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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/16/17

16 Oct

I was surprisingly able to get a little reading done last week, even with how busy I was. I read What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold and The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner and started Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar. I’ve got some catching up to do in terms of writing book reviews and posting them, so I hope to post at least a couple this week, so keep your eyes out for those.

Otherwise, this week I plan on finishing up Race to the Bottom of the Sea and ARC of The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen and maybe getting to The Unicorn Quest by Kamilla Benko. What are you reading this week?


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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 t

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/9/17

9 Oct

I kicked butt reading this weekend. You know how when you eat a really great meal and you feel full, but so good? Well, that’s how I felt reading this weekend. I started out the week reading The Librarian and the Spy by Susan Mann, a romance novel a coworker told me about – it’s one of those cheesy books you don’t have to think about while reading, but it was a lot of fun with some really great librarian references in it. Then I spent much of the weekend reading some really great middle grade and young adult novels – The Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia, and American Street by Ibi Zoboi.

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Book Review: The List

5 Oct

33846933.jpgSynopsis: This science fiction, dystopian novel opens with Letta transcribing a list of words. Soon, we learn that Letta’s community, the Ark, only has a pre-approved List from which to communicate – 500 words. Specialized workers receive additionals words in order to do their job. But, when Letta’s master disappears under mysterious circumstances and Letta learns that the powers-that-be want to reduce the list even more, she is forced to make a difficult decision. Does she hold onto her trust for the community in which she has been raised or does she fight for what she believes is more importants – words, feelings, art, expression?

Review: I really enjoyed this dystopian novel. I was interested in the concept of a place where communication is limited to very basic words. Where discussing your feelings, talking with neighbors and sharing ideas is unheard of. Scarily enough, the author paints a picture of the world before the Ark and it is a very familiar setting – people who don’t take climate change seriously, until the world breaks down. And what’s left is a small group of people living under the control of a man who believes that talking is not the answer.

I really enjoyed the characters in this story – Letta is a strong apprentice who, at the beginning of the story, believes in her village and what her elders say, until she begins to understand the power of expression and the importance of words. Her relationship with her master is one of deep respect, love and trust and when he disappears, the world as she knows it disappears as well.

If you have kids who have loved Hunger GamesDivergent, or The Giver have them check out this title – it would make for a great discussion about climate change, censorship, art and more!

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): Letta’s village only speaks w/ 500 words & the threat to reduce the List forces Letta to befriend someone who can help, but at what cost?

Title: The List
Author: Patricia Forde
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Page Number: 336 pgs.

#MGBooktober

4 Oct

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ve probably seen a few posts with the hashtag #mgbooktober. Celebrate with me as people around the world share their favorite middle grade titles during the month of October. It’s not too late to start, so check the chart below, share the cover of a book (or just title and author) that fits the category for each day and don’t forget to add the hashtag #mgbooktober, and if you’re bold add #mglit and #ILoveMG to share even wider! And while, you’re at it, tag the author, illustrator, or publisher to stretch your reach even farther. And one, last thing – like and share other people’s posts as well! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with – I’m expecting to add a lot of titles to my TBR list this month!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends

3 Oct

boyfriendsandgirlfriends.pngI know, the first thing you’re going to say is, “There’s only 8 covers on your Top Ten list this week.” And there are, but coming from the perspective of an adult female where most of my reading involves characters who are children ages 8-16, I found this Top Ten Tuesday exceptionally difficult. I was talking with my coworker/friend and complaining that my middle grade characters are far too young to think of like that and most YA characters have some sort of fatal flaw and she, in a very pointed way, exclaims, “Is it that their fatal flaw is they’re 18 years old?” Which immediately made me laugh, so yes my list only has 8 titles, but I’m going to take two characters from the first two books.

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    I’m taking both Charlie Weasley and Hermione Granger from this book – first of Charlie is one of the older siblings of the Weasley clan, plus he’s a dragon hunter/tamer, so I think that’s pretty cool. Bonus points to Charlie for surviving the fight and for being a Weasley (because who wouldn’t want to be a part of that awesome family?
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    And the other character I would choose would have to be Hermione – she’s pretty much the epitome of awesome – smart girl, stands up for what’s right, a reader and a really great friend. Done.
  3. The Girl From Everywhere
    Kashmir, an 18th century Persian who fluently speaks French, Arabic, Farsi and English and is described as having golden skin and dark curls. Plus, the way he interacts with Nix, I swooned. He calls her Amira, which I looked up, means Princess. Yep.
  4. The Girl From Everywhere
    Bee – an ex-cattle herder from Sudan who has a ghost wife, who she willing blames things gone wrong on. I loved this character because she’s tough, strong, but also caring and loves her wife, even years later. So, maybe having a ghost wife haunt your new relationship wouldn’t be great, but I think this is an awesome character.
  5. Throne of Glass
    I’ve only ready the first book in this series, but I already really like Chaol Westfall, the Captain of the Guard for Prince Dorian and the man who helps Celaena train for the King’s Champion Tournament. As an expert swordsman and a man who keeps himself in shape for his career, I’m thinking he isn’t too hard on the eyes either.
  6. Matilda
    Hear me out, Matilda would be an awesome girlfriend, when she got older. She’s fierce, a reader, and caring. Plus having a girlfriend with special powers would be pretty awesome!
  7. The Star-Touched Queen
    With Maya’s horoscope, no one is willing to marry her, until she is forced to marry a mysterious man from an even more mysterious kingdom. What I liked most about Maya is that she doesn’t accept things as they are and continues to question loyalty, truth and her new husband as she bravely searches for the answers.
  8. Anne of Green Gables
    Gilbert Blythe – a man who doesn’t give up, is caring to a fault and loves with all his heart, what more could you want?
  9. The Invisible Library
    Kai is protective even as a new apprentice to The Library and dives head first into the adventure to save a manuscript from the fae. Plus, without giving anything away Kai’s secret, it’s a doozy!
  10. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
    I’m choosing Mr. Lemoncello because I think he’s a fun character, very well-read, educated and would probably be a crazy person to know! I honestly have no idea how old he is in the books, but to have earned all that money and build a library for your hometown means something to me.

So, what I’ve learned from this extremely difficult Top Ten Tuesday, is that I clearly need to read more adult fiction! Because book boyfriends/girlfriends should be much closer to your own age…


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

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