2019 Year End Wrap Up!

Happy New Year and Merry Holidays! We are coming to the end of 2019 very rapidly and I thought I would write one more post just to brag… I put that trampoline together with the help of my 5 year old, and I crocheted the socks and tea set in time for Christmas. I am very proud of myself for what I’ve accomplished these last few weeks!

I’m not certain that I completed all of my goals from last year, but I definitely learned a lot and had a lot of different experiences this year. And my kids have grown and learned and loved, and that is all I can ask for. I am feeling very grateful right now, despite having a husband and 3 year old who are down with (allegedly) the flu. Hopefully no one else gets sick.

Now, on to the books:

According to goodreads I have read 106 books this year, and while that number includes some children’s books it’s probably still missing another 100 picture books.

Here are my favorites:

The book with the most style:

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are so well thought out and put together. Each page is able to evoke the emotion of the story with the spacing and styling of the text, and the story itself was worth staying up late for. This is gold, and I recommend it with my whole heart to anyone interested in sci-fi. Full review here.

The book that spoke to my heart and filled me with strength:

The Call of the Wild + Free by Ainsley Arment is a book I only recently finished the audiobook for. However, I loved it so much that I asked my husband to buy me the book for Christmas, and surprise… It’s so beautiful and well laid out. There’s beautiful picture inside, and quotes and lists and everything are separated with different colors and sizes of text.

This book is about using your instincts to raise you children, and that learning will come naturally, and that letting our children be children will not set them back. It says that you are enough for your children.

I homeschool my 3 children, and some days that is really tough. This book was very inspirational and I am going back through and underlining and bookmarking all of my favorite passages. I highly recommend this for anyone who does or is thinking about homeschooling.

My favorite Audiobook

My kids and I listened to this a few months ago, and we recently started it all over because we all love it so much. This is part of the Little House series and follows Almanzo in his 9th year as he helps on his parents farm. The descriptions are breathtaking and mouthwatering. If you are interested in history, farming, or food, you cannot pass this one up. Full review, here.

The book that made me a fan for life:

Laini Taylor did such an amazing job writing Strange the Dreamer. Her story and her characters are so captivating that I don’t want to leave their world. I will definitely be reading Laini’s books for the rest of my life because I don’t want to miss out on her creative genius. If you enjoy Fantasy and you have yet to pick this up, I want you to add this to your New Years’ resolution RIGHT NOW. Full review, here.

This is a book I can’t forget:

I actually read Red Sister by Mark Lawrence in 2018, but I didn’t get to Grey Sister and Holy Sister until 2019 and the series as a whole has stuck with me! It still pops into my head randomly every few weeks. These characters feel like friends and I’m always wondering what they are up to. This is for fans who like their nuns to kick a$$. Full review, here.

The biggest surprise:

I thought this book was really weird at first, but it hooked me and by the end I was really loving it. It seems I haven’t written a review for this one. It takes place in a world where people sleep through the winter by taking some fancy drugs. Some people stay awake to “police” things and prevent crazy people from doing harm. Oh, and there’s zombies. If you like sci-fi or apocalyptic reads, this is definitely worth a try!

My favorite family read aloud:

My lovely and amazing husband got me some house shoes that look like mice. I have named them Tumtum & Nutmeg because they are cute and so are these stories. Both my 5 & 3 year old enjoy these books, although my sensitive 5 year old gets a little anxious when we are near the climax of the story. Tumtum & Nutmeg are mice that do their best to care for the neglected children that live in their house. In the first book the human Aunt sees them and tries to exterminate them and they must fight back to protect themselves. It’s really cute.

My favorite picture book:

This picture book is AMAZING. It not only illustrates the story of the Firebird but also illustrates pieces of the ballet. You get to see the story in two ways at one time. This story really captured my 5 year old and he still brings it up in his play sometimes. (The other day he built some train sheds out of magna tiles but he said the top was a dance floor and that they were performing Snow White, then the Nutcracker, and then the “Prince Ivan story” by which he meant Firebird.) I should really buy this one…

Happy New Year to all, and to all a good night!

I’m sorry I don’t update consistently anymore. Hopefully I will be able to make more time for it in the coming year!

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