Friday, September 16, 2016


The BRAND NEW Usborne Books & More website is up and running! With a smooth design that's pleasing to look at and faster web servers, your shopping experience should be better than ever.

However, there are definitely a few kinks that are being ironed out. Usborne has staff working around the clock to fix them all, so if you notice something as you're browsing and shopping please let me know! I'll be able to either guide you to what you'd like to do or inform you if it's a known issue that's still being worked on.

My weekly Usborne book reviews will be back soon! In the meantime, you can browse my past reviews by clicking here.

Thinking of getting Usborne books for someone for Christmas? Start shopping early for the best selection and plenty of shipping time! I'd recommend making your purchases before November 1st. Click here for a cute video showing our holiday-specific books.

I'd love to help you find the perfect books for your family. Send me an email or message me on my Facebook page

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Lion's Tales: Summer 2016 edition!

Three whole months have gone by without my writing about what we've been up to. You'll forgive me? I'll attribute my lack of posts to 1) Our schedules being goofy with all 4 of us being home every day, so I haven't had my quiet mornings like I do now that school has started and 2) All-day-every-day pregnancy nausea has been making me feel like not doing much of anything.

So here's a recap of the highlights of our summer! (beware of picture overload :)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Quick Lit: August 2016

Woohoo!! After tracking my books for two years and not meeting my goal (36 books each year), I finally did it! With time to spare! I'm not completely sure what's been different this year, except that I got off to a fast start, read a few middle-grade books, and re-read all of Harry Potter in 5 weeks.

My goal has been 3 books a month, and I'm going to try to stick that out the rest of the year before re-evaluating my goal for 2017. I met the 3-book goal this month!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Quick Lit: July 2016

I think this month was a bit boring for books, but I did cruise through almost 2000 pages. As I said last month I've been working through my first-ever re-read of the Harry Potter series for #harrypotterthon16. In June I read the first five books, so in July I finished 6 & 7.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Quick Lit: June 2016

#harrypotterthon16  #lifeisbetteratthelake  #ihavegreatinlaws

It has been a suuuuuper slow month for blogging and even Facebook and Instagram for me. Sorry to any faithful followers I may have. Can you say "summer break!!!"?  I suddenly have all 4 of us home all day every day (my hubby's a teacher).

And I'm 8.5 weeks pregnant. :) With full-blown, all-day-every-day nausea. :(

So while I'm doing lots of reading (as I describe below), my online presence is lacking. But I'm at 27/36 books for my yearly goal! I hope you're enjoying your summer!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Summer Reading 2016: Harry Potter Readathon!

My library's collection has been well-loved over the years!

Two years ago I joined an online YA Book Club for the sole reason of reading through the Harry Potter series with the group. I was in high school and college when the books first came out, and didn't get involved in the hype at the time. Needless to say, I quickly got sucked in and jumped ahead (we were reading one book a month at the time), and became a huge fan.

(I love middle-grade and YA books in general, and am SO grateful for this book club to get me reading books in this genre I wouldn't have picked on my own!)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Quick Lit: May 2016

My 2016 Goodreads goal is 36 books -- 3 books a month -- after not quite making that goal last year.

(This doesn't count the books I read to/with my kids -- I try to post a few times a month what my kids are reading too, click here to read those reviews)

I started out the year FLYING through books, though now I seem to be getting back to my normal pace. I'm still plenty ahead of the game, with 24 books read so far this year. Here's what I finished in May!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Lion's Tales: May edition

My TBR stack that I'm going to attempt to power through
over the long holiday weekend for the Take Back Your
Shelves Readathon
.   Who am I kidding??
I'll be lucky if I can finish two of these... 

Ah May... the month where it FINALLY feels like spring in Michigan -- and we even have days and weeks that feel like summer!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Usborne ABEA Giveaway! {closed}

{The giveaway is now closed, thanks to everyone for participating! The Shine-a-Light books can still be purchased through the links below!}

It's GIVEAWAY DAY at ABEA, and I'm excited to offer a free book to one of my readers!

I've really enjoyed being part of Usborne Books & More for the last 13 months! From buying and earning books for my own kids, to helping others earn free books through Facebook and home parties, to book fairs at local schools, it has been a GREAT business to be involved with. Read more of my journey here, and my Usborne book reviews here.