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My name is Missy and I’m a bibliophile

After I finish a good book I think about it for days and wish that there were someone else I could talk to about it. Then I saw a column that Centsational Girl does on her blog called “On the Nightstand.” What a fantastic way for me to share what I’ve been reading! So, once a month-ish (it may be more, it may be less) I’ll update you on what I’ve read and would love for you to give me your reading suggestions. How does that sound?

I admit it.  I totally judge books by their covers. But sometimes that can be a problem. You see, there are a lot of things that I don’t to read about. And I feel like there are a lot of scenes that are just totally inappropriate and unneeded. That’s why I’m such a fan of young adult fiction. I can just grab a book and it’s usually totally fine (which is totally not the case with most adult fiction).

This month I picked up 4 novels, but I’ve only been able to finish 3(ish) of them.

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Nobody’s Secret by Michaela MacColl – I really enjoyed this book. It’s a murder mystery based on one of Emily Dickinson’s poems. A young Emily meets a young man who never reveals his name to her, calling himself only Mr. Nobody. He then turns up dead and Emily takes it upon herself to find his killer. I love how her poems were interwoven into the story and I felt it was really well done.

Poison by Bridget Zinn – I’m about half way through this one and I’m enjoying it.  It’s about a young women (who happens to be a poison master) that tries to assassinate her best friend (who just happens to be the Princess) to save the kingdom.  But something goes wrong and she has to go into hiding.  Don’t worry, none of that is a spoiler.  It all happens before the novel even starts.  The book is about her trying to finish the job.

The Kings Rose by Alisa Libby – This is a historical fiction about Elizabeth Howard, Henry VIII of England’s fifth wife, and second to be beheaded. It starts a few weeks before their marriage and ends with her execution. I’m going to be honest. I only read the first 50 pages and the last 100. I wanted to see how they set up the story and then how they portrayed her downfall. The middle just got a little long for me. What I did read was really good though :)

Jane by April Lindner – I wasn’t sure about this one at first but I really liked it. It’s a modern retelling (which always makes me nervous – what if they ruin it!) of Jane Eyre. A young college student is orphaned, her parents leave her nothing and her siblings – who were abusive to her as children – pretty much ignore her now. So she has to drop out of school to nanny for a year or so to save to get back to school. She gets hired on to watch the 5 year old daughter of a rock star that is trying to make his big comeback but has some mysteries from his past. Like I said, I’m really enjoyed it. Just to warn you though…there is a tiny bit of language.

How about you? Read anything good lately?

*the links above are affiliate links to amazon. but as always i wouldn’t like if i didn’t feel they were worth it :)

So Pretty! Felt

A few months or so ago I was asked to review a book on SYTYC.  I loved it so much that I thought I would share it here too because I have a love affair with felt you guys.  It is so outrageously soft, and easy to craft with and oh so pretty. And because Abi will be at a friends house this afternoon.  That means a few uninterrupted hours of packing.  (I don’t want to squander it writing up a new blog post.  I love you guys, but my house is seriously driving me bonkers right now. :) )

The book is called So Pretty! Felt by Amy Palanjian and I’m smitten.

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It’s full of 24 “simple, yet elegant” projects – which is one reason I love it.  I’m a sucker for simple and elegant.  I seriously loved every project in the book and couldn’t wait to start on one.  So I didn’t.

I had been meaning to make my daughter a bow to match her favorite Sunday dress and figured this was the perfect chance.  I pulled out some 100% heathered wool felt that I had in my stash and some embroidery floss and used one of the projects for inspiration.  I put mine on a bobby pin instead of a headband.

so pretty felt collage

It was so fun and, like they said, simple.  And there is such a great range of projects featured in the book.  From hair accessories to an adorable pin cushion to cupcake toppers & buntings it’s all in there.

If you want to see and try some of the great projects So Pretty! Felt is available on AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBound, or Chronicle Books. So hop on over and get to work!

*no compensation for this post was received, but I was given a complimentary copy of the book to review on SYTYC*

Schools out for the summer!!

Today is the last day of school for Abi.  So late in the year, right!? And the preschool gets out a week before the rest of the schools.  It’s mostly because of all the snow days we had this winter. I took the last day of school picture yesterday in front of the school. Know what’s one thing I love about New England?  This little school house has been a school house since 1854. That means its been a school 42 years longer than the state I grew up in even became a state. Wild.

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I have no idea where she comes up with these poses.  So adorable!

But now that school is over we’re getting full swing in the summer fun game.  We only have two and a half weeks left here in Boston and then we get to explore St. Louis.  So I’ve been putting together a little bucket list to make sure we can fit it all in.  We’re excited to get going on it!

Visit a Childrens Museum
Ride the Train
Visit Plymouth Rock
Explore Boston
Play in a Fountain
Visit the Zoo
Build a Bear
Picnic at the Common
Swim in the Atlantic
Visit the St. Louis Arch
Pool Day!
Get a Shave Ice

How about you guys?  Do you have any fun summer plans?

Fav Things Friday: Moving Tips

I mentioned yesterday that we’re moving in a bit.  And also as I mentioned, my house is currently filled with moving boxes.  We aren’t actually moving for a few weeks, but this move may just be a temporary one while we look for a house. So, I’m going through everything very carefully to de-junk and make sure every single box is labeled well.  I also need to make sure everything I’ll need for the next few months is with me and the things I don’t make it to storage.

I was going to type up a list of all the tips that I have gathered from my experience though my last 8 moves, but I found (via Pinterest, of course) a great post that had all the tips I had, plus fabulous pictures.

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So go have a look at Jamielyn at I Heart Naptime‘s list of 10 Best Moving Tips.  They really are the best.  My favorite is the foam plates to separate your dishes.  It’s a life saver.

So what are your favorite moving tips?


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