Hot Air Balloon Books on My TBR List

As you are reading this, I’m off at Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta! I’ve gone the past two years and as long as I’m living in the area, I’m not going to miss it! It’s absolutely beautiful and each experience is fantastic.

So today’s post is about hot air balloon related books on my TBR. One of them got there because it saw it on sale at the festival. The rest of them are the result of an Amazon search. I hope you enjoy!

Ultimate Hot Air Balloon Bucket List 

This one looks super intriguing. The title and cover don’t lend itself to excitement, but I’ve had a chance to flip through the book and it looked pretty great.

Hot Air The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot Air Balloon Ride 

This looks like a super cute children’s book.

Oriland Balloon Ride (Origami Hot Air Balloons) 

These look like super awesome origami balloons.

The Twenty One Balloons 

I’ve never heard of this book, but apparently it’s a classic? So I’ll have to check it out.

Mystery of the Hot Air Balloon (Boxcar Children) 

I loved the Boxcar children series when I was younger! I don’t remember reading this one, but it sounds great! (I sort of miss series where it doesn’t end up in apocalypse… it’s just a snippet of someone’s life, so it can keep going and going and going.)

Ballooning, A History 

It’d be pretty cool to learn about the history of balloons I think.

Early History of Ballooning 

Another history book.

Romance with a Side of Green Chile 

This looks like a cute romantic novella.

Balloon Boy of San Francisco 

I think this is a based-on-true-life story that sounds pretty unbelievable.

Max and Maddy and the Bursting Balloons Mystery 

Another cute balloon themed children’s books.

 

Did I miss any awesome hot air balloon-y books? Have any of you been to the festival? What did you think?

❤ Annette

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Great Books for Teaching Math

I have another list today whose topic comes from the Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday. (I’ll be linking up there too.) This week’s post is supposed to be about anything related for back-to-school. So I have for you ten books for teaching math. These are books that I remember from my own school days, ones I learned about as an education major (and math minor), or just ones I’ve discovered on my own. I’ve tried to list them in order from youngest target audience to oldest target audience, but a lot of them are flexible and can be used for many grades.

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My Very First Number Book by Wilkes

This book is for those who are just discovering the world of numbers. It introduces the concept in an awesome, colorful way.

Dinner at the Panda Palace by Stephanie Calmenson (illustrated by Nadine Wescott)

This is a cute counting book. It follows Mr. Panda as he works to seat different sized groups of animals, from ten ???? down to one small mouse.

The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

This book follows a family as they try to divide up their cookies for the guests that just keep coming!


One Grain of Rice by Demi

Even though this is a picture book, the story still fascinates me today. The main character gets one grain of rice on the first day. The next day she gets two, then after that four, and so on, doubling each day. It’s fun to see how quickly the amount of rice gets out of hand!

The M&M’s Brand Counting Book

I remember working on learning how to make bar graphs with this book. It was fun and, since it happened 15 or so years ago, memorable. The only trouble might be getting children to wait to eat their M&Ms.

Math Curse by Jon Scieszka

I learned about this one in one of my elementary education classes. It’s an awesome book about a girl who hates math and wants to be rid of it forever – only to discover that it’s everywhere!

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table by Cindy Neuschwander and Wayne Geehan

This is another book that I learned about in college. Sir Cumference actually has a bunch of pun-worthy math related books that make great introductory stories to different mathematical concepts. (Like circumference, for example. 🙂)


Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

This is a companion math book that uses the characters and settings established in Sachar’s Sidways Stories from Wayside School series. Although the target audience for his chapter books is probably late elementary school (grades 3-6 or so), a lot of the math in this book is a little more challenging and may even be fun to pick up in junior high and high school.

Spurious Correlations by Tyler Vigen

I was gifted this book as an adult. It’s full of graphs that correlate two unrelated things, like beef consumption and number of people struck by lightning. It’s a great way to show that correlation does not always equal causation. Be sure to read the book before you hand it off to any students though. I don’t remember if all topics were appropriate.


Flatland by Edwin Abbot

To be fair I haven’t yet read this entire book, but it was referred to a lot by my Calculus 3 teacher. What I have read was quite interesting – it goes over all the intricacies that go into a the two-dimensional society of Flatland.

So those are all of my math related books for you! Which ones would you add to this list?

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Ten Book Recommendations for Those in a Reading Slump

Today’s post is based on Top Ten Tuesday at Broke and Bookish. I have for you ten books that will help you break your reading slump. These are books that have gotten me out of my own slumps, or that I just couldn’t put down! (Post contains affiliate links.)

Ten Books for Those in a Reading Slump

1. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

This is, hands-down, the best book I’ve read this year. An actual review is coming soon, but this book will definitely take you out of a slump! I read it all in one sitting. It follows Juliet, a photographer, who has recently lost her mother. She writes letters to her mother and leaves them at her mother’s grave. Declan, a high school delinquent, finds one of the letters and responds. The following conversations and events create an amazing story.

