Ultimate List of Christmas Books

Whether you want to do a book advent calendar or just love collecting holiday reads I’ve got a huge list of great Christmas Picture books as well as a couple of reads perfect for Mama too!

Great Christmas reading list. Board books and picture books as well as novels. Religious and santa and snowmen stories for kids to adults

I’ve always love the idea of wrapping up a book and opening one  up each day to read with the kids as a book advent calendar, but the book hoarder in me wants all the books to be read the whole season so for now I’ve got a huge pile of picture books and flap books and pop up books in a little basket by the tree. I love reading about the true meaning of Christmas with the manger stories as well as the fun celebrations that have become a part of the holiday for our American culture like Santa and Snowmen and all that. So here is a good mix of both religious and secular books to read for Christmas.

If you click on the title it will take you to my Amazon affiliate link and you can see pictures, reviews, and read more about each book.

Lots of great Christmas board books and picture books that teach the true meaning of Christmas. Fun and adorable nativity books and more for babies and kids.

Religious Picture and Board Books

Santa, Snowmen and other fun non-religious Christmas books for kids

Secular Picture and Board Books

Fabulous picture books for Christmas. Lots of religious and non-religious christmas books for babies and kids

Teen and Adult Fiction Great for Reading Around Christmas

Also join me tomorrow live on Facebook at 11 AM MST as my friend Debra from Housewife Eclectic and I compare our Christmas book lists and share what we love about our favorites. See her list here.

*I haven’t read these yet but I have friends that ADORE them!

Lots of great Christmas books for the whole family. Both nativity books and santa and snowman. From Board books for kids to novels for teens and adults.

 

Over 30 Young Adult Books Set in School

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One of my favorite settings for books are schools. Boarding schools are doubly fun. Today my sister and I are sharing our favorite Young Adult Books set in SCHOOL!

Back to school books for fun! Over 30 young adult novels that take place in schools. Run reading list.

As we do every month we are coordinating our reading list with the theme for this month’s Owlcrate (Fast Times at YA High) and we will be doing a live unboxing of our Owlcrates (a monthly bookish subscription box that BOTH my sister and I get, and pay for out of our own pockets because we love them so much and can’t share). Along with the unboxing we’ll be doing a book chat and talking about all the reasons why we loved reading these school themed books AND you should too! I hope you will join us this coming Monday evening 5PM MST on the Rae Gun Ramblings Facebook page and tell us what some of your favorite books set in school are!

Young adult reading list with books set in schools. Perfect for back to school reading

For more about each title click on the link to be taken to Amazon where you can read the official synopsis and other people’s reviews.

Contemporary (regular good old life as a school going teen)

Something More (regular good old life as a school going teen with powers, or who’s actually a spy, or some other fun twist)

Books with School settings. Fun back to school young adult reading list.

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Adding these to my reading list. So many great adventure books good for any mood.

20+ Royal Reads

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I’m a sucker for books with royalty in them. If the story takes place in a castle, has a fabulous prince or princess (even in disguise) it’s likely I’m gonna want to read it.

Great (most) YA reading list full of books with royalty and castle settings. SO fun!

When I heard that the theme for this month’s Owl Crate (bookish subscription box I get) was Royalty I got SUPER excited. My box came in the mail last week but I have been patiently waiting to open it because I want to do an unboxing live on my FB with my sister. So in conjunction with all that we decided it would be a blast to share our favorite Royalty books. You can watch the full video below just remember it was originally a FB live vid.

The royalty in these books are varied, some are main characters, some are formal royals, some are side characters but somewhere in each of these is a prominent prince or princes or queen or king, well you get what I mean. Each title to an Amazon so if you’re interested you can read the official synopses and of course see the title for each of them!

20+ Royalty reads. Lots of awesome YA books with royal characters, castle settings, etc. Some of my all time favs.
My sister and I pretty much agree that all of these books are awesome and have royalty aspects. We each picked our top 3 and I bolded them for you guys. But you’ll have to watch the live or replay video to see who said which ;) There are only a handful I personally haven’t read and I’m staring them (these are ones my sister loves though). Also all of these are YA except for the one’s that I’ve added the + sign too and these are still fun just intended for more mature readers! And make sure to like Rae Gun Ramblings facebook page so you can catch our next live book chat!
20+ YA books full of princess, princesses, castle life and other fun. Great royal reads

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The Books I’m Going to Read This Summer

Books I'm going to read this Summer

So yesterday I shared my fabric hoarding problem and I was going to say that’s the only thing but then I went to write this post and I realized I have a serious to be read book hoarding problem. Luckily most of these have been gifted or borrowed so it’s not quite as bad as the fabric but I’ve got a few more than 10 on the list this week. These are the books that have come off my library hold, appeared in my mailbox, or have just been sitting on my shelf for too long. Linking up with The Broke and the Bookish. So here are the books I’m going to read this Summer.

