Required Reading: The Hate U Give

(disclosure: I received a digital advance review copy of this title, all opinions are my own) I’ll start here with the fact that every major review publication has already reviewed this book and given it not only rave reviews but stars upon stars upon stars. And it deserves every single one of them plus more. … Continue reading Required Reading: The Hate U Give

Books Read Week of 2/20/17

Two middle grade, one collection of short stories and three adult novels. (Plus an unpictured YA novel I reviewed for School Library Journal.) Head on over to my Instagram or Goodreads for my reviews and thoughts! Also an audiobook finish! Sophie Kinsella is always a favorite, and this one did not disappoint.

Weekly Bookish News: Week of 2/20/17

Favorite Bookish Blogs to follow The Brown Bookshelf - by and  all about books by African American authors Pernille Ripp - a great all-around literacy blog by a Wisconsin middle school ELA teacher (and book reviews) Mr. Schu - best place to find forthcoming kidlit Nerdy Book Club - a great all-around literacy blog EpicReads! … Continue reading Weekly Bookish News: Week of 2/20/17

The Pants Project

(I received a digital advance review copy of this book ~ all opinions are my own) I’m reviewing this one in list form because that’s how my brain is working today: Best middle grade social issue fiction I have read to date Best book with two moms I have read to date (best about 2 … Continue reading The Pants Project

The Education of Margot Sanchez

Welcome to the book world, Margot! Here is my release day review: Set in the Bronx,  “The Education of Margot Sanchez” by Lilliam Rivera offers readers a coming-of-age experience full of family, summer, boys and commentary on social issues including class and race. While the beginning of the book moves along enjoyably predictable YA storylines, … Continue reading The Education of Margot Sanchez

Abandoned is NOT a Dirty Word

Oh my goodness, do I feel LIGHTER! Less burdened and happier and more free! How did I achieve this enlightened state? I moved 24 books from my "currently reading" shelf on Goodreads to my "did-not-finish" shelf. Yup, I created one of those. It's a dedicated shelf, which means that a book can either be want-to-read, … Continue reading Abandoned is NOT a Dirty Word

We Love Fenway and Hattie!

My son and I started a mother-son book club in December, and our very first book was "Fenway and Hattie" by Victoria J. Coe. As HUGE dog lovers, we absolutely adored reading from the dog's point of view and had so much to discuss in comparing Fenway's thoughts to how our dog, Max, might see … Continue reading We Love Fenway and Hattie!

American Street and Piecing Me Together 

Two of my 5-star reviews this week ~ "American Street" by Ibi Zoboi and "Piecing Me Together" by Renee Watson - both are written for mature YA audiences. I loved these books so much that I actually did an Instagram giveaway for them! The reviews are also published on Goodreads, Instagram and Amazon as well … Continue reading American Street and Piecing Me Together