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Book Review: Smack Dab In the Middle of Maybe

8 Feb

34642633.jpgSynopsis: Cricket’s had a rough go of it lately, her father has died, her mama ran off and now she’s stuck with her aunt and cousins who make her life miserable. So when an opportunity presents itself to learn the the truth about a secret room her mama’s always talked about, she takes the bull by the horns and heads out on her own to solve the clues left behind in the hopes of bringing her mama back for good.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About

23 Jan

This theme is so perfect for me because I can never remember what books are about – I barely remember titles and authors, but I can usually remember covers and remember if I read it, as for details – once I finish a title, those details leave my brain to make room for new books. This is the worst when you read the first book in a series only to realize that the rest of the series hasn’t been published yet. I rarely read sequels because I’ve forgotten so much of the first book, I’d have to re-read book one and then read book two and I don’t usually have that much extra time!

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  1. Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
  2. One Crazy Summer by Rita Garcia-Williams
  3. Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
  4. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  5. The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
  6. The Iron Trial by Holly Black
  7. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
  8. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
  9. The Thickety: A Path Begins by J.A. White
  10. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

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

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 1/1/17

1 Jan

Happy New Year everyone! I didn’t get a chance to update on Christmas (as I was sick as a dog), so here it goes.

This past (2) weeks I read:

  • The Dog Who Came for Christmas by Sue Pethick
  • The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
  • The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
  • Speed of Life by Carol Weston

I’m hoping to dive into the pile on my desk this week which includes:

  • Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
  • The Wonderling by Mira Bartok

 

Some of these titles are on the longer side, so I’m excited to start off 2018 diving into some real world building and character development. Plus, there are a few “Best of” lists I’m taking a look at – making sure I haven’t missed any great titles from last year.


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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

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 12/18/17

18 Dec

It’s the week before Christmas, I’m trying to tie up loose ends at work, pack for the holiday and make sure everything is ready for the holidays and I’m still trying to read as much as I can during the week.

This past week I read:

  • The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
  • The Harlem Charade by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
  • Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

And I’m currently in the middle of The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi -it’s so fast-paced, I’m having a hard time putting it down to even write this post right now!

I’m hoping to dive into the pile on my desk this week which includes:

  • The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
  • Speed of Life by Carol Weston
  • The Wonderling by Mira Bartok

A couple of these titles are pretty dense, so I plan on taking them home with me over the holidays and sneaking away for a little bit each day to read a little bit!

If anyone’s got any 5-ish hour middle grade audiobooks that are too good to pass up, let me know – I’ve got to drive out to my parents’ house on Thursday and need something to keep me entertained. And if not an audiobook, I usually download a bunch of episodes from my favorite podcasts to listen to… yep ,all about kid’s lit! I live, breathe and eat this stuff up!


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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

Book Riot’s Gift Giving Guide: Middle Grade Titles

14 Dec

br_logo_circle_vector1I love the format of this list! It takes common classic middle grade titles and offers a number of options that haven been published this year that are similar! It’s a well thought out, diverse list of titles, many of which I’ve already read, but some are new to me (which is always exciting!) If you’re looking for some really great suggestions for middle grade titles, check out this extensive list of titles that I can’t wait to comb through and add some new titles to my TBR list. It doesn’t hurt that the author of this list, Karina Glaser, is also the author of The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, published this year and an adorable story of family during the holiday season!

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