The Best Book Light.

The Best Book Light

I use my book light every. single. day. Early morning reading through late night reading with a sound asleep husband next to me. I would literally die without my book light! It’s the very first thing I put on my packing lists for every vacation we take. Hotel room reading with 3 sound asleep family members? Book light to the rescue!

Finding a good book light has been a JOURNEY for me. Let’s all take a moment of silence for my beloved, always in my heart, beautiful pink book light (read about her HERE). And then let’s NOT take a moment of silence for my stupid, hardly held a charge, bulb would flicker in and out blue book light (read about him in the same post as above HERE).

Apparently, many of you are on a similar journey…it’s hard to find a good book light! I can’t even tell you how many of you have messaged me asking for links to good ones. Well friends, I think I may have found the WINNER. I’ll post a link at the bottom of this post!

I now have…a white book light. And although it’s only been about 2 weeks…I’m IN LOVE.

The Best Book Light:

Oh hello lover.

It’s neck is super bendable (unlike my awkward stupid blue one) and it has 3 settings of brightness. The lowest setting is beautiful warm light PERFECTION.

Lowest setting (what I use)
Medium setting (a bit brighter, not as warm as the lowest setting)
Brightest setting (could wake the dead)

(And yes, please note the dog eared page in the above photos. I proudly do this to every book I read! Read why HERE).

And the best part? My new book light has a rechargeable battery! No more needing to switch the batteries before vacations or anytime I fear it will run out of battery life. According to the description, I just plug it in, wait, and…CHARGED! Brilliant.

Disclaimer: I have yet to have to do this. Apparently it will allow me to enjoy up to 60 hours of reading time before the battery will run out. Fingers crossed it’s as easy to charge as it seems! I wonder how long it will take for it to completely charge once I plug it in? This may or may not dramatically change my feelings about my new booklight. I will be sure to update you after I do this for the first time!

Do you use a book light? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Happy Friday! I hope your weekend is filled with love and BOOKS!

Xo,

Jenny

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I Pulled A Lot of Weeds While Listening to an Audiobook

Over the weekend, my husband was getting ready to pull the weeds from our front yard and our backyard. I, having ZERO knowledge of what a massive job this actually was, offered to do it instead (I’m not really an “outside” girl. I’d much rather be inside reading a book). He GLADLY accepted my offer! I told him I predicted it would take me about 20 minutes tops. He told me it would take HOURS.

Spoiler: He was right. 3 hours to be exact.

The first order of business was to find a suitable audiobook to keep me company. I was sitting and searching audiobook selections through the Hoopla app when I received this text from our kitchen:

**The beautiful tiles on our table and our hammock all broke during a windstorm a few weeks ago. Ugh. They will be replaced…but today’s mission was WEEDS!**
There was definitely a rather long amount of time where I had no idea that I was wearing the gardening gloves backwards. I flipped them over and things got easier. Apparently this is the proper way. **Follow me for more gardening tips**
Jon sent this photo to my dad. Everyone was so proud of me! Including myself. WAY proud of myself.

Other interesting texts between my husband and I as I worked:

3 hours later (3 HOURS) it began to rain and I declared that I was done. Was I actually done pulling weeds? I was not. Was I done “enough” pulling weeds with a now ruined manicure and pedicure and just wanted to take a shower? Absolutely.

Jon was VERY impressed with my work! Apparently I’m a natural and I did a great job!

So what kept me company for most of this project? AUDIOBOOKS for the win! As you know, I have recently discovered such a love for audiobooks for exactly days such as this one. It was a perfect companion as I was out there sore and sweating! Note I said “most of this project”. For about 1/3 of this endeavor my 6 year old son kept me company and we discussed dinosaurs, worms, squishies (if you are parent you know), and swim goggles. Let’s just say that between him and Colleen Hoover, I was never alone…

The Audiobook:

Maybe Someday {Colleen Hoover}

Photo Credit: Amazon.com

Goodreads Synopsis of Maybe Someday {Colleen Hoover}:

Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble—she’s a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life. But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope….

