Tag Archives: Realistic Fiction

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 1/21/18

22 Jan

I’m currently on a reading roll, I love how much time I’m devoting to reading and I feel better for doing so. I tend to feel a little more balanced, relaxed and comfortable when I’m reading regularly. This week I read:

  • A Rambler Steals Home by Carter Higgins
  • The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
  • The Unicorn Quest by Kamilla Benko

And I’m currently at the beginning of The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente ( a rather lengthy title), but one that I’m intrigued to dive deeper into. This week, I’ve got a HUGE pile of titles at my disposal because I’ll be participating in the 24in48 Readathon where the goal is to read for 24 hours over the weekend (from Saturday at 12:01am to Sunday at 11:59pm). So I’m stocking up on a variety of titles, genres, and formats to ensure that I can power through that much reading! Here’s my list:

  • The Art of the Swap by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malone (Netgalley ARC)
  • Every Shiny Thing by Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison (Netgalley ARC)
  • Saint Philomene’s Infirmary for Magical Creatures by W. Stone Cotter (Netgalley ARC)
  • A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always by the Ocean! by Kir Fox and M. Shelley Coats (Netgalley ARC)
  • Beyond the Green by Sharlee Glenn (Netgalley ARC)
  • The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer (Playaway/audiobook)
  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (Overdrive/audiobook)
  • Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh (short stories)
  • Louis Undercover by Fanny Britt (graphic novel)
  • Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke (graphic novel)
  • The Time Museum by Matthew Loux (graphic novel)
  • Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz (chapter book)
  • The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill (chapter book)
  • Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley (middle grade magical realism)
  • Three Pennies by Melanie Crowder (middle grade realistic fiction)
  • Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly (middle grade fantasy)
  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (middle grade fantasy)
  • Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes (middle grade realistic fiction)
  • Big and Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd) by Julie Bowe (middle grade realistic fiction)
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (YA fantasy)
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (YA realistic fiction)
  • The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (YA short stories)
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber (YA fantasy)
  • Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway (YA realistic fiction)
  • Renegades by Marissa Meyer (YA science fiction)
  • When We Collided by Emery Lord (YA romance)
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (YA realistic fiction)

As I typed this list out, I realized that I may have gone a little overboard putting books on hold for myself. Well, I can’t argue that I don’t have anything to read this week!



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


36 Titles with Strong Female Characters

20 Jan

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Since today is the Women’s March in cities across the country, I thought it would be fun to highlight just a few strong female characters in books from picture books to YA titles. Hopefully you’ll find something new you’ll want to read! Enjoy!

  1. My Name is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry, illustrated by Mike Litwin
  2. Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
  3. Imogene’s Last Stand by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
  4. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts
  5. Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen
  6. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  7. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
  8. The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
  9. Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
  10. Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee
  11. Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Lane Smith
  12. Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little by Peggy Gifford, illustrated by Valorie Fisher
  13. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
  14. Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
  15. Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
  16. Matilda by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake
  17. Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary, illustrated by Louis Darling
  18. Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated Brian Selznick
  19. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  20. One Crazy Summer  by Rita Williams-Garcia
  21. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  22. The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Shane W. Evans
  23.  Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg

  24. The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods
  25. Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
  26. The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan

  27. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

  28. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

  29. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

  30. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

  31. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  32. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  33. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
  34. Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

  35. Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

  36. American Street by Ibi Zoboi

A Rambler Steals Home (and My Heart)

19 Jan

24680250.jpgSynopsis: Derby Christmas Clark is a rambler – she travels around the country selling Christmas trees and hot cocoa in the winter and hot dogs and sweet potato fries in the summer with her father and brother in their RV. Derby loves summertime because it means parking in one spot – a small town called Ridge Creek where she spends her days at the creak, hanging out with her best friend, watching the Rockskippers’ baseball games and getting grease stains in the food truck.

But this year, sadness plagues the small town after the death of a well-loved townsperson. Derby learns what it means to be a friend, how to help those she loves and a few secrets along the way.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 1/15/18

15 Jan

This week I finished four titles (plus the picture books for #BlogBookADay), so I’m feeling pretty good!

I read:

  • The Wonderling by Mira Bartok
  • The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh
  • The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish
  • Enginerds by Jarrett Lerner

I realized although I have about 20 or so picture books sitting on my desk at home, I don’t have many middle grade or YA titles coming up, so I grabbed a few at the library on Sunday and I think I’ll try to pull a few more ARCs off my pile as well!

This week’s reading plan includes:

  • A Rambler Steals Home by Carter Higgins
  • The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
  • The Unicorn Quest by Kamilla Benko
  • The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente



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

Bea Learns to Be Herself in THE WAY TO BEA

12 Jan

Synopsis: Bea had an amazing summer visiting family in Taiwan, but now she’s back to seventh grade… and it’s not going well at all. She lost her best friend, her mom’s having a baby and she’s not really sure where she fits into the equation. Anytime something embarrassing or frightening happens, Bea has a tendency to run away (literally). But, with the help of an amazing librarian and a new peer group to get to know, Bea soon realizes that being herself is more important than trying to be someone you’re not.

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