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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 4/16/18

16 Apr

I’m slowly getting back into the groove! I’m really trying to do some higher quality workouts when I’m at the gym which means that I’m not riding a stationary bike and reading a book because although I’m working out, I know I should be doing better. So, I’m back to weight training and starting to get back into running over the past few weeks and as much as I hate it (and I really do), I’m beginning to feel stronger and healthier. Sadly, that means I don’t get a chance to read in the morning too often, so it’s left to the evening and weekends. But, I did get to finish The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta and I also read The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang. I read a few short stories from Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill and then I put them aside. I never feel like I’m getting what I should out of short stories – I always feel like I’m in high school English class not quite “getting it” in terms of short stories. I try them every once in a while, but they’re not my favorite format. I’m going to finish up A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers today and hope to get a few more books read this week!

Right now, at my desk I’ve got:

  • Forever or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter
  • The Art of the Swap by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malone
  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

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#blogbookaday: Little Fox In the Forest

1 Feb

30555639.jpgSummary:  “A wordless picture book in which two friends follow a young fox deep into the woods and discover a wondrous and magical world.

When a young girl brings her beloved stuffed fox to the playground, much to her astonishment, a real fox takes off with it! The girl chases the fox into the woods with her friend, the boy, following close behind, but soon the two children lose track of the fox. Wandering deeper and deeper into the forest, they come across a tall hedge with an archway. What do they find on the other side? A marvelous village of miniature stone cottages, tiny treehouses, and, most extraordinary of all, woodland creatures of every shape and size. But where is the little fox? And how will they find him? “(Taken from Goodreads)

Review: With panels similar to that of a graphic novel or comic strip, this wordless picture book packs an imaginative tale of the lengths children will go to find a lost stuffie. Similar in concept to Knufffle Bunny by Mo Willems, this story stands on its own and is a delight to read. Stephanie Graegin does a wonderful job of creating two very different and yet at the same time, similar worlds ensuring kids will understand the difference when the main character travels from a washed out world of gray to a magical forest community filled with color. Although many adults are nervous to read a wordless picture book, this one does such an amazing job of telling the story, you won’t have to wonder what to read next.

Personal Reaction: I loved the way this story took a Wizard of Oz approach to creating two separate worlds with dull gray tones and a bright woodland village filled with creatures. I also liked how a child could relate both to the main character in this story as well as to the little fox who wanted so much for a stuffie to look just like him! This is a sweet story that would work perfectly one-on-one, and of course with your chid’s stuffie tucked in close as well!

Title: Little Fox in the Forest
Author: Stephanie Graegin
Illustrator: Stephanie Graegin
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
Publication Date: February 28, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/25/17

25 Sep

I’m back! I made it safely back to the States last Monday evening and spent the last week catching up on sleep, laundry, emails and work. I’m glad to say that I think I’m starting off this week in a really great place – and that I read far more than I expected over the past few weeks. I’ll share more about my vacation later, but for now…

I was able to complete:

  • Her Book Boyfriend by KR Grace
  • Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  • All the Wind In the World by Samantha Mabry
  • The List by Patricia Forde
  • Anne of Green Gables by Mariah Marsden (graphic novel!)
  • Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone
  • Goodnight, Little Bot by Karen Kaufman Orloff, illustrated by Kim Smith
  • Rufus Blasts Off! by Kim T. Griswell, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
  • Maurice the Unbeastly by Amy Dixon, illustrated by Karl James Mountford
  • Dough Knights and Dragons by Dee Leone, illustrated by George Ermos

There will be a lot of reviews to come, so look for those. Otherwise, I’ve got a few more books I want to read this week, including:

  • Elsie May Has Something to Say by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
  • Just Friends by Dyan Sheldon

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/7/17

7 Aug

I finished Calling My Name by Tamani Liara and really enjoyed the perspective of this story, it’s not one you read about very often (check out my review). I also read Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham, a graphic novel I grabbed off the shelf for a patron (she decided on Babysitter’s Club instead) so I took this home and read it. And I’m in the middle of The Painting by Charis Cotter, which I’m really excited to read the ending as I have no idea what’s going to happen.