Maybe someday…

I will post my review once I finish listening!

What Color is Your Brain?® Giveaway Winners Video:

My 10 year old daughter’s hand! She picked the winners!

If you won please email me your mailing address within 24 hours of when this post is published. If I don’t hear from you, I’ll pick a new winner…

Have you read Colleen Hoover’s Maybe Someday? Do you garden?

Xo,

Jenny

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2 Author Events, What I’m Reading, Best Coffee News Ever

2 Author Events, What I’m Reading, Best Coffee News Ever

On Tuesday night, I went to see my girl, Lisa Barr, speak about her AMAZING book, Woman on Fire, at my local Barnes and Noble. She was adorable as usual and it was so wonderful to listen to her talk all about her book, her research, and everything that went into creating her amazing finished product.

Shout out to my dear friend, Megan, for joining with me!

Love you ❤️

Speaking of Lisa Barr, I had mentioned that I went to her release party last month when Woman on Fire was officially released. It was an AWESOME party. Thank you so much for including me, Lisa! I had the best time and I felt so honored to be included. I adore you and I love being able to celebrate your amazing success!

So nice to see Francie Dickman! Francie was one of the very first authors to send me her book back when I had JUST started writing my blog. You can read my review of her lovely book HERE.

So nice to see you, Francie!

Woman on Fire candle and napkin…LOVE!
I love authors ❤️
Cookies! SO CUTE!

Goodreads Synopsis of Woman on Fire {Lisa Barr}:

From the author of the award-winning Fugitive Colors and The Unbreakables, a gripping tale of a young, ambitious journalist embroiled in an international art art scandal centered around a Nazi-looted masterpiece–forcing the ultimate showdown between passion and possession, lovers and liars, history and truth. NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! Actress Sharon Stone set to produce and star in the film adaptation of WOMAN ON FIRE.

After talking her way into a job with Dan Mansfield, the leading investigative reporter in Chicago, rising young journalist Jules Roth is given an unusual–and very secret–assignment. Dan needs her to locate a painting stolen by the Nazis more than 75 years earlier: legendary Expressionist artist Ernst Engel’s most famous work, Woman on Fire. World-renowned shoe designer Ellis Baum wants this portrait of a beautiful, mysterious woman for deeply personal reasons, and has enlisted Dan’s help to find it. But Jules doesn’t have much time; the famous designer is dying.

Meanwhile, in Europe, provocative and powerful Margaux de Laurent also searches for the painting. Heir to her art collector family’s millions, Margaux is a cunning gallerist who gets everything she wants. The only thing standing in her way is Jules. Yet the passionate and determined Jules has unexpected resources of her own, including Adam Baum, Ellis’s grandson. A recovering addict and brilliant artist in his own right, Adam was once in Margaux’s clutches. He knows how ruthless she is, and he’ll do anything to help Jules locate the painting before Margaux gets to it first.

A thrilling tale of secrets, love, and sacrifice that illuminates the destructive cruelty of war and greed and the triumphant power of beauty and love, Woman on Fire tells the story of a remarkable woman and an exquisite work of art that burns bright, moving through hands, hearts, and history.

You can read my full review of Woman on Fire HERE.

You can read my full review of another of Lisa’s amazing books, The Unbreakables, HERE.

What I’m Currently Reading:

He Gets That From Me {Jacqueline Friedland}

I quite literally cannot put this book down. Without giving away any spoilers, I will say that it has made me THINK…and I find myself thinking about it so often throughout the day when I’m not reading. The ethical and moral dilemmas that this book questions are FASCINATING and as of this point (I have exactly 99 pages left) I’m not sure how it will end and I’m also not sure how I WANT it to end. It’s amazing, I HIGHLY recommend this book. I’ll post a full review once I finish reading but in the meantime…READ IT. It’s awesome.

