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Michelle Watson

I'm a homeschool mom who loves to read. Every week, I email you book recommendations and reviews, fun printables, bits of bookish news. Come on over and read with us! We'd love to have you.

A bundle of book reviews 🎊

Hey there, Reader! Ready for some good, clean fun? I've got a new batch of book reviews hot off the press. It's been a while since my monthly reading mix was so...mixy. I read... a nonfiction on productivity (Christian) a modern mystery-thriller (a Reese pick) two YA fantasies (old and new) a YA dystopian (addicting!) several historical middle-grades (wholesome as apples) I also included one DNF because I think some of you might love this author, even though her books weren’t my cup of tea at...
3 days ago • 1 min read

What's the point of fairy tales?

I don't know about you, but I had a blast with Fairy Tale February! Whether you read every single story or just cherry-picked a few, I want to bestow upon you my hearty congratulations! For what? For being an adult who can countenance a fairy tale with respect. That's something! When we started this series 30 days ago, I wrote, "fairy tales say much with little, but they never explain." I have a confession. I plagiarized that. It originates with P. L. Travers, who wrote... "...fairy tales...
4 days ago • 2 min read

A romantic grab bag + more

This photo was taken in my town, ya'll. @infocuscreativestudio Happy weekend, Reader. My whole family has been laid up with a stomach bug and head cold this week, but thankfully we're on the mend. I sure hope you and yours are in good health! Two quick things: Fairy Tale February: The Last Lap We're almost finished with Fairy Tale February. If you're new around here, some of us have challenged ourselves to read one fairy tale per day during February. Here's the full reading calendar if you...
9 days ago • 2 min read

First book reviews of 2024

Hi, Reader! I'm here to share my latest batch of book reviews with you. If you're new around here, I always review the books I've read at the end of each month, and every month, it's like... This month, I finally read Tress of the Emerald Sea by Brandon Sanderson, and it did NOT disappoint! I also read a SLEW of children's fiction, but don't bail on me just yet—many of the books are worthy of your adult reading time, too. Especially Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop. Cozy up with the...
about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Here's what we're reading for Fairy Tale February

How are you on this fine Tuesday, Reader? Fairy Tale February starts in just a few days. Judging by the response I got to my last email, ya'll are excited about a quick escape to the enchanted forest. So—drum roll— ✨ Here's the reading calendar I selected one fairy tale to read on each day in February (29 this year). Because all the stories are in the public domain, I've linked to where you can read the text or listen to an audio narration. Click 📖 for text or 🎧 for audio. If you look closely...
about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Join me for Fairy Tale February

Hey there, Reader! I cordially invite you to join me for Fairy Tale February. This is an event invented by me. Here's how it goes: I'm going to read one fairy tale every day in February. Just one. It'll only take 15 minutes or so. Why read fairy tales? They make you smart. Says who? Albert Einstein. The math genius once said, “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” Fairy tales may very well make...
about 1 month ago • 1 min read

As promised, your guide to finding content warnings for books

Hey Reader, Here's the article that I promised you. It'll help you find content warnings and trigger warnings for books that you're interested in reading. It's NOT just for content and trigger warnings, though. I've used this search method to vet books for moral and worldview issues, especially if I'm thinking of sharing a book with my kids. There's nothing worse than starting a book and then, wham... I'll be honest, I don't always do my due diligence before diving into a book because I don't...
about 1 month ago • 1 min read

How to screen a book for content warnings and triggers

Hey, Reader! It's winter, and it seems like everyone is getting sick. Earlier this week, I was reminded of the immune-boosting properties of garlic. So, without thinking too much about it, I chopped up a fresh clove, mixed it with a spoonful of honey, and down the hatch. The time from "chop" to "swallow" was less than two minutes, and, OH. My esophagus objected. My tummy flip-flopped. Medically, I was fine, just uncomfortable. And I stank to high heaven. Many apologies to my longsuffering...
about 2 months ago • 2 min read
a woman wearing headphones is reading a book

Now entering audiobook heaven 🎧💕

Hi Reader, How's your week going so far? Life back to normal yet? Back to work. Back to school. Back to routine... Or maybe not. 😊 I'm back homeschooling my two little boys. Trying to be consistent with some very tiny New Year's resolutions—like my 7-minute workouts. Seven minutes is all I can show up for right now. But better'n zero! I'm not one for big, crazy resolutions. I'm an all-or-nothing person, and I don't like failing. 😂 So, if I'm going to give 1,000% consistency, the new thing...
about 2 months ago • 1 min read

Come with me, and you'll be in a world of pure imagination

Happy New Year, Reader. I missed you! Did you have a nice Christmas? We got to spend time with my family and my husband's family this year, but we were quasi-plagued by a head-chest cold that wouldn't completely go away. Thankfully, we're all feeling pretty good as I'm typing this. Sooooo...what've you been reading lately? Here's what I read in December. If you're new around here, I share the books I've read at the end of each month. I devoured Anna Karenina—nobody is more surprised than me...
2 months ago • 1 min read

I'm a homeschool mom who loves to read. Every week, I email you book recommendations and reviews, fun printables, bits of bookish news. Come on over and read with us! We'd love to have you.

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