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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!


Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Titles of 2017

12 Dec

I took the time to promote some titles that I haven’t seen as much buzz about (that also fit together as they all have blue-ish, green covers). I wanted to steer clear from some of the titles and authors that EVERYONE has heard about – Rick Riordan, Alan Gratz, Katherine Applegate, etc. And not that there’s anything wrong with those books – I loved them too, but I wanted to take the chance to promote a few titles that people might not have heard about – all of which would make great reads as we finish up 2017.

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  1. Elsie May Has Something to Say by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
  2. The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
  3. Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
  4. Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
  5. Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone
  6. The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue
  7. The List by Patricia Forde
  8. Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar
  9. The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore
  10. Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

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

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 12/11/17

11 Dec

I’m working on a new system for my reading habits. I’ve been taking out a stack of books for up to three weeks and then from the stack, choosing the titles that best fit my mood when I need to read something new! It seems to be working better for me – it gives me options, while still attempting to read the titles that I want to check off my TBR list before the end of the year.

Granted, I haven’t read as much as I had hoped during this year, but as my first full year as director, I had to re-align my work duties and personal life a little and I think that’s why my numbers are so much lower this year than in other years. I’ve also only offered a handful of programs personally and I know that reading for storytime, in the past, has given me a lot of titles for my reading list.

Overall, I’d like to plan on reading more in 2018, but I’m happy with this new system of reading and I’m getting a lot more read in the past few weeks than I have for most of the year previous to this.

This past week I read:

  • See You In the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
  • One Trick Pony by Nathan Hale
  • The Sand Warrior by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller, Boya Sun

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

  • The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
  • The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
  • The Harlem Charade by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
  • Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
  • The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
  • Speed of Life by Carol Weston
  • The Wonderling by Mira Bartok


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

2017 Goodreads Choice Awards

8 Dec


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!

LibraryCon Live!

7 Dec



Yesterday I got a chance to participate in LibraryCon Live, an event hosted by School Library Journal and Library Journal. It was really well put together with some awesome presenters, authors, and illustrators – the keynote speaker was John Jennings, illustrator of the graphic novel adaptation of Kindred by Octavia Butler, the closing keynote was by Gene Luen Yang the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and author/illustrator of Boxers and Saints and American Born Chinese.

This was a great way to format a conference because I didn’t have to spend money on traveling (I sat at my desk all day) and could interact with the presentations, the vendors, and other conference-goers all online. I would definitely be interested in seeing more programs like this as an option to receive continuing education credits at little or no cost to attendees.

I am in the middle of performance evaluations, so even though I couldn’t devote my entire concentration to the event, I received some really valuable information and will definitely logging back in to hit up the session I missed at lunch and revisiting a few others to get some more information!

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