The Kids Favorite Books

Nothing makes me happier than knowing that I am raising readers. Our initial IKEA spice racks/bookshelves in the boys room were starting to over flow with books to the point that we bought them bookshelves last month. 

While I always talk about what I'm reading I thought I'd share with you what the kids are reading right now as well as some of their favorite books. 

We as a family are still reading The American Story by David Rubenstein and just finished the chapter on Hamilton.. now we are ready to watch the show!

And we have also started as a family to read Harry Potter.. 

H is currently reading (with my help) his way through some of the Bad Kitty books by Nick Bruel.

When asked - here are H's Top 3 Books

1. The Nahrwal Books by Ben Clanton - His exact words "They are funny. It was so funny when the sea monkey said 789. I liked Narwhal, they are very funny. They have 9 foot long tooth coming out of their forehead." I second his sentiments.. these are the funniest, cutest books and my 10 year will also agree. He always joins us at story time if we are reading the Narwhal books. 

2. The Book with No Pictures by B.J Novak - "It's very funny and the person reading it has to say words that don't even make any sense. And in the book it says my best friend is a hippo named boo boo butt!!" This gem is written by The Office's B.J Novak. It is genius. 

3. I Love My Hat by Douglas Florian - "It's funny because it has silly rhymes and in the book it says nice underwear big brown bear." Obviously just saying the word underwear gets a huge laugh in my home. 

Here's are D's favorites

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan - "They were very realistic. I felt like I was Percy. I got to go on so many adventures with him. I loved when he killed the flying pig in the fifth book which was my favorite. It was called the Last Olympian. I am currently rereading the series a third time"

The Super Life of Ben Braver by Marcus Emerson - "I like it because even though Ben Braver had no special powers he still manages to defeat an enormous earth worm"

Poplar Wood by E.E Ormsbee - "This book was very interesting. One character banished himself and it was so weird because they didn't have to banish themselves. They all lived in the same house but they couldn't see each other. When the kids went outside the house  they could see each other. And they needed to solve a mystery to be able to see there parents again." I don't know if you understood any of that.. I didn't.. even though he spent a lot of time trying to explain it to me. 

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Where do we start.. the world, common sense, basic kindness, humanity.. everything is just falling apart, we are seeing a lot of peoples true colors and they are not pretty. The news, social media everything is veering to push one over the edge and into a downward spiral. I wonder which dystopian fictional world will be our reality? Too much negativity.. I know.. gotta try to keep things a little positive.. 

Our quarantine world has opened up a little. We hit the tennis courts a couple of times a week.. sometimes M and I.. sometimes M and D. We have been biking around the neighborhood.. we started to venture out onto a semi main road. The kids and I have taken up jogging in the mornings before breakfast.. we don't get much far.. turns out none of us have much stamina.. something we are working on. Hopefully we'll all come of this quarantine a little bit healthier. 

We have also taken up golf.. well at least attempting to. M occasionally plays golf, the rest of us have only ever played the miniature version. So we started to try our hand at a driving range once a week.. and the other day we even set up a mini driving range in our backyard.

at the range

at home

and we hit the beach! we have found a beach that is free and semi empty.. it's not the best beach with soft sand.. it is a bit pebbley.. but there aren't a lot of people so social distancing is a breeze and the kids are happy.. 

 This was their first time flying a kite and H was a natural. 
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Some Light Reads

After reading Beartown I decided I was ready for some lighter reads.. 

The Love Story of Missy Carmichael by Beth Morrey

Synopsis - The world has changed around Missy Carmichael. At seventy-nine, she's estranged from her daughter, her son and only grandson live across the world in Australia, and her great love is gone. Missy spends her days with a sip of sherry, scrubbing the kitchen in her big empty house and reliving her past--though it's her mistakes, and secrets, that she allows to shine brightest. The last thing Missy expects is for two perfect strangers and one spirited dog to break through her prickly exterior and show Missy just how much love she still has to give.

Thoughts - I have read a few books with a similar premise.. a person, alone, closed off to life makes an unlikely friendship and then they learn how much better their life can be by letting people in. It was a sweet book but that was about it. I didn't love the character of Missy herself, I didn't believe that the relationship she had with her husband was really love. He wasn't a great husband, they both weren't great parents.. I just didn't feel this one.

Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein

Synopsis - The past seven years have been hard on Avery Abrams: After training her entire life to make the Olympic gymnastics team, a disastrous performance ended her athletic career for good. Her best friend and teammate, Jasmine, went on to become an Olympic champion, then committed the ultimate betrayal by marrying their emotionally abusive coach, Dimitri.
Now, reeling from a breakup with her football star boyfriend, Avery returns to her Massachusetts hometown, where new coach Ryan asks her to help him train a promising young gymnast with Olympic aspirations. Despite her misgivings and worries about the memories it will evoke, Avery agrees. Back in the gym, she’s surprised to find sparks flying with Ryan. But when a shocking scandal in the gymnastics world breaks, it has shattering effects not only for the sport but also for Avery and her old friend Jasmine.

Thoughts - Just like almost every other person, I have watched a bit of gymnastics during the Olympics and that is about it. The book offered a glimpse into a world of gymnastics before the Olympics... kids putting everything on hold to achieve their dream of being an Olympian. The toll their minds and bodies take.. and what if you don't make it? This was a light read.. so all these very serious topics were very breezily touched upon. Doctors taking advantage of these young girls was also brought up and then very quickly pushed aside. And that was my problem. If you are writing a book about the toxic culture of gymnastics then talk about it.. make us uncomfortable enough to care. But Head Over Heels chose to play it safe and focus more on the romance of the two coaches. So while it ticked the light read box it also made very little impact on me. 

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How Do You Do Jewelry?

Being of South Asian decent.. jewelry to us equates to gold. When you are born your family gives you gold. Have a bar mitzvah like welcome to puberty celebration? Gold. It not always jewelry, it can be gold coins as well. Even boys get gold. It is saved and collected for the big day, our weddings. All those gold coins are then used to make jewelry to give both your daughter and daughter in law when she gets married. This is a big deal, it is often displayed during one of our many many wedding events so that guests can ooh and aah over it. Now I know it sounds very over the top but in most South Asian families women didn't work, many still don't. The tradition of giving gold started as a security net for the girls, if faced with hard times, a cruel husband.. death of a husband.. in the end she would at least have this gold to get her out of a difficult situation. Times may have changed but the tradition for giving gold is still prevalent.

All through my youth I hated the idea of wearing gold.. made me feel old. Instead I wore glass bangles and silver anklets and chunky earrings.. It lessened a little after I got married... lessened a bit more after D was born (babies pull on everything.. I thought he was going to rip my ear off). I don't have someplace to be every day.. and I am not really one to dress up to buy groceries and run errands. So my jewelry wearing has really minimized. I haven't bought costume jewelry in forever.. but I have finally embraced wearing some of the gold jewelry I do have.

Currently rings are my favorite.. I would make a horrible hand model..

I love rings with a unique design, a gem stone gives a pop of color which is always a great thing.. Some unique gold rings I found.

Some more incredibly gorgeous rings I found here.

I have never been one for thin delicate rings but these make me want to give them a try.

The detail on this one is incredible.

What kind of jewelry do you wear?
This post is a partnership with Nakturnal.

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