How do you pick out a book?

I’ve recently become curious with how people select books. I started looking around at people at the last book sale I was at when I noticed my daughter open the books she was looking at to the middle and read a few words. I was a little intrigued. I stared to think about my other children and how they picked out their books.

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In the summer my 8 year old son picked a book from a book sale and it had a picture of a 1920’s Flapper on the cover. I asked him if he was sure he wanted that book and he said yes and walked away while shoving it in his book sale bag. I let him take it but I was not sure what attracted him to this particular book. My son is an bit of an introvert it is very difficult for him to make friends so last year he had one friend and he absolutely loved his new friend she was a little girl, he loved Gabrielle. I didn’t realize how much he liked her until I went to his school on day for a awards ceremony and Gabrielle waved at me then it finally snapped in my head. The picture of the Flapper on the cover of the book he picked out at the book sale looked exactly like Gabrielle. She was tall with dark skin and braids in her hair just like Gabrielle!

My 9 year old daughter is dyslexic. She likes to pick out comics because they don’t have a lot of words on one page and the pictures help her remember what the story was about. Her mind isn’t overloaded with words on a page that she can’t remember but she is still able to enjoy reading like the rest of her siblings. As she is able to add more words to her memory and actually retain the meaning she will be able to read longer books.

I am a judge a book by its cover type of girl. I will look at covers and titles of books and that’s how I choose if I will even pick up a book. If the title is interesting then I will read the flap or the back of the book to read what the book is about and that’s how I choose my books. I have picked out a book and then a few chapters in decided that it’s not the most interesting book I’ve read but I will usually stick with it and eventually get through it.

Obviously everyone likes different genres of books and for different reasons but now I’m curious to see how exactly they are making their selections. So now whenever I’m looking at books I always look around to see how everyone else is making their book selections.

Café Martinez

Martinez

This spot is in the medical center area of San Antonio. It is also super busy. But there is plenty of table and chair seating as well as some super comfy sofa seating. This place has music playing in the background a lot of students gather here to study and just hang out. It is kind of loud but it is such a nice hang out spot. I wouldn’t say you could like read a book here or study especially if you need to have quiet to concentrate.

They have a good size food menu and also lots of desserts. We have had their latte which of course is really good. Alexis also has had a Chocolate Mint Cold Brew it was amazing, you could taste and smell both chocolate and the mint. I have also had the Spiced up Grilled Cheese, it was very good, had a little bit of a spicy kick. The fruit cup was also great, the fruit was fresh and it was a good serving size.

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Café Martinez

7302 Louis Pasteur Dr.

San Antonio, TX 78229

 

My Summer Read Continued

 

 

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The third book I read, I read while on vacation Any Man by Amber Tamblyn. I literally ordered it from Barnes and Noble and picked it up while on the way to Dallas. Again, this is another one of my book club books so I had no idea what it was about before I bought it. This book was super hard for me to read. I felt like I was being told a secret or being told something that was none of my business. This book is about something that none of us want to really think about let alone read about but none the less it is something that should most definitely be talked about. I was raised by a mother who was big on privacy and not telling anyone if anything bad happened to you it was supposed to be kept quiet and to yourself for only you to deal with and sometimes you were made to fell like if something like this happened to you it was some how your fault. This book is about sexual assaults on men. Now usually you don’t hear to much about men being sexually assaulted because of the shame, because we think of men as being strong or we think of  men usually being the aggressor. This book is about a group of men that had nothing in common other than they all experienced some kind of sexual violence some more gruesome than others but all were by the same person. At first, like all sexual assault victims they were ashamed about what happened to them but when they found each other they were able to rise as one voice and speak publicly about it and in turn help other men come forward. It shows how speaking out can truly help a person heal.

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My final book that I read this summer was My Father’s Wives by Mike Greenberg. This book has many twist and turns in it and it keeps you thinking. This book is about Jonathan Sweetwater who on the outside looks like he has a perfect life. But when things start to fall apart in his marriage he feels like it’s because he never really had a relationship with his father. So he sets off to find his father’s five wives to maybe find out bits and pieces that he can put together so he can figure out who his father really was but in the process he finds out who he really is.  In trying to fill the void his father left in his life he starts to find that things in his own life aren’t what they seem. The author keeps you guessing and thinking.

 

 

 

Folklores Coffee House

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This place is a hidden jewel of the South side!! It’s nice and quaint. It small but very cute with a good amount of seating.  The service is awesome, the staff is super sweet they make you feel like family. I cannot say enough about this place. There is parking right next to the building and you can also park on the street on the side of the building.

They have lots of different drinks on the menu and also an assortment of pastries. I had the Siouxie and Alexis had the Two-tone. The Siouxie is a hot chocolate mixed with espresso and the Two-tone is a cold drink it has crushed Oreos, milk, coffee and whipped cream. Alexis suggest the Two-tone if you have a sweet tooth. The Siouxie is mellow even though it has espresso, the mexican hot chocolate evens it out.  They also have a coffee and other drinks that are mixed with CBD oil as well. They are very educated about the CBD oil products they sell so ask questions if it’s something you think will work for you or a family member. My husband has arthritis and so he did try an orange juice mixed with CBD oil and then went back the next day with a friend and he had a cranberry drink and he said it made him feel relaxed and eased the pain a bit. They also gave him some lotion mixed with CBD oil for his knuckles that were swollen that morning and it made the swelling go down and he was able to open and close his hand with a little more ease.

It is very lively here, they have music playing. I wouldn’t say it’s somewhere you can study or read a book because it is a little busy here. As I say that I look across the room to see a gentleman reading a book! Ha!  I guess I just need peace and quiet when I’m reading, I’m easily distracted. They have table seating as well as sofas and comfy chairs.

