BOOK/SHOP & A Thank You…


Thank you to Miggy!!  (You all must check out Miggy’s blog. She has dedicated her blog to highlighting families with special needs children…and the stories will melt your heart to pieces.)

Miggy, I hope you know we’re so honored to have you as a reader here.  I feel like we know you as you’ve been so willing so discuss and converse with us here.  We LOVE it.  Even your challenges and questions, etc.  It’s always such a treat.  And thank you tons for contributing to the blog this week.

We’ll be sending you a gift that is special to me…this print from BOOK/SHOP, a little shop in Oakland that is run by some long time friends of mine who used to live in Brooklyn.  They are some of the most talented people I know.  Their shop and their gorgeous website are dedicated to “the reading experience”  – which is so lovely as it seems gadgets have just taken over our lives.

They sell beautiful, collectible books and all the things that go with them:  bookcases, reading chairs, reading lamps, bookplates, bookbags, and book related artwork.

Isn’t this print so perfectly simple?  And I appreciate the reminder to read!
BOOK/SHOP says:  “When we find ourselves wasting time on mobile devices and feeling, frankly, robbed, we turn to this helpful and friendly reminder.  This 15″ x 22″ print, hand screened on Arches paper, suggests a way to spend time in a way we never regret.”

“Arches papers are mouldmade in Lorraine, France with 100% cotton fiber content.  They are air-dried in a mill that’s been in operation since 1492.  It has beautiful color and texture and the print comes unframed, showing off the paper’s soft deckled edges.  The screen printing is done in Oakland, California, from an original watercolor painting by BOOK/SHOP founder, Erik Heywood, and is stamped “BOOK/SHOP” on the back.”  $45.

And speaking of books, what books are you reading right now (or what are your favorites)? Sometimes I get behind with what is out there and yet I want to be on top of everything…so we’re always super grateful for the suggestions you guys send us.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!
Sending love to all of you,

FYI, for the rest of August we are giving a thank you gift each Friday to a random reader who has left ANY comment during the week on ANY post.  We just want to say thanks to the community here.  You guys are awesome.

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  1. Raven August 9, 2013 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    What a great shop! That library-scented perfume–wow. Having worked in a library and being an avid reader, that would be amazing!

  2. Liv August 9, 2013 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    Yes! Reading! I feel sad that some kids won't grow up reading actual books. They'll think the iPad is the only place for reading.

    I just finished "Half Broke Horses" by Jeannette Walls and I'm starting "Courting Greta" by Ramsey something-something (I forget).

  3. Malissa B. Moench August 9, 2013 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    In the middle of reading Anna Karenina. So good!! I mean… It's actually sad, but it's a great book because it doesn't glorify the negative things that happen in it. I'm enjoying it very much, but I'm not much of a modern book person— I LOVE THE CLASSICS!

  4. Miggy August 10, 2013 at 12:26 am - Reply

    Hey! That's me.

    Thanks guys. I've actually been wanting some more prints for my house and this one is PERFECT. I love it's simple message and simple styling. Really lovely. And I'm glad you love my challenges and questions–ha! I love you both and also feel like you've become dear friends. Thanks again.

  5. dervla @ The Curator August 10, 2013 at 2:18 am - Reply

    oooh what a gorgeous print. I totally want it for my bedroom. Or perhaps i should put it above the television to remind me what's really important 🙂 Lately I've been loving the Outlander series, and now i want to go back and read the entire Amelia Peabody series (hilarious fictional egyptologist working in the early 1900s) by Elizabeth Peters because the author just passed away yesterday and I'm so sad about it.

  6. Chris Hill August 10, 2013 at 4:21 am - Reply

    Rereading Nicholas Spark's The Notebook, such a great love story and reminds me of my grandfather who passed away and had Alzheimers.

    • Nina August 10, 2013 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      Wonderful book. Great movie, too!

  7. Catherine Gacad August 10, 2013 at 5:43 am - Reply

    Thank you for letting us know about BOOK/SHOP. I live in San Francisco and love books so I will check it out. I was born in Oakland so that's my hometown! One of my very favorite books that we read in book club is called The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It's a love story narrated by death (yes death!) and set in Nazi Germany. I promise you will love it.

    • Sage August 20, 2013 at 1:48 pm - Reply

      I second that! Great book. Reading is a wonderful journey. I have one daughter who reads constantly, but yesterday my 6 year old girl said she hated reading. I've got some work to do.

  8. Anonymous August 10, 2013 at 7:28 am - Reply

    "Far from the Tree" by Andrew Solomon is a phenomenal piece of nonfiction; it's long, so it took me a while to finish it, but I'd definitely highly recommend it: Also, thanks for the recommendation of BOOK/SHOP. I live in nearby Berkeley, so I can easily hop on over. 🙂

    – Nisha

    • Anonymous August 10, 2013 at 7:31 am - Reply

      Also, I recently started "Tuesdays with Morrie" and am loving it so far!

