Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Quick Lit: Summer 2017

Ahhh summer. Days of sleeping in, playing outside, and lots of reading. I actually didn't finish a crazy amount of books this year, but with lots of Kindle-usage during baby feedings, I did stay on track with my goals. I read 10 books from June through August, putting me at 27 of 36.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Lion's Tales: early June

Hanging out with us at praise band practice :)

Summertime!!! Here's what we've been up to...

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Quick Lit: Early 2017

I've been on a blogging break since the beginning of January, so I haven't written my monthly Quick Lit posts. Goodreads says I've read 19 books since my last recap. I'll try to keep these short! :)

February 10, 2017:  40weeks5days pregnant, hanging out at
Barnes & Noble after walking the mall trying to induce labor.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017



Hello hello friends!! As you can see from my previous post, I've been on a sort of maternity leave from blogging since the beginning of the year. My beautiful third child, Penny, was born on February 13.

For more baby & book (& other) pictures, find me on Instagram

I've been pondering when would be a good time to start up my blog again, and the annual Armchair Book Expo seemed like the perfect opportunity. I've participated the last two years, and attending the in-person Book Expo someday is high on my wishlist!

I am...
  • Wife of 12 years to a high school math teacher
  • Mother to three girls: age 7, almost-5, and 3.5 months
  • Former youth librarian
  • Part-time church secretary
  • Independent & Educational Consultant with Usborne Books & More
  • Musician
  • Coffee lover
  • Pizza lover
  • Michigander
  • Michigan State Spartan
  • Dutch
  • Norwegian

My favorite...
Book genres:
  • Fantasy (especially YA)
  • Dystopian (especially YA)
  • Memoir (has grown on me in the last year!)
  • Historical fiction (unless the main plot is romance...)

My summer plans...
  • Not go crazy with all 5 of us home for almost three months
  • Play some music with my husband at a few local concerts
  • Lead the Bible adventures station at our church's VBS
  • Play softball weekly with our church's team
  • Finally completely finish our basement (all that's left is the bathroom!)
  • Spend lots of weekends at our extended family's lakehouse
  • Attend the annual GEMS Leadership Conference 
  • "Travel" the world using this book, crafts, food, etc (I'm hoping to write a series of blog posts about our experiences!)

Welcome [back] to The Lion is a Bookworm!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Official Blogging-Break Post

Welcome to 2017! 

This post is to let you all know that I am officially taking a break from blogging for awhile. Baby Girl #3 is scheduled to arrive around February 5 (update: Penelope Ann (Penny) arrived on February 13!). I've been slowing down my Usborne business, so I won't be doing any parties or vendor booths until probably summer or fall.

In the meantime, you can still find me here:

SHOP Usborne Books & More -- My online store will remain open, so you can still shop anytime if you need gifts or homework helpers. New titles were just released this week, and will also be released in April and June, so be sure to browse around! Just choose one of the "NO EVENT? SHOP HERE!" events from the drop-down menu at checkout.

FACEBOOK -- I'll continue to post fun book-ish things on my blog's page, including quizzes, memes, Usborne specials, and news about my family.

INSTAGRAM -- Some things book-related, some things family-related. For sure lots and lots of baby pictures. :)

GOODREADS -- While I won't be doing monthly reading recaps here on the blog (see the archives here), I do still keep track of all the books I read.

Thanks for a great year! Please connect with me in these other places! :)

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Quick Lit: November 2016

Yes, there is a reason this simple square is my first
image in this post. Read on to discover why! :) 

I think I'm winding down for the year... Since I met my reading goal for 2016 a few months ago, I don't feel the push to blow through easy reads just for the sake of finishing as many as I can. So I've been taking my time, doing other things instead of reading during down time, and for the month of December decided to re-read something that will easily take the entire month (and likely beyond)!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Quick Lit: October 2016

After being stuck in a rut and reading only 2 books in September, I blasted through a couple of YA series in October to finish 7 books this month!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

31(ish) Days Wrap-up

So... I failed this year. It was the first time in the three years I've done this that I didn't finish the month. I came close though! 25 of 31 isn't too bad!

I have a pretty good excuse. I had been writing posts ahead, going to the library once a week and drafting up a big chunk at a time. But one week toward the end of the month when I went to the library, all of the new kids books on the shelf were ones I'd already written about! So I guess I could blame the library for my lack of finishing. ;-)

I do think this annual writing challenge is good for me, and am planning to do it again next year. In the meantime, back I go to my usual posting once or twice a week! Keep up with me more frequently on my Facebook page and Instagram feed.

Thanks for joining me this month! Let me know which of these brand new books were your favorites!