A Lit Life: Look Both Ways, Habits and Self-Worth

by Stephanie, January 15, 2021

How was your literate life this week? As always, I’m here to celebrate our literate lives with a sneak peek into my own. Here’s what I’ve been reading, writing, learning and loving this week:


What I’m Reading:


This past weekend, I was sharing book recommendations with others and the question I’ve come to expect after recommending children’s literature to adults was asked: Why in the world do you read so many kids books? Well, this book is exactly why. 


Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds is one of those books that adults need to read just as much as children do. Why? It makes us think. The book is told in ten chapters, from the perspective of ten different groups of children, across ten blocks of a city as they walk home from school. While each chapter beautifully tells the story of each child or children, as you continue to read, you start to envision the connections between them. The stories are heartfelt glimpses into the realities of children that might go unseen, yet also celebrate the beauty of family, friendship and connection. I found myself personally impacted by each chapter and may have had to wipe a tear of two away as the book came to an end. This is a must read.   

How was your literate life this week? As always, I’m here to celebrate our literate lives with a sneak peek into my own. Here’s what I’ve been reading, writing, learning and loving this week!


What I’m Reading:


The first week of a new year seemed like the perfect time to read You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero. Fitting, right? I love a good self-help book and this one was one of the best. This no-nonsense, yet humorous, book was REAL. It didn’t sugarcoat and it wasn’t full of fluff. It was raw, honest and shockingly practical. My biggest take-away? We can literally have anything we want in life if we think we deserve it first. The rest is just icing on the cake. Icing that takes hard work to bring to life, but that comes effortlessly if our minds are willing to accept new possibilities. I absolutely loved this book. 

Happy New Year!


How was your literate life this week? As always, I’m here in your Inbox to celebrate our literate lives with a sneak peek into my own. Here’s what I’ve been reading, writing, learning and exploring this week:


What I’m Reading:


This week, I read Shine by J.J and Chris Grabenstein. I have two children in middle school, so I was instantly drawn to this book. The book summary shared this: Astronauts can make it to the moon. Can Piper Milly make it through middle school? Why yes, she can. And yes, we all can, too. Shifting the age-old question of ‘What do you want to be?’ to ‘Who do you want to be?’ reminds readers what’s really important, both child and adult. This is a book that will have you rooting for Piper, gaining a new perspective on the less-than-enchanting middle schoolers and will invite you to think about who you want to be, too. 

From 12 Big Words to 365 Little Things

in , by Stephanie, December 30, 2020

Right about now, many of us are thinking hard about one word that could guide our actions in 2021. First coined by Ali Edwards, the practice of choosing a one-word mantra for the coming year mindfully ushers in new mindsets to celebrate a new year and maybe even a new identity. 

I’ve been practicing the one word movement for a while and my past words include love, savor, matter, purpose and joy. But this year is different. I won’t just have one word….I’ll have twelve, instead. Twelve little words with big intentions to guide me throughout the year. Here’s why:

How was your literate life this week? As always, I’m here in your Inbox to celebrate our literate lives with a sneak peek into my own. Here’s what I’ve been reading, writing, learning and loving this week:


What I’m Reading:


I am reading A LOT! My family celebrates Christmas and I took a few days off of work to simply be present with my family. And that means more time for reading, too.


I received Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens as part of my holiday book exchange and had it at the top of my stack, just waiting for the chance to dive into a longer novel. And it was beautiful. I was entranced from the very first page and even though I expected this to take me a while to complete, I devoured it in two days. Because I HAD to. I love books that layer perspectives together, especially those that move from past to present to uncover the full story of the characters. And while I usually do not prefer to read mysteries, especially murder mysteries, the multiple storylines of family tensions, coming-of-age, new love and being open to new connections kept me on my toes throughout the entire novel. This is a must read for all. 

It’s Friday! 

How was your literate life this week? As always, I’m here in your Inbox to celebrate our literate lives with a sneak peek into my own. Here’s what I’ve been reading, writing, learning and loving this week:


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How was it possible that I’ve read every other book Kate DiCamillo has written EXCEPT The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane? This was recently gifted to me in a book exchange and I eagerly dove in, finishing it in a single sitting while my laundry and dishes patiently waited for me. I know it is a book written specially for children, but it spoke directly to my adult heart. Edward, a child’s beloved toy rabbit, learns the hard way how important it is to love and be loved and how life can come full circle...if we simply open our heart to new possibilities. A MUST read for all.

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