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2017 Goodreads Choice Awards

8 Dec

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With over 3,000,000 votes cast, Goodreads has announced this year’s winner of the Choice Awards in the following categories:

  • Fiction
  • Mystery & Thriller
  • Historical Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
  • Horror
  • Humor
  • Nonfiction
  • Memoir & Autobiography
  • History & Biography
  • Science & Technology
  • Food & Cookbooks
  • Graphic Novels & Comics
  • Poetry
  • Debut Goodreads Author
  • Young Adult Fiction
  • Young Adult Fantasy
  • Middle Grade & Children’s
  • Picture Books

I would like to see a few more genres for the young adult and children’s categories – especially because Rick Riordan won both first and second place in the Middle Grade & Children’s category. But, it’s interesting to see what was voted on and how many votes each title received, plus I found a few more titles to add to my TBR list!

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Book Review: The Ghosts of Greenglass House

27 Sep

12Synopsis: Milo is hoping for a quiet holiday vacation, especially after last year when a number of unwanted guests showed up at his parent’s inn, but that wish disappears into the cold when a number of intentional (yet unexpected) and unintentional guests appear just before Christmas. Will Milo be able to crack the case (with the help of his mysterious friend Meddy) before the culprit leaves with stole goods? Fans of the first book, The Greenglass House will enjoy settling in near the fire for the next installment of Milo’s adventures.

Review: This is the second book about Milo and his family’s bed and breakfast and I fell in love with the setting, characters and the plot the first time and I’m excited to say, I enjoyed this title just as much. I really enjoy Milo’s search to better understand who he is as the Chinese adopted son of a white couple and what that means in a town where people assume certain things because of his ethnicity. It’s definitely part of the story, but I think that the author weaves this aspect into the story in a very believable way and helps Milo to grow as a young man.

Meddy is back in this story and her tale is heart-wrenching as the only thing she wants is to see her father and talk with him again. Milo and Meddy’s friendship is something to be shared and this would make a great book discussion for kids around the holidays as Meddy always seems to show up during this time.

The other characters are created with deep backgrounds and histories that emerge as Milo digs into the mystery at foot and although I was able to guess at some aspects of the ending, I was still surprised and delighted with the result. This is the perfect story for a middle grade reader who loves a good mystery, curling up next to the fire with a cup of hot cocoa and possibly a ghost or two.

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): Milo’s back and this Christmas he’ll need to keep his wits about him as he searches for a mysterious map with friends old and new.

Title: The Ghosts of Greenglass House
Author: Kate Milford
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Page Number: 464 pgs.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/18/17

18 Sep

I’m coming home today, so in the next few days I’ll be updating my reading list and next week’s blog post will update you on the great titles I read while on vacation! Stay posted!

  • Anne of Green Gables by Mariah Marsden (graphic novel!)
  • Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone
  • Elsie Mae Has Something to Say by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
  • The List by Patricia Forde
  • Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan
  • More Girls Who Rocked the World by Michelle Roehm McCann
  • Her Book Boyfriend by KR Grace
  • Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  • All the Wind In the World by Samantha Mabry
  • Just Friends by Dyan Sheldon
  • Tell Me That You’re My Mine by Victoria De La O

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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 the amazing books the #IMWAYR

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved During the First Year I Started My Blog

12 Sep

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It’s hard to believe that I’ve been blogging since 2011 and it’s amazing to think that I didn’t have anything in my mind worth sharing with the world. It’s been an awesome journey and one I know that will continue to change as I change and it was fun to look back at what I was reading when I first started this journey!

  1. Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
  2. One for the Murphys by Lyda Mullaly Hunt
  3. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
  4. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  5. See You At Harry’s by Jo Knowles
  6. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  7. Almost Home by Joan Bauer
  8. Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
  9. Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud by Andrew Lane
  10. Dear Blue Sky by Mary Sullivan

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Hidden Gems in the Middle Grade Mystery Genre

29 Aug

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Mysteries are some of my favorite types of books to read. Here are ten middle grade mystery titles that you may or may not have heard of – enjoy!

  1. Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
  2. Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  3. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
  4. Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  5. The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan
  6. The 39 Clues: Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
  7. Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit by Octavia Spencer
  8. The Underdogs by Sara Hammel
  9. Knightley & Son byRohan Gavin
  10. The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill by Megan Frazer Blakemore

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

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