The Stuck-at-Home Book Club

Hello, Gracepoint Family! It’s been awhile. I hope 2019 was a great reading year. I realize that’s a bit belated, since we’re now a quarter of the way through 2020. 😂

With all of us at home from school and work due to Covid-19, this can be an awesome opportunity to make headway in our 2020 reading goals. I’m apparently 3 books behind schedule in my goal to read 0202 books in 2020, but I’m determined to put a big dent in my TBR pile!

This is also an opportunity for me to revive this blog, and to post some recommendations for what you can read with your family, or on your own. There’s also been a call for a Family Reading Challenge, so we’ll see what we can come up with.

For my first Stuck-at-Home Book Club recommendation, I present to you The Green Ember series, written by S.D. Smith. There are four main books (with the fourth coming out April 14th!), plus four other novellas set in the same world.

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I don’t want to give away too much about the series, but I will say this: Do *not* let the fact that they are rabbits dissuade you from reading this book! It is a captivating adventure, and there are lessons and themes that are for everyone in the family.

Families have read these aloud together, others have listened to the audiobooks (which are excellent), and other pre-teens, teens, and adults have just read them on their own! This series is so beloved that one of the 7th graders just told me that in anticipation of the April 14th release of Ember’s End, she re-read the series as a refresher.  More great news – the kindle version is only $2.99, and free if you have Kindle Unlimited.

If you’re still not quite convinced, there’s a Green Ember super-fan I’ve asked to provide an endorsement, so stay tuned for that!

What are you and your family reading during the next few weeks? If you want to write a recommendation, send it on over to me, and it might be featured here!

Fairfax’s Best Book Nook

It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Today we’ll continue our tour of book nooks in our Gracepoint DMV area. This treasure was hidden in the depths of my email archives, and I rue not ever having shared it with you all back in 2017 like I should have!

Bethany has an awesome book nook in her room. No joke, this was the first thing she set up when her family moved in to their home. (Almost brought tears to my eyes when I heard!)

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Such a versatile space! You can read here…or practice your recorder. 🙂

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Can accommodate a friend, too!

I asked her to share some words, and I promise, these are 100% her 4th grade self’s words. (She’s now in 5th grade.) I did not bribe her to convince you that reading is awesome. 🙂

I decided to make my book nook because I wanted a private place for me to be able to read and think about books. It is also a convenient place for me to sew and hang out with my friends. It was a bit hard for me to arrange the books and shelves, but after, it was totally worth it. I LOVE MY BOOKS!

Still not convinced? Here is a haiku she wrote about it:

Books are everywhere
My corner just for reading
A small library

 

Inspired? Share a reading haiku below!

Book Nook Tour: Blast From the Past Version

Happy Friday! It’s time for our Friday feature of Gracepoint reading spaces all around the country. Back in June of 2017, Gracepoint Ministries planted a new church in the DMV area. For all of us Californians, this DMV stands for DC-Maryland-Virginia, not our favorite place to stand in line! Anyway, this meant opportunities for our young readers to create their own home libraries.

Here’s a video tour of Sophie & Jamie’s Book Nook from Maryland. This was back in fall of 2017. 

Book Nook from Kenny Choi on Vimeo.

While this particular book nook doesn’t exist any longer, I’m sure these two creative sisters will put their heads together to create fabulous new reading spaces. Looking forward to what they come up with next!

You can contact me if you’d like your reading space/book nook/home library featured. Photo, video, drawing, all media welcome. 🙂