Goodreads Synopsis of He Gets That From Me:

As a young mother with a toddler and a live-in boyfriend, Maggie Fisher’s job at a checkout counter in downtown Phoenix doesn’t afford her much financial flexibility. She dreams of going to college and becoming a teacher, options she squandered when she fled her family home as a teenager. When Maggie stumbles onto an ad offering thousands of dollars to women who are willing to gestate other people’s babies, she at first finds the concept laughable. Before long, however, she’s been seduced by all the ways the extra money could improve her life. Once she decides to go for it, it’s only a matter of months before she’s chosen as a gestational carrier by Chip and Donovan Rigsdale, a married couple from New York.

After delivering twin babies and proudly handing them off to the Rigsdales, Maggie finally gets her life on a positive trajectory: she earns her degree, lands a great job, and builds a family of her own. She can’t fathom why, ten years after the fact, the fertility clinic is calling to ask for a follow-up DNA test. 

Best Coffee News Ever:

As for the best coffee news ever (for me at least)…a brand new and sparkling Dunkin’ WITH A DRIVE THRU has opened within a walkable distance from my house. It’s clean, it’s beautiful, it smells amazing (new construction), the employees are so nice, and the owner told me…and I quote…”Make yourself comfortable. This is your home now.”

Dreams really do come true.

My current view as I’m typing this blog post:

Happy Saturday! I hope your weekend is filled with love and BOOKS!

Xo,

Jenny

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Long Time, No Blog

Warning: This blog post is going to be alllll over the place 😉

Hiiiii ❤️

Oh MAN have I been busy! My family took a 4 day mini vacation over Spring Break, I have been planning a massive PTO fundraiser, and day to day life has just been insane in all of the very best ways. Busy and happy over here 🙂

In book news, I’m still reading this gem and am loving it!

At the waterpark while on our family’s mini vacation!

I’ll post my full review once I finish but in the meantime, I’ll just say to preorder this one STAT (link to preorder HERE)! It officially releases 5/17 and I know it’s going to be HUGE! I adore Rochelle Weinstein (both as a person and as an author) and I absolutely love her books and writing style (you can read my reviews of 2 of her other books HERE and HERE).

Goodreads Synopsis of When We Let Go {Rochelle B. Weinstein}:

When Avery Beckett is proposed to by Jude Masters, a widowed father and the man she loves, it should be a time of great joy. Instead, Avery is on edge. She’s wary of the idea of family, doubtful of happy endings, and too afraid to take the leap. It’s the kind of fear that comes from having secrets.

Before Avery commits to a new life, she must reconcile with the one she left behind.

When Avery returns to her childhood farm in the North Carolina mountains, she’s surprised to be saddled with a companion: Jude’s teenage daughter, Elle, who’s grappling with the loss of her mother and the complicated emotions of first love. On a path of mending wounds and breaking down walls, Avery and Elle form an unexpected alliance. It’s giving them the courage to move forward. And for Avery, everything she needs to confront the past.


An emotional tale of mothers and daughters, loss and acceptance, When We Let Go is about the lessons that come from heartbreak and the healing it takes to embrace the joy of a second chance. 

In other book news, I returned these books to the library a few days ago without even cracking open the covers because I wasn’t able to renew them for any longer. I HATE WHEN THAT HAPPENS. Have you read any of these? I think they all sound great!

I’m currently listening to this audiobook which has been on my TBR for years. I’ll post my review once I finish listening!

Photo Credit: Amazon

Goodreads Synopsis of The Flat Share {Beth O’Leary}:

Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…


Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window… 

In coffee news, a brand new and beaaaaautiful Dunkin’ opened literally walking distance from my house with a drive thru. It’s an actual dream come true! It officially opened 4 days ago and I’ve already gone twice. Welcome to the neighborhood, new friend 😉

And because this blog post isn’t random enough, here is the 750 calorie Crumbl Cookie that I inhaled last night and the STUNNING candle holder that I recently bought from Bath and Body Works.

