Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Books 'n' Blogger Swap Show & Tell

It is time to reveal my favorite swap by Chaotic Goddess, Books 'n' Blogger Swap.  They have a few swaps but this one is my favorite type of swap.

I have to say it has been a rough three-four weeks at home but when I came home and found my package from Jenni I was super excited.  I loved getting to know her and she has such a cute little Youtube channel where she talks about books and teas.  You can click here to go to her channel

Alright, here we go...

She had little notes in her Amazon box but they ... well they must have been like my husband because they did not place the tags with the books, so like my package to her, it was a mystery which book goes with: one from the wish list, one you read and enjoyed, and one book you would like to read.

Book One:

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This is book is about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths cross in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.  I am so looking forward to reading this book.  I do not know why but this history time frame is my favorite to read for some odd reason.  It is such a sad part of history but the books are always so interesting to me.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
My boys read this when they were younger in school and some how I missed this while I was their age.  I am so happy this was one of the books I received.  When we went on vacation about three years ago, we went to Washington D.C. and visited the Holocaust Museum.  This book is one of a few referenced in the museum.  All the other books which was referenced I own, now I have all of them.  This book is a story through the eyes of a ten year old living in Denmark during World War II.  I cannot wait to read this one.

Now both of the first two were on my wish list but this next one is not, so I think it may be one Jenni might have read.  
 Next book is bel canto by Ann Patchett.  Amazon Snyopsis: Ann Pratchett’s award winning, New York Times bestselling Bel Canto balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters learn that music is their only common language. As in Patchett’s other novels, including Truth & Beauty and The Magician’s Assistant, the author’s lyrical prose and lucid imagination make Bel Canto a captivating story of strength and frailty, love and imprisonment, and an inspiring tale of transcendent romance.  I am excited to read this one.  It sounds very interesting.  I also love the style of this book.  The edges are frayed.  I just love the old look of this book!

Jenni sent a bonus book to me and when I saw it I smiled and giggled.  It just made me so happy to see.  Jenni and I shared a few emails back and forth and I explained how my husband and I will be taking little get away this Summer getting to know Iowa a little more.  Every other Saturday we will not have Taj and plan to get away since the weekend is the only time we get to see one another with our work hours right now.  This little book she sent I know I will highlight and started to browse immediately making plans for Todd and I.
Iowa Off the Beaten Path: A Guide to Unique Places by Lori Erickson with Tracy Stuhr  I just cannot say enough how stoked I am about this book.  I see many trips and adventures for Todd and I a few with Taj and whomever of our children who want to join.  I see some great photo opportunities of our wonderful state as well.

Thank you Beth and Angie for hosting my favorite swap.  Thank you Jenni for being such a great swap partner!



  1. This was my first time doing this swap and I loved it! Looks like you got some good books!

  2. Aw, what a great package! I love that she sent you a little book to help you and Todd plan your future adventures (and I love that you're both getting to spend more time together! It seems like you needs some happy breaks, and you definitely deserve them). Thanks for joining us for this- we're so glad we could pair you with an awesome swapper! :D

  3. Sounds like a fun swap! How do you find all these swaps? I used to see different swaps, but all the people who hosted the ones I've participated in either stopped doing swaps or stopped blogging. I think you are going to like Number the Stars. Good one.

  4. Oh fun! All your books look so good! I read Number the Stars in junior high and I loved it. I think it may be one of the first books I read about World War II.


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