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Activities I have found to do with the kids during this #socialdistancing

Alright, we are all in this together, but very much separately. I have appreciated all of the support from friends that have shared their daily lesson plans, their recipes, their links to activities. Having the kiddos at home and trying to work and home school is VERY trying for everyone and I am appreciative of how supportive everyone is being to each other. I thought I would collect some of the things that I have found to share with you here! This is not the cleanest post I have ever made, I just wanted to get this out for people to use!

Book Readings

Storyline Online has a youtube channel with a huge assortment of books being read! Check it out here! You can also check out their website here.

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A Top 2020 Read: Under Glass and Stone by A.N. Willis – Book Review

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What I Loved:

Under Stone and Glass was such an amazing story with a well-written plot and I loved all of it. I was blown away by the story of the house. A.N. Willis wove such an intricate story in such an amazing way, I was absolutely captivated.

How I Felt:

The characters give a young adult feel to this story, however, it’s perfect for adults. Evelyn, our main character, is a high school student plagued by terrible dreams that feel more like memories of the house across the street. Everyone thinks she is obsessed with the house and needs to move on. She’s such a determined character and knows deep down that something is not right. She meets Alex and quickly finds that she’s infatuated with him, but also that he may hold secrets that she needs to know. Alex was a great character. He’s a bit about breaking the rules, but also wants to do the right thing. It was a nice mix for his character that kept me wondering what his motives were.

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Legends of the Lost Causes Series by Brad McLelland and Louis Sylvester – Review and Giveaway

Welcome to the Legends of Lost Causes Series Blog Tour hosted by Rock Star Book Tours!

What I Loved About This Series:

The adventure and excitement in Legends of Lost Causes Series was perfect for middle-grade readers! I loved the mixture of old west location and fantasy creatures. It created an excellent story that a young reader would love!

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Legends of the Lost Causes by Brad McLelland and Louis Sylvester

How I Felt:

Legends of the Lost Causes features Keech and Sam, two orphans living in the wild west. The time frame and bad-guys for this book make it extremely unique. Set in the 1850s, it has that old feel, yet there are zombie-ish outlaws and magic. The two together created this amazing adventure that I’m sure little readers will love.

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From My Window I See . . . the Seasons by Dr. Barbara Cavanagh – Kid’s Book Review

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What I Loved:

The narrator in this book was really cute. I loved how as she is describing the seasons, each one was her “favorite”. She would move on to a new season, and think, actually this is my favorite. It was adorable, and it really showed the reader there is something to love from each season.

How I Felt:

The writing was well done in this story. The story focuses on the little girl’s view from her home’s window. It was a fun way for my daughter and I to discuss what activities we do during those seasons.

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The Reckoning by D.M. Taylor – Book Review

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What I Loved:

D.M. Taylor’s The Reckoning created a mixture of science fiction and real-life feel that had me utterly captivated. The characters were well-built and easy to love. The story was a fabulous journey that so many readers will enjoy. Overall, I loved everything about this book!

How I Felt:

The characters Taylor created were so relatable. I connected to each sister in a different way. I loved that Taden was this super-smart woman who had cracked the code to time-travel, and yet she was vulnerable. She falls in love with the wrong men, she has a history that is filled with regret, and she feels the need to protect her sister, Ruth. Ruth’s story was incredibly interesting to me. She is a woman who was once lost but has found her way, only to have everything uprooted in a surprising turn of events. Her decisions throughout the story kept me captivated, and I enjoyed following her story.

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Not According to Plan by A.M. Madden – Review and Giveaway

Welcome to the Not According to Plan blog tour
hosted by RockStar Book Tours!

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What I Loved:

I love this twist on a romance storyline! A one-night-stand turned into a pregnancy and love story was adorable, and I loved it! One other thing I just adored about this book was the cover! I just think it’s utterly fabulous and I was drawn to the book from that alone!

How I Felt:

The characters were so lovable in this story. Jade, our female lead, has no interest in love. She is focused on her career. When life throws her curve-balls though, we find how adaptable to change she can be. I liked her strength and determination in all things life gave her. Max is also not looking for love, and yet love seems to find him. He’s a wonderful love interest, and I loved his strength of character. He was willing to commit to the situation and I appreciated that so much. Together, Jade and Max make a fabulous pair and they were so fun to read about.

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Perfect Distraction by Allison Ashley – Book Review

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What I Loved:

I loved that the relationship in this romance was complex. Healthcare workers don’t seem to be featured in this type of situation in books often, and it was a nice change to read about it.

How I Felt:

Perfect Distraction was the perfect distraction that I needed with the recent events happening in the world. It was a lovely story that offered a new type of romance story.

The characters were easy to like, and you kind of fall in love with them right from the beginning. Lauren is adorable and I want to be her friend! Her wit and humor had me connecting with her so quickly. She’s a career-focused woman who isn’t looking for love, but she manages to find it with Andrew. Andrew, a cancer-patient, is focused on recovery and school, not on love. Love, however, has a way of doing its own thing.

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GET OFF: The Sordid Youth and Unlikely Survival of a Queer Junkie Wonder Boy by Scott Alderman – Book Review

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What I Loved:

Get Off is written as though it is a conversation between the author and the reader. I felt like I was sitting down with Scott Alderman while he told me his story, and it was wonderful.

How I Felt:

I really enjoy reading memoirs because I find that they are packed with emotion. The author is telling their personal story, sharing secrets with the reader, and that experience is impactful for me, as the reader. Reading Scott Alderman’s book Get Off gave just the kind of experience I love.

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Quarantined? Here is a list of Free or $0.99 Books!

Feed Your Reader Informational Blog Tour is hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions!

With the entire country under an essential house arrest until further notice, I know that our house has been on the hunt for new things to do and read. I have been on the hunt for new books to fill up my e-reader without spending a ton of money. I was so excited to find out that there are a ton of options that are free to download or cost just $0.99! Here is a compiled list of where to find these great books!

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The Evergreen Life Experiment by Aviva Gat – Book Review

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What I Loved:

It is rare to read a book with main characters that are elderly. They are usually supporting characters, or older in the beginning, but most of their story is told through a flashback. The Evergreen Life Experiment was not that at all. It is a book filled with main characters that are all living in a retirement facility. They are all 75 years or older, and it is wonderful to see a focus on this generation!

How I Felt:

This story was so much fun! A group of live-in residents for an elderly community are given the opportunity to take a pill that will stop and possibly reduce the signs of aging. There are quite a few people that jump at the chance immediately, while others are skeptical and choose not to take it. As the results start to show on some of the characters, others want to join in and agree to take it as well. The Evergreen Life Experiment focuses on each character’s individual history and experiences leading up to and after taking this new trial drug.

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Hannah Goodheart and the Guardian of Time by C. Michael Morrison – Review and Giveaway

Welcome to the Hannah Goodheart and the Guardian of Time blog tour
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What I Loved:

I love a good time travel book and that is exactly what I got with Hannah Goodheart and the Guardian of Time! I enjoyed how they traveled through time and how the time travel worked. It was all lovely!

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Notes to My Son by Eric Lynn – Review and Giveaway

Welcome to the Notes To My Son blog tour
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What I Loved:

I loved the concept and execution of Notes to My Son. Written in the form of 25 letters to his son, Eric Lynn shares advice on life, being a dad, and so much more. I loved the way he put his feelings down as a tribute to his son.

How I Felt:

The letters, or notes, that Lynn has compiled for his son are broken up into 25 unique pieces. I have found that these really stayed with me after I finished. There is a lot of wonderful advice for people of all ages in this book.

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