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They have a “Little Free Library” which is book exchange, I would describe it like a take one leave one type of thing. Awesome!!

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I cannot say enough about this place it is a must try!!

 

Folklores Coffee House

5007 S Flores St.

San Antonio, TX 78214

My Summer Reads

I had a pretty laid back summer this year so I was able to read a few good books. I have book dates with my 8 year old son who loves to read as much as I do. We sit together in a quiet place for at least 30 minutes and read. I love it cause it’s our time together doing something we both love to do.

Let me share with you what books I read and a little bit about what I thought about them without giving the book away.

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My first and probably my favorite book would have to be The Woman In the Window by A.J. Finn. This book was a little longer that I’d usually ready only because I like to read books in one sitting when I know I will have a quiet day to myself but none the less it was a great book to read. This book is about a woman who is afraid to leave her home so she spends her days drinking wine and spying on her neighbors. At first you don’t really know what has gone on in her life that has brought her to where she is so afraid of leaving her home. As the book goes on it starts to give you bits and pieces of her life and how she tragically ended up as a recluse. It will keep you guessing as to if what she is going through real or just her imagination. And when her  new neighbors move in and her life as she knows it starts to unravel and she is forced to face facts that she was unable to deal with in the past. It is super suspenseful and a true page turner. It will keep you guessing what is really going on in the life of Anna Fox and her new neighbors The Russells.

 

 

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My next book was a book that I read was Sixty Days Left by Andrea Lechner-Becker. Okay so funny story about this book, I am part of a book club and this was the book of the month so I had no idea what the book was about. I bought it on Amazon and it happened to arrive just as I was leaving to get a pedicure, so I thought perfect I will start to read it as I’m getting my toes done. Big mistake! This book starts off super sad, and as I’m sitting in the pedicure chair and trying not to cry the lady who is doing my pedicure thinks she has done something to make me cry and begins to ask if I’m okay or if I need water. I feel so bad and have to put the book away and wait to read it when I got home. So a bit of advice if you get emotional easily don’t read  this book in public. This book is about a vey young woman named Willow who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and has decided that she doesn’t want treatment and has opted for assisted suicide. So she basically has 60 days to get all her affairs in order and to reconcile her life. The book is made up of her journal entries so you get to read how she makes amends with some people in her life as well as how she decides to just let things in her life be knowing that there isn’t anything she can do to change past situations. It is very emotional at times and very honest and it gets you thinking about your own life and how you would spend your last sixty days on this earth. It makes you think, What is truly important to you? and how you would change things today in your life?

 

 

SHOTGUN HOUSE COFFEE ROASTERS

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Okay!! I’m so excited to tell you guys about this place. I absolutely love this place! This place has my heart! You need to visit this place. I’m not going to lie when I first visited this place it was before they had the Coffee sign up and I couldn’t find the door, I was seriously going to get back in my car and drive away but when we rounded the corner and saw the door I figured there was no going back and boy am I glad I didn’t. After the door literally pulled me in (before the door was fixed you had to put your hip into it so when it swung open the door flung you into the shop ( it’s fixed now)) I was immediately in love. This is an awesome place to sit and study or read a book. It is quiet with some table and chair seating and also a couple of sofa seating so you can curl up on a read or have a quiet conversation with a couple of friends. The best thing about this place is that it is always quiet anytime of day any day of the week it is nice and quiet. That is what keeps me coming back to this place it gives me a space to just sit and think in peace and quiet. They also have books available for you to read if you forget your own.  The staff is nice and friendly and always great you when you come in and thank you for coming when you leave.

It is located inside an old warehouse on the west side of San Antonio. You will have to park in the street across from the shop or in the surrounding neighborhoods. I have never had a problem in parking anywhere around the warehouse.

Everything that they serve is great. I usually have the Iced Dirty Horchata which is amazing for the summer, actually my husband says it taste like Christmas. They staff is very accommodating, I went in for a Dirty Horchata and they were out of Horchata and instead of just telling me they were out and just having me pick something else the barista said she could make me something similar in taste if I’d like and I have to admit I was a little skeptical but I said yes anyway and to my surprise it tasted almost identical. It’s little things like that that keep me coming back! It’s things like that that stick in your mind and make you subconsciously compare every other place to go to the place that went just a little above and beyond to make sure you had a great experience. Thank You Eddie for setting the standard for your employees to follow. Although I don’t know him personally, every time I go in I see him walking around making sure that the customers are happy and seeing to it that the staff has everything they need. I have been to a few coffee shops and this isn’t something you see in very many shops.

You need to try everything including their new fall menu!

Also make sure to sign up for their subscription box, you choose how often you receive it and they do the rest. And sign up to be on their email list so that you can receive special offers! Stop on by for Happy Hour!!

Shotgun House Coffee Roasters

1333 Buena Vista St

San Antonio, TX 78207

 

INTRO

Hello!! My name is Monique and my daughter Alexis and I started to try and find different coffee shops and book stores or book sales of all kind this summer. We found it fun to look for different coffee shops to read books or just to hang out in and spend some time together. We have been all over San Antonio and we even try and find cool coffee shops when we go on family vacations. So we thought it might be fun to share with everyone some of the spots we have found in and around San Antonio. We try and find something off the beaten path, some are in areas of town that you wouldn’t necessarily think of going. But we have found something in all the shops that we have gone to that we love for different reasons. We also love to find cool bookstores that have old or rare books, we have gone to pop up book sales, our local Public library book sales, thrift stores or found good books at the Dollar Store! I will also be sharing with you guys my thoughts on the books that I have read.

We hope you join us on this fun adventure and have as much fun as we do!!

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