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Reading Corner: Children of Blood and Bone

Sooo it seems I am back into reading again. I am trying at least. When I was younger, I would read all of the time – any book, any subject matter. I would get books from my moms friends, the library, anywhere I could and just read and read and read. Reading was an outlet. It was an escape. When I read, it’s like watching a movie. When I recount the stories of the books I enjoyed, I have to figure out if it was a movie or was it really was a book.

This past January I read Tomi Adeyemi’s book Children of Blood and Bone. I had seen it mentioned in many places and my Overwatch friend was reading it and telling me about it. I knew I had to see if the library had it. They did, luckily. Anddd…I loved the book.  Oh my goodness! It was everything I wanted Black Panther to be and then some. I ended up purchasing my own copy of the book to have and to get my 10-year old to read it.

Right now she is reading it during her sacred reading time at school. If she gets into it, I hope she enjoys it as much as I did. It made me feel hopeful and anxious for the next installation of the Legacy of OrÏsha Series. I was putting off reading anything else until the The Children of Virtue of Vengeance is released. Then I came across this tweet from the author that says it will be December. Super long wait, but I would rather have an amazing story.

My Thoughts on the Book

Ohhh it was good! From the first pages to the end, I could not stop reading. It was laid out well. I almost wish I had a map of where they were located in the book so I could piece it together a little better in my mind. I really enjoyed Zélie. Each of the characters had their own challenges to overcome while working together to keep themselves and their people safe. Not giving away too much, but there was magic involved. I have been wanting to find more African-American stories involving magic, supernatural, fantasy content and this book was that for me. I will be seeking out more and this one was great to start with. Another thing I liked was that the chapters were from different characters’ perspectives. Being able to see how each of them were dealing with things and knowing their thoughts gave you a chance to see the “bigger picture.”  Looking for something to add to your reading list? This one should definitely be on it!

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Spring Colors

Not quite spring yet, but I was definitely loving the fresh, colorful palette of this kit, Brighter Days by Forever Joy Designs. It has been awhile since I have shared a page on here. Today’s layout is one of my favorites. At The Lilypad, on Wednesdays there is a 50% off sale on select products. I chose this kit to showcase these amazing templates, Paper Style by Scrapping with Liz.

On the background, I applied a blend mode to one of the pieces of word art and placed it across the page.  That plus the ArtCrush No13 {Sprinkles} by NBK Design were a great addition to make this layout a little more fun. Most kits are based around a theme, so I just try to find a way to make it work for me. It is rare ever have photos on a theme. My journal text was done with a font called Bewilderment. I actually was looking for fonts to add captions to my Sims 4 photos and came across this one. It is a brush font, but it’s thickness was just right that I could type out my thoughts with a smaller font size and not worry about readability.

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Quick Trip | Scrapbook Layout

Some days are more laid back than others and those are the days I enjoy more. The photos that were used for this scrapbook layout were from a day like that. We needed to run in the store for a few things we needed. Of course, with two little extra shoppers, more is always bought than planned. If we can, we will indulge. On our way out of the store they saw this little game room. Oohh such a evil location for such a thing. We rarely go to this store, so my son was super surprised when he saw it. With my daughter, we used to shop here when she was small. My son ran straight to the fire truck and asked for money. It is very rare I have cash, but luckily their dad with us for this store run and he had some cash for the rides.

This layout was purely inspired by the colors of the scrapbook kits. I decided to go with black and white photos to avoid the clashing of the colors. I wanted to create a light and fresh feel for this page and I am happy how it turned out.

For the “quick trip” title, I used the Bebas font. I duplicated the title’s layer and changed the color to match the yellow on page and moved it slightly behind the black title layer to make it look like a shadow.

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