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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 6/26/17

26 Jun

I’m so proud of myself – I was able to finish all three books on my list for this week and just started a fourth one! I was able to finish Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn and read Greetings from Witness Protection by Jake Burt and  Falcon Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson. I also just cracked open Brightwood by Tania Unsworth which states that it’s the perfect book for fans of Doll Bones and from what I’ve read so far Serafina and the Black Cloak.

This upcoming week, I hope to be able to finish up Brightwood and then also read Refugee by Alan Gratz, author of Prisoner B–3087 due out at the end of July and The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade by Jordan Sonnenblick due out at the end of August. It’s amazing to me how much better I feel when I just spend time reading – I feel more centered and grounded and not quite like I’m treading water trying to keep myself afloat.  So I know, that if I’m feeling stressed out, I just need to give myself a little time with a great book to feel much calmer!


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t

20 Jun

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I decided to focus on YA series and specifically chose series that I’ve never started – there are so many series that I start and then abandon at a later date. I’m notorious for stopping in the middle of trilogies as it’s difficult, in my opinion, to write a strong trilogy in which all the books are equally well written. For my job, I often start a series to at least get the idea of the storyline, but often won’t continue through a series unless it’s something I really enjoy. And I hate reading a series that hasn’t been completely written yet. Because, even when I love the first book, I usually forget everything about the book by the time the next title is published and it’s my choice of either spending the time to re-read the first title or reading the second and not remembering enough of the first story to really enjoy it. So, needless to say, I don’t often finish series, but these are titles that I haven’t read at all!

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  2. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  3. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  4. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  5. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  6. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  7. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  8. Gone by Michael Grant
  9. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  10. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 6/19/17

19 Jun

Although I didn’t get to as much reading as I had done last week, this week I finished two books and started a third which is pretty good considering I had three after work meetings this week! I read Once and For All by Sarah Dessen which as usual was great. It was about a teen girl with a viewpoint that I haven’t read from before and although I don’t want to spoil the story for you, it an interesting perspective that I, no doubt, expect to see more often. I also read A List of Cages by Robin Roe which has stuck with me for the past few days and is one of those stories that makes your heart break into a million pieces. And then I also got the chance to start Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn which I’m already enjoying and only just started today.

I’m going to finish up Summers this week and I’d really like to also read Greetings from Witness Protection by Jake Burt and maybe even Falcon Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson. This might be a little ambitious for the amount of work this week, but I like having a game plan so I can just grab my next book when I finish one!


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Book Review: Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race

15 Jun

31226744.jpgI was so excited to get an ARC of Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race by Chris Grabenstein at BEA a couple weeks ago and bonus – I got it signed! This has become one of my favorite middle grade series for its adventure and library focused scavenger hunts. This most recent title in the series is foucsed around Mr. Lemoncello’s most recent family, fun game – FABULOUS FACT-FINDING FRENZY, but when rumors come out that Mr. Lemoncello stole his very first board game idea from a quiet, little, old lady, the kids join forces to not only win the game, but to clear their favorite game maker’s good name.

I love that as a reader, Chris drops in great titles from literature throughout the text, plus includes a complete list at the end of the book for you to enjoy. The best part for me is the puzzles and scavenger hunt style of the story which I think is very intriguing for kids and a lot of fun to read.

For educators and librarians – you can download your own library scavenger hunt from Chris’s website, he’s more than happy to Skype with classes and library groups and has a host of the great resources on his website.

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): Kyle & his friends play Mr. Lemoncello’s Fact Finding Frenzy game to help clear his good name as they run, ride & fly to find the truth.

Title: Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race
Author: Chris Grabenstein
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Page Number: 288 pgs.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Great Middle Grade Dads (or at least they try really hard)

13 Jun

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After my Mother’s Day post, I didn’t feel it was right to neglect the dads – so here’s a post just for them. On a related side note – I had a really difficult time finding high-quality dads in middle grade fiction. More often than not, 2-parent households don’t have strong parents or the family has a single mom household, albeit often a very strong single mom.

Every once in a while, you’ll find a single dad household, but more often as a widower or divorced parent, not from having mom walk out on the family. You’ll notice that some of my choices aren’t even dads – they’re grandfathers or other stand-in father figures – but ones that I couldn’t leave off my list. If you’ve got any really strong and sensitive dads in middle grade fiction, please let me know! Bonus points to you for a diverse novel as well! Continue reading

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