January Reads

At the request of several I decided that this year I’d recap my books each month [likely with a top ten post to still come at the end of the year] but this way you can get an idea of the books I’m reading throughout the year.

In January, I read:

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

This was on all sorts of top ten lists for 2017 and was a September 2017 Book of the Month* Club book.

The story follows Mia and her daughter, Pearl, who are living a nontraditional life in a very traditional neighborhood.The story delves into transracial adoption, surrogacy and abortion. It was really good- I could hardly put it down.

The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor

The story goes between 1986 and 2016 as the main character, Eddie, looks back on some mysterious happenings in 1986. Now an adult looking back, strange things start happening again that include some of the same chalk drawings from his childhood and he slowly tries to put the pieces of his memory and what really happened together. This was my December Book of the Month* book.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

This is a classic book that I had never read and Henry was gifted for Christmas. With the movie coming out this spring I knew I wanted to read it and am so glad I did. The book mostly follows Meg and her adventure to find her father and ultimately keep herself, her brother and her friend Calvin, out of harms way. I wouldn’t call it science fiction but it’s along that line. The story has so many messages and an ending that will make you want more [there are four more books following this one]. It’s a Newberry Medal Award winning book and aimed at young readers – I would say late elementary and middle school would be best. This would be a great book to read aloud to kids.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

This was another December Book of the Month Club* book. This book was a thriller and once you start you won’t want to stop reading. It follows “Nellie” and her relationship with Richard. The beginning of the book is a lot of back and forth between the past and the present but by the time you start Part Two, you’ll be fully invested in finding out where the story will go. It’s hard to say much without giving a lot of the story away. The book definitely went in directions I was not expecting. 

Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan

I’ve long been a fan of Kelly Corrigan and this book did not disappoint. It’s written in the style of a memoir going through 12 important things we need to say like: I’m Sorry, I Was Wrong, Tell Me More, I Don’t Know, I Know and more. She writes in a conversational and real way about her life, her marriage, her family of origin and raising her daughters. I’ll likely go back to this one many times over.

Currently Reading:

Daily Acts of Kindness Devotional 

Dance Stand Run by Jess Connolly

After the Eclipse by Sarah Perry 


*Book of the Month Club is a monthly subscription service. Each month, you choose one of five books and it is shipped directly to you. You can get your first month free by using code: MYBOTM


Things to Know Before You Go to The Wiz at Children’s Theatre Company

This past weekend, I was able to attend one of the opening weekend shows for Children’s Theatre Company and Penumbra Theatre’s production of The Wiz.

The modern day twist of the classic story was very well done by a star studded cast and deserved the standing ovation it received at the end.

Here’s a few things to know before you go:

1. This is the first time CTC and Penumbra Theatre have collaborated but I have a feeling it won’t be the last. For those not familiar, Penumbra Theatre was founded in 1976 by Lou Bellamy to create a forum for African American voices in the Twin Cities theatre community. Penumbra has achieved national recognition for its quality productions and role in launching the career of many respected playwrights, including two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson. Today, Penumbra Theatre is Minnesota’s only professional African American theatre, and is one of only three professional African American theatres in the nation that offer a full season of performances.

2. The Wiz is best enjoyed by older kids and adults. I would say older elementary. There are some scary parts, strobe lights and magical concepts that young children might find overwhelming and also frightening. I would not bring my 4 year old. You can read all of the content advisories on their website.

3. The Wiz runs about two hours with a 15 minute intermission.

4. Paris Bennett, who plays Dorothy, was a top 5 American Idol contestant. That girl can sing!

5. This is the most diverse play I’ve ever seen at CTC, not just because of the cast but the audience as well. It’s inspiring to see the Twin Cities come together and celebrate this diversity.

The Wiz is playing on the United Health Stage through March 18 and tickets are still available online.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I am so thankful to work with CTC as one of their influencer partners. All opinions expressed above are mine and mine alone. 

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My 14th Stitch Fix

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