Category Archives: Book reviews

Educational and informative story about Renaissance Italy 

Renaissance Italy is a time period commonly known for it’s architecture and paintings. There is much history from this time period that we commonly see influenced today. How much do you know about the Renaissance era?

“If You Were Me and Lived in… Renaissance Italy” by Carole P. Roman and illustrated by Silvia Brunetti is a very educational and informative story that brings the reader to the late 1400s. The descriptions of type of work, clothing, inside the homes, education, etc are exceptional and makes the reader feel like they are right there. As the wealthy Medici are described as the owners of the largest bank in Europe, they spend a lot of money for elaborate paintings and architecture. They often had balls where they constantly needed new gowns and outfits made of the finest fabrics brought in from other countries like silk from China.


Children often shared a room with their siblings, boys in one room and girls in another. Sometimes the home had a shop in it where there was a hole in the floor above the shop so the father could see if anyone came into the shop. The boys would wear clothing like their father’s, just in smaller sizes, while the girls would wear clothing like their mother. The status of the family was often evident with their clothing. The boys often went to school and the girls would stay home to practice their daily chores and duties like sewing, cooking, cleaning, and baking. 

Prior to this book, I knew very little about the Renaissance era and now I feel very informed. The book includes historical information and commonly mentioned names from this time period. I read this aloud to my 8-year-old son, who perked his head up when I said the names of MIchaelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, and Raphael. This is when he realized the turtles he’s been watching on television were named after famous men from Renaissance Italy. It’s always great when he can connect the dots on his own!


This is one of many in the “If You Were Me and Lived in…” series by Carole P. Roman. As I will be sharing about more of these great books, I’d like to comment about how this story in particular was educational for me as a grown adult! Thank you for teaching me more about what I thought I knew already!

A soft cover copy was provided for an honest review. I highly recommend this book and the others in this series to anyone interested in learning more about other cultures and time periods. It;s a simple read and the illustrations are very relevant.

Book reviews needs more motion

It’s been a long while since my last book review.. this is not because of a shortage of books, rather a shortage of time to review. While the books keep piling in, I’m still getting through books, slowly. But apparently, I need to get back to the reviewing!

Please help encourage me to complete more reviews, as I know it is helpful to those who want to purchase books. It certainly helps to know if the book is worth the money you pay, right?

My reviews are a brief summary and filled with morals or things the book brings up in my head. It’s very much a process when I read as I sometimes find myself daydreaming about the “what ifs” in my own life. Stories are a great way for me to find resilience, to temporarily step out of my own life for a few moments. I love how it brings me more peace.

Everyone finds balance in their own way, this is just mine. Please tune in for future book reviews as I just received three more children’s books yesterday! I need to get on top of these reviews because the books keep coming!

Christmas time is here!

There are so many books out there that have the cheerful, loving Christmas spirit, it’s overwhelming! How many of these can you read in one season?! 

Personally, I could read it all year round! Unfortunately, in my life this rarely ever happens! You know how we often Have bigger eyes than our tummy can consume when we grab food at a buffet? Yes, my eyes are bigger than I can consume in reading!

I’ve read many books this year and haven’t had a chance to review them all! I really wish I could just sit down to write book reviews every day for the rest of the year just to catch up! I maybe have enough read to write one a day the rest of 2016! Aaahhhh! That’s too many! I hope I don’t forget what I read before I get to review these amazing books!

What are you trying to accomplish the rest of this year? There’s 20 days left!!