About ME

Welcome to Mom Loves Reading…the Blog!

I am a married, mother of 5 (plus 1 elderly chihuahua), and I am also an avid reader. I read many genres of books: thrillers, contemporary fiction, some sci-fi (hello, Blake Crouch!), YA, non-fiction, and more. I am also a huge fan of audio books, thanks to Libro.fm and the Libby app through my local library. Audio books are my go-to method of reading during the day when I am busy running around doing my usual “mom” stuff, and physical books are my morning with coffee and evening with herbal tea way to unwind.

I started this blog the first week of 2020 as an addition to my other social media outlets (Instagram, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter) so I could have a more creative, personal space for my book reviews, recommendations, what I’m reading now, what I recommend, and also some more personal tidbits about my life as a mother of 5 (including identical twins with autism), living with autoimmune diseases, life in a small, lakeside (touristy) town and other interesting stuff.

Thanks again for visiting Mom Loves Reading! I would love it if you would subscribe. You will get email notifications for new posts and be one of the first people to know when a giveaway is coming up and when one is currently running. I giveaway LOTS of advance copy books from publishers as well as other books. So click that Subscribe button and tell your bookish friends to do the same. Sharing is caring!😉

Book Reviews · Booksparks

"Slay Like a Mother: How to Destroy What's Holding You Back…"

Thank you @booksparks (partner) & @sourcebooks for my gifted copy of “Slay Like A Mother: How to Destroy What’s Holding You Back So You Can Live the Life You Want” by Katherine Wintsch!
.
This empowering self-help book champions the kind of self-doubting that mother Katherine Wintsch, CEO of The Mom Complex, calls “Never-Enough,” the kind of mother whose guilt, desperation, & fear about not being enough is overwhelming.
.
Based on more than a decade of research, “Slay Like a Mother” takes a brave new look at the increasing population of modern mothers & reveals the good, the bad, & the ugly behind the battles they fight within. Brave, supportive, & insightful, the stories and advice shared in this book will teach women to live more confidently, enjoy the present, & slay like a mother.
.
This book is exactly what all women should read. It discusses ways women can & should support & empower each other & how we should be lifting one another up instead of tearing each other down. (Let’s face it, women can be the absolute worst, am I right?) We often say we are all about supporting other women, yet we are also the ones judging each other the hardest, comparing ourselves to one another, trying to conform to what we feel society expects us to look like, & pointing out what we are told are flaws on ourselves and others. Being a woman & a mother is really fracking hard!
.
I know I, for one, am my own biggest critic. I strive too hard for perfection in everything I do, & it ends up backfiring on me in one way or another, & I end up mentally or physically exhausted. Motherhood is hard, one of the hardest jobs in the universe; but it doesn’t have to be.
.
I will chose to be the best me I can be, but not get down on myself when I don’t feel like I am matching my own expectations or societies even. I will choose instead to love myself- my imperfect self- & be the best mother I can be & not compare my life or looks to another mothers. I will be the Mother of Dragons (#GOTreference) & slay like one as well!
.
Slay Like a Mother” is thought-provoking, inspiring, relatable & brutally honest. The paperback comes out on 3/3 & the hardback is available now.

Book Reviews

Book Review "When We Were Vikings"

📖Thank you @gallerybooks #scoutpress for my gifted finished copy of “When We Were Vikings” by Andrew David MacDonald! And thank you to @librofm & @simon.audio (partner) for my free audio copy of the book!🎧
.
💛Sometimes life isn’t as simple as heroes and villains. For Zelda, a twenty-one-year-old Viking enthusiast who lives with her older brother, Gert, life is best lived with some basic rules:
.
1. A smile means “thank you for doing something small that I liked.”
2. Fist bumps and dabs = respect.
3. Strange people are not appreciated in her home.
4. Tomatoes must go in the middle of the sandwich and not get the bread wet.
5. Sometimes the most important things don’t fit on lists.
.
💙But when Zelda finds out that Gert has resorted to some questionable—and dangerous—methods to make enough money to keep them afloat, Zelda decides to launch her own quest. Her mission: to be legendary. It isn’t long before Zelda finds herself in a battle that tests the reach of her heroism, her love for her brother, and the depth of her Viking strength.
.
💛”When We Were Vikings” is an uplifting debut about an unlikely heroine whose journey will leave you wanting to embark on a quest of your own, because after all…We are all legends of our own making.

