June Six // Summer Book Rotation 2017

My husband is the best husband. He is also the best father. Going into June, I knew I wanted to highlight the importance and privilege of having a father. Not every child gets a kiss and hug good bye when their dad leaves for work. Not every child has a father who will sneak them an extra spoonful of ice cream after mom has already said no. Not every child has a father who takes pride in them.

I know Addison is little and my reasoning will not resonate with her, but regardless, I wanted my June Six to feature dads. The story that makes me smile the most is “My Dad Used to Be So Cool”. The illustrations are bright and the story makes me heart smile knowing that good parents will give up parts of their past to make a life that is focused on loving their children.

June Six 2017 Book Rotation // Those Crazy Sorokas

Board Books
My Dad is the Best Playground by Luciana Navarro Powell
Mighty Dads by Joan Holub
Because I’m Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa

June Six 2017 Book Rotation // Those Crazy Sorokas

My Dad Used to Be So Cool by Keith Negley
How To Surprise a Dad by Jean Reagan
Daddies by Janet Frank

I hope you enjoy the books I picked out this month. And happy Father’s Day to all the great guys that invest in their children!

May Six // Spring Book Rotation 2017

May is right around the corner and that means Spring is coming to a close and Summer is on the way. In my mind, May is the month that pastels fade into warmer tones of red and orange. Still a month full of life, but it’s not new and fresh like in April. May makes me thinks of being outside in the garden. The greenery of plants sprouting up and the soft, moistened bed of dirt the plants are emerging from.

I’m in love with the books I chose for this month. I love the illustrations for each book and even books as simple as Flora and the Chicks, seem to sink into my heart because the pictures are so endearing. I featured a few books that made me think of Mother’s Day (Guess How Much I Love You & Are You My Mother?) and I also brought out one of my favorite Shel Silverstein books, The Giving Tree. But as always, I had to include some books I was less familiar with and I’m glad that I did!

May Six - Spring Book Rotation 2017 // Those Crazy Sorokas

Board Books
Flora and the Chicks by Molly Idle
Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

May Six - Spring Book Rotation 2017 // Those Crazy Sorokas

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
Two Little Gardeners by Margaret Wise Brown

I hope everyone’s month of May is great. I’m going to try and make more of an effort to play outside with my daughter and maybe even start an herb garden in my backyard. I’m determined that Central Florida’s rising temperatures won’t keep my family inside! I know it’s still considered Spring but it was starting to feel like Summer last month, so we’ll see how this goes. Don’t forget to leave book suggestions in the comments down below. I love to hear about people’s favorite books!

April 2017 Wrap Up

Somewhere in April, I just got a burst of energy and a huge desire to pick up reading again. I hadn’t even looked at a book in the past couple months and suddenly, I’ve engulfed myself in stories at all moments of the day. I have no idea where the desire came from but I’m rolling with it.

April has been a good month. Here in Central FL, the temperatures have started to rise and Chris & I have already jumped into the pool and laid out on the beach. I know it’s not summer but, warm temperatures bring a certain nostalgia with it. One that makes me think of camping, beach sand, and the smell of salty air and sunscreen. I love it and try to soak it up. Addison has spent several afternoons sitting in the front yard just to catch the last of the sun’s rays for the day.

Anyways, I wanted to do a bit of a wrap up for the month and a looking forward. This will just be kind of a bits and bobs post of sorts.

April 2017 Read // Those Crazy Sorokas
I listened to two audiobooks this month. Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee was a book I had picked up with a free trial of Audible. I gave a review on Goodreads, but in case you don’t feel like clicking the link (it does contain spoilers), just let it be known that I loved Reece Witherspoon as the narrator. Her voice was exactly what I imagined when I thought of Jean Louise. I also liked how the book humanized Atticus.

The second audiobook that I listened to was Frog Music by Emma Donoghue. I checked it out from the library via the Overdrive app. I loved her book Room that I also listened to on audiobook awhile back. As much as I loved “Room”, I did not care for this book. I thought the narrator was decent but overall, the story was difficult to follow and I was looking forward to a crime centered historical fiction but the story ended up just focusing on Blanche too much for my liking.

For the books that I read in kindle format (all checked out of the library using the hoopla or Overdrive apps), I read somewhat of a variety. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is a poetry collection that seemed to spread like wildfire on Instagram a few years back. I really enjoyed this collection. I didn’t think it was hands-down amazing but it wasn’t a waste of time. I enjoyed the sketches with the poems and thought it was worthwhile.

I saw a lot of buzz on youtube and Instagram about Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. This book was meh. I thought the main character sounded incredibly childish but I liked reading a story with a positive family image. It wasn’t outstanding, but it wasn’t horrible either.

I’m proud to say that I read my first Stephen King novel: Carrie. How have I gone so long without reading a novel by him?! I really enjoyed this book. I loved how the story was told from different perspectives through articles and book clippings. By the end of the book, I was so conflicted on how I felt about Carrie. At first, I loved her and felt horrible for the high school trauma that she endured. But by the end of the book, my love for her faded with every psychotic move she made and every person she helped into the afterlife.

