Tuesday, January 31, 2012

You Have Got To Read This: Where The Wild Things Are

Some people may say I am a wild thing, and I can see their point. I am by no means your "normal" run of the mill type girl. I like things that are big, loud, bright, and different. Some people may say that I am loud, bright, and unique. I like being able to read a book and act parts out. I like making noises and getting rather interactive with a book. (Lets be honest I just like being interactive, period.) As a child this book may not have caught my eye right away, it doesn't have the brightest most beautiful pictures, oh how I missed out. The illustrations are in darker colors but they are fantastic.
"And when he came to the place where the wild things are they roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and shower their terrible claws"
How can I not be interactive this such a lovely paragraph as that. Not only is this book interactive, it is one of the best books for reading out-loud. It is just so fun and kids really get into it.
Something that Maurice Sendak did that I really appreciate and was that the boy in the book, Max, was able to be in control of the wild things. What a good message for the kids who are scared of the things under their bed. I am sure that reading this book and showing them how Max could do it would really help them to feel like they could too.
So this book although it doesn't exactly have a sweet little message for moms and dads is an all around fantastic book that I think every family should have. If you don't have this book, or haven't read it...it is about time that you do so. You really have got to read this book.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

You Have Got To Read This: Someday

I have decided to do a short series this week and if it turns out to be popular I may try to do it once a week. So here goes it:

The book Someday by Alison McGhee has got to be one of my favorite children's books of all times. I believe it tells a timeless tale that can affect all ages. It tells a tale of a mother and daughter growing older and the daughter eventually leaving home, yet her mother never really leaves her side. It really captures a mother and daughters relationship perfectly. 

The illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds are amazing and really bring the words to life. He uses simple colors and drawings that fit the book perfectly without distracting from the words. He has quickly become one of my favorite illustrators, I will buy a book just because he illustrates it.

Simple put, If you don't have this book already you should probably go out and by it...Now!

Saturday, January 28, 2012


I swear I didn't forget. I've just been rather busy. I've been out of town for the past two weekends and I am finally home, and it will hopefully stay that way for a while.

Life gets away from me sometimes and I am instead left with chaos. So, I am just trying to work through the chaos and get myself re-organized. Lainey Organized....Ha....a wee bit of an oxymoron there. I am getting better at it though.

We have been really blessed this past month, God has really shown us himself in such cool ways. He has been caring for us and loving on us and it has been great. He opened a door and I am now working in a job that I absolutely love, it was totally a God thing. He keeps pouring into our lives. We are excited to see the plans he has for us in this coming year and are eagerly anticipating.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Oh how I Love...


I have been a fan for quite sometime. I have quite a collection and if we had more bookshelves I would be collecting more books with great vigor. I am not a collector of just any kind of book though. I don't read novels, I am not a huge fan of non-fiction, I like my books to be short, sweet, and from the children section. 

I have admittedly spent hours sitting in bookstores, tucked away in a corner, reading. I take great pleasure in breathing in the distinctive "book smell", especially the even more potent "old book smell" that tends to accumulate in second hand book stores.

I prefer hard cover books. I will pay more for a book just to ensure that it has a hard cover. They last longer. They look prettier on a book shelf. They are worth the little extra cash.

Why am I telling you this? Because that is how I spent the day. I spent at least two hours perusing Chapters and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Maybe I will do a little series on my favorite children's books, ones that I think are must haves in every household.

Happy to be back!