GIVEAWAY CLOSED! And in case you missed it last week there is just one day left to enter the super awesome huge Summer bookish giveaway that my friend Debra from Housewife Eclectic and I are hosting.

huge summer reading survival kit giveaway from Rae Gun Ramblings and Housewife Eclectic

What’s for Dinner and Going On: LA Girls Night Out Edition

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As you know I was in LA last week attending a super fun fabric shopping weekend. A few sewing bloggers and got together for a wonderful fabric shopping weekend. I’ll be sharing more of my fabric spoils, my favorite places to shop for fabric in LA and and awesome giveaway later this week but we closed out the weekend with a wonderful Girls Night Out hosted by Jessica of The Sewing Rabbit.

GNO Los Angelos

(picture from The Sewing Rabbit)

As with all her GNO’s Jess made up some awesome totes and filled them full of goodies from an amazing assortment of sponsors. We each got a bunch of fabric from Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores, awesome interfacing from PellonMichael Miller Fabrics gave us all fabric from their newly released Violet Craft line, there were also the cutest thread spools lined on ribbon and samples of Phoomph from Coats and Clark, a whole charm pack from Dear Stella Design, and 5 great patterns were from McCalls. See loads and loads of pictures from the La Girls Night Out at Jessica’s and also check out her Girl’s Night Out Giveaway that has 11 awesome prizes perfect for crafty girls.

In other news, I finished reading Eat to Live which preaches a diet high in plant based foods so while I’m not interested in following the plan to a tee (basically vegan-ism with 1-2 servings of animal based food a week) I am feeling very convicted to get more vegetables into our diet. If you’re interested in healthy eating or losing weight it is a very interesting read. So here goes.

On the menu for this week…

Day Main Meal Goals (Veggies, Whole Grain, Fish)
Sunday Asparagus and Wild Rice Soup Grains and nuts: pasta
Veggies: Zuccs, Salad
Fish: Shrimp
Monday Zucchini Lasagna
Tuesday Chicken Cauliflower and Cheese Sauce
Wednesday Eat Out
Thursday Hamburgers and Grilled Zucchini
Friday Pizza and Salad
Saturday Big Salad

Book Haul…

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It’s been a while since I shared the books I’ve purchased, received for review, and borrowed from the library but before that if you missed the super giant huge book giveaway I’m co-hosting be sure to check it out (13 books including Divergent and Matched plus a few bookish goodies).

Purchased

  • Entwined
  • Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares

Borrowed

  • Witch World (audio)
  • Invisibility
  • The Elite
  • Eat to Live (audio)

For Review

  • Gameboard of the Gods (digital)
  • Better Nate than Ever (audio)
  • Runaway Queen (audio)

World’s Best Quick Biscuit Recipe and What’s for Dinner/Book Haul

My sister made the most amazing biscuits for Beautiful Creatures party and my mom made this super tasty fried chicken for part of our Chinese New Years feast (she dosed it in sweet and sour sauce) and I have been craving those two dishes like a crazy girl (minus the chicken sauce) and finally I got them to indulge me.

It turns out the biscuits are super fast and easy to make so took a few pictures while she whipped up a batch.

World’s Best Quick Biscuit Recipe

  • 2 C All Purpose Flour
  • 1 TBS Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 TBS sugar
  • 1/2 C shortening (chilled)
  • 1 C milk (chilled)

Preheat the oven to 425 F. Mix the dry ingredients. Cut in cold shortening. Slowly stir in milk. Press the dough into a rectable and then fold in thirds on top of itself and press into rectangle (try to transfer as little heat as you can so do it fast). Cut into shapes and back for 12-15 minutes.

On the menu for this week…

Day Main Meal Goals (Veggies, Whole Grain, Fish)
Sunday Corned Beef Sandwiches and Bacon wrapped potatoes Grains and nuts: pasta
Veggies: Zuccs, Salad
Fish: Shrimp
Monday Clam Fettuccine
Tuesday Cobb Salad
Wednesday Catfish Mediterranean Tacos
Thursday Cream of Mushroom Soup and Salad
Friday Eat Out
Saturday Cowboy Hamburgers and Grilled Zucchini

Here’s my latest book haul:

borrowed/free

for review

And in case you missed it I’ve got a fun bookish photo challenge that is starting this week. Feel free to play on Instagram or Twitter and just follow me at @raegunramblings and tag your pictures #rgrphotoaday

What’s for Dinner and Book Haul Week 167

Last week was crazy fun! I spent the first part of the week doing last minute stuff for SNAP! the creative blogging conference and then Thursday through late Saturday at SNAP! I’ve already shared some pictures on my instagram but I have a bunch of other fun stuff to share from the conference.

Luckily I don’t have too endure too much blogger withdrawal since we have a connective circle class this Tuesday. If you’re a Utah blogger and want to learn more the connective circle offers awesome classes. This month it’s on SEO but they’ve  had ones on Pinterest, affiliate, links, taxes and more.

