Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Top nonfiction reads of 2021

 I already shared with you my top fiction reads of 2021, so here is my top nonfiction reads of the year!  

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Top 5 nonfiction reads: 



This book, or it's original adult version, is a MUST READ in my opinion.  EVERYONE should read it.  While it tells the story of specific cases that the author has worked with, it also does a great job giving an overview of the issues of injustice in our justice system.  It is definitely eye-opening for someone who doesn't have a close view of the system.  Please read it! 


This is another great read - targeted at young adults, it is a good one for adults as well.  Frederick Joseph (who I follow on instagram) talks to an audience of white people - on how to not be racist.  In many ways, racism is so subversive and subconscious, people say things or do things that the do not mean to be racist, but they are - this book confronts some of those things and is a good primer on how not to be racist.  I definitely recommend it!


I've read a lot of marriage books written for women and this is one of the best. It doesn't have the "just submit" message, but rather is an encouraging read with practical information backed up by Biblical references.  I took copious notes as I read it - it was that good!  And I have lent it out to a friend to read!  So if you are a married woman who is a Christian I would recommend it!  


I like the whole idea of the love languages, which is also from Gary Chapman, and this book is just about communication in marriage - but it has good application for communication in any relationship.  I like that it has practical information on different levels of communication and how to get better at each level.  This one is also lent out to a friend!  


I just reread this one because I tend to struggle in this area, and I especially wanted to read the chapter on boundaries and children - it all seems to be changing with a child becoming a tween.  If you haven't read this book - you should - it is just a great book on both having and respecting boundaries.  














Thursday, December 9, 2021

Top Books of 2021 - Fiction edition

 While I haven't gotten to my goal of 50 books in 2021, I'm getting close, and it's about time to give my top reads of the year.  I am going to have to break it into fiction and nonfiction lists because otherwise I wouldn't be able to choose!  So up first, FICTION!

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Top 5 fiction reads: 


    This book is amazing, and I think everyone should read it.  It is being made into a movie, and I'm glad about that.  However, I'm not sure I can sit through the movie - nor do I think I could reread this book.  It is heart-wrenching in the best way, and it is very difficult to explain it.  But take my word - read it - BEFORE you see the movie.  And let me know what you think.  



    This book set off a flurry of mystery reads for me.  I love the puzzles and twists and turns in this book - it is the first of a trilogy, and unfortunately I have to wait until next fall for the third book to be published.  So maybe put this on your list for next fall so you can binge read the whole series!



    I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but it was recommended by a good friend who I trust their book taste.  It did not disappoint!  I read this one in one setting.  It is also the first in a trilogy, but all three are already published (woohoo!!!).  It has magic and mystery, romance, and is so much fun to read!


    This is a sweet book - a little bit historical fiction, a little bit mystery, a little bit adventure, and a whole lot of romance!  If you like any of those things, you will like this book.  It is the start of a trilogy as well, and the third book just came out, so get to reading!  I am reading book three this weekend!  



    This book begins a series of four books that follows a teen detective who wants to solve a century old crime. Because of this the book goes back and forth between the 1930s and present day, giving it a taste of historical fiction as well.  The first 3 books in the series deal with that crime, and the 4th, The Box in the Woods, deals with another cold case murder from 1978.  All 4 books are great!  


What was your top fiction read this year? 











Monday, July 26, 2021

DIY: Painting an heirloom piece of furniture

I love furniture - especially vintage furniture.  And as I've become an adult I've acquired quite a few great pieces of furniture, but my favorites are the heirloom pieces that have been passed down from older generations in my family.  The twin bed that was in my bedroom when I was a kid came from my great grandmother's house. 

See below to see the bed in the background of an awesome 1990 fashion photo! (I was 11!)  This was the best photo of the bed I could find.  

1990, 11 years, old, dinosaur bedspread, clear phone

Fast forward 25 years - In 2006, Carlos and I were married and moved back to my hometown.  We didn't have any kids - just a fixer upper and 2 beagles. In a 3 bedroom house, we each had an office.  
I wanted an office/guest room that was pink, black, and white with a Parisian theme.  So I took my childhood bed, painted it white, and voila! 


Well, that bed went into storage once our first kid was born, but once his little sister needed his toddler bed, he inherited the white bed that was once mine for his Star Wars room!


Well, that bed was one of a pair - my cousin had the other one growing up, and now it was needed when little sister outgrew her smaller bed.  We decided to give her the white bed and paint the second bed frame blue!  This was one of my summer projects this year.  Carlos found the perfect shade of blue in a spray can and I got to work! 



 I think the blue looks perfect in his room! 



And sister's room is coming along with her new bed as well.  We are transitioning from a Star Wars room for her to something else.  We are trying to go with just pink and add accent pieces as I feel like her interests will change pretty often.  Right now it's all about cats, so she has this pretty awesome zip up cat bedspread!  





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