Here we are, at the beginning of summer! (Well, supposedly we’re at the beginning of summer—it’s been cold enough here in Maine that we’re still making fires!)
Anyway! Here are a few of the books I’m looking forward to this month:
Saints and Misfits, by S.K. Ali
This book is easily—EASILY—at the top of my June Want List. I’ve been excited about it for months and months. It’s about sophomore Janna Yusuf, who discovers that her crush from school ...
BOOK REPORT for Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1)by Renée Ahdieh
Spread Your WingsBFF Charm:
Heck YesSwoonworthy Scale:
Feudal FantasyBonus Factors:
Shades of Mulan
and Robin Hood
, Mysterious Loner DudesFactor:
Series StarterAnti-Bonus Factor:
I Pledge My Allegiance
Cover Story: Spread Your Wings
There isn’t a literal flaming peacock in the book, but I dig the symbolism of the image. Plus, love the mix ...
BOOK REPORT for I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
Cover Story: Say Yes to the Des
BFF Charm: Stuart Smalley
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Seemingly Easy Breezy
Bonus Factors: K Dramas, Keith Mars Award for Awesome Dadhood, Mysterious Loner Artist, Best Besties
Relationship Status: Whirlwind Romance
Cover Story: Say Yes to the Des
How cute is this?! It manages to be simple yet also fun and playful. Upon further reflection, I'm not even sure ...
While I’m not particularly up on real-life sports, well, EVER—I vaguely track various seasons by what uniforms my younger patrons are wearing, and that’s about it—reading fiction that’s centered around sports is a whole different ballgame.
*pauses for groans to subside*
So. Here are a few new and upcoming middle grade sports novels—one that I’ve read, and three more that are on deck:
Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh, by Uma Krishnaswami
Reading The Grand Plan to Fix Everything ...
As I’m sure I’ve mentioned here before, I love exploring backlists. Right now, for example, I’ve been working my way through all of Betty Ren Wright’s books—everyone knows The Dollhouse Murders, but she wrote DOZENS of other chapter books—and after reading Sue Macy’s Motor Girls for the Amelia Bloomer Project, I’ve been working my way through her older books as well.
Here are a few others I’m planning on reading soon:
Because I loved Isabel Greenberg’s One Hundred Nights of ...
BOOK REPORT for Deacon Locke Went to Prom by Brian Katcher
Puttin’ On The RitzBFF Charm:
Let Me Love YouSwoonworthy Scale:
I Came, I Danced, I Went ViralBonus Factors:
Kick-Ass Gram, Internet FameRelationship Status:
Cover Story: Puttin’ On The Ritz
This cover is great: it screams “prom,” but in a fun, stylized way that’s much more appealing than a Fancy Dress cover. Well done, cover designers!
The Deal ...
I sat back and considered my words. They had to be enough to get me in. After all, I alluded to the loss of my mom without mentioning any of the désagréables details, and I talked about the constant moving without getting into the foster homes and the times we’ve lived in the car. I think it is best not to get too specific about Jacques’s career as a lower-echelon DJ and sort-of songwriter. If I get too honest in ...
BOOK REPORT for Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott
Pretty DeadlyBFF Charm:
Unreliable NarratorBonus Factor:
Mysterious Loner DudeAnti-Bonus Factor:
Awful GrownupsRelationship Status:
Trigger Warning: Violet Grenade features scenes of attempted assault, abuse, and bullying, and touches on very dark themes of death and murder. Some situations might be triggering for some readers.
Cover Story: Pretty Deadly
I’ve always wanted a subversive vase like this! (Unsurprisingly, I can get ...