I am focusing on two things this week: reading and working out. I recently got an exercise bike for at home cause I hate going to the gym (THERE ARE PEOPLE THERE!) and I've been getting pretty good at remembering to actually use the darn thing. This week, I want to use it every single day!
As for reading, *nervous laughter*, well I still have quite a few books on my February TBR...13 to be honest. I don't think I'll be able to get to them all, but Jane Anonymous is high on my list. I was so thankful when @wednesdaybooks sent me a copy!
Synopsis: Then, “Jane” was just your typical 17-year-old in a typical New England suburb getting ready to start her senior year. She had a part-time job she enjoyed, an awesome best friend, overbearing but loving parents, and a crush on a boy who was taking her to see her favorite band. She never would’ve imagined that in her town where nothing ever happens, a series of small coincidences would lead to a devastating turn of events that would forever change her life.
Started this on Audiobook tonight. The first one of this series was one of my favorite books last year and I'm so excited to dive back into it! The format is interesting and keeps you hooked! I enjoy my audiobooks while I work it keeps my mind focused and motivated. Looking forward to finding out what's happening.
“I shifted my position, trying to stretch my stiff legs out a little bit while slowly and silently turning onto my back. I lifted both feet off the ground as I moved so my boots wouldn’t drag on the floor and make a sound. No one could know we were inside. That’s when I noticed the writing in green ink on the bottom of the desk. Jarrod H. is a weiner 1981. A wiener, really? Who would write that? Obviously someone less than stellar in the spelling department. And how would a student have had the opportunity to get under the desk to diss Jarrod in such a permanent way? Someone clearly felt strongly enough about him to take the time to vandalize school property in his honor. A jilted girlfriend? No, girls don’t often use the term wiener. We’re too mature. Wiener is a guy’s word. And most girls wouldn’t chance getting caught crawling under a desk to ink their feelings anyway. Too risky. Bathroom stalls all the way. In my experience, we tend to spread gossip and rumors when jilted, or cry into our pillows. Or maybe back in 1981 girls would’ve written nasty notes in the margins[…]” First page of a novel by Cate Carlyle #Not Ready To Die @liberrycate Follow to our website (link in bio) for more!
If you've read any of my books, you've probably noticed that I'm a character-driven writer—the people in my books, how they grow and change and tackle their world, are always more important to me than the specifics of the plot. As a reader, too, it's a book's protagonist that can make or break a read for me. If I love the character, I'll read anything they experience. If I don't, even the most dramatic of adventures won't keep me in it!
I've been excited to read @krsilverstein2019's debut novel, CURSED, ever since it popped up on my goodreads newsfeed a year or two ago. Books about kids with chronic illness and chronic pain are rare, and books written by authors with personal experience are even rarer. While I don't have arthritis, many of my experiences growing up with #ehlersdanlossyndrome and developing fibromyalgia echoed Ricky's, and it was so poignant to read about a kid coming to terms with being disabled at right around the time I was experiencing that myself. All of this would've endeared me to the book anyway, but Ricky herself is such an engaging and vibrant character who I really came to love, prickles and all. By the end of the book, I found myself internally cheering for her as she found ways to live and thrive in her new life.
If you've followed me for long, you know how passionate I am about disability stories that offer positive representation to disabled kids and adults, and CURSED—while not shying away from the extremely difficult situations and emotions chronic pain and illness can bring about—does just that. I was so thrilled to see it win the Schneider award, the ALA honor for books that present the disability experience, and I know it will continue to resonate with those of us who, like Ricky, are navigating a life that every so often just feels cursed. ❤️
Happy Monday! Warm weather? Birds chirping? Is spring around the corner? That weather today was so magical - it would be nice if the winter didn't come back til next year. It's day 17 of the #allthebooksfeb20 challenge with #bookandflowers
I've never read a book by Anna-Marie McLemore. However, I've heard some great things about Blanca & Roja. Have you read this one?
