood and Julie E. Clements

Unicorns, Mermaids, and Magical Tales by Sarah Northwood and Julie E. Clements

Magical, fun, and sweet book. Overflowing with unicorns, mermaids, fairies, poems, and inviting adventures. My daughter loved this one too. The perfect book for reading when you only have small pockets of reading time. I also loved the illustrations throughout the book! Wonderful!

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Book Shelf: Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

**Throwback to 2016** – From the time Thomas and Lillian were born (2005 and 2001) I read to them nightly before going to bed; leading to some time in 2017 when we all decided to discontinue doing so. Their tastes in what interested each of them had solidified by this point. We all continue to be heavy readers, reading daily. We read some really great books! I miss those times.

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

We enjoyed this book to the moon and back! Awesome!

“The average dairy farmer gets up at dawn because he has to go to work in the cow yard. I get up at dawn, too. But it is because I want to find some leaf, hung with dew; or a spider web which the dew has made into the most delicate ropes of pearls ….

I take my camera with me, get down on my knees in the wet grass, and photograph these exquisite bits of nature. Because I do this I can show these lovely things to people who never would have seen them without my help.

They will get their daily quart of milk, all right. Other farmers will attend to that. But I think I am giving them something which is just as important.” -W.A. Bentley

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Book Shelf: Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

I originally got this for Lillian (my daughter), but I wanted to read it too! I very much enjoyed this middle-grade story, getting to know the characters, navigating life with them as they pick up the pieces following a terrible tornado. Picking up the pieces, putting their lives together, learning about themselves, and learning to love and accept themselves and their friends. Wonderful story!

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Book Shelf: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. A powerful story of staying true to oneself, no matter the repercussions. Such a lovely story of love, friendship, and forgiveness. I swear we’ve seen the movie, but I cannot remember! Will have to watch it again.

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Book Shelf: Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

I stepped outside of my comfort zone, and my favored genres to read this one. My first nudge was the cover, and then a friend’s review pushed me to put it on hold with the library.

I am so glad I did. This is wonderfully well written, kept me engaged, and coming back for more. I became invested in learning about the characters and following each of their stories. I truly enjoyed the underlying message of being true to oneself. Absolutely loved it!

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Book Shelf: Titanicat by Marty Crisp

**Throwback to 2016** – From the time Thomas and Lillian were born (2005 and 2001) I read to them nightly before going to bed; leading to some time in 2017 when we all decided to discontinue doing so. Their tastes in what interested each of them had solidified by this point. We all continue to be heavy readers, reading daily.

Titanicat by Marty Crisp

Beautifully illustrated story of the cat of the Titanic. I didn’t even know there was a ship cat! We sure enjoyed this one!

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Book Shelf: The Cake Fairies by Isabella May

The Cake Fairies by Isabella May

First of all, I absolutely LOVE the cover of this book. Also, I stepped outside my typical favored genres to read this one. The title and the cover hooked me, and then I won this beauty through an online Meet the Authors event. YAY!

I had a wonderful and fun time following along with two master baker cousins who get transported from 1969 Somerset to 2019 London! Their mission while there is to possibly find everlasting love, and to become Cake Fairies, whipping up delicious treats, dropping them off in the wildest of places, all in the hopes of distracting people from the overuse of technology. It’s got me wishing there were real Cake Fairies! Great read!!

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Book Shelf: The Orchid Thief – A True Story of Beauty and Obsession by Susan Orlean

The Orchid Thief – A True Story of Beauty and Obsession by Susan Orlean

After reading Orlean’s book titled, The Library Book, I just knew I wanted to read this one. Fascinating history of the state of Florida, educating me on entire topics I had no idea about. The passionate world of orchid collectors, and those that will do anything, pay any price to have the orchids they feel are beautiful and unique. Looking forward to watching the movie, Adaption. It’s on my list!

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Book Shelf: Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

The first book I’ve read by Audre Lorde, and I plan on reading more of her writings. Originally published in 1984, the book touches on racism, being Black and how that intersects with feminism and lesbianism. I found the writings to be incredibly informative.

Quotes from the book: “I give the most strength to my children by being willing to look within myself, and by being honest with them about what I find there, without expecting a response beyond their years. In this way they begin to learn to look beyond their own fears.”

“We can sit in our corners mute forever while our sister and our selves are wasted, while our children are distorted and destroyed, while our earth is poisoned; we can sit in our safe corners mute as bottles, and we will still be no less afraid.”

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