Tuesday, December 2, 2014


i can't remember the last time i went to the library to get a book for myself. or at least get a book that i actually finished...or even got to start. so i asked mr. husband to watch the babes and i got a chance to actually browse the adult sections! this was in the "new" section and the cover grabbed my attention in a library full of very vintage books. i don't really use twitter anymore, but i am very fascinated with the story behind things. there's something about the telling of a whole story of how they got to where they are. successes, failures, the facts, funny stories, family background. it's all riveting to me! and this book has it all. if you're totally clueless on why anyone would use twitter... you might just love this book. if you're an avid twitter user... you might really enjoy learning that the co-founder of twitter has such a positive way of looking at situations and business and an even better idea of how twitter and other means of social media might help to change the world as we know it. this is on my suggestion list for sure.

the winter i was engaged, my then-boyfriend and i were at borders (rip) looking for something to read for our upcoming trip to beijing, china and koh samui, thailand. i picked up this book and thought he would love it. he thought it would be stupid because it's about a dog (or some lame-sauce excuse just like that). fast-forward and guess who finished the book in a hot second and demanded that i read it? yep, my then-fiancĂ©. and then he proceeded to continually hound me on where i was in the book. he definitely did not think it was lame-sauce and neither do i.  full of emotion and unbelievably heart-wrenching. this book has a permanent spot on my suggestion list.

i've read this book three or four times since i was assigned to read it in my tenth grade honors english class. it's not a book i've ever known anyone else to read outside of my school. and i think it's a shame. the story is just SO good. it's very other-worldly and not a life that most of us can even slightly relate to. it's a very real account of a hard life of a strong woman. this book is usually my #2 suggestion.

this is my most favorite book. i really don't know what it is about this story, but it is like a comforting, warm blanket on a cold day. i have read this book every year since i first got it... i don't know how many years ago. my copy is soft and curling from reading during hot summers. it's been underlined and has a few hearts and smiley faces in it. it smells like old paper and lavendar. i get so nostalgic when i read it now that i've moved away from chicago...because that is where the story takes place. i have always loved that i could picture walking to all the places where things take place and fill in the whole scene in my mind. i know all the details because it was my home for such a long time. and now that i'm a wife and mother i connect with the characters on another level. i'm emotionally attached to this wonderful book. love it.

i worked at a daycare for five years while i was in college. i worked the most in a room for 1 & 2 year olds. that's where i first read this book. before my heart belonged to rorie and jake, my heart belonged to those tiny bubbling humans. i spent so much time with them they had a special space in my heart. i loved reading to them and i think it helped me become more sure of myself in all aspects of life. it's very nerve racking to read out loud when you're not used to it. since children have no problem reading the same book five million times in ten minutes i became very familiar with a few books. this book is the sweetest and both rorie and i love it.

when rorie would get frustrated while we were in the car or impatient while waiting for her doctors appointment i would recite some of her favorite books and she would calm down and listen to my words in awe. i've always wondered if she was picturing the pages as i spoke the words she had memorized as well. sweet, funny, and fun to read/recite. you can't ask for any better.

this book was given to jakey before he was born, so of course it's one of rorie's favorites. this is the sweetest book and i never tire of reading it. which should really be the only thing you think about when choosing which books to let enter the sacred space that is your house. i love the rhymes and the great message of helping those in need without a doubt in your mind. i saw that they make a christmas version and now i really want it. i don't even care if my kids like it...but i know they would!

at 6pm they daycare condenses it's six classrooms into the bottom classroom for the last thirty minutes of the day. the last few parents will arrive and the kids will all go home. when this book came into the classroom i was hooked after my first reading. i would often read this book with a lot of life and energy. as i felt the book deserved. it also kept the kids attention to read it with such enthusiasm. i often tell anyone who's reading it out loud for the first time to just commit to the dinosaur names. most of the time no one will know the difference and you'll exude confidence instead of trying to studder through the tricky dino names.

i had never ever even seen this book while living in chicago. and i saw a lot of chicago themed kid books. and it's SO sad because this book is wonderful! it's an adorable story and it takes you through all the sights and sounds of chicago. definitely a must read for people who hold the windy city close to their hearts.

so there you have it, some of my most favorite books - ever. enjoy.

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