#worthit
So, so pretty 💗

I’m currently working on a wonderful giveaway coming soon for SUPER interesting book! Stay tuned…

I told you that this was going to be a VERY random blog post! How are you? What are you currently reading? I hope you are having a lovely weekend!

Xo,

Jenny

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Sprained Ankle.

Well that was quite the unintentional break that I took from blogging! Ugh. It’s been…well it’s been a bit stressful for me over here and unfortunately blogging just kind of took a back burner for the past few weeks. I’m so sorry! The catalyst for all of the stress is that I sprained my ankle last month and it’s made me quite sad. I wish I had some big elaborate story of how it happened but alas, I do not. I was walking towards a book (always) and I fell down a stair. In my own house. A stair that has been there since we bought the house 12 years ago. I was so laser focused on the book (again, always) that I simply forgot about the stair. I flew across the room and absolutely nothing about the scenario was graceful or feminine. So for the past 4 weeks, I’ve been elevating and icing my poor ankle 3 times a day. It’s SO much better but still very much healing. I’m totally ok! I’ve still been out and about, working, etc. just trying not to overdo it.

Although I have most definitely been out and about, pretty much anytime I’ve been home I’ve been doing the good ol’ icing and elevating (I’m still doing this 3 times each day). Here are some glamorous scenes from the past month, lol:

**NOTE: The above pictures were all taken within the first two weeks of my injury and I was using frozen peas like a boss. However, I have since ordered an AMAZING little contraption off of Amazon and I highly recommend it! Much better and fancier than the peas! I tried to link it for you but Amazon says it’s now unavailable. Aaaaand now my book blog has turned into a medical device discussion. Lovely.**

If you are new blog reader, you should know that this definitely happens to me more often that it should. Since I have started blogging, I have broken my elbow (story HERE) and broken my toe (story HERE). One miiiiiiiight call me clumsy. That’s not true….EVERYONE calls me clumsy. Lord.

Like I said, I am feeling SO much better and I even wore high heels for the first time since all of this happened! Saturday night was the best night filled with love and support for the beautiful Lisa Barr. I feel so honored that I was invited to her amazing book launch party! I will definately elaborate on this party and all of it’s amazingness in a future blog post but for now, here’s a photo of me from the party (wearing big girl high heels with a bum ankle, lol):

(If you haven’t yet read Lisa’s newest book, it’s a MUST READ. Here is a link to my blog post all about it: Book Review: Woman On Fire {Lisa Barr})

The GOOD news is that being off of my feet has given me PLENTY of time to read! I’ve read 3 books and have listened to 3 audiobooks since I fell! I will work on writing and getting those reviews posted ASAP.

Book I’m Currently Reading:

Goodreads Synopsis of The Paris Apartment {Lucy Foley}:

Jess needs a fresh start. She’s broke and alone, and she’s just left her job under less than ideal circumstances. Her half-brother Ben didn’t sound thrilled when she asked if she could crash with him for a bit, but he didn’t say no, and surely everything will look better from Paris. Only when she shows up – to find a very nice apartment, could Ben really have afforded this? – he’s not there.

The longer Ben stays missing, the more Jess starts to dig into her brother’s situation, and the more questions she has. Ben’s neighbors are an eclectic bunch, and not particularly friendly. Jess may have come to Paris to escape her past, but it’s starting to look like it’s Ben’s future that’s in question.

The socialite – The nice guy – The alcoholic – The girl on the verge – The concierge

Everyone’s a neighbor. Everyone’s a suspect. And everyone knows something they’re not telling.

Audiobook I’m Currently Listening To:

Photo Credit: Goodreads

Goodreads Synopsis of The Woman Next Door {Natasha Boydell}:

Sophie is a happily married mum of two who considers herself lucky—until her beautiful and highly successful new neighbour Angie moves in along with her charming husband and four talented children. The two women couldn’t be more different, but after a storm brings them together, an unlikely friendship develops. As their children grow closer, so does their bond.

