The year is almost over (when did that happen?) and so it’s time to fill out Jamie‘s end of year book survey again. This is the third time I get to fill out the survey, but I don’t think I have ever had such a hard time. Trying not to mention the same book over and over again, that is. The truth is, however, that I haven’t read as many books as I would have liked, and therefore I don’t have many books to choose from. And to be true, I just really wanted to yell about my favorite books over and over again, so there’s that. Enjoy my rambling and leave me a link to your end of year survey, if you’re doing one.
At the ripe old age of 29, I’m at time in life where many of my friends are having babies or already have children. I always enjoy getting a little something for these kiddos for their birthdays and Christmas, but for a while, I found this to be very difficult to do without spending an arm and a leg in the process! But more importantly, I want to give them gifts that they can keep and not just outgrow or break or sell at a yard sale (hey, I’ve seen this happen more than once!). I bet you can guess where I’m going with this. You got it—books! My go-to gift for kids ages 0 to about 9 is BOOKS. I’ve found that parents appreciate this gift, and they tend to save them for their children to have when they get older. Plus, unless it’s a kid that just hasn’t been exposed to books at all, they almost always love getting them!
Obviously I love young adult books, but I also adore children’s books. I’m in charge of the acquisitions for our children’s collection at the library where I work, and I love love love this part of my job. I get to read all of the new books when they come in and it’s glorious. Since Christmas is just around the corner, I thought that maybe some of you might be having the same dilemma on what to get the kids in your life, so I wanted to take a minute to share some of my favorite children’s books from this past year…
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish
A list about books we want? We are so here for that. Judith may have gotten a bit carried away and listed fourteen books instead of ten, but don’t blame her, blame the amazing books coming out next year. Ellice suprises everyone by picking mostly contemporaries, but there are so many good ones coming out in 2015. It’s going to be an epic year for books!
Judith: November was an insanely busy month, with some of my favorite moments of 2014. Most importantly: I MET AMBER, who I met through blogging two years ago and has since become one of my best friends in the entire world. We spent a weekend wandering and biking through Amsterdam and it was amazing, although I wish we’d had longer together. We also met Rinn and Mel, which was great. Later, I hung out with my amazing prossie friends for Amber’s birthday (we have the screenshots to prove it), I saw Mockingjay with a friend, and I became obsessed with The 100. Which I think you all know. Oh, and I did stuff for uni. Or at least tried to.
Ellice: My month was nowhere near as exciting as J’s. Amberiot together at last… how awesome is that?! As for me, the beginning of the month was super hectic at work. It was Advising Week, so we were busy getting students signed up for the spring semester. My November was also full of college football (yay!); I spent two Saturdays at Ole Miss, and this weekend they ended the regular season with a win over our in-state rivals, Mississippi State (this game is a VERY big deal in my state– the winner earns bragging rights for the next year!). I also had one glorious week off from work due to the Thanksgiving holidays. I spent the week with family that I don’t see very often and ate way too much. Oh, and I joined the shopping madness and got a lot of my Christmas shopping done, including the items for both of my Secret Santas. I’m so excited for December!
Okay y’all, I’m saving the best news for last– I got THREE very special books this month. One is a copy of My True Love Gave to Me, signed by Stephanie Perkins, one of my all-time favorite authors. Sadly, I didn’t meet her, but I was able to order a copy through a nearby indie bookstore. However, my absolute favorites were the two books personalized by Miranda Kenneally. Y’all know how much I adore her and her books! There MAY have been some squealing outside at my mailbox ;)