Camp Grandma – Book Review

I am so excited to share my first Pop Up Review for Book Sparks! I was selected to read Camp Grandma and am so glad I had the opportunity to read this book.

Marianne Waggoner Day was a stay at home Mom, turned Business Woman, then got promoted to Grandma. Once she retired and started spending with her grandchildren, she realized that her business knowledge could be beneficial to their time together.

From this realization, Camp Grandma was born! In her book, Marianne takes you through various activities she has done with her grandkids that have given them some really wonderful skills to help lead them into a stronger future.

Her book has given me some wonderful ideas for activities to try with my oldest daughter this summer. I look forward to implementing some skill building projects into our schedule and watching her growth.

If you are a parent, grandparent, or child care provider, I highly recommend giving this book a read. It will inspire you to choose some different activities to try with the children in your lives. It is so important to give them a variety tools for their future, I know I love watching my children learn and grow.

This book is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

Happy Reading!

Summer Reading Recommendations!

Here it is, my summer reading post! I am so happy to be sharing with you some excellent books to add to your reading list this summer.

Have you joined the Leopard Print Book Club yet?! We have some exciting things happening this summer! Including the #LeopardPrintBingoChallenge which just started!

Alright, are you reading to dive in? I sure am, here come some “fintastic” books!

You’re going to need a bigger tote.

(Props to anyone who gets that joke!) ūü¶ą

 

Historical Fiction

Love and Ruin by¬†Paula McLain¬†is the story of Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway’s third wife. This novel beautifully follows their relationship and life in Cuba. Most importantly though, this follows Martha’s life as a war correspondent during World War II. I loved reading about her bravery and learning about some really amazing facts about the war I had not heard before. If you are a fan of WWII Historical Fiction, you will enjoy this book.

Often times when we think of Historical Fiction, we think of WWII. This year I had the pleasure of reading this amazing book by Lisa See. In The Island Of Sea Women, Lisa shares in the amazing life of the Haenyeo women of Jeju, South Korea and the how the wars affected this part of the world. Told through the eyes of Young-Sook, this book travels with her from childhood, all the way up through adulthood. This book is incredibly moving, and I am very thankful that I read it.

 

Real Life Adventure

I recently finished To Share the Sleeping Self by Jedidiah Jenkins, he shares in his journey riding his bike from the Oregon Coast down to Patagonia in South America. I think what I liked most about his story was that while he shared in the experiences he had while traveling, he also shared a lot of his mental journey through it all. It was really beautiful to see the changes he he went thorough while traveling the beautiful landscape.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed is one of my favorite books. I am so grateful she shared her amazing adventure with us. There are times in our lives when we need to make a change, or do something brave; and Cheryl did just that in her life. She set out and hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. In her book she shares the obstacles she faced, people she met, and lessons she learned while out on her hike.

 

Fun Series

I know that some out there are looking for a good “beach read”, or a good, fun series to read this summer. I highly recommend¬†Crazy Rich Asians by¬†Kevin Kwan; this three book series is so much fun. It left me laughing numerous times and he weaves such a wonderful tale of family, and some drama. His characters are bright, comical, and touching. I really think anyone would enjoy reading these books.

 

Mystery

I am sure you have heard a lot of buzz around this book, and if you haven’t read it yet, you have to add it to your summer reading list. In¬†Where The Crawdads Sing by¬†Delia Owens¬†uses the landscape of the North Carolina coast as the backdrop for her beautiful and mysterious tale. This book will leave you longing to visit and see just where the crawdads sing.

If you haven’t yet read one a mystery from¬†Megan Miranda, I recommend you start with¬†All The Missing Girls. This book is actually written backwards and is so creative. I didn’t want to put it down, and it left me on the edge of my seat. You’ll find yourself searching for more of her books after you read this one!

Heartfelt Read

For those looking for a touching, heartfelt read, I think you’ll fall in love with The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by¬†Dan Gemeinhart. This book is a young readers novel, however, I felt it was an a very powerful story. It will leave you laughing, and crying, then it’ll probably make you laugh again. For adults, it will remind us what it used to be like to be a kid. Go out, have an adventure, but don’t forget where home is.