But the alliance between the families is a wake-up call for both women. Angie’s success makes Sophie consider whether she really is as satisfied as she makes out. And Sophie’s uncomplicated marriage forces Angie to look at her own and accept that it’s not as perfect as it seems. Both women vow to change.

But their decisions may not lead where they expect, in this absorbing novel about risks and relationships by the author of The Missing Husband that explores whether the grass is always greener on the other side of the garden fence . . .

I’ll let you know how both of these books are once I finish reading and listening!

And because this post isn’t all over the place enough, here is a photo of the most delicious candle that is lit next to me as I’m typing. I randomly bought it from Charming Charlie’s in Water Tower Place on Michigan Avenue a few months ago but am lighting it for the first time right now! It’s truly divine (see what I did there?!)

Love 💗

Happy Saturday! I hope your weekend is filled with love and BOOKS!

Xo,

Jenny

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BLOGMAS: Must Have Book Accessory #4

BLOGMAS: Must Have Book Accessory #4

Obsessed with my neighbor’s holiday display! There are spotlights on it at night and it is so beautiful!

I love writing these posts! Obviously all you REALLY need to enjoy a good book is…a good book ;). BUT there are definitely some things that will add to your reading experience in the very best possible ways. You can find links to my other “must have book accessories” here:

My #1 Must Have Book Accessory

My #2 Must Have Book Accessory

Another Book Accessory Recommendation!

A Sad Day.

Must Have Book Accessory #4

One word: CANDLES.

I have written about candles on this blog SO many times. I absolutely LOVE candles and I have one buring pretty much any time I am home and ESPECIALLY when I’m reading.

I love seeing the flames flicker out of the corner of my eye while reading. I love inhaling the smell while reading. Just makes the whole reading experience even better!

There is nothing better than a delicious smelling candle and throughout the year, I have SO MANY that I rotate through. I pretty much have at least 1 candle in every room of my house! I have an entire drawer dedicated solely to candles that I rotate in and out throughout the year.

My birthday gift from my daughter this year:

Candle making kit!

My birthday gift from my son this year:

❤️

They know their Mommy well 🙂

I had posted this on Instagram a few years ago:

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As much as I LOVE candles, there will always and forever be one scent that will completely own my heart. Bath and Body Works Winter Candy Apple, I will love you for the rest of my life.

I burn various throughout the year but from November through January, this is strictly the ONLY scent that I will burn. Just the scent of it brings me such holiday joy! When I lit it for the first time this season, my husband came downstairs and said “It smells like Hanukkah” and I replied, “IT’S WORKING!”

I spy Winter Candle Apple currently all over my house:

Next to me as I’m writing this blog post at my desk:

Our Dining Room table:

My Bedroom:

Winter Candy Apple has made MANY appearances on my Instagram page over the years:

And I may or may not have 2 more unburned Winter Candy Apples waiting in my candle drawer. THE. ABSOLUTE. BEST.

Basically, I’m never far away from books, coffee, and CANDLES! Especially during this time of year. Try lighting a candle next to you the next time you read! It will add such a peaceful element to your reading experience. I promise you’ll thank me!

Speaking of candles, HAPPY HANUKKAH to those who celebrate! Here are our beautiful menorahs, made by my beautiful children:

What’s your favorite candle scent?

Blogmas 2021 Posts:

12/1: Welcome to Blogmas 2021 {Video}!

12:2: BLOGMAS: Birthday Giveaway {Amazon Gift Card}!

12/3: BLOGMAS Book Review: One Day in December {Josie Silver}

12/4: BLOGMAS: My Birthday Visit to Barnes and Noble!

12/5: BLOGMAS: 3 Library Books I Recently Returned Without Reading

12/6: BLOGMAS Book Review: The Christmas Wedding {James Patterson}

12/7: BLOGMAS: (Non Holiday) Book Review: Other People’s Children {R.J. Hoffmann}

12/8: BLOGMAS: I Bought 5 New Books!

12/9: BLOGMAS: 8 Holiday Books I Want To Read

Xo,

Jenny

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BLOGMAS: My Birthday Visit to Barnes and Noble!

