Happy Book Day, book friends! (& HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY, AUB!! ❤️ )
I really miss being in this space and my heart has been…. changed recently. I feel better and more passionate about investing in what I love and living authentically and setting new goals. I’m not trying to be vague and I’m not alluding to anything- I just want to pour a little more of me into here.
But back to books for now…
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley | ★★★★/5 | Mystery
Steph inspired me to finally check this one off my tbr list. It’s a 3.5 star book but I round up. As I’ve mentioned, locked room mysteries are my jam. I feel like it should’ve bothered me that 75% into the book I still didn’t know who’d been murdered and who may have done it… but it didn’t. There was one subplot twist that I figured out pretty early on, but everything else was a surprise. There was a lot going on- I read it fast because I didn’t want to get confused or forget. But I also read it fast because I could hardly put it down. I hated characters and loved characters. Perfect for an intriguing who-dun-it.
Read it? Yeah.
The Marriage Bureau by Penrose Halson | ★★★/5 | Nonfiction
I first heard of this book somewhere in blogland, but it was a long time ago. I’ve had it on my Kindle for a while and I finally decided now was the time. It took me a while to get through it, but that’s typical for me & nonfiction. It was really really interesting! It followed the story of a British marriage bureau- the first of its kind- that popped up between the world wars. I loved hearing about the founders and the clients. It operated like a manual Tinder, haha. The little details and tidbits about war-torn London were fascinating, too. Sometimes it moved rather slowly and sometimes it jumped around a bit… thus the lower star rating. But it was SO interesting and I’m really glad I read it!
Read it? Yes.
And now for some…
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (Clement Hurd illustrator)
This is a weird book. It’s been a LONG time since I’ve read it. Someone was trippin’ when they wrote it… BUT M likes the rhyming and likes counting the kittens/mittens/bears. *shrug*
*The GR reviews are equally entertaining/trippy.
Fisher-Price Little People: Halloween is Here! by Matt Mitter
Super cute. Lots of flaps. Little “challenges” on each page for toddlers.
Trick or Treat on Animal Street by Maggie Fischer (Gina Lorena Maldonado illustrator)
Seriously so damn cute and great for a baby/young toddler.
What did you read this month? Have any favorite Christmas kid books?
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I have the Hunting Party on my list!
Do you know the Mog books by Judith Kerr? The first (and best known) is Mog the Forgetful Cat, then the next one is Mog’s Christmas. They are classics in the UK.
I liked The Guest List more I think, but The Hunting Party was good!
I haven’t heard of those! I’m looking them up now!
Good Night Moon is REALLY weird. We went through a phase with that board book over the summer. He loved it. It was easy to memorize though, for me.
We really like the Little Blue Truck books (we have Halloween and Christmas).
And the kind of books that have buttons that play Christmas music on the side…when he was 1 1/2 ish, that would keep him amused in his crib til he fell asleep when he didn’t want to nap.
It’s SO weird, right? I didn’t realize… But she sat through the whole thing so oh well.
We’ll check out the Little Blue Truck books! She loves cars and looking at cars and making car sounds. Ha.
Zoe really loved Good Night Moon when she was younger too. She doesn’t ask to have it read as much now. I think she realizes its weird. LOL. I shared a Halloween book today too. They are still going strong over here.
I added your Halloween book to M’s wishlist! Man… Goodnight Moon is almost nightmare inducing to an adult. Those bunnies are freaking creepy. Hahahah.
I just read Lucy Foley’s The Guest List and lots of people say The Hunting Party is worth a shot too-so I’m glad I saw your review!
I think I liked The Guest List a little more…? But they were different enough that I’m not sure. Ha.
I love kids Halloween and holiday books!
Me too!! We’re planning to read them all year long while she’s still little. Words are words 🙂 I remember when I was a kid my mom switched out books with the holidays. I loved that!
I’ve heard mixed reviews of The Hunting Party, but it sounds super interesting. An unputdownable mystery sounds perfect to me right about now.
There were some drawbacks but overall I really enjoyed it! It definitely sucked me in!
I have to say, I love seeing a bunch of new moms posting the books their littles are enjoying. That is just precious. & gives me ideas for gifts for moms 😉
We only get through a few pages at a time because she’s such a busybody! Lol
My favorite Christmas kid’s book is The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden, but it’s probably still a bit too old for M – there’s a lot of words and all that. LOL It’s beautiful though. I’m glad you liked The Hunting Party. I have that and hope to read it soon.
I’ll look into that one for her! Hope you enjoy it once you get to it!
The Hunting Party sounds really interesting; I’m always up for a good who-dun-it! I’m not familiar with the children’s books but I love that you’re helping Moo become a reader!
I love who-dun-it mysteries 🙂 Ha… she’s more of a skimmer right now. LOL