lost my name

I recently discovered this adorable book from Lostmy.name, The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name, and knew I had to get one for my darling little niece, turning one in August:
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It’s a sweet story about a child who wakes up one day to find her name, pasted on her bedroom door, has vanished. She goes on a quest over land and sea, encountering animals and magical creatures along the way. Each helps her in a unique way to recover the missing letters of her name.

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You can customize the book for a boy or girl, and there are a few different available languages, too. I thought it was so wonderful and fun, and I enjoyed personalized books when I was little. I wanted to give my niece something like that to let her know she’s our special girl!

Have a daughter, son, niece, nephew, or special little buddy in mind who would love a book like this? I have a 15% off discount code to share with three bookish friends! Let me know in the comments if you decided to use it. 🙂

top ten tuesday: holiday wishlist books 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a fun way to get yourself thinking and sharing about books and bookish things.

December 23: Top ten books I wouldn’t mind Santa bringing me

Happy holidays, everyone, whatever holiday it might be that you celebrate! I celebrate Christmas, and though I do go with as many local, handmade, and consumable gifts as possible, almost nothing beats books. Here is my books wishlist, no expectations, and in no particular order:

  • Power Politics: Poems … Margaret Atwood
  • All the Light We Cannot See … Anthony Doerr
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers … Katherine Boo
  • The Secret History … Donna Tartt
  • Americanah … Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • All That is Solid Melts Into Air … Darragh McKeon
  • Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy … Jeff VanderMeer
  • An Untamed State … Roxane Gay
  • No Country … Kalyan Ray
  • Find Me … Laura van den Berg

What books are on your holiday wishlist this season?

top ten tuesday: holiday wishlist books

Happy holidays! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a fun way to get yourself thinking and sharing about books and bookish things.

December 24: Top ten books I wouldn’t mind Santa bringing me

I do celebrate Christmas so I have a few titles in mind! In no particular order:

1. We Are Water … Wally Lamb
I have read almost all of Lamb’s novels, and I’d love to read this new one, too.

2. Behind the Beautiful Forevers … Katherine Boo
I’ve read great reviews, and the area and history of India piques my curiosity ever since I read A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry last year.

3. When Pride Still Mattered … David Maraniss
I just got a copy of this from the library for the book group I’m in there, but I have a feeling I’ll be happy to own a copy in my collection!

4. We Need to Talk About Kevin … Lionel Shriver
I have been wanting to read this one for years and can’t quite bring myself to just go get it!

5. The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America … George Packer
I am so interested in reading this book—especially since it’s focused on what’s happening the United States in my lifetime.

6. Hyperbole and a Half … Allie Brosh
Just funny. I always enjoyed reading her blog.

7. Men We Reaped … Jesmyn Ward
Amazing reviews… I’d love to read this one.

8. Flight Behavior … Barbara Kingsolver
I need to read more Kingsolver! I’ve read a little, and I have more on my TBR.

9. Tell the Wolves I’m Home … Carol Rifka Brunt
Again, people have loved this book and I’m intrigued.

10. The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison … Pete Earley
Same deal as #4 above—I also am interested since it’s sort of local history for me too (Kansas City is only about 35 miles from the city of Leavenworth).

BONUS: Helter Skelter … Bugliosi/Gentry
Same deal as #4 and #10 above…

BONUS 2: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. … Rob Delaney
I just wouldn’t mind a few more humor reads in 2014, I guess!

What books would you like to receive as gifts this season?