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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 4/2/18

2 Apr

I had a great weekend, the library was closed on Friday, so I got to spend a (scheduled) day off getting stuff done, which felt awesome. I also started working on a new project for my blog and am really happy with how it’s looking (more on that at a later date)! I started getting back to the gym this week and not just going to the gym and half-heartedly riding a bike while reading – I got two two-mile runs in and did some weight lifting (which I was in desperate need to get back into). Overall a great week – not a ton of reading, but enough that I feel pretty good.

I finished up Granted by John David Anderson which is completely different from his other realistic fiction middle grade titles, but I really enjoyed it more than I expected! I also read The Ambrose Deception by Emily Ecton, a scavenger hunt through Chicago which was a lot of fun to read and also read Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake which was amazing – so true to a middle school experience and filled with emotion, it’s going to be a top read of 2018 for me, I can feel it. I’m hoping to get a review written up sometime this week for this one – so good.

Next up on my list includes:

  • Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill
  • The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta
  • A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers


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


Middle Grade ARCs I Picked Up At PLA

29 Mar

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I talked yesterday about the awesome experience I had at PLA this past weekend. What I didn’t get to finish talking about is that I picked up so many great ARCs that I’m having a hard time deciding what to start reading first.

If you’re unfamiliar with a large library conference or BookExpo America, let me try and explain it to you. Imagine a large convention center room filled with exhibits – furniture, supply companies and so much more. These exhibits also include many publishing houses with full displays set up promoting previously published titles and new titles recently published. The most exciting part is that they often have ARCs (advanced reader copies) for you to pick up. These are titles that are often slated to be published over the next year and depending on what book and what publisher it is you, the book may or may not be finished, may have significant editing still need to done, illustrations may not be placed in the book yet, etc. Basically, the book has been pre-published to promote it to librarians, booksellers and bloggers in the hopes of getting some strong sales.

Imagine an exhibit floor filled with books that you can just pick up for free! It’s overwhelming and amazing and so much fun! A few points to remember about ARCs:

  1. Make sure you talk to the reps that are working these booths – the conference days are long and people can get pushy. I often ask, “What are you most excited about coming out?” This often gets you chatting about books you like and they are often more willing to go search for a title you’re looking for or are willing to send you something from the office if it’s not available at the conference.
  2. ARCs cannot be sold, every once in a while you’ll see them for “re-sale” which is illegal (and says so on every ARC I’ve ever received). Don’t do it – it’s not fair to the the people who work so hard on the finished copy. Just buy a new copy and support your favorite authors and illustrators.
  3. Some publishers will give you strict instructions on how, what, and when you can review the title. Double-check the book’s first few pages or the publisher’s website for more information.
  4. Make sure you use the ARCs for good – don’t pick up every title available. Try to pick up the titles you’ll actually read and find great ways to promote the book – social media, talk it up at work and make sure your organization or you personally buy a copy when it comes out.

These are the middle grade titles I picked up at PLA (and they all look so good!)

  1. The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle by Christina Uss (2018, no specific date)
  2. Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed (May 8, 2018)
  3. The Ambrose Deception by Emily Ecton (February 13, 2018)
  4. Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead (May 1, 2018)
  5. The Boy, The Bird and The Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods (May 1, 2018)
  6. Breakout by Kate Messner (June 5, 2018)
  7. Charlie & Frog by Karen Kane (April 10, 2018)
  8. The Frame-Up by Wendy McLeod MacKnight (June 5, 2018)
  9. Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake (March 6, 2018)
  10. The Jigsaw Jungle by Kristin Levine (June 19, 2018)
  11. Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya (August 21, 2018)
  12. A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers (March 13, 2018)
  13. So Done by Paula Chase (August 14, 2018)
  14. You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly (April 10, 2018)

#blogbookaday: 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story

12 Mar

32498545Summary:  “6 has a problem.

Everyone knows that 7 is always after him. Word on the street is that 7 ate 9. If that’s true, 6’s days are numbered. Lucky for him, Private I is on the case. But the facts just don’t add up.

It’s odd.

Will Private I put two and two together and solve the problem.. or is 6 next in line to be subtracted?” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Private I’s takes the case, when 6 comes into the office after hearing that 7 ate 9 and 7’s after 6 now. The Private leaves no stone unturned as he searches for clues and interviews the other numbers. With lots of word and numberplay this is a fun story to share again and again.

Personal Reaction: I love wordplay, puns and cheesy dad jokes, so this story was right up my alley. The illustrations gave the Private Eye/noir story just the right touch and the the story would be one I’d read a couple times to make sure I didn’t miss anything. This book would be great for elementary age students and even older to get all the jokes, but preschool and early elementary age kids would enjoy the story as well (even if they didn’t “get” all the jokes)! This would make a great picture book to share in a math class, for sure!

Title: 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story
Author: Tara Lazar
Illustrator: Ross MacDonald
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: May 16, 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!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me

6 Mar

I love when books surprise me (in a good way). Most likely I’m surprised because I’ve either heard SO MUCH about a book and I just don’t expect it to live up to it’s hype or it’s such an out-there book that I don’t expect to like and I enjoy it immensely! Here’s just a small group of books that surprised me in a good way when I read them!

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  1. The Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz
  2. A Rambler Steals Home by Carter Higgins
  3. Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
  4. The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau
  5. Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  6. Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar
  7. eTumble & Blue by Casse Beasley
  8. The Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey
  9. True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt
  10. Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan


TTT-Big2Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Could Re-read Forever

27 Feb

When I was a kid, I was a big re-reader – I loved The Babysitter’s ClubThe American Girl books and a ton of other titles that I checked out probably more times than anyone else at the library. As an adult, I’m trying so hard to stay up-to-date with new titles, that I often don’t take time to re-read a title again. But, these are some of the tried and true titles that ended up on my personal bookshelf (meaning they must be good!).

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  1. Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
  2. Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  3. Where the Mountain Meets the Moonby Grace Lin
  4. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
  5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  6. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  7. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  8. Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
  9. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
  10. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

TTT-Big2Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

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