Omaha Mom Bookshelf: Buy Books Locally

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Omaha Mom Bookshelf_ Buy Books LOCALWelcome to Omaha Mom Bookshelf! A series where we share books tips, recommend books, and share how we encourage our family to pick up books and read! Join us every month and share with us what you’ve been reading!

We started the year in January with a printable 21 Books for 2021 and then in February, I gave tips on how to find time to read.

March is here, which means spring break is upon us! I have some new books to review for you and wanted to let you know where you can shop local for all of your reading needs.

Where can I buy books locally?

Jackson Street Booksellers: 1119 Jackson St, Omaha, NE 68102; 402-341-2664

The Book Nook: 118 N Washington St, Papillion, NE 68046; 531-999-1827

The Book Worm:  2501 S 90th St #111, Omaha, NE 68124; 402-392-2877

The Next Chapter: 2508 Farnam St, Omaha, NE 68131; 531-218-7996


My Recommended Reads for March


A Promised Land by Barak Obama

Barak. The man can write a lot of words. I listened to this book in audiobook format because I enjoy non-fiction audio read by the author. There were many interesting parts and stories from his days before the Presidency through his first term. I have to say, some accounts felt like I was reliving the event in real-time, and I’m not sure I would have stuck with it if I was reading a hard copy. I enjoyed hearing about life in the White House and think it was a good book overall.


King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

This young adult novel had all the feels. Kingston is twelve years old when his brother Khalid unexpectedly passed away. King has to figure out how to navigate life without his brother. To add to that, his best friend Sandy and him had a falling out, but now Sandy has gone missing. King knows where he is and he’s not going to tell. King and Sandy evolve as characters and support one another as King wonders if he may be gay, like Sandy.


Sadie by Courtney Summers

If you like mystery and podcasts, this book is for you! I listened to this as an audiobook and truly enjoyed it. I don’t think it would have had the same effect on paper. This story is about a girl named Sadie who goes missing after her sister’s found dead. The chapters vary from Sadie telling her story, to a reporter’s podcast telling about the search to find her and solve what happened to this family. All of the characters are narrated by a different person, which I truly enjoyed.


That Sounds Fun: The Joys of Being an Amateur, the Power of Falling in Love, and Why You Need a Hobby by Annie F. Downs

If you don’t read or follow Annie F. Downs, you are missing out. I want to be her friend in real life. This book had me laughing and crying and just wanting to sit on her porch and be her BFF.  Annie’s book talks about how to do fun things in life and be vulnerable, and say yes and no’s to things life hands us. I pre-ordered this book and was able to listen to the audiobook, which I loved because Annie is talking right to me.  I can’t wait to re-read this book.


My Want To-Read List:

The Four Winds (Hannah), The Ickabog (Rowling), Concrete Rose (Thomas), The Other Mrs. (Kubica), The Other Einstein (Benedict), and Anxious People (Backman).


What are you reading? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What’s your favorite local bookstore? Share with us in the comments below.

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Ellen Kehs was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois where she met and later married her high school sweetheart, Mason. Together they’ve traveled the world, most recently touching down in Omaha in June 2019. She’s a mom to three little boys, Theodore (nine), Woodrow (seven), and Maximus (four). Life is never boring with her boys! Ellen loves being a military spouse and she embodies the “bloom where you are planted” mentality. In addition to soaking up whatever current city she’s living in, she is passionate about reading and getting books in the hands of children, as well as helping other mamas connect with each other. She has a bachelor’s degree in secondary English education, a master’s degree in adolescent literacy and technology, and she teaches 6th-12th grade English online full-time, but is primarily a stay-at-home mom. Her hobbies include, exploring, reading, swimming, napping, snapping pictures, playing games, baking, and loving on the little men in her life.