Toy Story 4


Toy Story 4 was an adorable movie and our whole family loved it. We then had to check out the books to go along with the story and all of the fun new characters. Forky has been so popular and we made our own Forky using this kit.

Here is Woody’s round up of some kid approved books:

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After The End


After The End by Clare Mackintosh is a new book by an author which I have read her other psychological thriller books. This is a different genre and she did a wonderful job sharing this heartbreaking story about a family that has to make end of life decisions for their little boy. The storyline was excellent and unique showing what can happen when we make decisions and how life altering they can be. The story was sad and thought provoking.

If you enjoyed this then I would recommend:







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Non-fiction Books About Space

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The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean by Dean Robbins (Author) and Sean Rubin (Illustrator) is a great picture book to share the story of a man who was an astronaut and an artist. His story is fascinating and this is an interesting book for kids (and adults).

A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon
by Suzanne Slade (Author) and Veronica Miller Jamison (Illustrator) is the true story about Katherine who was a brilliant mathematician and helped NASA become successful.


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The Moon


The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission is this month and there are so many new picture books to celebrate. Moon’s First Friends: One Giant Leap for Friendship by Susanna Leonard Hill (Author) and Elisa Paganelli (Illustrator) is a cute and clever look at the moon and the role it plays in our lives. The moon has been waiting for a friend and then one day some Americans come to visit.


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Moon, Earth, and the Sun


This series has a been a fun new one for my kids and they enjoy learning about earth through these fun picture books.

Moon! Earth’s Best Friend  by Stacy McAnulty (Author) and Stevie Lewis (Illustrator) is the newest book in this series. This book teaches all about the moon and how it helps the earth.

Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years by Stacy McAnulty (Author) and David Litchfield (Illustrator) is all about the earth and ties the whole series together.

Sun! One in a Billion by Stacy McAnulty (Author) and Stevie Lewis (Illustrator) is a fun book about the sun and my kids keep quoting from it.


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Romance Books

16B7A4DF-AA90-4245-98E4-EEAEAE856337I read both of these books this summer and enjoyed the stories, but the steam factor was too much for my taste. These books do not need to be read in order, but some of the characters overlap. Both books have a main character with autism and is written really well based on the author’s own experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Both books have characters from the same Vietnamese families.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang is about a woman with autism who is looking for someone to help her learn how to be in a relationship. She hires a male escort and although it was predictable, Stella was a very likable character. This book is definitely more steamy.

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang is less steamy and I think I enjoyed it more than the first book.  In this book, the male main character is autistic and his mom finds a wife for him since he has not been in a relationship. He is resistant at first, but romance soon grows.

If you enjoyed these books, then I would recommend:

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Recursion by Blake Crouch is the first novel I have read by this author. I hope to read Dark Matter. This book is science fiction and not a genre that I read a lot of. This was a welcome change as it had my full attention the whole time as I tried to wrap my mind around all of the twists and realities. I have heard a movie adaptation is in the works and I cannot wait.

If you enjoyed this book then I  would recommend reading:


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June Reading

Here are some books I read this month that did not receive their own posts.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang was a very steamy romance about a young autistic woman meeting a man. The book is very popular and I liked the main character, but the steam was too much for me. I have read a few books now with characters that are on the spectrum and am always amazed at how well written these characters are. I am going to read the next book and have heard it is less steamy.

Overcoming Fear: The Supernatural Strategy to Live in Freedom by Dawna De Silva is a new Christian non-fiction book about how to overcome fear and anxiety.  It may have just not been great timing for me to read this book because it lost my interest in a lot of places. It was very choppy and shared lots of real life experiences that the author has encountered over years of working in the Sozo ministry. Thank you to Chosen Books for this review copy.

About the author: Dawna is the founder and co-leader of the international Bethel Sozo Ministry, Bethel’s inner healing and deliverance ministry. It was founded in 1997 and has just celebrated its twentieth year as a recognized international deliverance ministry. The Sozo Ministry carries the core values of Bethel’s house and is aligned under its apostolic leadership. Bethel Sozo has exploded throughout the world with teams ministering in 80% of countries around the globe bringing people freedom, deliverance and closer connections to God.

Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini is a historical fiction book set around WWII. This book was very lengthy. It was well written and interesting to learn about characters based on real people that were in the resistance against the Nazi’s.

The Favorite Daughter by Patti Callahan Henry is a new book about family. Two sisters try to move forward and forgive each other for the past ten years to come together to help their father with his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. It was a good story and especially  if travelling to South Carolina or Ireland.


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The Cranky Mom Fix

34595CEB-3F80-4BC4-922B-35AC9D8BAED1The Cranky Mom Fix by Becky Kopitzke is a must read for moms. This book had so much practical advice that I would like to implement in my own home. I definitely have a “momster” in me and this book helps explain what triggers these rough days and how to change them. This is definitely a book that I need to read over and over again since it is filled with great advice. The author shares from her own experiences as a mother and advice she has learned from others. A few motherhood books have really stood out to me and this is one of them. Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for this review copy.

About the author: Becky Kopitzke is the author of three books including The Cranky Mom Fix: Get a Happier, More Peaceful Home by Slaying the “Momster” in All of Us and Generous Love: Discover the Joy of Living “Others First.”

As a writer, speaker, dreamer, believer, lunch packer and recovering perfectionist, Becky believes family life is one of God’s greatest tools for building our faith, character, and strength—and it’s not always pretty. On her devotional blog,, she offers weekly encouragement for fellow imperfect women, pointing our weaknesses, blessings, and victories to God.

Becky lives with her husband Chad and their two lovely daughters in northeast Wisconsin, where she shares a home office with stacks of tween craft supplies and a puppy named Prophet. Beyond writing and family, Becky is actively involved at her regional evangelical church, where she leads women’s Bible studies, sings on the worship team, and hugs half the people she sees.


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