Reading Stack(s) January 2021

Nothing like starting the year with a good book! Hoping that every one of these finds a way into my heart and mind. I had just finished The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson which was such an eye opener to start the year. The book I am reading now also has me engrossed. This holiday season has been so good to me that I feel so blessed. There is no better gift than the teachings of life through writing. Give me many journeys to go on even if I can’t go in physical form and I’ll be your friend forever talking over the journeys with you.

An Eight Year Old Reader

My daughter is so cool. She is eight and loves many things including Legos and playing Pokémon, both table top and electronically, but she especially loves to read books. I don’t know what I am happier about, that she loves to read in generally or that her taste is absolutely fantastic. I cannot wait to see what her library looks like when she gets older. 🙂 I also cannot wait until she is old enough to read the books that I have written. I know that they will fit in perfectly with her taste. A taste that we haven’t even influenced, but that is apparently genetically in our souls. ❤

Feeling Known

Happy Day After Christmas!!! I hope yours was full of comfort in some way or another to help you feel a little better after how this year has been for everyone. I just wanted to excitedly show the book world how awesome my husband was to me this holiday. I am not the biggest fan of getting gifts because I take gifts so personally. I believe that gifts really show me who knows me well or who doesn’t. So I would rather people not get me anything than get me something that shows they don’t know me well because my excitement mainly comes from how well I am known than by what I get. I know I am the way I am because of something from my childhood, which obviously I won’t get into, but my husband made me really feel special by giving me these gifts. And I figured that if someone else is like me that they may get a kick out of the awesomeness of these gifts. He got me an owl lamp for my bedside reading since my lamp previously was not bright enough to do reading at night. He also got me a book series set that I am excited to dive into, another book, and some awesome bookmarks!! This is the world I live in and love to live in in my mind. These gifts speak to me and help make my world a little brighter and help the oddness of the real world feel like home. I am grateful for a husband who can give me that. I am grateful to feel known. I know many other fantasy readers out there or readers in general will understand. ❤

Thoughts on Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

I don’t normally review children’s books because I have not studied up entirely on how to write them. But at the bookstore today this book, Sulwe written by Lupita Nyong’o and illustrated by Vashti Harrison, spoke to me on the shelf. I took it down, flipped a couple of pages, looked at the price, decided it was worth it, and brought it home excited to dive in. It is a book that I will always remember and cherish. In college I actually had a friend whose soul you could tell was hurting when she talked about how dark she was compared to her sister. So this book went straight to my heart and pulled a few strings. The first time I read it I cried. Then the second time I read it to my children I had to keep taking breaks to choke back tears. It is a must have and a necessary read, colored with beautiful illustrations that take your breath away with a flip of a page. I am so thankful I came across this and that now I get to keep it on my shelf forever to bring down whenever I need a moment and a reminder of beauty.