Reading with a Thirteen Month Old

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I have a secret, I’m a horrible mom. Terrible. Why? Let me tell you. For the first 12.5 months of Finn’s life he hated books. He couldn’t stand being read to. The first 6 months or so he cried at every attempt. Like books were the worse thing in the world. Then he just got angry. Angry that he couldn’t crawl away, angry that I wouldn’t let him eat the book. Angry that we were sitting. Just angry.

What did I do wrong?! I didn’t read to him enough while I was pregnant, right? That has to be it! Really, in all seriousness though, I was pretty sad that he didn’t like it. I always had a silly image of getting all snuggle-y with my baby and reading to him. Sooo not the case lol. I tried so many different tactics but he was just too busy. I eventually just started reading to him while he played across the room. I was desperate.

Then a couple of weeks ago we were playing in his room and I decided to give it a shot. I sat him on my lap and started Little Blue Truck. He sat still the whole time and I finished the entire book. The entire book! I don’t think that had ever happened before! I was so excited but I thought it was probably a fluke but we finished another, and then another. We’ve read lots of books every day since then. My heart might explode from happiness! He even likes one book so much that he makes me read it over and over. He laughs at them too!

Finn's bookshelf

Also, because I was so excited that he’s enjoying them now, we bought his very first bookshelf. I was too excited when I came across this at Target. It’s just his size and perfect! He loves to go pick a book out.

I really just wanted to share my happiness. It’s been a hard  13 months with no fun children’s books. Stay tuned for a post about what we’re reading!

 

Saturday Situation: Link up your reviews & giveaways

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Cover Changes

Cover changes happen. I’ve come to terms with that. Sometimes I don’t always understand them but I assume that the publishing industry knows a lot more than me. That doesn’t mean I can’t have an opinion and a preference. So I want to point out some of the cover changes I adore…and the ones I do not. Whether it be repackaging or new covers for paperback. Feel free to state your opinion as well. This is Part 10 of what is turning out to be a very ongoing post. (There’s just so many changes) Click for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and the Omnibus editionPart 7Part 8,  Part 9 Part 10, Part 11Part 12, and Part 13.

Unspoken by Sarah Reese BrennanUnspoken by Sarah Reese Brennan

Unspoken by Sarah Reese Brennan

I like the new cover! I haven’t read the book, though. So I don’t know how informed my opinion is. I don’t love the cartoony-ness of the original cover.

Choker by Elizabeth WoodsChoker by Elizabeth Woods

Choker by Elizabeth Woods

I didn’t like this book, but I did like the cover. The new one is fine, too. It might be more eye catching but it isn’t very unique. I do like the font used on the new one.

Forever by Judy BlumeForever by Judy Blume

Forever by Judy Blume

I haven’t read this…I know, I need to. Anyway, I adore that new cover. It’s gorgeous and caught my eye so quick in the bookstore.

How to Love by Katie CotugnoHow to Love

How to Love by Katie Catugno

I loooove this original cover! So pretty! So different. The new one is nice but it kinda looks like every other YA contemp out there.

Out of the Easy by Ruta SepetysOut of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

I’m okay with both of these. They’re both pretty. They both fit the book. The new one looks more like an adult cover, don’t you think?

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles Rules of Attraction by Simone ElkelesChain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

Perfect Chemistry by Simone ElkelesRules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles  Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles

I’m a pretty big fan of this series. I’ve never had a problem with the original covers. They aren’t my favorite but they fit the books well. I ADORE these new cover! Adore! They are sweeter looking and I think that will get the series a whole new group of fans.

So what do you guys think of all these changes?

Saturday Situation: Link up your reviews & giveaways

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Excerpt: Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke

I’m so excited to bring you an excerpt of Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke today. The book sounds so great and this excerpt has me very intrigued. Here’s the blurb to make sure you’re up to speed.

Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke

Delancy Sullivan has always known there’s more to reality than what people see. Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world branches off from the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed ~ all of these choices create an alternate universe in which an echo self takes the road not travelled and makes the opposite decision. As a Walker, someone who can navigate between these worlds, Del’s job is to keep all of the dimensions in harmony.

Normally, Del can hear the dissonant frequency that each world emits as clear as a bell. But when a training session in an off-key world goes horribly wrong, she is forbidden from Walking by the Council. But Del’s not big on following the rules and she secretly starts to investigate these other worlds. Something strange is connecting them and it’s not just her random encounters with echo versions of the guy she likes, Simon Lane.

But Del’s decisions have unimaginable consequences and, as she begins to fall for the Echo Simons in each world, she draws closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide ~ a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.

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The Excerpt:

Addie tapped her watch, her face drawn. The noise was already getting to her. Iggy must have heard it too, pressing damply against my leg and whining.

“Chill, boy,” Simon said, scratching the dog’s ears. “Let me make this up to you? There’s a kickass band playing at Grundy’s tonight, and we just got new IDs. You should come with.”

“Absolutely not. Tell him no,” Addie said.

The real Simon would never go to a bar during basketball season. He had too much to lose. I must have frowned, because his eyebrows lifted, dark lines over dark blue eyes. “Okay, not Grundy’s. What about the Depot?”

In the Key World, the Depot was a coffee shop on the south side of town, in the old train station. After a huge crash decades ago, the city built a new station a few miles north, and the Depot became a landmark and a place for locals to get lattes.

Walkers believed every accident came from a choice. Nearly forty people had died that morning; another hundred were injured, all because the engineer picked the wrong time to throw the brake. Countless worlds had sprung up in the aftermath, a lesson in the way a single decision could transform the fabric of the multiverse.

I wondered what choices had shaped this version of Simon, who cut class and used a fake ID. Despite his dissonance, I was tempted to find out. He was definitely the break, and it was just my luck that the one time Simon noticed me, there was something fundamentally wrong with him.

Iggy bumped my legs, and I fell heavily into Simon again. His arms came around me, and for an instant, I let mine circle him. Then I took a quick, unsteady step back. “I’ll think about it.”

Now it was his turn to frown. Most girls would have been falling all over him for that kind of invitation, but I wasn’t most girls.

“Playtime’s over,” Addie said, her expression like a storm front. “Wrap this up.”

I gave Iggy one last pat. “See you around.”

“Count on it,” he said, scooping up the Frisbee and tossing it toward the pond. Iggy raced away, Simon followed, and I turned, awaiting the wrath of Addie.

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About Erica:

Photo credit: Anja Photography

Photo credit: Anja Photography

 

I writes books about girls who make their own fate and fall for boys they shouldn’t.

I live outside Chicago. I like to travel but I’ll never really leave this city.

I prefer cookies to cake (even cupcakes), television to movies, and autumn to all the other seasons.

I like sushi, naps, coffee, and driving stick shift.

I hate fish, emoticons, bridges, and talking about myself.

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Be sure to check out the Twitter chat with Erica (@Erica_ORourke) on July 23rd at 8pm ET using #DissonanceChat moderated by Heidi at YA Bibliophile (@hmz1505)

Saturday Situation: Link up your reviews & giveaways

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Happy Saturday everyone! It’s time for a new Saturday Situation, hosted by Candace at Candace’s Book Blog  and myself. So, here’s the scoop: I’m going to set up two Mister Linky’s. One for Giveaways that you want to promote and one for Posts that you want to promote. The posts can be reviews, discussions, rants, events you are planning, anything that you want people to read! I know there’s so many great posts out there that often go unread. Here’s your chance to tell the world! Feel free to link up to other bloggers posts as well! Let’s spread the love!

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