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
Resistance
The Three Rules of Everyday Magic
Squint

Young Adult:

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

Adult:

Eternal Life
The Bookshop of Yesterdays (audio)

What was your favorite this month?

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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

Non-fiction:

Kitchen Yarns (audio)

Adult Fiction:

Where the Crawdads Sing (audio)

YA:

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

Monthly Round-Up: December 2018

It was a super-heavy YA and speculative fiction month, but that was to be expected (because of the Cybils), but even the adult books I read were speculative fiction. I’m probably a little burned out of spec fic for a bit…

No favorites this month, since the Cybils shortlists will be announced on Sunday, and I’m putting up my best-of lists tomorrow!

YA:

LifeL1k3
The Agony House
Beneath the Citadel
Blanca & Roja
Dread Nation
Not Even Bones
Mirage
The Wicked Deep
Bruja Born
A Curse So Dark and Lonely
This Mortal Coil
The Wicked King
Beasts Made of Night
The November Girl
Pitch Dark
The Boneless Mercies
The Deceivers

Graphic Novels:

Bloom

Non-Fiction:

The New Farm (audio)

Adult Fiction:

Spinning Silver
Friday Black

Monthly Round-up: October 2018

Happy Halloween! Tonight will find me at home, deep in a Cybils book (hopefully) while answering the door (probably not; we don’t get many trick-or-treaters) and most likely setting a pumpkin on fire (don’t ask). It’s What One Does when there are only teenagers in the house.

I read a TON of really great books this month, but the one that’s stuck with me was this one:

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Hey Kiddo

As for the rest:

Middle Grade:

Louisiana’s Way Home
Sweep

Young Adult:

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish
West
Allegedly
Give Me Some Truth (audio)
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
Dear Martin

Graphic Novels:

Sanity & Tallulah
Amulet: Supernova

Adult Fiction:

 

The Collector’s Apprentice
Vampires in the Temple

What was your favorite this month?

Monthly Round-Up: September 2018

It’s the end of September (?!) and you know what that means? Tomorrow is Cybils Day! (That really should be a Thing.) Public nominations open up at midnight on Oct 1. And we need YOU to nominate. You can find out more information here.

My favorite this month:

pridePride

I’m a sucker for a Jane Austen retelling and this one is both smart and modern and yet true to the spirit of the original. So very good.

And the rest:

Middle Grade:

Merci Suarez Changes Gears
The Darkdeep
Harbor Me

Young Adult:

Leah on the Offbeat (audio)
Ruin of Stars
A Mad, Wicked Folly
Muse of Nightmares

Adult Fiction:

absolutelyremarkablething
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Graphic Novels:

flocks
Flocks

Non-Fiction:

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The Death of Truth

What was your favorite this month?

Monthly Round-Up: August 2018

Just another reminder: the applications for Cybils judges is open until September 9th! If you even have a (minimal) presence reviewing children’s books on the web (no matter the platform), then please apply! We’d love to have you, and you’ll love the experience. Promise.

On to the books!

My favorite this month, hands down:

Seafire

Seriously: SO good.

Middle Grade

The Mysterious Benedict Society
Front Desk
Rules for Thieves
Mac B., Kid Spy: Mac Undercover

Graphic Novels

Cancer Vixen
Faith: Hollywood and Vine
Monstress Awakening
Sheets

YA Fiction

Sea Witch
Heart of Thorns

Adult Fiction

The Dinner List

Non-Fiction

So Close to Being the S**t, Y’all Don’t Even Know (audio)

Monthly Round-Up: July 2018

My reading skewed heavily on the YA and adult this month, which surprised me (I don’t really keep track of these things while I”m reading). I’m not sure I have a hands-down favorite this month, partially because it’s all bled into itself (between vacations and class) but if I had to pick one that surprised me how much I liked it, it would be this:

 Fulllmetal Alchemist

Really an interesting and good manga. As for the rest:

Middle Grade

Encyclopedia Brown Boy Detective
The Secret of the Old Clock

YA Fiction

The Bird and the Blade
Girl Mans Up
Moonrise
Arrows of the Queen
Thunderhead

Adult Fiction

The Last Cruise
Crazy Rich Asians (audio)
The Lost for Words Bookshop

Graphic Novels


Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths
Watchmen
The Prince and the Dressmaker
Read but not reviewed:
Maus
Persepolis
Ms. Marvel: No Normal

What was your favorite book this month?