I am an avid bibliophile who is slowly filling every corner of my life with books. Then clearing out those corners when I buy new bookshelves.
Then filling the empty corners all over again.
I have found ways to save money over the years, since my previous book shopping budget was unsustainable, and I now utilize my position as an Educational Consultant with Usborne Books & More (thus the graphic at the top of the page) and by having a day job in a library to get more bang (books) for my bucks.
First of all, I get a discount on Usborne books by being a consultant, or I just get them free (message me for details if you’re interested in those perks). And I’ve found that it’s often wise to “test drive” books first, since they’re not always what I expect them to be from their description (on that note, I’m also very grateful to have discovered GoodReads), and working in a library has shown me just how very easy that test drive can be.
I still buy (lots of) books, but now I am usually familiar with them before I buy them. Which is why I started writing book reviews: to help other people more easily find the books with which they’re going to fall deeply in love.
I’ve separated this list of my blog posts into a few categories: Story Books (for kids & teens & kids at heart), Activity & Non-Fiction Books (for kids), Fiction Books (for adults) and Non-Fiction Books (for adults); and I’ve sorted those lists alphabetically by title.
Story Books (for kids & teens & kids at heart)
The BFG (and a Grobswitchy Cake) by Roald Dahl
David Wiesner’s Wordless (or mostly wordless) Picture Books
The Dog Who Loved Red by Anitha Balachandran
East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Usborne Young Readers Edition)
The Garden of Empress Cassia by Gabrielle Wang
Hush Little Polar Bear by Jeff Mack
I’m a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian and Ann James
The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
Just How Long Can a Long String Be by Keith Baker
The Katie Books by James Mayhew
The Library Gingerbread Man by Dotti Enderle and Colleen Madden
Monsters Aren’t Real by Kerstin Schoene
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems
When I Love You at Christmas by David Bedford and Tamsin Ainslie
Activity & Non-Fiction Books (for kids & teens)
50 Easter Things to Make and Do
Easter Bunny Lift-a-Flap Board Book
Flippy Floppy Jungle Animals Lift-a-Flap Book
My First Keyboard Book (with attached piano)
Usborne’s Collection of SHAKESPEARE Books
Vintage Fashion Coloring Books
Wind-Up Pirate Ship Book (with toy)
Fiction Books (for adults)
*you’ll find more of my reviews for strictly adult books on GoodReads
Non-Fiction Books (for adults)
Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals by Dinah Fried