Saturday, September 30, 2017

31 Days of NEW Kids Picture Books: 2017 edition


2016 NEW Kids Picture Books
2015 NEW Kids Picture Books
2014 NEW Kids Picture Books

Wow, how can it be almost October already?! Here in Michigan we had a week of 90+ degree temps, just in time for the first day of fall... :-P  October sure snuck up on me, but it's still time once again for #write31days.

I've had fun each October writing short book reviews each day.  My local library has a section just for new books that have arrived in the last 6 months, typically published within the last year. I'll be following the same format as previous years, but the content will be completely new!


Let me know if you'll be reading along with me! Be sure to subscribe by email or in a blog reader (like Feedly or Bloglovin or RSS), and like my Facebook page so you don't miss out on any posts!

This post will contain the growing list of books as I publish them:

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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

[Re]Introductions

I'M BAAAACK!

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! :)


A photo posted by Carrie Roer (@carrieroer) on