Hello! Thank you so much for 100 Followers! I want to thank you all by doing a giveaway. The prize is $25 CAD to Book Depository, Amazon or Book Outlet. They must ship to you to participate as I will be buying the book and sending it to you. The giveaway ends February 29th 2020 at midnight MST The rules are as follows:
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Evening all 😁 Do you keep book/candle boxes that you get?
I normally keep one of each book box I get and I actually have most of the candle boxes I've ordered 🙈 They just tend to have such beautiful designs and I can't help it! The @fabled.merch boxes always feature art from @kirsty.carter.art and I love it so much! My only regret is that I can't show you more of the box in one picture 😅
5 762 hours ago
Not going to lie, dusting home bookshelves is # eleventh billion on my list of things to do, but I liked finding these classic Paul Zindel YA novels from 1969 and 1978 respectively. He visited @thechildrensbookshop FORTY years ago this March and signed our copies. No punches pulled on themes of family dysfunction, sexuality and mystery.
Fable has such a unique feel to it. It does sailing, the ocean, and a crew differently than I’ve ever seen. Plus, Adrienne Young is a gorgeous writer. I’ve always fallen in love with her writing and this book is no different. There’s also a ton of diving and super cool gems in this book!
Who's a sucker for a good map? 🙋♀️🙋♀️ I LOVE when there is a good map that has lots of detailing and names. I think they're super unique, and helpful when a character is embarking on a crazy journey!
Thanks to Edelweiss and @littlebrown for the advance Kindle copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 for this 3.3.20 release. Donte and Trey are biracial brothers. Trey looks white, like their dad. Donte looks black, like their mom. When Donte is unfairly arrested at their private, suburban school for something he did not do, his anger causes him to seek revenge on one particular bully who insists on calling him “black brother”. To beat him at his own game, Donte seems out a black former Olympic fencer for lessons; what he ends up with, however, is so much more. Librarians, buy multiple copies for readers in grades 6+. #yalit#weneeddiversebooks#librarian#librariansofinstagram#middleschoollibrarian
1 133 hours ago
If you had a genie, what would you wish for?
Right now, I’d ask for more hours in a day, some help running these businesses, and better quality sleep.
Sensing a pattern here?
Oh yeah, and to write faster and world peace. Lol Because I’m a good author...my fans might disagree with that given how mean I am to my characters, but hey!
So tell me...what are your wishes?
Ps wanna see the Lions and Lamps blurb?
All wishes require sacrifice…are you willing to pay the price?
Cyra spent the last seven years being trained to steal an airship in a brutal competition that leaves the victor with millions. Last year, she won.
Aladdin spent the past year fighting to get enough money to take his mother away from Horallen after his father was murdered. Now, his evil uncle Kacper wants to force him into the competition and straight to his death.
When Aladdin discovers a genie said to have been banned a century ago, the competition becomes even deadlier, and he knows he can’t trust the girl who snuck into the competition this year...but Cyra might not survive his ruthlessness either in a game where only the lion’s heart can win.
All wishes require sacrifice, and someone is going to pay the price for the Stourbridge.
Happy Monday Bookstaloves!!! I hope it went quick and easily. Mine wasn’t too crazy thank goodness....as opposed to last week so I definitely can’t complain. I’m currently waiting for my dinner to get done and trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my evening since it’s still pretty light outside!!! I will not say no to longer days and I’m so excited they’re finally starting to come back.
QOTD: Do you like to eat dinner earlier or later in the evening?
I’m excited for today’s blog post! Kim is one of the sweetest people I know and I admire her dedication to her craft.
Kim Chance is a high school English teacher and Alabama native who currently resides in Michigan with her husband and three children. When Kim is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and two crazy dogs, binge-watching shows on Netflix, fangirling over books, and making death-by-cheese casseroles.
I don’t recall when I first met Kim, but since she lives in west Michigan and we both write YA, we’ve been at a couple book events together. We even shared a table at a particularly slow event last year—which meant we had plenty of time to chat. If her southern drawl doesn’t charm you, her sparkling personality and realistic view on life certainly will. And I REALLY admire her Instagram engagement…
1 113 hours ago
I’ve only just finished my first book of the year (but I did just move to a new country so it’s understandable, right?) and I’m starting with a re-read. Call the Hawk came out a little while ago now, but I wanted to revisit the entire Raven Cycle series first, so here we are.
