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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/14/17

14 Aug

I kicked butt reading this week, I finished The Painting by Charis Cotter and also read The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg and Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed. I love getting to all the books I want to during the week! I finished Love, Hate & Other Filters in just one day, staying up wayyyyy toooo late to finish it. But it was so good, I couldn’t put it down. I’ll be posting a review soon.

This week’s reading goals consist of titles that I picked up at BEA, a never ending pile of ARCs that I need to get off my bookshelf if I ever have hope to add new books to my personal collection. I’m going to read Slider by Pete Hautman, The Incredible Magic of Being by Kathryn Erskine and if I get a chance The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris.


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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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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading 7/31/17

31 Jul

I was able to accomplish just about what I set out to do this week – I read Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood and also read Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever. edited by Betsy Bird (check out my review). I started working on Calling My Name by Tamani Liara, but didn’t get too far before my family came to visit. We had a great (and busy) weekend, which left me exhausted and unable to even crack open a book.

This week, I’d like to finish up Calling My Name and then read The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg which looks to be a quick middle grade read and if I’m really ambitious I’ll start The Painting by Charis Cotter. Have a great week of reading!


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Book Review: Brightwood

5 Jul

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Daisy only knows the house and gardens of Brightwood Hall, her mother suffered from a horrible tragedy and only goes out when it’s completely necessary and never allows Daisy to leave. With a stockpile of food and her mother’s Day Boxes (a box for each day filled with things that her mother believes she can keep forever), Daisy awakens one morning and realizes her mother has returned from the store.  And she doesn’t return that evening or the next day, in fact the only person to appear is a distant cousin who breaks the lock on the garden’s gate and enters the property. Daisy must decide whether this man is someone who can help her or hurt her as she tries to figure out what happened to her mom.

The back cover describes this as the perfect book for fans of Coraline and Doll Bones, although I would also compare this with Serafina and the Black Cloak for the estate itself feels almost like a character in the story with a touch of magic where you don’t expect it. I really enjoyed this thrilled and would definitely pass it on to any kid looking for a scary book in those middle grades. Daisy has a great voice that sometimes skews on the older side (But having only ever interacted with her mother, what do you expect?), but is also at times vulnerable and afraid. The other characters in the house include a talking rat named Tar, a topiary horse, a painting of a young boy from the 1500s and the ghost of a girl about Daisy’s age. The cast of characters is unique, but also what makes the story really work.  This book is being published at the tail end of September – just int time for the perfect October/Halloween booktalk!

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): When Daisy’s mother disappears, Daisy must outwit a distant cousin to save her home and find her mom. The only problem-She’s never left home

Title: Brightwood
Author: Tania Unsworth
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication Date: September 27, 2017
Page Number: 260 pgs.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 5/29/17

29 May

26109391.jpgI got so much reading done this week and am hoping to get a little more done before heading up to Book Expo on Friday for the day. I finished up Finding Mighty by Sheela Chari about a young boy whose family is embroiled in a mystery surrounding stolen diamonds, parkour and graffiti. I also read Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley about a high school student with a severe anxiety disorder who becomes agoraphobic and a new friend who wants to help him (to help herself). I’m also in the middle of The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon which is proving to be a very interesting read so far. I’m also hoping to try and read A List of Cages by Robin Roe and Brightwood by Tana Unsworth which will help me clear off my ARC shelf to make room for new books this weekend!


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