💙As a parent of two kids with autism, I loved that main character Zelda was well representative of a person with a high functioning learning disability. Some authors just don’t hit the mark in that area. MacDonald nailed it!
.
💛A beautiful, heart-warming, heart-breaking, inspiring and unforgettable story! Definitely recommend it and I Loved it!!
.
🎧The audio version is well-narrated and held my interest from beginning to end. To get it on audio, goto Librofm, use my code MOMLOVESREADING and get a 3-for-1 audiobook deal. Librofm is the first audio app that supports indie bookstores with our purchases instead of billionaires.👍🏻😉

PS…Don’t forget today (2/16) is the last day to enter to win the book “Our Stop” featured in the Sunshine Book Stack post. Click HERE.

About ME · DownliteBedding

Introducing Downlite Bedding…my new favorite bedding!

My sweet sons reading together with my Downlite Bedding

A few weeks ago, Downlite bedding reached out to me and asked me if I would like to try out one of their Downlite EnviroLoft® Lightweight 230 TC Hotel Style Down Alternative Blankets (see above in photo). Not only could I try it out for myself, but I got to keep it! (How freaking amazing and generous is that?!) And let me tell ya, I LOVED the blanket! My husband LOVED the blanket! My kids LOVED the blanket!

The day I caught my boys all curled up on my bed with this blanket, reading “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” together, I knew I had a perfect photo to represent how much we all love this blanket! As a matter of fact, this photo is getting printed and framed! (My daughter, who is 22, wanted to keep the blanket for herself, but heck no! It’s all mine, sista!) It is just the right weight and thickness, easy to clean, and I can’t wait to find a pretty duvet cover for it (even though you totally don’t have to cover it; it is super nice just on it’s own!)

(Website description:) Used by countless hotels and resorts needing a light amount of warmth for their beds. This hotel blanket is great for the summer time and/or warmer climate zones. Crisp cambric cotton fabric is quilted with 10″ squares with a 5 inch frame/border. This soft blanket features 4 duvet loops for use with a duvet cover.

Eddie Bauer 3-pc Dorm Kit
(Photo from Downlitebedding.com)

I know some of you either have kids currently in college or getting ready to head there in the fall. This set is regularly $125. and is on sale for a mere $25! ($100 off! Whaaat!) And your kid will need the most comfortable bedding there is for those awful dorm beds. These are so inexpensive and nice, these would make wonderful graduation gifts, so stock up on a few sets now before 2020 graduation rolls around in May/June.

(Website description:) Take charge of your dorm experience with this 3 piece dorm bedding kit by Eddie Bauer. This kit includes a mattress pad that fits twin xl OR twin beds, a twin xl comforter and a down alternative pillow. The mattress pad offers waterproof protection, making it great to pair with an egg crate topper or fiber bed. All three items use a silky 300 thread count white cotton sateen fabric.  

(Website description:) Perfect for when you need warmth for your upper body, but don’t want your feet too warm with a traditional throw blanket. Easy care polyester plush fabric is tailor cut to drape over your shoulders and overlap in the front for snuggly warmth. Features pockets to keep your hands snuggly. Easy care wrap is machine washable and dryable for years of comfort. Makes a great gift or treat yourself!

  • Hypoallergenic Polyester Fabric
  • Easy Care Machine Washable & Dryable
  • Two Pockets
  • Reversible Plush To Silky Smooth Plush
  • Sold Individually

I am forever buying blankets for my boys. They like a nice, comfy, cozy blanket they can cover up with in bed, but also lay on the floor when they are playing with toys or just feel like chilling on the floor. The blankets I have bought before (from the big box stores) fall apart easily, get pilly after a few washes, or my kids find the blankets easy to pick apart (they are autistic, and picking things apart is kind of their thing.) These throws are perfect for them, well-made, durable and super cozy.

