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2 new kids our 5th foster care placement // Weekly Vlog

We got the call Friday at 11pm.
At 2am, 2 little girls were carried, sleeping, into my house.
The last 48 hours have a been a bit intense… and a lot of fun.
I’m officially at the stage of fostering where 2 new kids, especially, 2 girls, ages 3 & 5, is not completely out of my comfort zone.

Got questions about foster care?
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And ask in the comments! I love to talk about it!

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2020 reading plans #readingwomen // Weekly Vlog

I'm participating in the Read Harder Challenge and the Reading Women Challenge. I also want to read my new collection of every Jane Austen novel.
Wanna join me? When should we do it?

Also thinking about re-reading my childhood favorites, like Anne of Green Gables and Little House on the Prairie…and Jeanette Oke.
Want to join me? What would be on your list?

LINKS:
Read Harder Challenge video here: https://www.facebook.com/TaraSwigerPa…
Reading Women Challenge: https://www.readingwomenpodcast.com/reading-women-challenge-2020
Women's Prize for Fiction: https://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/
Jane Austen biography: https://amzn.to/309gM4j
Booksandlala Reading Childhood favorites: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…
Love Comes Softly, by Jeannette Oke: https://amzn.to/36D6V9v
Brock and Bodie Theone – these are the books I remember reading as a teenager, I don't know if Adult Tara can endorse them: https://amzn.to/2s9bM38

Note: I mispronounced Jeannete Oke! (it's “oak”) and I said “Brodie” when it's BODIE.

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Fave Books of 2019 // Weekly Vlog

My fave books of 2019 in no particular order:

The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor: https://amzn.to/36JajQ2
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb: https://amzn.to/2FzDYzk
Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo: https://amzn.to/39YUE1l
The Inspector Gamache series by Louis Penny: https://amzn.to/37UuOJO
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager: https://amzn.to/30aCZio
Stolen Things by R.H. Herron: https://amzn.to/37VxF5n (@Rachael Herron )
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire: https://amzn.to/2Ta3pzp
Illuminae by Aime Kaufman: https://amzn.to/2FEcJ6I
Station Eleven by Hilary St John Mandel: https://amzn.to/2FDsoU4

My stats:
Total books: 137 books
Total pages: 36, 666
Shortest: The Gruffulo
longest: Illuminae by Aime Kauffman

What genre:
Thriller/Mystery – 49
Non-fiction/memoir/crafting – 35
Sci-fi/Fantasy – 14
Parenting – 7

See all of the books here: https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2019/1342105

What did you love in 2019?

2020 Five Planner Line Up // Weekly Vlog

2019 Planner Flip-Through // Weekly Vlog

I’ve been using a Happy Planner to plan my business and foster mom life for nearly a year! Here’s a look at every single week (including my slip-ups and skipped weeks)!

I started with a vertical Big Happy Planner, changed to the Dashboard layout then changed to the Classic Vertical Happy Planner and found my flow!

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Read Harder 2020 Recommendations and my Reading Plans // Weekly Vlog

Here are my plans for the 2020 Read Harder Challenge.

** I'm likely to read this book.
+ I read it and loved it.

1. Read a YA nonfiction book
**The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, by John Hendrix: https://amzn.to/2RUltNz

2. Read a retelling of a classic by an author of color
+Beloved by Toni Morrison: https://amzn.to/2Z4g0W5
-Blade so Black, by LL McKinney: https://amzn.to/36HVdKu
-Pride Prejudice and other flavors by Sonali Dev: https://amzn.to/35r6T3S
-Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaludin: https://amzn.to/38M22MI

3. Read a mystery where the victims not a woman
+Brutal Telling by Louis Penny: https://amzn.to/36Eec8D
+The Better Sister by Alastair Burke : https://amzn.to/2PSuLa3
+Witch Elm by Tana French: https://amzn.to/2Z4gBHj
**Murder of Roger Akroyd by Agatha Christie: https://amzn.to/36EeLiL