  9. Danielle August 10, 2013 at 11:56 am - Reply

    Just finished Uncle Toms Cabin. A tear jerker of a book that will change your life! I prefer books I can hold and smell and turn the pages rather than electronic books. It really is an experience this way.

  10. Alysa Stewart August 10, 2013 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    I just finished "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" by Grace Lin. You two would loooove it! I mean seriously. Now that I think about it, this blog and that book share very similar themes. Ooh, you should read it, It's not long, either!

  11. saga August 10, 2013 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    wow nice

  12. Nina August 10, 2013 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    "If you can, please put this book down and visit their website now." From "The Power of Everyday Missionaries" by Clayton M. Christensen.

    I do a lot of missionary work in my own neighborhood. This book his helping me to understand that I am successful when I invite people to meet with the missionaries. If they chose not to accept the Gospel, that doesn't negate my success, because it's their Free Agency. I just need to do my part. And this book has given me some ways to do that more effectively. This is good, because I begin serving a full-time mission in 29 more days!

  13. Liz Dibble August 10, 2013 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    "Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver. I'm sure you have read it but I re-read it periodically and can't get enough of the intrepid female characters and the issues it raises about the nature of true Christianity. And by the way…

    Just stumbled across your blog and I am in love with "A Blog About Love." Thank you for being so candid with your experiences in life and the knowledge you have gained along your journey. I connect with so many of your experiences including a painful divorce, a most marvelous remarriage to the man of my dreams, and struggles with infertility that plagued us for years.

    We now have 2 beautiful children but there was a time I thought we never would. All those memories come flooding back as I read some of your posts. Know that you are doing so much for so many. Again, thanks for being willing to share yourselves with the world. ps. Not to be creepy but, WOW, Mara you are BEAUTIFUL. I meant it.. xoxo, Liz

  14. Kristelle Larsen August 10, 2013 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    I work at a library so I am always behind with what I want to read. I go back and forth between books with substance and light stories that make me feel better. There are more books than I can ever read so I am picky about not reading anything too dark since life has enough darkness in it.

  15. molly August 11, 2013 at 4:16 am - Reply

    The Beauty Blueprint by Michelle Phillips…much love to you both!

  16. Mrs.O'C August 11, 2013 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    I just finished "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green and can't stop thinking OR talking about it. I want to stop random strangers on the street and recommend it to them. We haven't met, so in that sense you are a stranger. So please–read it! 🙂

  17. Brianne August 11, 2013 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    I am currently reading Little Britches by Ralph Moody. I have recently started homeschooling my 6 year old daughter and am following the Thomas Jefferson Education model. Because of that I have started a long list of classic literature that is recommended that I read as the parent so I can know what my child will be reading. I am having so much fun! Before I would always feel guilty sitting down and reading a book purely for my enjoyment, but now I love sitting down and reading because I feel like I have so many great reasons to read now. We'll see how things continue, but I am loving all these books I probably never would have read otherwise!

    • danny August 12, 2013 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      Brianne – Funny thing about Little Britches – the character "Hi" is based off of my great grandfather Wayne Hiatt, whom everyone called Hi. I just found this out this year when my sister gave me a copy with a personalized note. Pretty cool, and I'm glad you mentioned it!

  18. Kate Legnetti August 12, 2013 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    Currently reading Beautiful Ruins…such a good summer read! Just finished The Husband's Secret and highly recommend it!
    Kate at

  19. Sonel August 14, 2013 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    I just finished two books that were fantastic. Where'd you go Bernadette and The Flight of Gemma Hardy. I highly recommend them both.

  20. Training Top August 15, 2013 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Reading makes me sense and feel things that is not the same way it does when I watch a movie. Only one can know it by reading a good book. Sad kids of today do not know anything about this special feeling.

  21. Mrs. White August 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    I can't stop telling people about all of the good books I've been reading lately (even for a librarian, I've been on a real tear lately!): The Painted Veil by Somerset Maugham (movie also gorgeous); Rules of Civility by Amor Towles; Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter; Falling to Earth (one in the lovely Europa series)by Kate Southwood. And speaking of Europa editions, my first venture into their wonderful repast was The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. One of my all-time favorite books ever!

  22. Leanne Rees August 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Hey Mara, Stephanie Nielson from is one of my favourite bloggers and someone who has inspired me on so many levels. She wrote a book called 'Heaven is Here'and I just love it. Its a simple and heartwarming read about her life before, during and after the biggest trial in her life. I can highly recommend it! I also recently read To Kill a Mockingbird which is such a classic and one everyone should have on their lists of books to read.

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