February 18, 2017

cool stuff i like

Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry for the lack of book blogging and lack of blogging in general. February is a crazy month. Everyone I know has a birthday this month, including my kiddo.There's just been a lot going on! Try and catch up with me on Instagram - I'm over there more than I'm here, these days. But I have several books I'm very excited about, enough to devote a whole post to them, so that's coming. In the meantime, you can entertain yourself, as I did ha, by checking out the links below:

OH how I can relate to this. Seriously.

Speaking of parties and birthdays, I have a fun Pinterest board devoted to the topic.

A Pink Moon tea ritual?? I have no idea what this is all about, but it sounds lovely.

A group of my friends and I were freaking out on Facebook about this upcoming program on PBS about the Bronte sisters, and I wanted to make sure that you knew about it as well.

This food blog is awesome! I went on a pinning spree!

Yes Valentine's Day is over. But look at this Valentine's Day stick tree - so lovely. I do love my stick trees.

This chicken pot pie looks beautiful.

I'm so excited about this show - you guys know about my literary boarding school love, right? More on that topic in the spring, there's a few books I need to read first.

A sneak peek at IKEA's 2017 summer collection.

Best books for 5th graders. And....best books for tween girls.

Cool Book of the Week: 'Sloth's Birthday Party' by Diane Redfield Massie is a vintage treasure that was my favorite book when I was five. I wrote about it in my first year of blogging, but my scans for the book are terrible - I really need to re-do the entire post. But it's so worth mentioning from time to time, and it really is the cutest, most unique little book, with beautiful watercolor-y art on every page. You can only find it used. But don't let that stop you! There are so many treasures that haven't been republished for whatever reason, but I find well preserved used books all the time. In this charming tale, Sloth wants to invite his friends to his birthday party in his treehouse home, but his housekeeping habits are so terrible that his house is in utter disarray and his pals are hesitant to come visit. Luckily his friends know just what to give him for his birthday to help him tidy up his home....

Have a lovely weekend! Are you buried under snow? Are you washed out by rain? The West Coast has been rainy rainy rainy. And yet I see a foot of snow in other parts of the land.....oh P.S. - I got this lovely wrapping paper up above from Cost Plus. They have such great paper!



  1. What a great 5th grade reading list. I bookmarked it-I will definitely be picking some of these up. As a substitute teacher, I like to bring age appropriate books with me when I know what grade I'm teaching-always time for a bit of read aloud!

    I can't remember if I read Prep or not-I think I might have gotten it from the library at one time, and started it, but don't think I finished it. I really liked Sittenfeld's reworking of Pride and Prejudice, Eligible-so I should give Prep another try. I'm also excited for the series!

    We have lots of snow, which is good because we haven't had much the last few winters. Hope you see some sunshine soon!

    1. PS-I was looking at your instagram-and I saw the British Library Crime Classics book, Murder of A Lady. How have I never heard of these books?? I'm not usually a "buy a book by it's cover" but I absolutely love the covers of these books! I'm a huge fan of British mysteries, and these are right up my alley. Thanks!

    2. I had never heard of those books either until recently! And yep, I was so in love with the covers! Great fun. That author wrote a riff on Pride & Prejudice? Ooooh I will for sure check that out.

    3. The Austen Project- where contemporary authors rework Austen's novels-so far there has been the one mentioned, Eligible,then Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid, Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope, and Emma by Alexander McCall Smith.

      I'm a huge Austen fan, and I've enjoyed these. I actually belong to a Jane Austen Book Club, and we had a great discussion, purists versus people (like me) happy to expose a larger group of readers to Austen. I feel if one reader goes to the original source, than the job is done!

  2. Thank you for the shout out! It's all going by so fast!!

    1. you are so welcome my friend! i hear you. Oh how I hear you!