4. Read a graphic memoir
+Persepolis: https://amzn.to/36HB5rE
+Maus: https://amzn.to/2PNIjDM
+MARBLES, https://amzn.to/34tuq2V
**March: https://amzn.to/2PPwf56

5. Read a book about a natural disaster
+Station Eleven by Emily St John-Mandel: https://amzn.to/2RZHdYq
-Salvage the Bones Jesmyn Ward: https://amzn.to/2PvIsgl
**Broken Earth Series by NK Jemisin: https://amzn.to/34xQ3iM

6. Read a play by an author of color and/or queer author
**Tennessee Williams: https://amzn.to/2M2RkI9

7. Read a historical fiction novel not set in WWII
+Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel: https://amzn.to/2PuAfsO
+Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: https://amzn.to/2YYt1QW
+Circe by Madeline Miller: https://amzn.to/35vx0H8
-Water Dancer, by Ta-Nahisi Coates: https://amzn.to/2RZR5Be
-A Woman is No Man, Etaf Rum: https://amzn.to/2LZirng

8. Read an audiobook of poetry
**Dog Songs by Mary Oliver: https://amzn.to/38IoYwo

9. Read the LAST book in a series
+Louis Penny: https://amzn.to/2M1Seoe
* Broken Earth Trilogy: https://amzn.to/34xQ3iM

10. Read a book that takes place in a rural setting
+Foe, by Ian Reid: https://amzn.to/38KCmA2
+Turn of the Key, Ruth Ware : https://amzn.to/2PsSM8B
-Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: https://amzn.to/2Pttur9

11. Read a debut novel by a queer author
+An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon: https://amzn.to/38GEj0F
**On Earth Were Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong: https://amzn.to/2PrgnXc

12. Read a memoir by someone from a religious tradition that is not your own
+TroubleMaker by Leah Remini: https://amzn.to/2En95Ob
+Leaving The Saints by Martha Beck: https://amzn.to/2PPZzs6
-Unfollow, by MeganRoper: https://amzn.to/2tpsuf4

13. Read a food book about a cuisine you’ve never tried before
-Notes from a Young Black Chef, by Kwami Onwuachi: https://amzn.to/38N0l1t
-Eating Korea, by Graham Holliday: https://amzn.to/36I1RAo
-Days of Honey: https://amzn.to/38EEVnr

14. Read a romance starring a single parent
+Friday night knitting club by Kate Jacobs: https://amzn.to/38IrGSA
-Fumbled by Alexa Martin: https://amzn.to/2YRAJMD

-Would like to meet, by Rachel Winters https://amzn.to/38KLzZi
-Tempest by Beverly Jenkins (also historical fiction) : https://amzn.to/2PQ1qgy
Find more romances at Smart bitches, trashy books: https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/b…

15. Read a book about climate change
+Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver: https://amzn.to/2LZMZWb
**Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimerer: https://amzn.to/2Eqyzdu

16. Read a door-stopper published after 1950, written by a woman
+Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver: https://amzn.to/2S0tvV0
+Harry Potter, 4-7: https://amzn.to/2YTNDcQ
+Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel: https://amzn.to/2PuAfsO

+Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi: https://amzn.to/2EmLaOJ
+Witch Elm by Tana French: https://amzn.to/2Z4gBHj

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire: https://amzn.to/2M0BYnu
**Life After Life Kate Atkinson: https://amzn.to/38MYz0i

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17. Read a sci-fi/fantasy novella (under 120 pages)
+Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire: https://amzn.to/2PNNC6a
**Space Invaders by Nona Fernandez: https://amzn.to/2swWTaL

18. Read a picture book with a human from a marginalized community
+Julian is a Mermaid, by Jessica Love: https://amzn.to/2M1Z25g
-When Charley met Emma: https://amzn.to/2PQaemt

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Unboxing my Knitter’s Planner! // Weekly Vlog

Today I'm unboxing my new Knitter's Planner, which was a gift! And I announce a giveaway!
Find the giveaway here on Tuesday, Dec 3: http://instagram.com/taraswiger
Join the group here to get daily December videos: http://facebook.com/groups/taraswiger

Get your own customizable Knitter's Planner here: http://knittersplanner.com

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