(Website description:) Stay warm wherever adventure takes you. These luxurious Eddie Bauer® packable throw blankets are filled with hypoallergenic PrimaLoft®, The Luxury Down Alternative. Combined with packable fabric for a space saving design. Measuring 50 by 60 inches plus matching storage bag. They are ultra-light and ultra-warm making them the ultimate cozy travel companion. Available in two great colors, these Eddie Bauer throw blankets make the perfect gift for someone you love. And they are currently on sale for $40 (reg $60)

Wrinkly because my kids were enjoying laying on it!

If you want to try out Downlite bedding for yourself (comforters, sheets, pillows, blankets, etc), click HERE to be taken to the website and use the code SWEET20 now through 2/29 for a sitewide 20% off. After 2/29 you can use my special code DYGEN15 for 15% off your order. You will LOVE your new Downlite bedding!

Giveaway

Head’s Up…Giveaway starting today!

This will be the Instagram post!

Snow Day Intl. GIVEAWAY & Sunshine Book Stacks challenge!

Tomorrow is my wedding anniversary (yep! Married on Valentine’s Day & it was a Friday that year as well! Scroll to bottom to see a pic of me & the hubs on our wedding day!) My husband had taken today & tomorrow off from work so that today we could spend time together just the two of us (we even had a couples massage scheduled at Kalahari Spa). Tomorrow my boys special needs class has no school (while the rest of the school does) so we are taking them to lunch and roller skating (yep! We have a pretty awesome indoor skating rink/family fun joint that is still thriving!). Then Mother Nature stepped in, threw us a weather curveball, & the kids ended up home today, too, with a snow day! So we had to cancel our massages & instead we are getting our taxes done (Yippee! So much fun!). Tomorrow is still a go so far though. (And yes, I do roller skate, & actually pretty well!)

This was pretty heavy to hold to get the pic!

Today it is all white outside & the sky is 50 shades of gray. Pretty, but also bluck. So today, I am posting a Sunshine Book Stack AND hosting a giveaway for (1) copy of “Our Stop” by Laura Jane Williams! “Our Stop” released in the US on 2/11, but actually published in other countries in 2019. (See below for synopsis). I would LOVE to see your yellow books, too! Post a photo of your own #sunshinebookstacks on Instagram (use that hashtag) & tag me @mom_loves_reading . You will get (10) extra entries in the giveaway below. I’m in dreary N Ohio, so I need all the sunshine I can get!

(This will be the entry criteria on the Instagram post)

To enter to win (1) new copy “Our Stop“, must do the following:

*Must be following @mom_loves_reading (no unfollowing after, that’s not cool)

*Like & SAVE this post

*Tag a couple bookish buds (unlimited, but only 2 per comment).

Bonus entries:

*Don’t forget the one listed above!(10 entries!)

*Share this post in your IG feed or stories & tag me!(5 entries)

*Comment on this post on my FB page (Mom_Loves_Reading) *Must also LIKE my FB page for it to count!(5 entries)

PS…If you do ALL of the above, there will be a special bonus if you win!

Giveaway is International, begins 2/13/20 at 12noon, EST & ends 2/16 at 11:59pm EST. (1) winner announced 2/17. No giveaway accts. No unfollowing after or you will be banned from all future momlovesreading giveaways (& there’s a LOT!) Giveaway not affiliated w/ Instagram/publisher/author. Please follow my other accts: Blog(momlovesreading.com), Twitter(momlovesreading), Goodreads(Mom_Loves_Reading) & FB(Mom_Loves_Reading).

Our Stop” by Laura Jane Williams:

Nadia gets the 7.30 train every morning without fail. Well, except if she oversleeps or wakes up at her friend Emma’s after too much wine.

Daniel really does get the 7.30 train every morning, which is easy because he hasn’t been able to sleep properly since his dad died.

One morning, Nadia’s eye catches sight of a post in the daily paper:

To the cute girl with the coffee stains on her dress. I’m the guy who’s always standing near the doors… Drink sometime?

