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March Reading List

Sometimes it's nice to get away from the party planning and work of normal life.  My escape has always been reading.  I love a good book.  If you are the same way, you might enjoy a few of these books that I read during March.

March was a super busy time for me.  I closed down my store and spent Spring Break enjoying the time with the kids.  It was nice to be able to close that chapter of my life, but it was a lot of work.  I didn't get much time to read, but really tried to make the most of the time that I had.  

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull   
"Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep relative order among the greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. But when the rules get broken, powerful forces are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and maybe even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most..."

Mini Me and I read this together as a bedtime book.  I knew he would like it, but it wasn't until he was trying to read Aragon and not enjoying it that he allowed me to start reading to him.  He was hooked in no time at all.  He's only nine, so it was a great adventure to read.  We did have to read the Mid Summer Night chapter during the day to avoid bad dreams, but since he was super excited to read this, we read a lot during the day too.  

I have read all five books in this series and am certainly looking forward to rereading them with him.  Especially now that I heard there was a movie in the works for this book.

From Amazon Review:
 "At the end of the school year, Kendra and her brother, Seth, find themselves racing back to Fablehaven, a refuge for mythical and magical creatures. Grandpa Sorenson, the caretaker, invites three specialists — a potion master, a magical relics collector, and a mystical creature trapper — to help protect the property from the Society of the Evening Star, an ancient organization determined to infiltrate the preserve and steal a hidden artifact of great power. Time is running out. The Evening Star is storming the gates. If the artifact falls into the wrong hands, it could mean the downfall of other preserves and possibly the world. Will Kendra learn to use her fairy gifts in time? Will Seth stay out of trouble? Can they overcome paralyzing fear? Find out in book 2 of this bestselling series.
Mini Me and I are still reading this series at bed time.  He is loving it.  There are times he asks me to stop at night so he won't have bad dreams and then sit with him for a few minutes until he falls asleep, but the adventure and excitement is keeping him enthralled.  He takes it to school and reads whenever he gets a spare moment, so it's really helping his reading and school goals.

I love that he's also thinking about it a lot too.  He told me that he wishes he could meet Brandon Mull so he could ask him a few questions about the story.  When I asked him what kind of questions, he went into a full narrative wondering why the characters couldn't take a sledgehammer to Olach and destroy him so no one would ever have Seth's problem again.  

I love that this series has him thinking and living in the books.  

 iBlog Magazine March Issue

I know this isn't technically a book, but as much time as I spent reading it this month, I had to share this new magazine.  I love my computer time, I really do, but I will be honest and admit that I like to read away from the computer.  I don't know if it's because I spend so much time at the computer, that it's relaxing for me to take a few moments away from it or I just like hard copies of lists, information, and knowledge.

iBlog Magazine is this first magazine devoted directly for women bloggers and influencers.  It has all kinds of information that will help to grow your blog and make you a better blogger.  In this premier issue, I found several articles that I have read and reread several times.  

Some of my favorite articles are:

 "Grow Your Blog with a Book" about the benefits of giving away a book or other freebie to visitors and subscribers of your blog.  I already do this on this blog with my monthly freebie for newsletter subscribers, but I'm still trying to figure out how to make it work best for me and my readers.

"Instagram Branding Tips and Strategies".  I am currently working to figure out Instagram.  I love the idea behind it, but haven't figured out how best to use it.  We are in such a visual world, that this platform could be such a fun and useful tool. I have read this article several times and probably will a few more.

"How to Generate Leads with Google+ Hangouts" has been another article that I've been trying to work my way through.  I am slowly working on Google+ but have not figured out hangouts or how best to utilize this area.  I'm not sure it's something that I'll develop anytime soon, but it would be nice to figure it out and how to best use it before I do.

If you are a blogger, I REALLY recommend this magazine.  It also has a helpful website with lots of information that you need to check out if you're serious at all about growing your blog.

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