BLOGMAS: My Birthday Visit to Barnes and Noble!

I had a few hours smack in the middle of the day on my birthday all to myself. I debated what to do with my time. Manicure? Maybe. Pedicure? Perhaps. Bookstore? Ummmm YES PLEASE. What a glorious way to spend my special afternoon! Barnes and Noble, here I come!

I drove straight to Barnes and Noble and found…drumroll please…IT. WAS. GONE. Ummm whaaaaat? Has it been THAT long since I last visited??? It’s not a secret that I would rather check out a library book than buy a book aaaaaaany day but still…how did this massive store just GO AWAY and I had no idea???

I found myself doing a Google search for “bookstores near me” (NERD ALERT) and found the closest Barnes and Noble was only 15 minutes away. Phew. I drove straight there, singing Christmas songs aloud in my car the entire time. Glorious.

Oh hello lover.
Gorgeous holiday display as soon as I walked in. I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR SO MUCH!

So the entire reason (ok obvi not the ENTIRE reason) that I went to Barnes and Noble was to buy myself a birthday present. Do any of you do that? I do it every single year, lol.

This was last year’s birthday present to myself:

Love!

So this year I decided that I wanted to buy myself a book and not just any book…but this beautiful Christmas Book:

Photo Credit: Amazon

Considering I had to credit the above photo to Amazon should be a spoiler on what I did NOT buy myself for my birthday, lol. Ugh I cannot find this book! Amazon is sold out, Barnes and Noble is sold out, and my name on the library waitlist seems to be quite far from the top. Grrrr.

They had plenty of Jenny Colgan’s other books in stock! Have you read any? I have not but they all look wonderful!

I DID come across these 2 books which I considered buying but ultimately did not. They both look so good!

Random bookish finds as I wandered aimlessly and happily around the store:

Fur lined tote…how CUTE!
I almost bought this until I decided that it resembled a Christmas tree just a bit too much for this Jew, lol 🙂 However, just looking at this picture makes me think that I made a mistake. It’s so cute! I may need to go back!
Kate Spade. Gorgeous.
Birthday Girl by the pretty wall in the bathroom, lol 😉

Thank you, Barnes and Noble, for an absolutely lovely afternoon. Although I didn’t buy a thing, I so appreciated just being there surrounded by my favorite objects: BOOKS!

What did I end up buying myself for my birthday? Random holiday jammies from Old Navy! I was excited about them until I took them home to try on. They are cut SO WEIRD!!! I l just loved that holiday sweater mug so much that I never even took the time to unfold them in the store. Oops. Lesson learned! Old Navy is so hit or miss and these are most definitely a MISS (although I still do love that holiday sweater mug). Back to the store they will go. I clearly still owe myself a birthday present! Maybe that adorable mug from Barnes and Noble…

Ugh.

If you can’t tell from the above photos, I am 100 percent obsessed with this time of year! Holiday scented candles, Christmas station on Pandora, holiday books, sweaters, scarves. NOW IT JUST NEEDS TO SNOOOOOOOW! MY FAVORITE!!!!

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Blogmas 2021 Posts:

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12/3: BLOGMAS Book Review: One Day in December {Josie Silver}

Have you been to Barnes and Noble recently?

Xo,

Jenny

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A Sad Day.

I saw this beautiful sign a few weeks ago while my family was on vacation in Door County, WI. I love it so, so much.

Good Morning!

I hope you had a nice weekend! I am currently listening to the wind howling, leaves rustling, and rain falling from the window next to me as I’m typing.

A Sad Day

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you are WELL aware of my most favorite reading accessory of all time:

My book light.

If you aren’t aware of my obsession with my beloved book light, HERE is the post that explains all about why I love her so much.

Her and I have been together for 7 wonderful years. I’ve used her almost every single day over those 7 years, often times twice each day…morning and night.

She has traveled with me all over the United States. Her and I went to Mexico twice together!

