Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.” ― Henry David Thoreau

Norma has been collaborating with some fantastic authors as they pair up their books with homemade book sleeves made by our mom and sold in their Etsy store. Today, Norma features a book sleeve with the fabric picked by Robyn Harding to match her upcoming new release The Perfect Family. The Perfect Family expected publication …

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Bookmarks Made by Norma – Reading in the Country

November 22, 2020

Hello Friends! Just a quick post today to show off my favorite bookish things again and today I am featuring bookmarks made by Norma! Click Etsy shop to find their shop and use  SISTERS20 at the checkout for 20% off.

I just started reading Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart They has been a bit of buzz about this one after it winning the 2020 Booker Prize so I had to check out. It’s bold and unsettling story starting in 1981 and set in Glasgow. It’s a story of a family struggling with the ruthlessness of poverty, addiction while exploring what is a “normal boy” and the love children have for their damaged parents. Sounds a little bleak for the Christmas season but Readers gonna Read!!

Lindsay and I just started Take It Back by Kia Abdullah and loving it so far! A little about this one

The Victim: A sixteen-year-old girl with facial deformities, neglected by an alcoholic mother. Who accuses the boys of something unthinkable.

The Defendants: Four handsome teenage boys from hardworking immigrant families. All with corroborating stories.

Whose side would you take?

I am not very far in but I am intrigued and feeling a sense of dread for how this one is going to play out!!

My Favorite Bookish Things: Handmade Book/Kindle Sleeves, Book Markers Pouches and Book Markers Made by Norma and our Mom Linda

November 14, 2020

Hello my friends! Today I am talking about my favorite bookish things and they can be yours too!! Norma has taken a turn from reviewing books and is now making book markers and managing her Etsy shop selling handmade bookish things that her and our Mom Linda are making. Christmas might be a bit of a challenge this year and it might be time to start thinking about gifts so I would like to share some of my favorite things you can find in their shop or have it custom made in any of the fabrics they have available for someone special on your Christmas list. Also I heard this year people are thinking of self gifting this year!! Use SISTERS20 at the checkout for 20% off. AND of course I am going to talk about books as well.

I chose this fabric to feature in their Etsy shop and I requested the book marker made to go with it. I use the book sleeve for my book or my iPad. Now about the books, I am currently reading Homegoing and I love it! It’s heartbreaking and eye opening and I can’t believe it has taken me so long to finally read it. I just finished and posted our reviews for Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy and we highly recommend it as one not to missed for thriller readers!!!

My favorite thing is my kindle sleeve. I love, love it and it goes everywhere I go!! Well I really don’t go out much right now. I do have a couple other ones that my Mom made me because I like to have chooses and options but this one is my go to one. I also have the same pattern in a book sleeve because I like things to match. I even try to match the book cover to my book sleeve. Norma made the book marker to go with the sleeves. I am currently reading The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai on my kindle and I love it too!! I also just finished but haven’t reviewed Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi. It’s a is a powerful, raw, intimate and deeply layered story that explores love and grief experienced by a Ghanaian family in Alabama.

I keep Norma pretty busy making me book markers and I love all the book markers she makes. So I have a bit of a collection of them now and love the bookmarker pouches my Mom makes to keep them safe in. Here are some now available in their  Etsy shop 

This one here is one I have with a few of my book markers I have collected.

Some book sleeves they have available and many more are in their Etsy shop

I hope you all get a chance to check out their shop and see what other great items they have for yourself or a gift! Use SISTERS20 at the checkout for 20% off.

Meatless Monday: Pesto Pasta

October 26, 2020

I am back with an easy peasy meatless meal idea to whip up in no time at all. This dish is so easy that I often forget about making it because I find myself over complicating dinner sometimes. When I have made Pesto pasta in the past I just used premade pesto sauce but this time I made my own using basil we grow in our at home indoor garden system.

My favorite jarred pesto sauce to use is Kirkland Basil Pesto. My youngest son follows a vegan diet so when I made this dinner I made a vegan pesto sauce and then added parmesan cheese for the rest of us.

For homemade pesto sauce

2 cups packed fresh basil 

3 Tbsp pine nuts

1 tsp garlic powder

2 Tbsp lemon juice

3-4 Tbsp nutritional yeast or parmesan cheese

1/4 tsp salt

2-3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (I use avocado oil)

3-6 Tbsp water or as much needed to achieve the consistency you want.


  1. Add the basil, nuts, garlic, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and salt to a food processor or blender and blend on high until a loose paste forms.
  2. Add olive oil a little at a time. Then add 1 Tbsp water at a time until the desired consistency is reached. I like mine to be a bit on the oily side so it’s easier to mix into the pasta.
  3. Adjust the flavor by adding more nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor or more nuts for nuttiness. I added more nutritional yeast. If you have leftovers it can be covered in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

If you have leftovers it can be covered in the refrigerator up to 1 week. If you make more you can freeze the pesto in ice cube molds for 1 month or more.

Add the pesto to your favorite pasta and serve with your choice of vegetables!!

Of course I can’t leave this post without talking about something bookish so today I am talking about my mom’s handmade bookish sleeves and Norma’s bookmarkers. You can find their Etsy shop here and use SISTERS20 to get 20% off!!

Before Norma starting making book markers I already had a few book markers in my collection and now that has really grown. I love to have options and find myself matching the book I am reading either to the saying or colors to the book marker. So when I saw this book marker holder in their Etsy shop I snatched it up. My mom made more so if you collect book markers this is a handy idea. She will custom make you one if you want a different fabric!

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