I, of course, had to watch both the 1976 and 2013 movie adaptions.  Overall, the 2013 adaption won me over as my favorite of the two but I much preferred Sissy Spacek to Chloe Grace Moretz for the Carrie’s charater.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn was another favorite for the month.  From the reviews I read, not many people seemed to like the main character, Camille, but I loved her. I think my temperament is very similar to hers and found myself relating her often. I thought the story was very interesting and the end of the book was intense. So much happened at such a fast pace, I couldn’t stop reading. I probably won’t reread this book because there is a serious self-harm trigger and some of those parts were very difficult to read, but otherwise, loved it.

April 2017 Currently Reading // Those Crazy Sorokas
I’m really enjoying the two books that I’m currently reading. I have to pick up the pace though because I only have 3 days left before I have to return The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman and 13 days for Night Film by Marisha Pessl. I have a love/hate relationship with checking out books from the library online (more love than hate, of course).

That’s all I have for this month! Comment down below with what you’re currently reading (and loving). I need some ideas for May!


April Six // Spring Book Rotation 2017

Like I mentioned in my last post, I have started rotating out Addison’s books so we can actually enjoy the books that are on our shelves. I explained last week that I have a handful of books that stick around for the entire season, but each month will feature six new books. Three board books that sit out in the living room with the toys and three story books that sit on the shelf in her room for story time before bed.

April was a very easy month to plan for because of the Easter. When I think of Easter, I think of pastels, eggs, rabbits, baby animals, and new life. Addison’s favorite board book, hands down, was the Bunny Hop. She loved pointing out the Sesame Street characters and has already flipped through the book at least a hundred times since she got in her Easter basket.

The other two board books aren’t looked at as much. However, I think they will become more of a hit next year and the year after. She is only 1 1/12 after all and doesn’t have much interest in counting or sitting for more than a minute.

Board Books
Happy Easter, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff
The Easter Story by Patricia Pingry
Bunny Hop by Sarah Albee

Addison isn’t very good at sitting still and the only time I can sit with her and read a book is at bed time, right before bed. I can read an entire book and she will just watch quietly from her bed. I wanted to include a Golden Book each month because I have fond memories of them as a child. But for story time, I haven’t gravitated towards it. Maybe once she is older, but the other two books have been read several nights already. An Egg is Quiet and I Wish You More are both quick reads. I love the illustrations in An Egg Is Quiet and can definitely see this book stick around for many years, even through middle school if I end up homeschooling.

An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston
I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
The Fuzzy Duckling by Jane Werner Watson

Hope you all enjoyed my April 6. I’m a little late this month, but better late than never!

Spring Book Rotation 2017

I love books so much. I can remember cracking open the golden spines of The Pokey Little Puppy and The Color Kittens. I remember sitting in the dim lit room at my elementary school listening to Where The Red Fern Grows. I remember speed reading through the entire Magic Treehouse series and then reading them again because I loved them so much.

One thing that I have always wanted for Addison is that she would have a desire and love of reading. I want for her to become engulfed in stories and transported to different times and places and that her love of reading would foster her love of learning.

I have always made sure that Addison has always had books available to her. I mean, I know she’s not even two yet but it can’t hurt, right? We read Charlotte’s Webb while she was breastfeeding and listened to The Invention of Hugo Cabret during bath time. We look at our board books four to five times a day while we’re playing. And recently, we started reading a book before bed.

It’s not a chore or because I feel like we have to. I just love seeing her absorb the stories and pictures. She can’t verbalize everything but I know she has understanding of what is happening and what she sees. I can ask her to search for things on a page and she’ll point them out. I just feel so blessed to watch her grow.

Because of my love for books, I sometimes feel like my house is overrun by them. Addison has so many books on her shelves that we read the same four over and over. So I decided to set up a book rotation and rotate them seasonally. As of right now, there should only be 20 books out for Addison on her bookcase one time. Ten are board books and ten are hardcover story books that are a bit higher than her age level. Of those 20 books, 6 will rotate out each month. I wanted to keep some books on the shelf long enough for Addison to become familiar with them but I still want to add something “new” each month.

Of course there are books that stay out all year around. Some books you just enjoy no matter what time of year it is. However, those are on the family bookshelf for everyone to access.

So here are the 14 books that will stay on the shelf from March, April, and May. I know this season is almost over, but I got started late in the game. What can I say? If I were to choose a theme for this season, it would be life. I chose lots of books centered around animals as well as books that promoted excitement for the future. In addition to these books, I’m reading Charlotte’s Webb to Addison during bath time. I just love reading!

Board Books
A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
Baby Animals by DK Publishing
Hello, Peter! by Beatrix Potter
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss
Oh My Oh My Dinosaurs by Sandra Boyton
Spring by Gerda Muller
Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Story Books
Edwin Speaks Up by April Stevens
If I Had a Little Dream by Nina Laden
My, Oh My – A Butterfly by Tish Rabe
Oh the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada
What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss
The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

That’s all for my spring rotation! Hope you guys enjoyed and will stick around for when I feature my summer books.