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What’s on My Radar: The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

 

Just when seventeen-year-old Matt thinks he can’t handle one more piece of terrible news, he meets a girl who’s dealt with a lot more—and who just might be able to clue him in on how to rise up when life keeps knocking him down—in this wry, gritty novel from the author of When I Was the Greatest.

Matt wears a black suit every day. No, not because his mom died—although she did, and it sucks. But he wears the suit for his gig at the local funeral home, which pays way better than the Cluck Bucket, and he needs the income since his dad can’t handle the bills (or anything, really) on his own. So while Dad’s snagging bottles of whiskey, Matt’s snagging fifteen bucks an hour. Not bad. But everything else? Not good. Then Matt meets Lovey. She’s got a crazy name, and she’s been through more crazy than he can imagine. Yet Lovey never cries. She’s tough. Really tough. Tough in the way Matt wishes he could be. Which is maybe why he’s drawn to her, and definitely why he can’t seem to shake her. Because there’s nothing more hopeful than finding a person who understands your loneliness—and who can maybe even help take it away.

 

Can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

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Children

Surviving Summer Vacation by @kathilipp

Surviving Summer Vacation

Surviving Summer Vacation by Kathi Lipp

I came across this little gem on Netgalley (LOVE) and it was a great quick read so I thought I’d share it with you.  The subtitle of the ebook is just as great as the title: Plans and Prayers for a Mom’s Sanity.  Isn’t that great? With families being busier than ever, summer  can sometimes be overwhelming. The kids get a break from school but yet Mom still has a long list of chores to get done and now she has to juggle the kids into that mix.  It can be stressful.

Here are some of Kathi’s tips that I thought were great:

  • Plant a pizza garden, “marinara based meals all summer long” and dinner? SMART!
  • Create experiences that Mom wants to participate in too, so it’s not drudgery for her as well. GENIUS
  • Summer screen time. Set limits. GO PLAY
  • Book club where “no one gets in trouble if they don’t read the book one month” MY KINDA CLUB
  • Create a home library: buy books at thrift stores and garage sales.
  • Develop a home reading program with prizes and games.

I LOVE these bookish ideas! I would add: make a special reading nook. I like reading in a comfy couch by a window with pillows but wouldn’t an outdoor tent or fort be fun too? Maybe a treehouse?

Check this book out. It’s a quick read and you might find something in it for yourself! What’s one bookish activity your family enjoys during the summer?

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Children

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

 

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I had the pleasure of hosting a Mother Daughter Mother’s Day tea party a few days ago. I love this book, The Night Before Mother’s Day and had to share it with you.  I also like the sentiment of the other book, I Carry Your Heart with Me, because as mothers, that’s what we do.

I hope you enjoy your day and get to do whatever you want on your special day!

I will be having breakfast in bed. I hope. Kids, are you listening???

 

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!