So begins a not-quite-romance of near-misses, true love, and the power of the written word.

2/14/03 (So grainy, but we didn’t have a professional photographer.)

Book Reviews

The Hazel Wood, The Night Country & a new release trilogy

Click HERE to view on Instagram

Thank you @flatiron_books @macmillan.audio & @librofm for my free copies of “The Hazel Wood” & “The Night Country” by Melissa Albert!

I received this beautiful, hardback copy of “The Hazel Wood” a couple years ago & never got around to reading it. Seriously, the cover is freaking gorgeous! Then when I received an audio version of “The Night Country” I knew it was time to listen to both. I listened to “The Hazel Wood” in one day! It was just so addictive! I sped it up to about 1.5x which was just right for me to keep up, then I started “The Night Country” the next day.

Both books are way outside of my usual comfort zone, but I did end up enjoying them. (I think I liked “The Hazel Wood” better than the 2nd one, mostly because the second book got sorta confusing for me, due to so many more characters than the first book.) The series is like “Once Upon a Time” the TV show meets Grimm fairytales, with a modern twist. These books are geared toward YA, but due to some of the graphic nature & language, I would say maybe 15 and up. There is some seriously twisted stuff in “The Night Country”. I was captivated by both books & the narrator was fantastic & narrated both books.

These books are dark, complex, creepy & atmospheric. There will be a third book coming in the future, and a screen version of “The Hazel Wood” is currently in production. If you are into creepy, modern/fantasy novel on audiobook, use my special code MOMLOVESREADING on the Librofm audiobook app, & get a 3-for-1 deal. You could get both of these books & then another one for free!

Librofm is the first audiobook company to support independent book stores with all of their audiobook purchases, they have over 125,000+ books to choose from, including new releases & best sellers, & once you download the audiobook to your phone, you don’t need to use wifi or data to listen to it. There are also many other audiobooks you can choose at a generous discount.You can cancel your subscription anytime, too.

I LOVE Librofm & the positive impact they have had on my reading! As a very busy mom on the go, I always have my phone & Airpods with me so I can listen to my current book. Make the switch from that other audiobook company today!

Click HERE for synopsis of “The Hazel Wood” and HERE for “The Night Country”.

And now, introducing another fantasy series…

INDIGO DUSK- A High Fantasy Romance

Indigo Dusk (The Aetherial Embrace Trilogy Book 1)” by Kristy Nicolle

SYNOPSIS:

When Kairi Freemont happens upon a winged man on her parents’ Tennessee Ranch, she’s given what she’s wanted ever since the day she was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome: An escape from the pain of her chronic, invisible illness.
Through the power of the Aetherial Sun, Aro shows her there’s not only a place where her pain disappears but that she can live in a fairytale world of Unicorns, Fae, and magic she’s always wished was real. But when Kairi discovers that meeting Aro was no accident, that she may have lived a whole past life at Aro’s side before being stolen away by the monstrous Draconians, things start to spin out of control.
Are the Draconians, a race of banished dragon riders who have long since lost their precious reptilian steeds, as monstrous as the rest of Aetheria believes? And what lies at the heart of Aro’s motivation behind sweeping Kairi off her feet? Is it simply flirtation and his desire to give her a better life, or is the truth far more malicious than she could have ever expected?

PRE-ORDER NOW: https://books2read.com/u/3Lpvw5

BOTMs,

My February Books-of-the-Month picks…

Happy Saturday everyone! My BOTM’s arrived yesterday and I am looking very forward to reading them both!

I read Graham Moore’s book, “The Last Days of Night” a couple years ago and I enjoyed it! Plus, Moore also wrote the screenplay for “The Imitation Game” which won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2015. So, based on those two things and all the great reviews I have already read for “The Holdout“, I am sure I will love that as well!

February “legal thriller” BOTM

Then there’s the bookstagram-and-Jenna-Bush-made-me-do-it book pick, “Dear Edward“, which I did not pick when it was first offered as a BOTM in January, but then the reviews got me all the FOMO feels, and I caved in and added it to my Feb box. But in all honesty, it really does sound pretty great! (Click on the title to see the synopsis for each book.)