She was with me early in the mornings when nobody else in my house was awake. She was with me late at night when nobody else in my house was awake. Her and I have spent many, MANY hours in the middle of the night breastfeeding my son.

This booklight and I have been through it all. I have read HUNDREDS of books with her and her light has illunimted probably millions of words for me.

If you follow me on Facebook, you have seen her in so many of my signature weekend posts asking all of you what you are currently reading.

If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen her in so many stories saying good night or good morning.

The back of her has been missing for years, the tape holding her together has been replaced over and over. She has gone though SO MANY batteries. Even though she hasn’t been looking her best for a very long time, she has always been beautiful to me.

I always tell my children that the more something shows wear and tear, the more loved it is. With that logic, this little pink booklight has been LOVED.

A Slow Death

I had been noticing for quite some time that she just wasn’t shining as brightly as she once was. I kept changing her batteries but even that wasn’t doing the trick. I tried and tried but there just wasn’t anything I could do to bring back her old brightness.

I knew it was time.

God Speed, Old Buddy.

I so wish I could have bought the exact same booklight. Her cousin maybe? But I already knew that for some crazy reason, she has been discontinued.

Amazon. Searched. Highest Rating. Prime. Clicked Order.

2 days later…a package on my front porch.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t open it for 2 days. I was hoping for a miracle! But alas…it was time.

A New Beginning

I hate that she’s blue. I wish she were pink. There were no color options or clearly I would have chosen pink.

She’s too bright. Like…VERY BRIGHT. 2 weeks ago in the hotel room in Door County she legit lit up the entire room as the rest of my family was sleeping. Sorry family. My husband HATES her.

SO. BRIGHT.

She doesn’t bend. My beloved old booklight used to bend at every angle. This new one is too stiff. She only goes up and down.

Omg as I’m editing this post I now see the random page that I chose for this blog photo. This particular passage is clearly a bit….racy for post about book lights?? I already returned the book to the library so it is what it is. Happy Monday, lol.

HOWEVER…

Dare I say that I like the actual shade of her light…better? My old beloved book light was an LED bulb which I hate. This new friend has a beautiful, soft, warm, glow about her.

My dear old beloved book light isn’t completely dead yet. She’s holding on as long as she can. I gave her to my 9.5 year old daughter who has much better eyesight than I do and therefore the dim light isn’t a problem for her. It brings me joy to watch her last days spent lighting up Babysitters Club books (my FAVORITE book series from when I was a child).

As for me and my new friend, the jury is still out. I’m trying…but I miss my old companion. I’ll keep you posted.

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened” -Dr. Seuss

Take a little time to appreciate your beloved book lights today!

Xo,

Jenny

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A Lovely Independent Bookstore

A Lovely Independent Bookstore

As you know, I’m a HUGE advocate of utilizing my local library. I absolutely LOVE the library and that is exactly where 90 percent of the books that I read come from. I love borrowing books so, so much.

I use my library for a number of reasons, mostly that I am a minimalist. I don’t WANT a stuffed, crammed bookshelf full of books that I most likely won’t reread in the future.

However, I DO love to support small businesses and I absolutely adore discovering wonderful independent bookstores. There is quite literally nothing better than a tiny, adorable bookstore and a friendly person behind the counter ready to discuss books. THE BEST.

Every time I go on a vacation, I seem to find the CUTEST bookshops and I absolutely love supporting them.

A Lovely Independent Bookstore

Last week, my family and I spent 4 days in Door County, WI. While walking through the town of Sturgeon Bay, I stumbled upon the most adorable independent bookstore!

Novel Bay Booksellers, I adore you.

This was the first thing to greet me on the sidewalk before I even walked into the store. Perfect.
Stunning.
Children’s Section

I walked around for a few minutes breathing in the scent of new books and I was so happy. As soon as I saw this book on a shelf, I knew it was the one I was going to purchase! My friend and fellow book blogger Jenna had just posted the day prior about how much she LOVED this book so I took it as a sign.

