Tis the season…


You might think I’m exaggerating, but this is what my bedside table looks like most days.  I’m an avid reader.  It’s my go to past time for relaxation and learning new things.

In honor of back to school season, I thought I’d write about BOOKS! 

These are my personal favorites, and I hope you will share some of your favorites, too.  The easiest way is to comment via Facebook.  You’ll find me here.

OK, so let’s start with kiddo books.  I apologize up front, I have two girls, so I may have missed some awesome boy books.

For the little kids (preschool and younger):

Snoozers by Sandra Boynton ( short, silly stories to make everyone laugh)

Anything with Curious George by Margaret & HA Rey.  These stories are pure fun, and you have your pick of adventures: camping, going to school, looking for dinosaurs, etc.

For kids in elementary school:

The Lucky Star series by Phoebe Bright.  Each book comes with a magical charm for your silver bracelet that arrives with book 1.  Sweet, thoughtful and whimsical.

The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey. I was initially turned off by the silly cover art and the name, but when I actually started reading the first book, I was impressed with the humor and insight.  Also a series!

The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer.  It’s what they call a fractured fairy tale, and is full of adventure and drama.  This is not a Disney fair tale story!  I think it’s meant for 3rd grade and above.  I usually read this to my daughter, as it’s not an easy reader book.  I can safely say it’s entertaining for kids and adults.

Now for the adults who are soul searching:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.  What is your personal legend?  Definitely thought provoking.

Let’s not forget my favorite life coach, Martha Beck.  Everyone should read Finding Your Own North Star.  Seriously, get to it!

If you want more suggestions in this category, please see my resources page.

How about wanting something funny?

I began reading David Sedaris many years ago.  If you have a sense of humor and healthy sense of sarcasm, you will probably laugh out loud.  I started with Dress your family in corduroy and denim, but Holidays on ice is also a great one.

More for the ladies, Lisa Wingate has a sweet, funny series set in the fictional town of Daily, Texas. Talk of the town is the first one.  The characters are really funny.

Want some drama?

Do you like westerns? Detective stories?  Modern day intrigue?   Please try the Longmire series.  I found the book series while watching the show on Netflix, I am obsessed!  The first book is called The cold dish (as in revenge is best served cold!).

And my last category is books about health:

Eat right for your type by Dr. Peter D’Adamo, is an interesting look at differences in body types and health regimens based on your blood type.  I’m an O, and I find that it’s relevant.  Maybe you will find something useful, too!

The four day win by Martha Beck is another book that may give you a new perspective on eating, exercise, and how to break old negative habits by starting new positive ones.

That’s about it for today.  The amazon links I’ve added here go directly to amazon smile for charitable giving to the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children.  I volunteered with them a few years ago and loved it.  They train volunteers to run the libraries at a number of public Philadelphia elementary schools.  The Philadelphia school district is forever cash strapped, and staffing for the libraries is usually the first thing to go.  Many of these schools are in poor neighborhoods where kids may not have many of their own books, and so keeping the school libraries open is huge.  Please consider supporting them!

Happy reading and don’t forget to send me your favorites via Facebook!



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