–#NFPB2019- September 4, 2019
Once again, I’ve been slacking off in terms of blogging. But I really do appreciate the #IMWAYR and #NFPB communities. I love when people want to read a book I recommend. And I love getting recommendations from others, as well.
Some book related events I went to were Happier Hour with Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft. I’ve been a fan of Gretchen since The Happiness Project and I love everything about happiness and habits! And listening to their Happier Podcast is part of my weekly routine. I don’t know why I expected Liz to sound different in person but she sounded the same!
I knew it was going to be a wonderful time when the first thing was a two-minute Try This Now where people cleared their bags of trash. I’d been wondering why our seats had those pooper scooper bags. I think any self-help and productivity event should have this interactive and productive component! I also loved the 19 for 2019 segment because goals.
I was definitely surrounded by my people. It did feel like a cult or a super bad pick up line when I would ask, “What’s your tendency?” Overall, it was a great evening.
The other event I went to was Pinyx All Stars Literaoke. It featured poetry readings (centering around Michelle Penaloza’s latest collection, Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire) followed by them singing karaoke like David Bowie’s Modern Love, Sharon Cuneta’s Mr. DJ, Lizzo’s Coconut Oil, and Bjork’s It’s So Quiet. I thought it was such a unique event and I loved it was a showcase of Filipino talents.
And now for the books…
Based on a true story, this heartwarming story deals with loss in a beautiful way.
An absolutely beautiful book about a girl who worries about her older sister who is finally wearing a hijab at the start of a new school year. When schoolmates tease, point, and stare, she wants to do everything to make sure it won’t affect her sister. But she learns her sister may be strong enough for both of them especially when she’s wearing a hijab of the proudest blue.
I could relate to the main character since I’m not really into being outdoors- unless it’s on my way to being indoors. But I loved the story and how the text contrasts with the beautiful illustrations.
I enjoyed the Cozy Classics series and this was a new book to me. Felt illustrations are paired with a sweet text about the different jobs a parent has. A behind the scenes look on how he creates his books is included at the back.
I enjoyed the Dad one more.
Absolutely delightful. I can see why this story is still going strong after all these years. Great to include in garden-themed collections.
One of the most beautiful lyrical book I’ve ever read. It was so dreamy tinged with nostalgia about leaving a first home.
While I’m probably not the target demographic of this picture book since I don’t like animals and I hate emotional manipulations, I can see why people would love this story. The art is gorgeous. The story is sweet.
I’ve been looking forward to reading this book. I enjoyed this fable about a man who thinks everything belongs to him. For some reason, it reminded me a bit of The Little Prince. And while I liked it, I think it’s a picture book aimed more for adults rather than kids.
A cute little (slightly longer than a) picture book about a bookstore that has all the books about books once can dream of and wonder about.
***= Liked It
You can view all the books I’ve read at my Goodreads page.
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