Tag Archives: Realistic Fiction

Top Ten Tuesday: Frequently Used Words To Describe Middle Grade Titles

24 Apr

This is a little something different, rather than rattling off a list of books, I spent some time really thinking about the words used in middle grade fiction and here are ten that are (I believe) fairly commmon:

  1. Family
  2. Friends
  3. Overcome
  4. Invisible
  5. School
  6. Diverse
  7. Coming-of-Age
  8. Hope
  9. Belonging
  10. Identity

Middle grade fiction is about figuring out where a character fits in their world – within in family, friends, and school. Realistic fiction titles often involve overcoming odds, hope for the future and belonging. With diverse characters and coming-of-age stories, middle grade fiction is full of finding your identity and learning where you fit in the world.


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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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 4/23/18

23 Apr

Short recap for the week – I finished up A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers and promptly didn’t get to any other books! My mom and good friend are in town for a long weekend which has been absolutely wonderful. We’ve had beautiful weather and spent a lot of time outdoors which has lead to less time reading, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Right now, at my desk I’ve got:

  • Forever or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter
  • The Art of the Swap by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malone
  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

And my goal is to get to at least two of these this 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

Top Ten Tuesday: Books for My Brother

17 Apr

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This week is a FREEBIE week for Top Ten Tuesday, so with my brother’s birthday today, I decided to create a top ten list just for him. Growing up, my brother wasn’t much of a book reader, but he loved sports statistics and could rattle off stats for pretty much any baseball player for years. As he’s gotten older, he’s found some books that he loves and loves to read to his kids (my adorable nephew and niece)! So with the little time he has for himself, this is a list of books that I think he’d enjoy. Happy Birthday!

  1. Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
  2. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Theresa Totten
  3. Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town by Warren St. John
  4. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  5. Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Spain, Germany, and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia–and Even Iraq–Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World’s Most Popular Sport by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski
  6. Compulsion by Heidi Ayarbe
  7. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  8. Now Is the Time for Running by Michael Williams
  9. The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins
  10. If You Feel Too Much: Thoughts on Things Found and Lost and Hoped For by Jamie Tworkowski

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.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 4/16/18

16 Apr

I’m slowly getting back into the groove! I’m really trying to do some higher quality workouts when I’m at the gym which means that I’m not riding a stationary bike and reading a book because although I’m working out, I know I should be doing better. So, I’m back to weight training and starting to get back into running over the past few weeks and as much as I hate it (and I really do), I’m beginning to feel stronger and healthier. Sadly, that means I don’t get a chance to read in the morning too often, so it’s left to the evening and weekends. But, I did get to finish The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta and I also read The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang. I read a few short stories from Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill and then I put them aside. I never feel like I’m getting what I should out of short stories – I always feel like I’m in high school English class not quite “getting it” in terms of short stories. I try them every once in a while, but they’re not my favorite format. I’m going to finish up A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers today and hope to get a few more books read this week!

Right now, at my desk I’ve got:

  • Forever or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter
  • The Art of the Swap by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malone
  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

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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 But Will Never Re-read

10 Apr

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I used to re-read books all the time when I was little, finding comfort in the stories that I knew from cover to cover. Now, working in the library and on this blog, I rarely feel as though I have the time to re-read books at all (which is why I hate series). Series, that aren’t completely finished and published drive me crazy – I’ll read the first book, then have to wait for the second and when it finally comes out, I’ve already forgotten the first and have to re-read it again! AAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!! Anyway, back to the point, I loved all of these young adult titles, but won’t be re-reading them any time soon.

  1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  2. Be True to Me by Adele Griffin
  3. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  4. A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
  5. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  6. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
  7. I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
  8. The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer
  9. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  10.  How To Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo


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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