Friday, July 31, 2015

Starting The Iron Fey

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Published
: February 1, 2010 by Harlequin Teen
Series: The Iron Fey #1
I feel like I'm way late to Julie Kagawa. Not that I haven't wanted to read her for years, it's just that it's taken so long for it to happen. But better late than never, right?

This book surprised me, in that it wasn't quite what I expected it to be. It reminds me a lot of Alice in Wonderland, except with fairies or fey. It was just a lot more adventure that I anticipated, and I'm not quite sure what to make of that.

I think what was difficult for me is that Megan travels to so many different places that it was hard to really get a grasp and picture each one. At times I'd start to feel transported, except that we'd be moving somewhere else and I'd have to figure things out once again.

I did have quite high hopes for this after hearing so many people rave about Kagawa. So while I really did enjoy my time in the land of fairies, it didn't quite live up to my expectations. But there are a ton more books in the series and I definitely plan on continuing. Hopefully next time since I'm a little more familiar with the surroundings, it will read a bit easier for me.

4/5

Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Project 365: Days 156 Through 164

Somehow it's been 4 weeks since I've managed to post a Project 365 update. I'm past saying that I'll catch up eventually, because at this rate the year will be over and I'll have moved on by the time that's a possibility. So I guess, enjoy it while it lasts!
Look I'm Standing!
June 5, 2015 - 156/365: Look! I'm Standing!
Baby Showers are Hard Work
June 6, 2015 - 157/365: Baby Showers are Hard Work.
Trying Pancakes
June 7, 2015 - 158/365: Trying Pancakes.
Cake Batter with Heath Bars & Caramel
June 8, 2015 - 159/365: Cake Batter Ice Cream with Health Bar and Caramel.
Summer Books
June 9, 2015 - 159/365: Summer Books.
Trying the @Starbucks lemon bar frappucino, which really does taste just like a lemon bar!
June 10, 2015 - 160/365: I actually went through and tried all of the new Starbucks frappucino flavors. I planned a post on them, but I'm not sure that will actually happen! The first one I had was a Lemon Bar, which I thought tasted just like a lemon bar. Although I had it again earlier this week, and it wasn't as good as I remember. Maybe because I like some of the other flavors more?
6 Month Outtakes
June 11, 2015 - 161/365: 6 Months Outtakes.
Cinnamon Roll Frap
June 12, 2015 - 162/365: This time it's a Cinnamon Roll Frap, which I'd consider to be my second favorite of all the new options.
Folded Baby Laundry
June 13, 2015 - 163/365: Folded Elley Laundry.
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June 14, 2015 - 164/365: Tutu Baby.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Mailbox Monday (117)

The weekend may be drawing to a close, but I'm still managing to squeeze in my somewhat weekly Mailbox Monday post.
Mailbox Monday
From PJ Library
Laila Tov: A Bedtime Poem for Babies by Richard Van Camp
Our August book from PJ Library! This was originally published as Nighty-Night, but after changing a few words and pictures it now has a Jewish focus. Along with the text, it's photos of babies of various nationalities all getting ready for bed.

From Paperback Swap
Misconception by Paul and Shannon Morell
After reading and really enjoying Inconceivable, I'm now reading the story from the other point of view, that of the couple whose son was accidentally implanted into another's. I think it will be interesting reading this especially since the Morell's don't look the best in the Savage's book, but I think a lot of that would have to do with perspective. Even though this is basically the opposite of the last book I read I still see myself really enjoying it.

What did you find in your mailbox this week?

Friday, July 24, 2015

A Medical Mistake, the Baby We Couldn't Keep, and Our Choice to Deliver the Ultimate Gift

Inconceivable by Carolyn and Sean Savage
Published
: February 14, 2011 by HarperOne
I remember seeing this book when it first came out and being slightly heartbroken by the idea of it. It's about a couple who gets pregnancy with IVF only to find that the wrong baby was implanted. At the time I wasn't even married but was deadly afraid about getting pregnant in the future and the idea that something like that could happen absolutely horrified me.

Clearly this book left an impression, which is why 4 years later I remembered it and decided to read it. Turns out that this was a book I couldn't put down and sped through because I had to know exactly how everything developed.

At several parts through the book Carolyn mentions the support she received from her online friends. Maybe it's something a lot of people wouldn't get, but knowing the friendships I've made through blogging I really appreciated hearing this experience.

This book prompted interesting discussions between the boy and I something I wouldn't have expected. It's definitely a book that makes you think how you'd react in a similar situation. But also one that makes you grateful for all the little blessings you currently have.

Out of curiosity I did google to couple the find that they have a blog of their own. But even more impressive is that since this book has been published they've gone on to have twins through surrogacy, plus another baby boy conceived naturally who is about the age of Elley.