“Being Adam Parrish was a complicated thing, a wonder of muscles and organs, synapses and nerves. He was a miracle of moving parts, a study in survival.”
The Raven Cycle is so unlike anything else I’ve ever come across. I’ve started reading more fantasy in recent years, but the mix of psychics and legendary kings of folklore is a unique thing to me—and it works! The balance between reality and the magic is perfect and Maggie Stiefvater’s descriptive writing style is right up my street, but my absolute favourite thing about this entire series are the characters. The raven boys (and Blue!) are each so distinctive, with their individual motives and goals, but they still make sense as a group. And now I’m going to go and get stuck into Dream Thieves! @maggie_stiefvater#maggiestiefvater#theravencycle#theravenboys#ravenboys#yalit#youngadult#bookish#bookstagram#reading#booklover#bookworm
0 63 hours ago
Tweet cute, by Emma Lord. .
Pepper's family is the owner of what is now the fourth biggest fast-food chain in the country, and Jack's family owns a nice small deli in NYC. Both go to high school together and they get into a twitter meme war defending their businesses when there's accusations of a coppied grilled cheese. They just don't know they are going up against each other.
This book felt like it could be a contemporary romance for adults, and being YA was kind of a small part of it. I can't precisely pinpoint why and I would've liked it anyway. So many things were going on, plots within plots, but they were well developed and gave depth to the characters. I just really enjoyed all the layers in the story. It was predictable in that way that romances are sometimes, but it was an easy to like read. .
0 43 hours ago
#blackathon2020 challenge day 3 is Call and Response: a community recommendation. I have seen Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett in several YouTube videos, insta posts and TBRs, and it was on display at my library. I just started reading and have high hopes for it! .
This book is so important to me as a lover of fantasy. It's an anthology I've been hyping ever since it was announced and I heard Patrice talk about the stories. It's the book I wish I had as a teen and I'm still searching for the adult fantasy version. 16 unique voices giving me strong black heroines. Many of these authors are new to me so I'm excited to read what they have to offer. Preorder it ahead of it's March release if you haven't already.
“No one person can fix it all,” my father says. “All our actions are little drops that collect into a groundswell for change. It’s the only way most chance happens. Ordinary people doing everything they can.” “Yes No Maybe So” by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed. .
5/5 ⭐️ I mean, duh. I’ve never been one who likes or even cares about politics but it’s been quite a few months and I’ve noticed things going downhill, people not caring, people being indifferent and worst of all, I was one of them. This books inspires me, Becky and Aisha inspire but also, great women in my life do, if not how, when? I’m gonna start to paying attention and be the change I wanna see (hope it don’t all goes to trash but hey, I’m gonna try) also, amazing characters, lovable and great topics to deal with, this book is awesome (hehe inside book joke)
“I'm not sure, but I'm guessing that once you're the kind of person who thinks about all this stuff, you don't go back to being the kind of person who doesn't. And that's okay. It's harder, but I think I'd rather be the kind of person who does.” —Kate Messner 🔦
This story is told in letters, text messages, news stories, poems, and comics kept for a middle school time capsule during an interesting time period for the small town where the story is set. Two inmates escaped from the town’s maximum security prison, which sets fear in people and brings to light some societal issues about race that may not have been considered otherwise. I love this book for students who don’t often go for the traditional format of middle grade books. I also love the social justice aspect. I think the intensity and mystery of this one will hook some of my students when I book talk it next week! 👏🏽
☠️ Murder Mysteries ☠️
One of my favorite genres are mysteries.
Murder mysteries to be exact.
Especially ones that have a plot twist or ending that
you did not see coming.
My latest read definitely fit all of the criteria above!
Pip decides to use her senior capstone project to investigate a murder that happened in her town. It is well believed that the victim’s boyfriend killed her and then himself, but Pip just doesn’t think that’s the case.
A YA mystery full of twists and unexpected turns that will have you wanting to read just one more chapter to see what will happen next.