 

2. Cinder and Ella by Kelly Oram

 

This book is just plain adorable. It’s a pretty easy read and every time I even go to re-read a passage, I get sucked in and read basically the whole thing. The main character, Ella, is recovering from severe burns received due to a car accident. She has to deal with her father, stepmother, and stepsisters for the first time in her life, and it’s challenging. Her only solace is in her online blog and online pen-pal, Cinder.


3. What If by Randall Munroe
This is a super fun science book that takes crazy questions (“What would happen if you drained the ocean and put the water on Mars?”) and answers them with science. The author is as the creator of the web comic XKCD, and he once worked for NASA.

4. Talon by Julie Kagawa

 

Give this book two chapters, and you’ll be hooked. The female main character is a dragon in human form, assigned to learn how to assimilate with humans. The male main character is a dragon-slayer – a soldier who has been taught to kill first, ask questions never.

5. The Martian by Andy Weir

This may only pick you out of a slump if you are a logical-mathematical type person. I loved this story about a man who is accidentally left behind on Mars and must learn to survive with minimal supplies until he can be rescued. He has to face many obstacles you would never thing of on earth, and the stakes for everything are life or death.


6. Bad Connection by Melody Carlson

This is a Christian fiction novel that follows Samantha McGregor – a teen who gets visions. When she gets one of a person who has gone missing, she knows she needs to step in and help with the investigation. This is an intriguing mystery/crime novel.

7. Angelfall by Susan Ee

While I did only give this book three stars, it also kept me hooked from beginning to end. And then I did the same thing with the next book. And then the next. As a series, the books will keep you on edge, intrigued about the next action. The series follows Penryn as she navigates post-apocalyptic Earth, which has now been invaded by angels.

8. Crash by Lisa McMann

This is a super quick but intense read. It follows Jules – your average Italian high schooler, who works at her parent’s pizza shop, argues with her two siblings, and avoids her family’s rivals. Then she starts seeing a vision. There’s a crash, and then, lots of body bags. What does it mean? And what can she do about it?

9. Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

 

This book is great for fans of Twilight. Jessica’s life has been pretty normal so far. And then an exchange student/vampire shows up and turns her life upside down.

10. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

This is an adorable young adult romance, and it’s my favorite in the Anna and the French Kiss series. (Lola… is second in the series, but it can easily be read out of order.) Lola is an eccentric designer with a passion for costumes, and Cricket is an inventor who lives next door, and who hasn’t been in Lola’s life for years. (It’s a romance, so I’m sure you can guess the rest. 🙂)

So that’s it! What books would you recommend to someone in a reading slump? Have you read any of the books above? Let me know!

❤️ Annette

My Favorite Childhood Picture Books

Today I’m going to share with you some of my favorite books from my childhood. Both of my parents were huge influences on my love of reading. My dad read to me and my siblings all the time in the evenings, a mother is a huge reader herself. She read chapter books aloud to us, or read them at the same time as us, so we could discuss them. The books below are all picture books that I remember being read to me over and over and over again, as I’d often request them.  Hopefully this will help you remember some of the wonderful books from your past as well! (Post contains affiliate links.)

Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambaut

This is one of the first books I think of when I think of picture books from my childhood. All the nonsensical words and the wonderful rhythm makes this book a wonderful read, for any age really. 🙂

Harvest Mice by Beverly Randall

 

This one is adorable, and maybe set off an obsession of mine with all things mouse related. (I’ve got a collection of adorable mice – not real, of course.) There is a sad page about harvest mice getting eaten though, so if you’re reading this to a child, maybe tear that page out first?

 

 

Farmer Patrick Pig by Richard Scarry

This is the first book I remember reading all the way through by myself. Of course I’d heard the story before, but it was still a magical moment. I read the book to my mom, making only a few mistakes, and my five year old self decided to cement the book in her head as the first she ever read. (All of Richard Scarry’s books are awesome. I mean, Lowly Worm? A pickle car? They’re all awesome and inventive.)

Little Critter These Are My Pets by Mercer Mayer
I loved all Little Critter books (we owned most of them), but I think this one was my favorite. He has a spider and a dog and a frog and they were all so fun to point out on the page as a child.

A Fish Out of Water by Helen Palmer and P.D. Eastman

This story is about Otto the fish, who got fed to much and kept growing and growing and growing. He outgrows his fishbowl and then the bathtub… and so on.

Disney Babies

I don’t remember which book specifically it was that I read over and over again, but it was definitely one in this series.

But No Elephants by Jerry Smath

This is a wonderful book about a woman who takes all sorts of animals in… but won’t take elephants.

Dinner at the Panda Palace by Stephanie Calmenson

This one’s good for those who are learning to count! It was even recommended in my teaching math class in college. In this book a panda works to seat and feed groups of animals in his restaurant.

