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The books you bought from me in 2014. (And why I care, and you might, too.)


Blogging has become disgustingly analytical these days.  If I wanted, I could spend all day gazing at my proverbial naval, looking at statistics, and finding out along the way exactly who you are and what you like and creating content you’ll love.

Luckily for you (unluckily for my pocketbook), I’m too cynical for all of that.

But I do check my Amazon reports every month to find out who’s clicking on the links I share, and what you’re buying. 

That’s because I get a teeny-tiny kickback from Amazon every time you click through.  What do I do with the money?  Sometimes, I buy ebooks, which have become incredibly important since we moved thousands of kilometres away from our favourite library.  And sometimes, if I have enough piled up to buy an actual book, then I buy copies to send reviewers, though sometimes that ends badly.  It isn’t big money, hardly even real money, but it is something, and sometimes, it comes in handy.

You should know right off the bat:  I can’t tell who buys what.

I can’t even tell who has bought anything, or where buyers have clicked my links from.  So your secrets are completely safe with me (and from me).  So when I say “you”… I really have no idea.

But I do like to think the people who click through are a little like me, with some of the same interests.  I’ve actually found some “new favourite” books by looking at what you’re buying on Amazon after heading there from one of my links.  And I figured it would be fun and educational, or at least, navel-gazing, to let you know what “you” “bought” “from” “me” in 2014. 

I’m going to stick to books and ebooks.  I’m sure most of you couldn’t care less about the bras and chewing gum and whatnot. 

NOTE:  I haven’t read all these books, don’t necessarily recommend them, and don’t vouch for their appropriateness for you or your children.  Just saying these are book that my readers have gone on to buy from my site.

Judaica & Educational Jewish Books

A Step by Step Guide to Modern Hebrew

Artscroll Children's Siddur: The Peritz Edition (Artscroll Youth Series) (Hebrew and English Edition)

Koren Children's SiddurEvery Picture Tells a Story, Coloring Book One: Bereishis (see my review of these books here)

Every Picture Tells a Story, Volume One: Bereishis

Koren Children's Siddur: Ashkenaz (Hebrew Edition) (see my review of these siddurs here)

Koren Children's Siddur: Sephardim (Edot Mizrach) (Hebrew Edition)

Let My Children Cook!: A Passover Cookbook for Kids

Moving Up: An Aliyah Journal Moving Up, an aliyah journal, by Laura Ben-David

My Rebbe

Tanach the Stone edition - Student Size (Hebrew and English Edition)

The Book of Beraishis =: [Sefer Be-reshit (The Midrash says)

The Family Torah

imageThe Spoon from Minkowitz: A Bittersweet Roots Journey to Ancestral Lands (with Discussion Guide)

There's a Shark in the Mikvah!: A light-hearted look at Jewish women's dunking experiences (read my review of this book here)

Welcome Home: My First Six Months Living in Israel 

Why on This Night?: A Passover Haggadah for Family Celebration

Yesh Lanu Llama Vol. 1


Homeschooling Books & Related Kids’ Nonfiction

(ie stuff that you could use as part of your curriculum)

A History of US, by Joy Hakim A History of US: The First Americans: Prehistory-1600 A History of US Book One

All About Sound (Rookie Read-About Science)

Alphabet Learning Center Activities Kit

Carson-Dellosa's jumbo alphabet book

Challenge Math For the Elementary and Middle School Student (Second Edition)

Daily Word Problems, Grade 4

Discover America: From Sea to Shining Sea

Enjoying Art with Children (World of Art)

Figuratively Speaking, Gr. 5-8 (The Learning Works) Figuratively Speaking, Grades 5-8

Flag Day (First Step Nonfiction - American Holidays)

Flag Day (Holiday Histories)

Geography, Grade 4: Regions of the U.S.A. (Spectrum)

Geography, Grade 5: The United States of America (Spectrum)

Grandmaster Repertoire 3: The English Opening vol. 1

HORSES: Fun Facts and Amazing Photos of Animals in Nature (Amazing Animal Kingdom Book 4)

Jamestown Journey (Chester the Crab) (Chester the Crab's Comix With Content) Chester Comix, the Jamestown Journey

Language Arts, Grade 5 (Spectrum)

Learning Patterns and Temperament Styles

My Five Senses (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)

Natural Born Learners: Unschooling and Autonomy in Education.

Primary Grade Challenge Math

Reaching Your Reluctant Reader

Reading Comprehension, Grades 5 - 6 (The 100+ Series™)

Revolutionary rumblings (Chester the Crab's comics with content series) (Chester Comix)

Start Exploring Masterpieces:  A fact-filled coloring bookScholastic Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times

Song School Latin (Student Book and CD) (English and Latin Edition)

Song School Latin DVD Set

Spectrum Math, Grade 5

Start Exploring: Masterpieces: A Fact-Filled Coloring Book (Start Exploring (Coloring  Books))

Story of the American Revolution Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book)

The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat

The Complete Book of Maps and Geography, Grades 3 - 6

The Verbal Math LessonThe Mathematics Calendar 2014

The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone

The Story of the World, Activity Book 1: Ancient Times - From the Earliest Nomad to the Last Roman Emperor

The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child; Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor

 The Verbal Math Lesson Level 2: Step-by-Step Math without Pencil or Paper (Ages 7-8)

Tillie Pierce: Teen Eyewitness to the Battle of Gettysburg

Story of the World, Volume 1, WorkbookUncovering the Logic of English: A Common-Sense Approach to Reading, Spelling, and Literacy

Vocabulary, Grade 5 (Spectrum)

When Children Love to Learn: A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason's Philosophy for Today

Who's Saying What in Jamestown, Thomas Savage?

Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem

 Writing Skills: Grade 5 (Flash Kids Harcourt Family Learning)


Kids’ Books – Jewish

(For all ages, and again, this is NOT an endorsement.  Just what people have bought.)

Apple Days, by Allison Sarnoff SofferABC Israel

 Apple Days: A Rosh Hashanah Story (High Holidays)

Elijah and the Priests of Baal

Elisha Davidson and the Letters of Fire

Ezra's Aliyah

Four Little Jewish Holiday Books: Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah, Pesach, Shavuot

Goldie Takes a Stand, by Barbara KrasnerGoldie Takes a Stand: Golda Meir’s First Crusade (Kar-Ben Favorites) 

Jabotinsky: A Life (Jewish Lives)

Maccabee!: The Story of Hanukkah

Meet the Avot... and four more: Short Biblical children's rhymes about Avraham, Yitzchak, Yaakov, Yosef, Noach, Moshe, Shimshon, David (Meet the... (B

Naomi Shemer

Now You Know: Chanukah for Kids

Now You Know: Israel for Kids

Now You Know: Passover for Kids

The Queen Who Saved Her People, by Tilda BalsleyPenguin Rosh Hashanah

Sadie's Lag Ba'omer Mystery (Lag Ba'omer & Shavuot)

Seven Special Gifts

Shabbat Monsters (Jewish Monsters) (Volume 1)

Spineless Wonders: 10 Incredible Animals Without Bones (Olam Shel Emet (World of Truth))

The Queen Who Saved Her People 

Tzaki and His Holiday Miracles

We Didn't Have An Etrog!

Zoom! (Hashem's Amazing World) (Volume 1)


Kids’ Books – General

(Some are classics, some I’d never heard of and now want to read – with my kids, of course!)

A Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter A Tale of Two Sisters (Disney Frozen) (Step into Reading)

Baby Faces

Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble

Belly Up (FunJungle)

Ben's Day (Read my review of this book here.)

Big Heroes! (DC Super Friends) (Little Golden Book)

image from Ben's Day, by Mark CollinsBig Snowman, Little Snowman (Disney Frozen) (Step into Reading)

Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000

Cheetah Can't Lose

Dino-Boarding (Carolrhoda Picture Books)

Dinotrux Go to School (Passport to Reading Level 1)

E. B. White Box Set E.B. White Box Set:  Charlottes Web, Stuart Little, The Trumpet of the Swan

Fearless (Summer Camp Secrets)


Friends ForNever (Summer Camp Secrets)

Going Places

Hermelin the Detective Mouse

How to Make Super Pop-Ups (Dover Origami Papercraft)

Hug Hug, by Jez Alborough

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition)

I'm My Own Dog

Jack Templar Monster Hunter: The Templar Chronicles: Book One

Laguna The Lonely Mermaid

LEGO DC Superheroes: Save the Day (Comic Reader #1)

Lost for Words

Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle

Meet The Bugs!

Millie Fierce

No Santa!

The Fourteenth Goldfish, by Jennifer L. HolmNoragami 2

Poached (FunJungle)

Rakkety Tam: A Novel of Redwall 

Reading Adventures Disney Princess Level 1 Boxed Set

Rumors (Summer Camp Secrets)


The Art of Cars

Sisters, by Raina TelgemeierThe Art of Up

The Berenstain Bears' New Baby

The Fourteenth Goldfish

The House in the Night

The Knight and the Dragon (Paperstar Book)

The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning

The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

The Listening Walk The Listening Walk, by Paul Showers & Aliki

The Magic School Bus and the Missing Tooth (Scholastic Reader, Level 2)

The Magic School Bus Comes to Its Senses (Magic School Bus)

The Magic School Bus Fights Germs (Scholastic Reader, Level 2)

The Sign of the Beaver

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The Traveler's Tricks: A Caroline Mystery (American Girl Mysteries)

Tug-of-War (Summer Camp Secrets)


Parenting & Family Life

(Jewish or otherwise)

10 Dos & Don'ts When You're The New Kid - A survival guide for teens starting at a new school

Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters!

What to Expect When You're Expecting, 4th Edition

What to Expect: Eating Well When You're Expecting

Adults’ Books – General

(Some of these are pretty weird and random, but I’m including them in case you’re interested in seeing who reads my stuff and clicks my links…)

Dust, by Arthur Slade 1313 Psycho Path

Arms of Love

Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements



Farewell to the Master: The Day the Earth Stood Still

John Wimber: A Tribute

The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. SalingerLuther's Works Lectures on Genesis/Chapters 1-5 (Luther's Works) (Luther's Works (Concordia))

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success 

Naruto (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 3: Includes vols. 7, 8 & 9

One Thousand Gifts Devotional: Reflections on Finding Everyday Graces

Not a Drill: A Jack Reacher Short Story (Kindle Single)

Plant-Powered for Life: Eat Your Way to Lasting Health with 52 Simple Steps and 125 Delicious Recipes

Rich in Happiness Rich in Happiness, by Alex J. Kim


The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level

The Doctor's Diet: Dr. Travis Stork's STAT Program to Help You Lose Weight & Restore Your Health

The Catcher in the Rye

Woodland Knits: over 20 enchanting patterns (Tiny Owl Knits)

You Were Born Rich: Now You Can Discover and Develop Those Riches


Whew!  That is a loooong list.  You’re lucky I edited out the many multiple entries, so that there’s just one of each.   If you found a new favourite, you’re welcome.  If you couldn’t care less and just skipped down here to see how I’d sign off… well, you will NOT be disappointed, because here comes the end of the post.


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