Soul Warming Book

Every time I read a book, I swear it’s the best book I have ever read. It’s the book that has changed my life. This time I mean, I really do.


Fannie Flag wrote a book about a time that made me imagine my parent’s lives. Even now I’m cruing as I write this. The once kids in the book, Annalee, Bobby, Mackie, and Norma could have been my parents growing up. Sure they live in New York and book takes places in Missouri, but the concept was the same.

As they grew, married, and had children of their own they looked back on their lives. They looked at all that had changed, terrible things, wondrous things, and some questionable.

As Mackie and Norma left their hometown and moved to Florida they were stunned by all that had changed. There were no more mom and pop shops and everything was commercialized. As Bobby returned to his hometown to attend the funeral of his childhood friend who died too early. Nothing looked the same, nothing was as it had been when he was a kid. Once where he was known by everyone, he was that strange man walking around town.

I cried for my parents, how the world must have changed before their eyes as their daughters grew and married. I cried for me. One day my son will go off in the world and I can only imagine the wondrous and terrifying things that will be waiting for him. Things have changed so much from when I was just a kid. With new technologies and inventions everyday, we are faced with evils that go along with each one. 

I pray that I have instilled in him the values and morals that will help him stay on the good path. I pray that he will make choices that will keep him safe and will not be swayed by peer pressure to do things that he knows are dangerous or hurtful.

The book was a wonderful read. Each character was so easy to fall in love with and want to get to know. 

I swear if you read it you will be forever changed.

What book(s) do you swear have changed your life or haunted you for days/weeks?

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Where are the Dinos?

Dinosaur LOVED the book… I mean really what’s not to love.


Julia Dweck (Author), Bob Ostrom (Illustrator)

The whole concept is adorable and realistic. Seriously, the kid just wants to know EVERYTHING about dinosaurs? I can attest that the questions are the same ones that Dinosaur has asked me. Dino has asked me where the dinosaurs where once at the zoo too. This is just too funny.

The tour guide’s reaction is something all parents can relate to after a MILLION questions and the ending…too cute.

The information at the end was perfect for a little guy, explained it just right for him. the illustrations were bright, catchy and adorable. A book my dinosaur will love for years to come.

The only negative…he keeps wanting me to read it over and over and laughs each time they are at the beach, building, or shopping.

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Dinosaur wants to share another book he enjoys reading, now more than ever. Since he is no longer wearing diapers, he is happy to read a book about Dinosaurs who WANT to wear underwear just like him.

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Of course our copy looks like this MANY readings and attacks by dinsoaurs.

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I asked Dinosaur now that he is wearing underwear, which ones would he wear from the book?

 Dino proudly told me which ones he would wear and why, he likes what he likes and I think it’s great. The “x” maks show which underwear he wouldn’t wear at all.

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GUEST POST – Dinosaur Books

Today I am lucky to have a guest post by +Maria L Hughes She is a children’s book enthusiast, parent, and online publisher for She enjoys blogging about reading and kids books. Today she is recommending some books about dinosaurs for all age groups. What better place to rec dinosaur books, than on this Dino blog.


The Best Kid’s Books on Dinosaurs

What kid doesn’t love dinosaurs?  I can’t think of a single one, not my own children or their friends, who have a bad thing to say about the long extinct creatures.  The mere sight of one can set of the imagination and spark stories and wonder.  They have a certain mystique, an aura of legend surrounding them, putting them a near mythological status, if not outright reaching it.  It’s part of that mystery surrounding them that children love.  They love to look at pictures of them, memorize their names, some of ridiculous length and pronunciation that even adults struggle with, and enthusiastically share their knowledge with everyone they meet.

The great thing about dinosaurs is there’s always more to discover and learn.  Who knows how many new species will be discovered this year, each one needing a new name, a name that, one day, a child will stumble across and seemingly never forget.   While we can’t go to a zoo to see living dinosaurs (which, if Jurassic Park is any indicator, would be a bad idea), we have plenty of media dedicated to them.  If you don’t have a museum exhibit handy, books can provide the next best thing in one’s exploration of dinosaurs.  With so many books to choose from, it can become overwhelming, but there are a few absolute gems that both kids and adults can enjoy and undoubtedly learn from.

Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages


This extensive encyclopedia by paleontologist Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. may overload even the most ardent dinosaur fans with all the information it packs into its 432 pages.   Published in 2007, this encyclopedia features over 800 species of dinosaurs and rich detail on what we know about each one.  The book is well organized, so readers can find their favorite dinosaurs with ease as well as understand the information that is presented.

Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time

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Considered the definitive dinosaur picture book, author and illustrator James Gurney brings his fictional world of dinosaurs to life with highly-detailed and eye-popping images.  The story is told in the form of journal entries written by the main character, Arthur Denison, and may be challenging for younger kids to read, though, regardless, it can become so engrossing it may not matter.  Younger kids may decide to skip the text altogether in favor of simply scanning the illustrations for hours on end, which is perfectly fine, since they’re worth it.  After reading A Land Apart from Time, the sequels, which are considered just as good, or better than the first, come highly recommend.  These books include Dinotopia: The World Beneath, Dinotopia: First Flight, and Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara.  There are multiple spin-off novels, but none match the artistry of Gurney’s four books.

The Enormous Egg

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For the younger dinosaur lovers, Oliver Butterworth’s 1956 children’s classic tells the story of a child who discovers a massive egg in the chicken coop.  Spoiler warning: the egg hatches and it’s a dinosaur!   The book mixes a fun narrative with the politics of Washington DC and explores the consequences of having a dinosaur in the modern era that’s both light-hearted and accessible to younger readers.

Raptor Red

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By distinguished paleontologist, Raptor Red is a novel featuring Utahraptors as the protagonists and explores the life of the title character.  Set 120 million years in the past during the Early Cretaceous.  It’s a surprisingly thrilling narrative, which does take liberties, both scientific and to be relatable to readers, and shouldn’t be considered fact-based. At times, this book is akin to watching a particularly exciting nature program on PBS or the National Geographic channel.   For budding fans of Bakker’s work, readers can also check out The Dinosaur Heresies:  New Theories Unlocking the Mystery of the Dinosaurs and Their Extinction, a book that can serve as an informational supplement or follow-up to Raptor Red, but really isn’t aimed at kids.  This 1986 book is Bakker’s theories on a broad range of dino-related topics including their warm-bloodedness, their relation to birds through evolution, and their various physiological traits.

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We were offered to check out a new book.

Pandora's Box

Dino loved this. He was so excited that Pandora found a box. But as she kept trying to open it, he kept saying

“No. No. No.” Just like her brothers and friend. Each time she tried to open it he got mad and said, “She is not listening. Her mommy will be mad.”

When she did open the box, he roared in delight at what was inside. What was inside? Well you have to check out the book to see for yourself. It was a cute book, and Anthony loved hitting the arrow to read the next page.

And the fact that it all rhymed, just made his day!

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DINOSAURS everywhere

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Every other week we head to the library to return the books we borrowed and check out new books. I LOVE my books on tape and Dinosaur loves getting books on DINOSAURS.

This past week I was told we had to get books on triceratops. We now know the exact spot the non fiction dinosaur books are located, we headed on over and carefully looked at each book. I was either given the “okay” or “no” for each book.

In the end, we left with a bunch of books. Dinosaur loves to look at the pics of dinos and loves to hear their names and facts about them.


Another fun activity for Dino is to match his toy animals to the dinosaurs in the book.

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The Keepsake, not for the faint-hearted

I normally post about organization or small spaces on Thursdays, but today I want to share a book with you. I LOVE to read (prefer audio books while I drive) gory crime dramas. Tess Gerrtisen is an awesome author. She has a medical background which adds to the gore of the books. Let’s not forget the intense suspense and mystery laced throughout the books.

The recent book is The Keepsake

New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen knows how to expertly dissect a brilliantly suspenseful story, all the while keeping fascinated readers riveted to her side. By turns darkly enthralling and relentlessly surprising, The Keepsake showcases an author at the peak of her storytelling powers.

For untold years, the perfectly preserved mummy had lain forgotten in the dusty basement of Boston’s Crispin Museum. Now its sudden rediscovery by museum staff is both a major coup and an attention-grabbing mystery. Dubbed “Madam X,” the mummy–to all appearances, an ancient Egyptian artifact–seems a ghoulish godsend for the financially struggling institution. But medical examiner Maura Isles soon discovers a macabre message hidden within the corpse–horrifying proof that this “centuries-old” relic is instead a modern-day murder victim.

To Maura and Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli, the forensic evidence is unmistakable, its implications terrifying. And when the grisly remains of yet another woman are found in the hidden recesses of the museum, it becomes chillingly clear that a maniac is at large–and is now taunting them.

Archaeologist Josephine Pulcillo’s blood runs cold when the killer’s cryptic missives are discovered, and her darkest dread becomes real when the carefully preserved corpse of yet a third victim is left in her car like a gruesome offering–or perhaps a ghastly promise of what’s to come.

The twisted killer’s familiarity with post-mortem rituals suggests to Maura and Jane that he may have scientific expertise in common with Josephine. Only Josephine knows that her stalker shares a knowledge even more personally terrifying: details of a dark secret she had thought forever buried.

Now Maura must summon her own dusty knowledge of ancient death traditions to unravel his twisted endgame. And when Josephine vanishes, Maura and Jane have precious little time to derail the Archaeology Killer before he adds another chilling piece to his monstrous collection.

Now I’m off to read….


this book has it all, love, romance, revenge, crime, horror, mystery, suspense, soulmates, forgiveness, historical connections, gore, family, and friendships.

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