Jan “contemporary fiction” BOTM

While we are talking about Book of the Month, if you aren’t a member yet, what are you waiting for? It’s so freaking awesome!

*Low cost for a quality, brand new, hardback book and even lower cost to add on up to extra books per month

*Skip the months that don’t float your boat

*Free shipping

*Well-curated books that are often early releases

*After you have bought 12 mos, you become a BFF and get some awesome freebies! (Free books, anyone?!)

*Cancel anytime (but why would you want to?).

To get your first Book of the Month book for only $5 (YEP! A $5 hardback book!), click this referral link www.mybotm.com/yf47ifq4oq88h0k9?show_box=true  and join in on all the fun today! You won’t be sorry! I LOVE Book of the Month so much!

Those of you that are already members, what books did you pick this month? Leave a comment and let me know.

Book Reviews

"The Giver of Stars" by JoJo Moyes

My daughter, my friend Jaclyn, and I were lucky enough to meet JoJo Moyes back in October at the Cuyahoga Public Library. We got to listen to her discuss the months of research she put into her latest novel “The Giver of Stars” and she also did some Q&A’s with the audience.

Things I got to hear JoJo Moyes say in person:
•The “F” word twice when she was telling us a story from her time in KY doing research.
•She slipped that “Giver of Stars was already optioned for movie.
•This is also her favorite of all of her books thus far.
•Her dad didn’t think her book “Me Before You” would do very well. (It’s one of my all time faves!)
•Author friend, Sophia Kinsella was the one that convinced her to publish “Me Before You”.
•Her novel “The Last Letter from Her Lover” is being made into a movie.

Me Before Her

She also complimented my blouse and practically choked on her water when I introduced my daughter…
JM: “THAT’S your daughter? (said in her adorable accent) How old is she? You don’t look old enough to be her mother. I thought you were sisters.” (we DO look a lot alike!)
ME:”She’s 22. And thank you..I’m actually 3 mos older than you, also born in the summer of 69.”
(insert gasping while drinking water)
JM:”What?? Oh my goodness! (Big smile!) You look so young! Yay, Generation X!”(then she shook my hand firmly)

JoJo autographing my “The Giver of Stars”

She is just the cutest, sweetest person and quite funny! I would have loved to have taken a posed picture with her, but this event didn’t allow for that due to the time allotment and the amount of people there. So my daughter snapped the quick pics while I was talking to her. It was a lovely event and I am so glad I was able to go.

I took the book photo above back in Oct also, when the sky was so beautiful and tried to line it up just right with the book (nailed it!) I loved this book and learned a lot of cool things from it. It’s fiction, but loosely based on real people. It’s just a really interesting book! Atmospheric, heartfelt, inspiring and just wonderful! I hope to see her in person again someday and I will buy every book she ever writes!

I really want that blouse she is wearing!

You can buy this book here using Book Store Link. With Book Store Link, you type in the book you are looking for, then choose an independent book seller in your area or from the list, and when it comes up on the screen, it will give you a link to the bookstores website (if applicable), a phone number to call and request that it be held or ordered for you, and also the link to get the book on audio (if that’s your thing…I LOVE audio books!) It is so important to buy books from local, independent book sellers, instead of just ordering them on Amazon (and supporting a bajillionaire!) I, for one, do not want to know a world where independent book stores no longer exist. So, please, join me in helping to support them and try Book Store Link today! Or use Libro.fm and my special code MOMLOVESREADING to get your books on audio and get a 3-for-1 deal.

Book synopsis:

Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond.

Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.

The leader, and soon Alice’s greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who’s never asked a man’s permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.

What happens to them–and to the men they love–becomes an unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. These heroic women refuse to be cowed by men or by convention. And though they face all kinds of dangers in a landscape that is at times breathtakingly beautiful, at others brutal, they’re committed to their job: bringing books to people who have never had any, arming them with facts that will change their lives.

Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope and epic in its storytelling. Funny, heartbreaking, enthralling, it is destined to become a modern classic–a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.