Trust. It’s so hard to trust people will have your back especially when you’ve been let down before. Simone’s friendship with Lydia and Claudia in Full Disclosure was such a highlight in the biggest (Simone divulging her HIV positive diagnosis) and the smallest (their trip to a sex toy shop) ways. Or how about when you ditch your friends for a person you like and have to face THAT music? 👀 Let’s also hear it for the theater kids out there because Simone and her friends are putting on a show and it’s another great example of a community coming together. (On a personal note, YA hasn’t been hitting right for me for about a year now but I was *delighted* by this book and can’t wait to read more by this author.) - @thatsostelle
Happy Monday! This has been on my TBR forever! I really wanted to read it but other books and, let's be honest, life in general got in the way.
This was beautiful and great and everything I was hoping for! It almost reaches my top sci-fi, which is the Illuminae series by the same author duo. They know how to write to my soul. There's a little bit of everything - action, romance, sarcasm, heists, and nerdiness.
I'm so excited for book 2! And that new cover, so droolworthy!! Honestly this cover is pretty fantastic too.
Has anyone else read any other books by these authors? Anything you'd without a doubt recommend?
Thanks to Edelweiss, @littlebrown, and @librofm for the chance to read this book early. I ended up listening to it through Libro.fm’s Educator ALC program. All opinions are my own.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 (duh) for this young adult “remix” of Stamped From The Beginning. The audio is particularly engaging, with music between chapters and Jason Reynolds as the narrator. This “non-history book” takes the reader through the history of racism in America; it actually begins before the founding of America. I will be purchasing multiple copies and am interested to see if this will circulate we on its own, or if it has a better shot of readership in my teachers’ classroom libraries. Either way, add it to your purchase lists, librarian friends. Recommended for grades 7+. #yalit#librarian#librariansofinstagram#middleschoollibrarian#weneeddiversebooks
Vogue! And draw reptiles 🐉 Our students at P.S.154 had a great time hanging out with Roxie Munro at their second author visit. 🐍
1 174 hours ago
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5. A student urged me to read this, and it was a quick, interesting one. In a future with a setting that kind of reminds me of The Scorch Trials mashed up with Ready Player One, there are normal, terrible places, and one utopian place where “proovs” (enhances humans) live. A kid with epilepsy, nicknamed Spaz, fights through street gangs with the help of an old man named Ryter (who is writing the last book ever) to find his former foster sister, who is ill. The slang in this one reminds me of Feed and may be off-putting to some readers, but those willing to push through will be rewarded with a book that makes the reader think. Recommended for grades 6+. #yalit#librarian#librariansofinstagram#middleschoollibrarian#ireadya#bookstagram
How are your books organised? I had fun putting mine into rainbow order, but before that I used a system I liked to call “if it sits, it fits.” 😂 Basically, my bookshelf was in a random order, completely overflowing, and new books just went wherever I had room for them! 😅
“Paris is always a good idea.”
― Audrey Hepburn
Guess who finally took new outdoor pictures? I’m so happy, I have tons of new pictures AND I love them all. I will probably take a bunch of new ones again soon so that I’ll be free of it for a few months. Really pleased with myself right now! 🤍
I’ve been reading a lot this month and I am also really pleased about that, because 2019 was a really bad reading year for me (I had no time to read considering I had to pass a competition to become a literature teacher) and I was afraid I lost my reading speed and maybe my love for reading, but clearly it’s not the case. There was a time (i. e. two years ago) I could read 20 books per month, and I want to achieve this again this year. Maybe this month will be it? I do have two weeks of vacations before me!
How has been your reading life lately? Have you been reading a lot? Less than usual? Are you happy about it? Tell me everything! ✨
“It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming?”
Saturday woohoo!! I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day! I’m going to spend most of today reading since I’ve been a little slow this month!
I’ve had this book on my shelf for sooo long and I’ve heard such amazing things about it! I can’t wait to read and I think I’m finally going to pick it up soon!🙈
QOTD: who’s your fav bookish boyfriend/girlfriend?