I also saw the most beautiful coffee mug just sitting on a shelf and instantly knew I had to have it.

While speaking with the LOVELY lady behind the counter, I asked if I could take a copy of the Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap. Not only did she say yes but she told me to also take one for a friend 🙂 Megan, I’ve got yours here for you! XO!

I happily paid for my book and mug. Then the lovely lady (I so wish I could remember her name, ugh) gave me a book mark and a beautiful sticker which I came home and immediately affixed to my beloved planner.

Thank you for a wonderful visit, Novel Bay Booksellers!

If you are ever in the Door County area of Wisconsin, I highly suggest paying a visit to this charming little slice of Heaven. I can’t wait to return!

Other independent bookshops I’ve discovered while on vacations and links to my blog posts about them:

Booked for the Season (Grand Haven MI)

Moon Pie General Store and Original Book Warehouse in Pigeon Forge, TN (AKA the most amazing bookstore I’ve ever visited)

River Lights Bookstore (Dubuque, IA), Peace of the Past (Galena, IL), and Half Price Books Outlet in Rockford, IL (not necessarily an independent bookshop but since I bought my all time favorite book here on the way home from a vacation to Galena, IL, I’m including it here)

Tell me about an independent bookstore that you love to support!

Xo,

Jenny

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Happy 3rd Birthday, Book Coffee Happy!

Ahhhh my favorite hobby turned 3 years old last week! Happy Birthday, Book Coffee Happy!

3 years of books, blogging, making new book friends, book discussions, authors so graciously sending me their books, and so much more. Aaaaaand…3 years of me teaching myself how to build, maintain, and GROW a website! I’m definitely proud of myself 🙂

3 years of YOU! My dearest blog readers! Some of you I know in real life, most of you I do not. Thank you from the very bottom of my heart for reading my blog. I have faithfully been reading other people’s blogs since 2007 (!) and I absolutely love that I now have one of my very own. Thank you for signing up with your email address to follow my blog, for commenting on blog posts, for following/commenting on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (still not completely sure how to use Twitter), YouTube (I rarely post on YouTube but it’s such fun when I do), for buying things through my Amazon Affiliate links, and for your overall support. NOTHING makes me happier or more proud as a blogger than when someone tells me that they read a book based on one of my suggestions and it has become a new favorite for them. Mission accomplished 🙂

I take this space very seriously and I always try my best to write posts that I personally would love to read. Book reviews, book suggestions, book giveaways, book discussions, aaaaaaand some bits here and there of my personal life. I simply CANNOT write this blog without bits of my personal life creeping in here and there but I do focus mostly on books in this space. Perhaps the hardest part of blogging has been to not talk in any details about my children! I have never once said their names or shown their faces in this space and that has been HARD. Being a mom is the greatest gift and not talking about them hurts my heart. Maybe one day they will make a blog appearance…

This past year of blogging has been filled with all kinds of adventures!

A few highlights:

The return of IN PERSON browsing throughout my beloved library

I visited the most amazing bookstore I’ve ever seen

A blog post of mine went VIRAL (SO. FREAKING. COOL.)

I became a “Library Hero”

I read the very best book I’ve ever read

I got a new job

…and so much more! THE BEST quarantined family vacations and more all in the face of a global pandemic.

How I usually look while I’m reading. Robe, coffee, and glasses!

This blog has always been so important to me but I was especially thankful for it during the past year. When the outside world was a scary place, I was still able to enjoy reading and blogging from the safety of my home. Reading was the PERFECT activity to have during the past year! I hope my little blog was able to provide you with some suggestions of things to read for your mind to escape when your body truly wasn’t able to leave. I love the following quote so, so much: “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” How PERFECT is that quote to describe the past year????

Happiest of Birthdays to you, Book Coffee Happy. Thank you for being my most creative outlet and my most favorite hobby. I can’t wait to see where the future will take us!

You can read all about Book Coffee Happy’s 1st birthday HERE and Book Coffee Happy’s 2nd birthday HERE!

Xo,

Jenny

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