Monthly Round-Up: July 2019

Note to self: you don’t read when you’re on vacation with your family. It just doesn’t happen. Accept this and move on.

What I read this month:

Adult fiction:

Norse Mythology
Black Card
The Fifth Season
The Obelisk Gate

Graphic Novels

Sea Sirens


Kitchen Confidential

What were your favorites this month?


Monthly Round-Up: June 2019

It’s summer and I want fluffy and romance and brain candy and this one totally fit the bill:

Really, it was exactly what I needed this month.

As for the rest:

Middle Grade

Other Words for Home


Hearts Unbroken
Love from A to Z
Three Sides of a Heart (audio)
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
Gunslinger Girl (reread: link to old review)



Adult Fiction

Where We Come From
Equal Rites

Graphic Novel

Queen of the Sea
5 Worlds: The Red Maze

What was your favorite this month?

Monthly Round-Up: May 2019

I survived the class! Yay! And it was full of interesting discussion. So double yay! And I didn’t get much reading done the second half of the month, so pretty much everything here I read in the first half.

My favorite?

It was really a compelling story, incredibly well-written. Acevedo really is a writer to watch!

And for the rest:

Middle Grade:

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
Glory Be
Indian Shoes
Return to Sender
The Circuit

Young Adult:

Miles Morales Spider Man
Who Will Tell My Brother?

Graphic Novels:

Lowriders to the Center of the Earth


Save Me the Plums (audio book)

Adult Fiction:

There There

Ones I read but didn’t write (another) review for:

One Crazy Summer
Tequila Worm (this one fell through the cracks, and didn’t get reviewed even though it should have)
The Sun is Also a Star
A Step from Heaven

What was your favorite this month?

Monthly Round-Up: March 2019

It’s been quite the month. But, as I write this, I have enjoyed a couple of days off and am actually thinking about gardening instead of working all the time. It’s heavenly. And maybe I’ll even read more books next month!

And, since it was Middle Grade March, it’s probably appropriate that my favorite was a middle grade book:

Smart, funny, and a whole lot of fun to read!

As for the rest:

Middle Grade:

Lost Rainforest: Mez’s Magic
Ben Braver and the Incredible Exploding Kid
The Three Rules of Everyday Magic

Young Adult:

Field Notes on Love
The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe
Love, Hate & Other Filters


Eternal Life
The Bookshop of Yesterdays (audio)

What was your favorite this month?

Monthly Round-Up: February 2019

Oh, what a month. I swear I’ve worked more this month (even though I’m stepping down!) than I have in a LONG time. That said, I did get some reading done. Some.

My favorite this month (no surprise):

Fascinating, imminently readable and just really really good.

As for the rest…

Middle Grade:

To Night Owl from Dogfish
The Lost Girls
Freya & Zoose
The Size of the Truth


Kitchen Yarns (audio)

Adult Fiction:

Where the Crawdads Sing (audio)


Finding Yvonne (audio)
Courting Darkness
The Poet X
Words on Bathroom Walls

Monthly Round-Up: January 2019

Okay, I hate January with a passion, but it kind of went fast. At least, fast-ish. Then again, I wasn’t deluged with frigid weather, and I watched the government shutdown from the sidelines. It definitely could have been worse.

I read a ton of good books this month, but this one surprised me with how much I enjoyed it:

It really was a delightful listen. As for the rest:

Middle Grade:

We’re Not From Here
Lety Out Loud


On the Come Up
The Moon Within
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

Graphic Novel:

The Witch Boy
The Hidden Witch

New Kid


The Girls at 17 Swann Street



What were some of your favorites this month?