I'm a firm believer that you can never have too many books. I love our nightly routine of reading books with Noah. When Chris makes it home in time for bedtime, the three of us all pile into our king size bed and take turns reading books. Noah always reads Brown Bear, Brown Bear (the only book he can read on his own), and he picks which books Chris and I will each read.
We take a short break from this tradition in December because of our 25 Days of Christmas Books. Each year I wrap 25 of our Christmas books, number them, and put them under Noah's little tree in his bedroom. While most of the books are old favorites, we do try to add one or two new books each year. Noah gets so excited to open a new book each night and then re-read the previous nights' books as well.
Since we love books so much, I was eager to sign up for the Secret Santa Mommy and Me Book Exchange for the third year! I'm always looking for new books for Noah. But my favorite part of this exchange is the excuse to add a book to my own collection. I often read books on my Kindle app, but there's something about reading an actual book under a blanket this time of year!
Kim from Life As I Know It sent us two really great books along with some other fun goodies. Noah got "How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas", which is a great addition to our Christmas book collection! While we loved reading the book, I think he was more excited about the Rudolph ring pop and the dinosaur stickers. This kid loves dinosaurs and loves stickers even more!
Kim sent me a book I put on my wish list after a friend told me I must read. While "Everything, Everything" by Nicola Yoon is technically considered YA, I'm really excited to read it. My friend who recommended it is a middle school librarian, and so far I've loved every book she's recommended! I guess I'm still a teenager when it comes to my tastes in literature ;) She also sent me this really cute bookmark. I'm actually really excited about this because I don't think I own a single bookmark anymore. Instead, I seem to destroy my books my folding the pages down. I'm looking forward to using this pretty bookmark instead :)
I was paired with Desiree from Macke Monologues. I love following her blog... she gets the best Stitch Fix boxes and has the cutest kids. Speaking of those cute kids, I was really excited to pick out books for Marcus and Julia. And when I saw that Marcus had one of our favorite books on his wish list, I knew that's what we had to give. And the funniest part is, we received that book for last year's Mommy and Me Exchange! Head on over and see what we gave :)