On the menu for this week…

Day Main Meal Goals (Veggies, Whole Grain, Fish)
Sunday Fried Chicken Biscuits and Cauliflower Grains and nuts: pasta
Veggies: Peas, Salad
Fish: Shrimp
Monday Chicken, Mushroom Risotto and Peas
Tuesday Big Salad
Wednesday Ravioli
Thursday Eat Out
Friday Creamy Enchiladas
Saturday Shrimp Alfredo

Here’s my latest book stack

For Review:

    The Bane Chronicles: What Really Happened in Peru (audio)

      I have a few books waiting for me at the library hopefully I’ll be able to grab them tomorrow.
       
      See what I’ve been reading on my Goodreads. Linking up to IMM and Stacking the Shelves.

      What’s for Dinner and Book Haul Week # 166

      It’s Snap! week. If you don’t know, Snap! is a crafty bloggers conference held here in Utah. I crashed it last year but this time I’ve got a legitimate ticket, hotel room, roommates (Kari and Vanessa) and everything. I.Am.So.Excited!

      I’ve been busy trying to catch up from my bug and get ahead before the conference but I had a crazy productive weekend I think my body and mind were just so really to be used again it was awesome. And just in case any one has been considering the Indian frozen meals at Trader Joe’s they are delicious. I didn’t eat for 3 days and then the next day I barely ate any thing. Daniel ate the frozen meals that I had overbought stocked up on and he was still a happy camper.

      On the menu for this week…

      Day Main Meal Goals (Veggies, Whole Grain, Fish)
      Sunday Broccoli Potato Soup and Biscuits Grains and nuts: granola bars
      Veggies: Peas, Broccoli
      Fish: Catfish
      Monday The Pie
      Tuesday Catfish Enchiladas
      Wednesday Baked Chicken and Fettuccine Alfredo
      Thursday Snap!
      Friday Snap!
      Saturday Snap!

      Here’s my latest book stack

      For Review:

      Bought (I bought these a while ago but I didn’t share and I for sure want to get to them next)

      I’m hoping to get caught up on my Goodreads today I’ve finished a bunch that  I haven’t gotten around to entering. Too many things going on I tell you! Linking up to IMM and Stacking the Shelves.

      What’s For Dinner Week #165 AKA What’s your favorite way to eat veggies? AKA Book Haul

      I’m in a veggie rut. I do salad (sometimes), peas with almonds, and if I’m making soup of any sort I throw in frozen broccoli. What are your favorite ways to eat veggies? I’m going to try for the 100th time to get better at that.

      Also I’ve been SUPER bad about cooking so I haven’t really taken any pictures eek. But here’s my latest Costco impulse buy and I’ll just say I DO NOT regret it. These things are super yummy. If you like coconut shrimp and cashews you should definitely check these out. Okay I’m going jump back on the bandwagon. Healthier eating take 58 go.

      On the menu for this week…

      Day Main Meal Goals (Veggies, Whole Grain, Fish)
      Sunday Steak Salad Grains and nuts: granola bars
      Veggies: Peas, Salad
      Fish: Catfish
      Monday Sweet Potato Sausage Hash and Eggs
      Tuesday Chicken Parmesan and Fettuccine Alfredo and broccoli
      Wednesday Catfish Enchiladas
      Thursday Pre-Snap UT dinner
      Friday Eat Out
      Saturday ??

      These are the books that made their way to may home since the last time I shared

      Borrowed:

      For Review:

      Bought

      I’m hoping to get caught up on my Goodreads today I’ve finished a bunch that  I haven’t gotten around to entering. Too many things going on I tell you! Linking up to IMM and Stacking the Shelves.

      What’s For Dinner and Book Haul: Week 163

      We celebrated T’s 6th birthday today and it was absolutely delightful. I was worried because we kinda left everything until the last minute. My mom, sister and I did various tasks and I think it came together way better than I could have imagined. It was probably my favorite of the niece’s birthday parties so far. I did spend all day weekend doing party stuff and a little before doing her mermaid outfit (I’ll be sharing that soon) but it was totally worth it. I think having parties is one of my favorite things to do. I just love get it all together, planning (I may be a planning addict), making food, feeding people, and spending quality time with friends and family. I’m super tired now but I took tons of pictures so I’ll be sure to share them.

      And I got a few books recently so I wanted to share.  Some of you more astute bookish folk like Sandi may have noticed my fancy smacy stack on my houndstooth stool makeover post. I did jump and scream like a crazy person when I opened up the Siege and Storm package (Daniel said it was like Beatlemania and a band member had just showed up at my house). You could say I liked Shadow and Bone just a little bit ;)

      For Review

      Borrowed

      And here’s our tentative menu for the week:

      Day Main Meal Goals (Veggies, Whole Grain, Fish)
      Sunday Mermaid Birthday Grains and nuts: granola bars
      Veggies: Peas, Salad
      Fish: Catfish
      Monday Creamy Chicken Enchiladas 
      Tuesday Eating at Friends’
      Wednesday Indian Food
      Thursday Eat Out
      Friday Eating at in-laws
      Saturday Rhino Sandwiches