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More books, less stuff


So I told you recently that there would be some changes on the horizon for Simple Mom. There’s LOTS to tell you soon, but it’s not all ready yet, so you’ll have to wait a bit more for the full reveal. (You’ll love it.)

But I can tell you about one change right now… fewer giveaways. But more books. I agree with most of you, that I’m just tired of giveaways, both on Simple Mom and all around the Internet in general. But I do love me some books, both as a reader and a writer.

Starting in February, we will have one book recommendation per month, and they’ll often include a giveaway. Because, well, I love books, and I’m happy to share the love.

So be looking for a book recommendation every month, and hopefully you can win a copy every now and then, too! The first one is up in a few hours.

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  1. online toy book library

    Yes,Really I also want some books which are useful for kids to make them creative and imaginative.The books which will help to increase their knowledge and confidence…..

  2. Jessica

    Yah! Books, glorious books. I look forward to hearing your recommendations!

  3. Serena

    I love good books. Love ’em.

  4. Yvonne

    Books! Always love some good books πŸ™‚

  5. Rheagan

    Have you considered doing an online book club? I have done this with a group of friends who live all over the world, and we really enjoyed it. We picked a book, and then set up discussion times. It was a great way to connect with different people from different backgrounds, over a common interest! Highly recommend it.

    • Tsh

      I’ve done it in the past here on the blog, but it got hard to facilitate. I’m up for doing it again if other people helped lead, too! πŸ™‚

  6. Naomi

    Wait … where did all the stuff go on your right hand side? Is it a quirky connection for me or did you really remove it?

    • Naomi

      (never mind – it’s quirky … for me, it’s showing below the comments)

      • Tsh

        It was doing that to me off and onβ€”I’d refresh, then it’d show back up again. Who knows what’s going on…

  7. Gina

    Yes! More books and less stuff! What a great idea.

  8. Brigid | naturally attached blog

    yay, yay, yay! this makes me happy to hear. I agree about the giveaways also. I feel like there are more giveaways than actual helpful posts these days πŸ™ but I will always snatch up a book! πŸ˜‰ excited to see what’s in store on Simple Mom!

  9. Lindsay

    More books, love this! πŸ™‚

  10. Lauren

    Hooray for books! Also, I am very intrigued by the painting – could you share the title/artist?? Thank you!

    • Tsh

      It’s here, but in general, you can click on the “top image credit” link at the bottom of most of the posts here and see the source (if it wasn’t the author’s personal photo). πŸ™‚

      • Lauren

        Aha! I figured it was credited somewhere – thanks!!

  11. Anne Bogel

    Woohoo! More book!

  12. Renee

    Sweet, I love books too. Looking forward on reading your books recommendation πŸ™‚

  13. julie

    I LOVE Simple Mom just the way it is, but am thrilled with this change too!

  14. Ashley // Our Little Apartment

    You should look into Simplicity Parenting! It’s a FANTASTIC book and right up your alley, I think.

    • Tsh

      I have it! And yes, we may do that book down the road… πŸ˜‰

  15. Jennifer P

    Hallelujah! The giveaways are way too much these days. But books? Oh yes, glorious books.

  16. Janna

    YAY! Books make me happy! YAY!

  17. Lisa

    I don’t mind giveaways as long as I don’t have to do a back flip to enter. A girl has to have hope you know…I will look forward to your book giveaways.

  18. Stephenie@livingbrilliant

    Oh goody, more books is something I can ALWAYS get on board for! And I am always searching for good book talk. : )

  19. Andrea

    Book love. Yay. Also, are you going to put up the other simple living sites with their last few post titles on your sidebar again? It’d be great!

  20. Breanne

    Hurrah for more books. =) Just thought I’d echo every other commenter…=)
    And, I just finished listening to your podcast with the Nester and I love the little changes that I see already, kudos to you for all the changes around here.

  21. Jo-Anne

    I love books, so i love the idea of more books and less stuff. Im always looking for more books to add to my reading list πŸ™‚

  22. Tara

    Tsh, I love this idea πŸ™‚ I am looking forward to the big reveal. Have a blessed weekend. Tara.

  23. Leigh

    Thank you Tsh! I wear the love of books proudly on my sleeve! We are a book lovin’ family. (Now, if I could just figure out a way to read while I walk the dog.)
    Can’t wait to see the big changes in store.
    Peace & Strength

  24. Mamahousemouse

    Yaay! Thank you Tsh! I’m always in “need” of more books to read!

    Please consider ebooks as well… Have Kindle, will download!

  25. Pam

    I love reading. I keep praying that consumerism will not take a way hard copies of children’s books. I am hoarding for my grandkids. lol

  26. Stephanie

    You know that I love books! I look forward to hearing your recommendations.
    (I also like giveaways, but I like books even more). πŸ™‚

  27. Michele

    Love books. I’m also interested in your recommendations. Look forward to seeing your changes. :))

  28. Catherine

    Yea! This makes me happy – I was also wondering if I’m the only one getting really sick of constant blog giveaways – I need a break from being sold stuff.

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