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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR List

19 Sep

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New fall releases from picture books to young adult titles!

  1. La La La by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated Jaime Kim (Release Date: October 3, 2017)
  2. I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds (Release Date: September 26, 2017)
  3. The Princess in Black: Mysterious Play Date by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham (Release Date: September 5, 2017)
  4. Just Dance by Patricia MacLachlan (Release Date: September 12, 2017)
  5. The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie (Release Date: October 10, 2017)
  6. Patina by Jason Reynolds (Release Date: August 29, 2017)
  7. Wishtree by Katherine Applegate (Release Date: September 26, 2017)
  8. Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani (Release Date: October 3, 2017)
  9. Genuine Fraud by e. lockhart (Release Date: September 5, 2017)
  10. Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen (Release Date: September 5, 2017)

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


(Unofficial) Top Ten Tuesday: Middle Grade Audiobooks

18 Jul


My regularly scheduled blog post for Tuesday is on hold until August, so I created my own list – Ten Middle Grade audiobooks – perfect for summer vacation!

  1. Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan, narrated by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews, Rebecca Soler; music, Corky Siegel
  2. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, narrated by  Rebecca Soler, Jonathan Davis, Marc Thompson
  3. See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng, narrated by Kivlighan de Montebello, Brittany Pressley, Graham Halstead, Michael Crouch, Jason Culp
  4. Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo, narrated by Jenna Lamia
  5. When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin, narrated by Kim Mai Guest
  6. Ghost by Jason Reynolds, narrated by Guy Lockard
  7. Booked by Kwame Alexander, narrated by the author
  8. Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan, narrated by Josh Hurley, Vikas Adam
  9. The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by
    Adam Gidwitz, narrated By Adam Gidwitz, Vikas Adam, Mark Bramhall, Jonathan Cowley, Kimberly Farr, Ann Marie Lee, Bruce Mann, John H. Mayer, Benjamin Bagby
  10. Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh, narrated by Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, Jacqueline Woodson, Kelly J. Baptist

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read in 2017 So Far

27 Jun

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I specifically chose books that have either been published this year or will be published at some point this year. Some are fun reads, others are eye-openers and many are books that have stuck with me far longer than most. Pick up a title and enjoy!

  1. Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race by Chris Grabenstein
    A fun read, Mr. Lemoncello is back with a new board game – Fabulous Fact-Finding Frenzy and it’s up to the kids to gather the facts and help save Mr. Lemoncello’s good name.
  2. Swing It, Sunny by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm
    A sequel to, Sunny Side Up, Sunny is learning how to be around her older brother who is angry for being sent away to boarding camp, confused about middle school and her place in the family, but when a new neighbor moves in – it might be Sunny’s chance to finally take some control of her life.
  3. The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag
    A graphic novel about a magical community where men become shapeshifters and women become witches, but what happens when Aster must show his magic – the magic he wasn’t supposed to learn?
  4. A List of Cages by Robin Roe
    Adam’s helping out the school guidance counselor when he runs into the foster brother he hasn’t seen in years. As he befriends the young boy, Adam realizes there’s more to the story than what he’s saying and it’s up to Adam to help him.
  5. The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
    Subhi was born in a refugee camp and knows little of the world outside, but when a young girl begins visiting on the other side of the camp, Subhi realizes there is so much more that the walls around her family.
  6. The Hate U Give by Ange Thomas
    Starr Carter balances between her prep school life and her life in the poor neighborhood where she was born, but when her best friend is shot and killed, Starr’s world is upended and it’s up to her to set things right.
  7. Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
    Amina is a girl split between two cultures, delving into the world of middle school and trying to figure out who she is and what she believes in.
  8. The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore
    Lolly’s brother was killed in a gang-related incident and Lolly’s trying his best to stay out of trouble in Harlem as he faces mountains of Lego bricks with no instructions, can his imagination save him?
  9. Auma’s Long Run by Eucabeth A. Odhiambo
    Auma’s village is being ravaged by the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and she must make the difficult decision to pursue her education or go to work to support her family.
  10. The Perfect Score by Rob Buyea
    The pressure of standardized testing on the administration, staff, and students becomes too much for one class who takes acing the test to a new extreme – told in multiple perspectives, this story is about doing what is right when you’re sure it will get you into trouble.

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

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 6/5/17

5 Jun

So, what I planned to read, just didn’t happen, but I was proud of myself for getting a stack of books read on Saturday, compliments of my BEA experience!

  • I’m Just No Good At Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups by Chris Harris, illustrated by Lane Smith
  • Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
  • Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown by Eric Litwin, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
  • The Tickle Test by Kathryn White, illustrated by Adrian Reynolds
  • Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt, illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko
  • After the Fall by Dan Santat
  • Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Eric Velasquez
  • The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag
  • Swing It, Sunny! by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

I’m currently finishing up The Great Library Race by Chris Grabenstein, the third in the series and due out this October.


Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR

Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

25 Apr
  1. Poetry
    Although I have enjoyed novels in verse, reading poetry is something that I can’t seem to get into… I’m a quick reader and I think the subtle nuance of poetry is often lost on me.
  2. Horror
    Although I love thrillers, I can’t stand to be scared, especially if I’m home alone. I don’t like scary movies, haunted houses, etc. It’s probably because it makes me feel like I’m not in control and I don’t like it.
  3. High Fantasy
    When a book has a map and a glossary of vocabulary in the back, it tends to disinterest me really fast – Lord of the Rings, not for me!
  4. Classics
    I never enjoyed reading the classics in high school and even the few I’ve picked up since, I just don’t seem to enjoy too much.
  5. Plays
    I could never understand why we were required to read Shakespeare in school, it’s a play, shouldn’t it be watched? And before everyone starts explaining, I know the language and format are important to understand, but I’d much rather watch a show than read it.
  6. Graphic Novels
    A genre that I want to love, but just really don’t enjoy reading too much. I always feel like I’m not getting enough out of the story, probably because I do read very quickly and the illustrations almost get in my way.
  7. Autobiographies/Biographies
    I don’t have anything against autobiographies and biographies, it’s just not a genre that I’ll pick up for fun, unless I’ve gotten a recommendation for something specific.
  8. Adult books
    I know this is a vast majority of books, but as a (former) children’s librarian I focused a lot of my time on middle grade and young adult literature and I feel like that is stuff I really enjoy. I’ll read adult material, but it’s not usually my go-to.
  9. Short Stories
    I feel like just when I’m getting to know the story, it’s over.

There are always exceptions to the rule and I’m totally using an exception right now, as I could only come up with a Top Nine Tuesday instead of a Top Ten list. I’m more than willing to try pretty much anything, especially if I get a review from a friend or colleague. What types of books are on your Not Reading List?

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

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