What is Bookroo? It is a subscription book service for kids! How awesome is that? About a month ago I was introduced to Bookroo my friend (and fellow blogger) Emily. After looking into the company a bit more, and really liking what I saw, I ordered our first box and then anxiously waited. I knew this would be a great addition to our reading for the 100 Books in August challenge, and they did not disappoint. When the package arrived at our house last week, to say I was impressed would be an understatement. The wrapping alone was lovely.
The stories were great, with cute illustrations. Hugless Douglas and the Big Sleepover is a fun story about a bear heading to a sleepover at his friend Rabbit’s house and what happens when he brings along lots of extra friends. It’s a perfect bedtime story. We will be taking it along for my kids’ next sleepover with their cousins.
Pirate Nap is the story of some cute little pirate brothers (and their baby sister – perfect for my crew!) and their colorful adventures before naptime. It was obviously a fast favorite of my boys. The rest of the afternoon they could be heard shouting pirate lingo as they crafted a boat from a cardboard box, made a flag, and had their own adventures.
THAT is my favorite thing about reading.Want to know more? Head on over to Bookroo.com to start your own subscription! They have three subscription options, and you can also choose between board books or picture books. The order process is super easy. Sign up, choose your book type and subscription, and they handle the rest! Even better? If you purchase a subscription through the above link, you’ll receive a special discount of $4 off, just for being a reader of my blog! (Coupon will be added at checkout.)
It’s probably no secret, I love to read. I definitely didn’t do enough of it last year though. I think I finished 2, maybe 3, books? Maybe it was 4. I’m not really sure, but I know the last several weeks, I’ve been glued to a book most nights while I waited to win the war with my children over bedtime. I’ve shared a few quotes from some of them on Twitter and Instagram and had several ask what books they came from, so I decided to compile a short list of some of the most recent books I have read or am currently reading. One of the books I started a couple of years ago (and sadly still haven’t finished!) suggested moms could benefit from, as often as possible, choosing books that were both interesting, but also encouraging or educating. While I do enjoy reading fiction, I’ve found that over the last few years, my heart hasn’t been in it as much. So, without further explanation, here are a few reading recommendations for those looking to start out the new year with a new book.
Tender Mercy for a Mother’s Soul: Inspiration to Renew Your Spirit By Angela Thomas This was given to me by a good friend, and I’ve read it in full twice and also read bits and pieces here and there just because I love it that much. Lots of helpful insight and encouragement all in one little book. I’m beginning to think the best books by moms for moms are the shorter ones. Those are the moms/authors that get it, and understand that I do not have time to read a lengthy book in a short amount of time anymore, and I will get annoyed and discouraged by that fact if I try.
Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches By Rachel Jankovic
Another book that was gifted to me that I am oh, so thankful for! As a mama of three tinys and one on the way, this one was very encouraging. It’s also another short book that packs the good stuff in without taking up lots of extra pages a mom of little kids doesn’t have time to read.
Three Decades of Fertility By: Natalie Klewja, Carmon Friedrich, et al.
I came across this ebook through the blog of one of the authors and it immediately piqued my interest. I finally bought the Kindle version of it just a couple of weeks ago, and I am really enjoying it so far. Each of the authors does a good job of being very real about life and pregnancy as a mother of many and how God has blessed them and taught them amazing things through letting HIM have control over every aspect of their lives, even the very private part that our culture tells us to take control of.
Life Interrupted By Priscilla Shirer Another one that I am currently reading. This was also a gift from a friend. Really, my friend Heather magically finds way more reading time than I have and she has awesome taste in reading material. I adore this book for so many reasons. I’ve already gifted a copy to someone else, and I haven’t even finished it. This is a great book for anyone dealing with big or small “interruptions” in their life.
rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is an amazing book! I definitely recommend it to everyone. This book gives you a true look at what the world of polygamy is really like. Honestly, it is difficult to read at times. Parts of this book made me very, very angry.