Five Things to Tell You… {September 16th 2020}

Gen The Bookworm

{New Book Releases, Non-Fiction Book Mail, A Fair Play Zoom Event, Soup Season & Curb Side Pickup}

ONE: New Book Releases!

New Book Releases

The Roommate | Don’t Look For Me

There are a couple of great new releases this week! Unless I am reading some engaging non-fiction, I have been all about the chills and the thrills lately… “escape reading” for me at it’s finest. I have still been having a harder time concentrating lately because my mind has been going a mile a minute so I have been needing books I cannot put down. Don’t Look For Me is super dark and engrossing and The Roommate is smart and quite steamy and totally what I first expected! You can look for my full review of Don’t Look For Me later today and The Roommate later this week!

TWO: Non-Fiction Book Mail

I have received some great non-fiction book mail lately…including Heart Talk: The Journal by Cleo Wade.

Cleo Wade

Heart Talk: The Journal | Heart Talk | Where to Begin

I loved Cleo Wade’s last two books and was super excited when I saw that she was releasing an accompanying journal to Heart Talk. I really consider September the start of a new “year”. I have used an academic calendar (starts in July) for over a decade and I love the “fresh start” that fall always feels like with the start of a new school year.

This journal is just gorgeous and I have been looking for a grounding practice lately (I struggle in times of such unknown) that I think this will fill nicely. I will keep you guys updated!

{Thank you to Atria Books for my gifted copy of Heart Talk: The Journal…which will be released on Septemeber 27th, 2020.}

Sunshine is the best medicine

And how amazing is my new bookmark? My friend Danielle loves making homemade cards and I have been one of the lucky recipients to receive her beautiful creations in the mail during this pandemic. I love displaying cards but the idea that this one has multiple uses is even better!

I was also sent some great and accessible books on marriage and/or long term partnerships…

Reigniting The Spark | Love Skills | Love Cycles

I was introduced to Linda Caroll through the Shelf Aware Podcast HERE and Dr. Bruce Chalmer is actually a local Vermonter who I have heard great things about. Both have a practical approach to longterm partnership and have years of experience in this area of work and research.

While I can only speak for myself, I know just from many conversations with friends that the last six months have been a test on many relationships. Lucas and I will be celebrating our 11 year wedding anniversary this weekend and just like any couple, it is always a work in progress and is definitely not always easy.

Lucas is a good sport (I mean, we read and played Fair Play on our 10th anniversary overnight trip, LOL) and I look forward to sharing more about these new titles…

THREE: A Fair Play Zoom Event!

And speaking of Fair Play, I have an exciting announcement regarding a library collaboration with author Eve Rodsky! Librarian extraordinaire Susanna has organized a live Zoom event with Eve Rodsky on October 20th and we would love to have you join us!

 Q & A with “Fair Play” Author Eve Rodsky

Tuesday, October 20th from 7:00 –8:00 pm

Working from home colliding with homeschooling has become a new norm. Join New York Times bestselling author of Fair Play, Eve Rodsky as she illuminates the need to re-establish our values and provides tools to clearly define roles and expectations to divvy up the workload fairly and communicate with grace and generosity. 

We will be gathering questions beforehand so we can best utilize our time with Eve, so please send any you might have to Susanna at who has organized this highly anticipated event.

Here is How to Sign Up…

While this event is open to everyone, registration is required for this Zoom event. Here is the Zoom sign up link…

{PS registering for this event also gets you your very own Fair Play card deck!}

*If you live locally, Charlotte Library has multiple copies of Fair Play available to borrow from our book club discussion last winter! We hope to “see” you there!

FOUR: Soup Season | Creamy Parm Tomato Soup!

Creamy Parm Tomato Soup Recipe

We have had some pretty chilly September weather during this last week and it is making me want to make all the fall savory things like soup and chili. Yesterday I made the Creamy Parm Tomato Soup from Delish and it was…delicious!! I don’t really like leftovers but I had this for breakfast this morning if that says anything…

FIVE | Curbside Pickup

poke bowl The Scale VermontWhile there are many hard things about this pandemic, it has been amazing to watch so many local businesses pivot and work so hard to still provide their products and services in a safe way for both their employees and their customers. While we haven’t done much dining out, we have taken advantage of curbside pickup.

One of our favorite lunch treats at work is the poke bowls at The Scale. If you haven’t had one yet you need to ASAP!! While we try to keep it in check, during our busy fall season we have one about once a week…it’s the little things, right? I like the salmon & tuna firecracker bowl with the Asian slaw…it’s incredible!

Alright, we are off to take Buzz for a walk and then we are heading to our first soccer practice of the season. I hope you have a great rest of your Wednesday!

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