There is also a book written by the other family involved in the medical mishap, and while I imagine that one will have a different feel, I've already ordered my copy and can't wait to read it as well.

5/5

Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

7 Months Update

You are 7 months old!
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July 11
There's no official doctor's visit this month so we don't know exactly how big you are, but I'd guess somewhere around 13 lbs. Although we do have a weight check on the 24th to make sure you're gaining enough weight, so we should have an official number soon.
Tutu Baby
Wearing Your First Tutu from Your Godmother, June 14
You're still primarily in size 3-6 months clothing and wearing size 2 diapers. I have opened your bumgenuises one row on the legs, but closed one row on the waist, so only one is open there.
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June 18
On top of the food you had eaten last month we've now had peas, applesauce, carrots, and mashed potatoes. Still, we've yet to find anything that you haven't seemed to enjoy.
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June 18
In the biggest news of the month, you've started crawling! It's more of an army crawl than on your actual knees, but you can definitely get where you want to go. Especially if there's something you're not supposed to have in front of you, more specifically cell phones, remotes, or like in the video above a vcr (which actually isn't even hooked up, but it is still officially in our house!).
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Your First Father's Day, June 21
Not that you're mobile you've really starting to play with your toys. In general, it's a lot easier to keep you happy since you're able to entertain yourself crawling between your various toys.
So Excited
June 23
You've started to show a bit of separation anxiety as well and freak out a bit whenever your Daddy or I leave the room. Thankfully you're still content at daycare drop-off because I think it would break my heart a little to hear you cry as I'm leaving. Instead I think you're just excited to have new toys and other babies to play with/chew on.
First Time at the Mall
First Time at the Mall, June 28
You had your first night away from us when your daddy and I went to see Garth Brooks in concert. (More on that to come, at least assuming I find the time to write about it.) We were a bit scared how you'd react when your Nana came to get you in the morning instead of one of us, but you surprised us and were fine by the change.
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July 5
I feel like I saw this every month, but seriously, so much has changed since your last update. I can only imagine what new things you'll be accomplishing by the time I sit down to write next month's update.
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1 Month ~ 2 Months~3 Months
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4 Months ~ 5 Months ~ 6 Months

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mailbox Monday (116)

I'm doing the unthinkable here and actually posting my Mailbox Monday on a Monday! Craziness, right?
Mailbox Monday
Won From So Obsessed With
Nowhere but Here by Liza Palmer
Hannah is currently co-hosting a ReRead challenge this year, something I love the idea of! While I haven't reread much since I was on maternity leave, I did get quite a bit done then and hope to do more the rest of the year. But the main reason I'm talking about the challenge, is because I won the mid-year challenge giveaway. I got to pick which book I wanted and decided on one that Hannah blogged about and got me excited for. I hadn't heard about it before she mentioned it, but ever since she did I can't wait to read it.

Purchased from Usbornse
Baby's Very First Touchy-Feely Colors Playbook
That's Not My Monkey

If your facebook feed is anything like mine you're constantly getting invited to various direct sales parties. I've yet to purchase anything from them, till now that is. After all, how could I say no to a children's book party?!?! I've heard great things about the That's Not My... series and at a quick glance think the book is adorable. I did take a chance on the Colors Playbook and so far have been pleasnatly surprised by it. Actually receiving both of these kind of make me want to host my own party.

From Paperbackswap
The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
The idea of being in high school, going on AOL, and stumbling on my future facebook profile is amazing to me. It doesn't hurt that AOL and facebook practically defined certain parts of my life. The hype for this was huge when it came out, although I have read some reviews where it doesn't quite live up to it. Needless to say, I'm hopeful that it works for me.

What did you find in your mailbox this week?

Friday, July 17, 2015

19 Katherines and Counting

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Published
: 2012 by Speak
First Published: January 1, 2006
When it came time to read my next John Green book after The Fault in Our Stars I wanted to start with his first published. Turns out I failed on that note, since it was actually Looking for Alaska. But I think it worked out reading this one instead, because I wound up being a big fan.

Reading this book, again after reading The Fault in Our Stars, you realize John Green must be a fan of math. I don't say that to scare people because there you don't actually need to love math to get his books, but if you do love math it provides an extra element of fun. In this book, Colin, the main character tries to comes up with an equation to predict the length of a relationship between two people. It's math-y enough that I found it exciting, yet not too over the top to scare someone away.

This book really brought me back to being a teenager. You're really able to get inside the characters heads and experience what they're going through. I will say that this book was nothing like I expected it to be, although I think that's partly because I never could have imagined that's where it would go.

After this book I'm only more in love with John Green's work and can't wait to continue to devour everything else he's written.

5/5

Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!