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Book Review: Love, Ish

24 May

30753996Karen Rivers, author of The Girl In the Well Is Me brings to life Mischa “Ish” Love a girl who believes in her heart that she will be one of the first inhabitants of Mars. She lives and breathes outer space – what she’ll wear, what she’ll eat, what she’ll miss on Earth, what she won’t miss on Earth and all the planning she does to be ready for when the day arrives.

But as a middle school student, Ish’s plans make her out to be weird and now that her best friend Tig moved away, she’s all by herself. Ish’s first day of seventh grade doesn’t go as planned when she collapses on the playground after lunch and her diagnosis threatens the only dream she has ever had.

I liked Ish as a character because she’s a very believable middle school kid – worried about sister issues, quirky and different and believes in a future regardless of how unattainable it might be. I felt that there was a little too much happening in the background of the story that detracted a little from the focus – her best friend moved away, Ish’s parents reveal something that rocks Ish and her sister to the core and a new kid makes fun of her in the few short hours that she attends school. All of these parts put together bring something to the story, but I felt a little bogged down with all of these “problems” when there was much bigger problem with a capital “P” that Ish and her family were dealing with.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and as the back of the cover states if you’re a fan of Fish In a Tree  and The Thing About Jellyfish, you’ll definitely want to pick this one up!

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): 7th grader, Ish solely wants to be an inhabitant on Mars, but a diagnosis proves Mars is much further than the 139,808,518 miles she thought

Title: Love, Ish
Author: Karen Rivers
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication Date: 2017
Page Number: 284 pgs.

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer YA Releases

23 May

summer titles.pngHere’s a list of young adult summer releases, mostly about summer (or things I think are summer related) – road trips, summer camp, the beach etc. These will all be released by the end of June – giving us the perfect summer TBR list! A special thanks to the website, YALit: Young Adult Book Release Dates for a great list of books and when they’ll be released!

  1. Summer Unscripted by Jen Klein
  2. It Started With Goodbye by Christina June
  3. The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone
  4. Be True To Me by Adele Griffin
  5. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  6. Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer
  7. When It’s Real by Erin Watt
  8. Eden Summer by Liz Flanagan
  9. Trusting You and Other Lies by Nicole Williams
  10. Once And For All by Sarah Dessen

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

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 5/22/17

22 May

25741324.jpgThis week I was able to to finish two books and start a third, which is pretty awesome! I finished Love, Ish by Karen Rivers and Just Fly Away by Andrew McCarthy and then I also started Finding Mighty by Sheela Chari. It was a good week of reading and I know that when I read more, I just feel better, so I want to make the effort to read for at least 15 minutes a day, whether it’s in the morning or when I get into bed at night. I don’t know how to explain it, but when I’m reading regularly, I feel more centered and calm… if I haven’t read a lot I’ll start getting more easily frustrated and upset about little things. I guess reading is my equivalent to meditation. This week, I need to finish up a bunch of ARCs because BookExpo is coming soon and I’m sure I’ll be getting a lot of new books that I’ll want to read as soon I get them! Can’t wait!


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Top Ten Tuesday: Great Middle Grade Moms (or at least ones that try really hard)

16 May

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This was a really difficult list to create – apparently I don’t pay close attention to the adults in middle grade fiction (when they exist, which is a whole other issue). And then when I was creating the list, I wanted to come up with a diverse list of families and found it shocking that I can’t remember ever reading a middle grade book with two moms – check out this post on SLJ which makes me feel better (and gave me a bunch of books to add to my TBR list). Granted, not all of these moms are “great,” but they all love truly and deeply. Continue reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 5/15/17

15 May

25226116.jpgThis weekend was all about gardening and Mother’s Day! I took Friday off, which resulted in me gardening for most of the day – not just putting in new plants, but pulling out old plants, taking garden waste down to the park and then planting the new plants and re-doing the stone border around the flower beds. And the thing is – I haven’t even gotten most of my plants yet (which just means there is more gardening in my future). Granted, I’ve ignored my flower beds in front of the house for the past few years, so this project is long-overdue!

Saturday it rained all day, so I did some errands, cleaned the house and took a long nap, plus did a little reading. And Sunday was spent celebrating Mother’s Day with my boyfriend and his mom – it was a lovely day, but only a a little reading got done Sunday morning.

I finished up Here We Are: 44 Voices Write, Draw and Speak About Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen. I found this to be extremely thought-provoking and education, but in a really approachable way – feminism can often have a incorrect connotation attached to it and this book really opens up a lot of points for discussion that I really enjoyed. I’ll post a full review later this week. I didn’t get to crack open Love, Ish by Karen Rivers, but I’ll be working through this book during the 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 the amazing books the #IMWAYR

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