Dragon in a Wagon by Jane Moncure

This book is about a dragon in a wagon… need I say more? This is one my parents lament reading to me repeatedly. 🙂

Mary Wore Her Red Dress by Merle Peek

I’m fairly sure this was perpetually checked out (by me) at our local library. It’s got colors and a catchy rhyme. What’s not to love?

Go Dog Go by P. D. Eastman

I love this book too! Where are the dogs going? They’re all on their way to an important destination, and with such fun colors and shapes and sizes too!

Alexander and the Wind Up Mouse by Leo Lionni

This one is a-dor-a-ble. It’s about a mouse who meets a wind-up mouse and works to make the wind-up-mouse real, so they can be friends.

What are your favorite books from your childhood?

❤️ Annette

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New on the Stack in July 2017

I’m linking up to The Deliberate Reader for this post. Here are the books I got, in some way or another, during the month of July. Next to each I try to explain why I chose to purchase/borrow that particular book. (Clicking on the picture of each book will take you to the book’s Amazon page, through an affiliate link.)

Borrowed from Friends

Plot Perfect by Paula Munier

This book was recommended to me by my writer friend.

 

 


Wired for Story by Lisa Cron

Another book recommended to my by my writer friend.

 

Quiet! by Susan Cain

I’ve wanted to read this book for a while now so when I saw it at a friends house I had to borrow it!

 

Purchased eBook

Talon by Julie Kagawa

I loved Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series, so I was super excited to pick up her series about dragons.

 


Rogue by Julie Kagawa

After reading Talon, I had to immediately go and buy the sequel!

 

 

Re Designed by Denise Swank

I’m trying to finish series that I’ve started, so this is book two in the Off the Subject series.

 

Baby Comes First by Beverly Farr

I enjoyed Beverly Farr’s Love and Chocolate series so I picked up a couple of ebooks by her.

 


Forgotten Honeymoon by Beverly Farr

Another book by Beverly Farr.

 

MacFarland’s Lass by Glynnis Campbell

Another series I’m trying to finish.

 

 

Borrowed eBook Through Kindle Unlimited

Taken by Tuesday by Catherine Bybee

I’ve enjoyed the first four books so far, so here’s the fifth.

 

Wide Awake by Shelly Crane

I really like her Significance series, so I figured I’d give this one a shot.

 

Accidentally Hers by Jamie Beck

I read a couple of books by this author a couple of years ago, and enjoyed them.

 


Worth the Trouble by Jamie Beck

Another series I’m trying to finish.

 

 


It Had to Be Love by Tamra Baumann

Another series I’m trying to finish. (See a pattern here?)

 

Chameleon by Kelly Oram

I love everything by Kelly Oram, so I’m excited to read more of her work!

 

 


Serial Hottie by Kelly Oram

Another book by Kelly Oram. 🙂

 

Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram

Another book by Kelly Oram.

 

V is for Virgin  by Kelly Oram

Yet another book by Kelly Oram.

 

Undeniably Chosen by Shelly Crane

Book five in the Significance series.

 

 

What books did you pick up in July?

❤️ Annette

August 2017 TBR

Here’s by TBR list for August! I’m aiming for 8 books, to keep on track with my goal of reading 100 books before the year is out. I’m keeping a couple of slots open for random books that might strike my fancy, or for sequels I have to read immediately.

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Plot Perfect by Paula Munier

My writer friend lent this book to me. I’ve only read a couple of books about writing, but they all turned out to be pretty awesome. Hopefully this one is no exception.


False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

This was on last month’s TBR, and this time I *promise* I’ll get to it this month. 😄 This book has been recommended to me so many times, and it sounds quite intriguing, so I really should pick it up.

V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram

I’ve loved all of Kelly Oram’s books so far, so I’m excited to start this new series by her. I already have the ebook sitting on my phone, so it shouldn’t be to hard to pick up. It follows a girl who has vowed to remain a virgin, and a rockstar who disagrees.

Re Designed by Denise Swank

This is the second book in a series I read quite a while ago. It’s a romance with college students as the main characters. I believe in this one the main character is studying design, hence the title.

Forgotten Honeymoon by Beverly Farr

I’m sort of ashamed to admit I read these types of books. But sometimes you just need a good, predictable romance book. I enjoyed Beverly Farr’s “Love and Chocolate” series, so I’m hoping this one will be great as well.


Soldier by Kagawa

I read the first two books in this series last month and loved them. Dragons? Dragon slayers? Fast-packed action? Hints of romance? Count me in!

 

Have you read any of these books? How were they? Any books I need to add?

❤️ Annette

July Bookstagram Summary

This month I participated in the #WishfulWonder July Bookstagram challenge. (You can find the original challenge here.) Here are the photos I posted, as well as a couple of photos I took for the challenge, but forgot to post. 😋 (And if you want to follow me on Instagram, you can do so here.)