On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Percy Jackson

On our shelves today is a series that my daughter just finished, but I now picked up:


Percy Jackson

The Sea of Monsters

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Rick Riordan

I must say that I am enjoying these more than I thought I would! This is the second book in the series, and although I have seen both movies, the books are radically different (and in my opinion, better). When I was a kid, I was obsessed with the movie Clash of the Titans, and anything to do with Greek mythology. I think maybe part of the reason I am enjoying these books so much is my inner child longing for stories of Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades and the heroes of Greek myths. That AND they are fun stories.

My favorite part about reading these, though, is being able to talk about them with my Falafel. She whipped through the entire series so fast, and didn’t have anyone to share them with. Now she does!

What books are on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: The Lost Hero

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This week, since my 10 year old (Falafel) has finished the entire Percy Jackson Series, she has started:


Heroes of Olympus

The Lost Hero

by Rick Riordan

This series is not a continuation of the same stories as the first series. It is a whole new series about different half-bloods. I am thrilled that my picky girl has more books to read. With the Summer ending (all too soon, in my opinion), I am glad she is squeezing in a little more fun reading!

What are YOU reading this week?

On- Our-Shelves Sunday: Fourth book in a series

Today, on our shelves, is the fourth book in a series that I absolutely love:


Keeper of the Lost Cities


by Shannon Messenger

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I started this series a few years ago, and was instantly hooked. After finishing the mermaid books I was reading (see here), I was looking for something else to read, and discovered there was a fourth book in this fabulous series!! I didn’t even know. I devoured it, instantly, and now am waiting impatiently for Shannon Messenger to release her 5th book in the series, which will be out in November!

Basically, there are Elves and Goblins and Alicorns, and magic. I love it.

What is on YOUR shelves today?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Henna Sourcebook

On our shelves this week is a super fun book :


Henna Sourcebook

by Mary Packard

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If you are interested in doing any body painting (like with Henna), this book is a wonderful resource for designs! Not only do they have designs from India, they also include symbols from different parts of Africa, the Middle East, and Egypt. It starts with the history, moves on to Henna basics, and then goes on to show you how to transfer a design. Finally there are pages and pages of designs to thumb through. Great if you are say, hosting a Bollywood themed party and want guests to have choices for body art. Hmmmm, I wonder who would be doing that?

You will have to come back tomorrow to find out.

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Waterfire Saga

I am so excited! On our shelves this week is a book that I have been waiting months for (Be prepared: affiliate link below)!


Book 4 in the Waterfire Saga

Sea Spell

by Jennifer Donnelly

I just picked it up a few days ago from the library and am almost done with it (and that is saying a lot for this slow reader)! It is fantastic. I love fantasy/adventure books, and I am 3 books invested into this one. Such excitement.

Am I the only one who loves reading Young Adult and Juvenile fiction?!

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Percy Jackson

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We are a little late to this party, I know. But our Falafel is finally reading:

Percy Jackson the Lightning Thief book review

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan

So far, she is engrossed in it (which is saying a lot, since she is resistant to reading anything but the Warrior Cat books- see here, here, here, here– and Harry Potter. I’d say she is branching out!). I have asked her not to share the details with me, yet, since I want to read it too. I have see the movies, but I know the books are usually different.

As I am typing this, I have caught her reading way past her bedtime, so I am taking that as a good sign.

What is on YOUR shelves today?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: something for your little herbalist

This week, I took out a book from the library for Falafel because I knew she would love it:

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Medicinal Herb book review

Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs

A beginner’s guide

Guess what? She LOVES this book. I think this one is a keeper. We are defintely going to purchase a copy for her because she hasn’t put the book down all day.

Because our girl is obsessed with reads the Warrior Cats books, she has become very interested in becoming a Medicine Cat Woman. She is always mixing up “herbal concoctions” in our yard, but really wanted actual guidance. This book is super simple to understand, and she cannot wait to make things like an herbal bath, or herbal oil to massage feet with. I only wish we got it before the middle of the Summer (yes I just said that outloud. Gah where is it going??!!) so that we could plant some of the herbs that she could use.

Right now, I have her making lists of what she would like to plant and the excitement is high.

I love when the books I find are huge successes in our home. It’s the little things, really.

What are YOU reading this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Normal Norman

On our shelves today is a book called:


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Normal Norman

by Tara Lazar

illustrated by S. Britt

What a sweet story about what it means to be “normal”, or really how there isn’t one, and how we are all unique. I adore the retro-styled illustrations, and the message. And the fact that Norman is purple.


What books are YOU reading this week?

On-Our Shelves Sunday: Feeding my inner Survivalist

On our shelves this week is a book that I happened upon at the library, and my inner survivalist couldn’t resist checking it out:

Show me how to survive book review

Show Me How to Survive

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by Joseph Pred

This book is illustrated with simple universal safety type images, which make my visual heart happy. There are short captions below the images which also help the reader understand what to do. It gives super simplified instructions for everything from making a fire, to catching pigeons to eat, to fending off attackers.Not a complete manual by any means, but a fun and interesting read. Kind of tongue-in-cheek. Note for any parents out there, there are a few graphic images, and some blood in a couple, so not for the visually sensitive child. More of an adult manual (although, our 10 year old was intrigued by it, and read through it a few times already).

I plan to use this book to teach us all how to build a bow drill this Summer. Should be fun for camping!

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Picture book

On our shelves this week is a picture book, with no words:

frog on his own

Frog on His Own

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by mercer mayer

I know my kids are way past these books, but I cannot resist a beautifully illustrated picture book. Mercer Mayer manages to convey mini stories within the story with detailed drawings full of humor. Short and sweet.

What is on YOUR shelves this week?