Everybody Fights: So Why Not Get Better at It? by Kim Holderness and Penn Holderness

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Book Genre "Memoir" with person writing with pen
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Book Genre Block "Inspiring" with letter tiles spelling "Do Not Give Up"

This book has changed my marriage. For Real! I will literally be re-reading this book for a long time. Each chapter speaks to a different part of your relationship, and it was just amazing!

If you are not in a relationship, I STILL think you should read this book. There’s a chapter on intimate connection, but other than that, I really think this book teaches us how to listen to and interact with humans in general. Not just the one you’re married to. I’m using things I’ve learned in this book to better communicate with my kids too!

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The Path to Sunshine Cove by RaeAnne Thayne

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Book cover of gate opening to the ocean

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was a beautiful story with a setting that I thoroughly enjoyed! Oh my, I want to visit Sunshine Cove now! The ocean views, and the people that live there sound amazing! This is book 2 in the series “Cape Sanctuary”, but if you haven’t read book one, do not worry! I think you’ll be completely fine, this can be read as a stand-alone.

The characters are wonderful and easy to connect with. They feel so real, they could be your actual friends. Jess and Rachel are sisters separated from each other in their teenage years. Sunshine Cove provides an opportunity for the two of them to reconnect, and it’s an absolutely lovely story!

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Marvellous Macey, The Delightful Days by Caitlin Bangsund

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Marvellous Macey is certain quite the fabulous little lady! She is filled with joy and happiness, and just looking at her smile makes you smile!

I liked how the story lets the reader know that Macey has challenges in her everyday life. There are things that are hard for her to do, but she doesn’t let those keep her down. She has so many talents and special qualities that she excels at, and she takes full advantage of those!

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Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd

Book Genre Block - "Middle Grade"

Rating: 5 out of 5.

As a child, I had allergies to every kind of animal, so my heart went out to Maggie in this book! It’s hard to be a kid and not be able to get a pet when you want one so bad!

I really enjoyed that this story hits on multiple situations that young readers deal with in every day life. There is friendship and fights, new siblings, and of course, our pet drama and allergies. In graphic novel format, this story flew by! This was a well-written, wonderful book, and readers will really connect with Maggie and her story!

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Mickey on the Move by Michelle Wagner

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Mickey on the Move is a story that features a young boy with cochlear implants starting at a new school. I thought this was an awesome story to introduce children to our differences and celebrate them.

I loved the Mickey teaches us about difficulties that he’s already figured out how to overcome, but we also get to experience some with him. It was a nice balance throughout the story.

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The Adventures of Forkman: What’s That Noise? by Tiffany Caldwell and W.R. MacKenzie

Book Cover with superhero fork and family at table

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a wonderful book to teach children about table manners! I really enjoyed the fork superhero that leads the children in proper behavior at the table, and how to help clean up!

Forkman has a lot to teach this family about their manners. We learn how to properly load a dishwasher, but also about improper noises to be made while eating and electronic use.

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The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow. This book was beautiful. Just absolutely, heartwarmingly wonderful.

This entire story was a feel-good heartwarming read that I just wanted to hug and say thank you to. Do yourself a favor and read this one!

“Sometimes,” Mr. Parnassus said, “our prejudices color our thoughts when we least expect them to. If we can recognize that, and learn from it, we can become better people.”
Quote from The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

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Story of the One-Sock Monkey by Jessica Fuller

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Stay at home parents have so much work to do. As a family that had two working parents for the longest time, I didn’t really understand that. Then, just over a year ago, we decided to have my husband stay at home, something he had always wanted to do. It has completely changed my understanding of the work that goes into staying home! I’ve had a front row view of this for the last 11 months as I have worked from home due to COVID. Watching him manage e-learning, cooking, cleaning, laundry, emotional breakdowns, and me…well, it’s quite the undertaking.

The Story of the One-Sock Monkey wonderfully celebrates stay-at-home dads, and I was so excited to get the chance to read it! This is a beautiful tribute to an author’s husband, but also to all fathers, especially ones that stay-at-home!

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Matriarch by Adam Wing

Rating: 5 out of 5.

First of all, how amazing is this cover? I just love how things are woven into her hair, just like the story weaves from one thing to the next. It’s wonderful!

This is a really quick story, so you can sit down, and just completely immerse yourself in it. I loved how the author’s words created this fluid story that entranced me! It’s the type of story that will whisk you away, and you won’t even realize the physical world around you.

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Abracadabra Whoopsie by Adam Kargman

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What if you had the ability to magically make your sibling disappear? Jordy gets this opportunity thanks to a magic genie, and he couldn’t be happier…until things start to go a bit wrong.

I really liked this book. It has a great message about the importance of family, and it’s an exciting story for children to read! Jordy was a character that I’m sure every brother or sister can relate to. Siblings annoy each other, it is bound to happen. In our house, it happens approximately 1,323,754 times per day, so I know that both of my kids were intrigued by the idea of simply making their sibling disappear for a bit.

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The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult

Rating: 5 out of 5.
White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text

This book was AMAZING! I am not going to be able to fully do this book justice in this review, but I’m going to try.

I must say how much incredibly detailed research obviously went into writing this book. It is stuffed full of Egyptian history and information that was amazingly detailed. I learned so much through reading this, and I loved it.

This story is hard for me to explain because I do not want to spoil it for any reader, so I’m going to leave a lot out. If you’ve read the book, I’d love to discuss it!

So, the story itself, it’s about love, life, death, family, everything that builds us into the people we are. This book ripped me up and then put me back together. I couldn’t quite figure out how this was going to end. It’s about The Book of Two Ways, an Egyptian path for the dead to find their afterlife. The chapters are broken into a story of two ways. Water or Land / Boston or Egypt. Sometimes I struggle jumping back and forth to different stories in a book, but with this, every time we switched to the “other way” I was so deeply invested I didn’t want that one to end, then we’d jump to the “other way” and I’d get invested all over again.

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Arabella and the Magic Pencil by Stephanie M. Ward

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow, my kids really understood and appreciated this story! Siblings are a wonderful thing, but sometimes they aren’t…Arabella shows us how frustrating siblings can be, but does that mean we don’t really want them around?

Arabella is a special girl with parents that love her. She also gets one wish granted each year. This year, she wishes for a magic pencil that will make anything that she draws come to life. She creates so many beautiful things with her imagination and her pencil. Then, her new brother disrupts her play, in frustration, she erases him! At first, she is happy but quickly realizes that she has made a mistake. Can she correct her error?

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