For the rest of the week, I’d like to also read The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg (which I didn’t get to last week) plus if I have time open Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed. Have a great reading week!


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Top Ten Tuesday: Middle Grade Releases (June – December 2017)

30 May

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  1. The Perfect Score by Rob Buyea (October 3)
    From the beloved author of Because of Mr. Terupt and its sequels comes The Perfect Score, a new middle-grade school story with a very special cast of unforgettable characters who discover that getting the perfect score–both on the test and in life–is perhaps not so perfect after all.
  2. Wishtree by Katherine Applegate (September 26)
    Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood “wishtree”—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red’s hollows, this “wishtree” watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever.
  3. The Exact Location of Home by Kate Messner (October 3)
    Kirby “Zig” Zigonski lives for the world of simple circuits, light bulbs, buzzers, and motors. Electronics are so much more predictable than people. So when his dad’s visit is canceled with no explanation and his mom seems to be hiding something, Zig turns to his best friend Gianna and a new gizmo-a garage sale GPS unit-for help. Convinced that his dad is leaving clues through the popular hobby of geocaching, Zig sets out to search for answers. Following one clue after another, logging mile after mile, Zig soon finds that people aren’t always what they seem… and sometimes, there’s more than one set of coordinates for home.
  4. Greetings From Witness Protection by Jake Burt (October 3)
    A funny and poignant debut middle-grade novel about a foster-care girl who is placed with a family in the witness protection program, and finds that hiding in plain sight is complicated and dangerous.
  5. Auma’s Long Run by Eucabeth A. Odhiambo (September 1)
    In 1980s Kenya, 13-year-old Auma must decide whether to pursue a track scholarship that will let her attend high school or stay home to help her struggling family as AIDS ravages her village.
  6. Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste (September 19)
    Corinne LaMer defeated the wicked jumbie Severine months ago, but things haven’t exactly gone back to normal in her Caribbean island home. Everyone knows Corinne is half-jumbie, and many of her neighbors treat her with mistrust. When local children begin to go missing, snatched from the beach and vanishing into wells, suspicious eyes turn to Corinne.

    To rescue the missing children and clear her own name, Corinne goes deep into the ocean to find Mama D’Leau, the dangerous jumbie who rules the sea. But Mama D’Leau’s help comes with a price. Corinne and her friends Dru, Bouki, and Malik must travel with mermaids across the ocean to the shores of Ghana to fetch a powerful object for Mama D’Leau. The only thing more perilous than Corinne’s adventures across the sea is the foe that waits for her back home.

    With its action-packed storytelling, diverse characters, and inventive twists on Caribbean and West African mythology and fairy tales, Rise of the Jumbies will appeal to readers of A Snicker of Magic, Breadcrumbs, and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.

  7. Patina by Jason Reynolds (August 29)
    Patina, or Patty, runs like a flash. She runs for many reasons—to escape the taunts from the kids at the fancy-schmancy new school she’s been sent to since she and her little sister had to stop living with their mom. She runs from the reason WHY she’s not able to live with her “real” mom any more: her mom has The Sugar, and Patty is terrified that the disease that took her mom’s legs will one day take her away forever. So Patty’s also running for her mom, who can’t. But can you ever really run away from any of this? As the stress builds up, it’s building up a pretty bad attitude as well. Coach won’t tolerate bad attitude. No day, no way. And now he wants Patty to run relay…where you have to depend on other people? How’s she going to do THAT?
  8. My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson (October 10)
    In an engrossing historical novel, the Newbery Medal-winning author of Bridge to Terabithia follows a young Cuban teenager as she volunteers for Fidel Castro’s national literacy campaign and travels into the impoverished countryside to teach others how to read.
  9. Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley (August 29)
    The magic-infused story of a golden gator, two cursed kids, and how they take their destinies into their own hand.
  10. All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson (September 5)
    The author of Roller Girl is back with a graphic novel about starting middle school, surviving your embarrassing family, and the Renaissance Faire.

*All descriptions are taken directly from Goodreads.


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