Tales of a Book Bag: Banks Lake, WA


Okay. So I have to admit, even my vacations are filled with thoughts of books. My Fourth of July holiday was spent camping with friends at the incredibly beautiful Banks Lake. We beat the 100+ degree heat by spending most of our days boating. While we were out on the boat, I was thinking about what I could post from my vacation that would be book related. I looked up and there was my book bag. I was thinking it would be cool to post a picture of my bag at all the places I visit this summer.

Now, my book bag does not just haul books. It ends up toting a ton of different stuff when I go on vacation. On the 4 hour plus drive to and from Banks Lake it held my Kindle, wallet, snacks, chapstick, my car charger, etc. It was right next to my seat the entire ride. Once we were camping, it became my boat bag. The poor thing was overstuffed with sunblock, sunglasses, a cover up, snacks, water bottles, hats, my wallet and phone. Sadly, it didn’t have a book in it. It would have just been too awkward and rude to read while my friends were enjoying the water. Plus, I wanted to enjoy the water, too!

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Nights at camp should have been spent in front of the camp fire, but with the heat and a huge mosquito problem it was spent avoiding the great outdoors. I was actually able to get some reading in before bed. I read Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. That was a good thing, since it had to be returned to the library when I got home. You’ll be seeing a review for it tomorrow.

Where was the last place your book bag visited? Let me know in the comments!

(Oh, and I must thank my wonderful sister, Amie, for the awesome book bag. What a great birthday gift for a book lover!)

Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’ve seen several friendly bloggers take part and it looked like so much fun that I decided to join in! This week’s list is Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read. Below is my list.

1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

I’m not sure why, but I haven’t been able to talk myself into it. I’ve checked it out from the library a couple of different times. I even checked out the movie version from the library and never watched it.

2. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies

I want to read this book. Really, I do. Both my sister, mother and several friends have told me it’s great. It’s another one I’ve checked out a couple of times from the library but then ran out of time to read it before I had to return in. I will read it — some time.

3. The Nightengale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

This is another one I do want to read. I love Kristin Hannah’s books. I just haven’t been in the right mood for this one, I guess. Friends have told me it’s really good but emotional.

4. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium (Delirium, #1)

I know it’s going to be good. I’ve enjoyed all the other books I’ve read by Ms. Oliver. I just haven’t gotten to it yet.

5. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Okay, I feel super guilty about this one. My mom so lovingly gave me a paperback copy for my birthday a couple years ago. I haven’t read it yet. I want to, but the first time I opened the cover I noticed how small the print it. I don’t know why that made me put it down, but it did. I promise I’m going to read it.

6. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier


Several people have told me I wouId love this book. It just doesn’t pop in my mind when I’m thinking of what to read next.

7. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

I know, I know. It’s a travesty. Everyone I know that’s read it loves it. At this point, I’m a little intimidated by the length of the series. I would want to read it all at once and it would take forever. I’m just not up to the commitment at this point. I will read it at some point.

8. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi

My college roommate read it years ago and raved about it. I bought it on my Kindle a few years ago. It’s sitting there waiting.

9. Room by Emma Donoghue


I don’t know. Since I’ve had a child, there are some books I’m just not sure if I can read. This is one of those. I know it’s good, but I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to read it until my child is grown.

10. The Giver by Lois Lowery

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

I’m not sure why I haven’t read this one yet. It sounds good and I was planning on reading it before the movie came out. I guess I just never got to it.

Is there a hyped book that you haven’t read? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Fourth of July!!!

In honor of the Independence Day holiday, I’m going to recommend a great NA book with a fun Fourth of July party scene in it: Crushed by Lauren Layne.

Crushed (Redemption, #2)

I absolutely adore Lauren Layne’s writing. Her books are fun and emotionally packed. The Redemption Series is definitely my favorite series she’s written. I’ve read all three books. They can be read in order or each on their own.  Crushed  is the third book in the Redemption Series. It has just the right amount of humor, love and angst.

Other books in this series:

Isn't She Lovely (Redemption, #0.5)   Broken (Redemption, #1)

Hello world!

20150601_130744[1]    Welcome to A Novel Glimpse! I am so excited to start this journey into book blogging!

My love of books started early. My mom was a grade school teacher and I can remember many trips to the library with her to pick out books. I don’t really remember toys I had as a child, but I can remember books my mom read to us. My love of books continued into my teenage years when my friends and I read authors such as Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine. In college, I discovered romance novels and began a Nora Roberts addiction. My love for books has continued into my adult life and since becoming a stay-at-home mom, I have become an avid reader.  I read so much that my husband thinks I’m nuts. Even my kiddo notices.

Just this morning, I was asking my kiddo today a bunch of questions I saw on a friend’s Facebook Timeline. The first question was “What does your mom like to do?” My child’s answer: “Read.” The second question was “What do you think your mom does when you’re not around?” My child’s answer: “Sit, relax, read a book.” The third question was “What is your mom good at?” My child’s answer: “Reading.”

Do you see a theme there? I’m so happy that my child notices I’m always reading. I hope it helps my child see how much fun reading is and how it can help you get farther in life.

So, my love of reading is one reason I’m starting this blog. The other is that I love to share the books I’ve read with others. I am constantly giving my friends book recommendations or telling them about great books I’ve read. They really enjoy my sharing and have been telling me for years that I’ve needed to start a blog.

I finally am. I’m really excited about being able to share the books I read with (hopefully) even more people. So, thanks for taking the time to check out my blog. I hope you’ll be back in the future to see what I’ve been reading.