Monthly Round-Up: November 2017

This was a Cybils month, in which I spent nearly all of it immersed in the world of Middle Grade Speculative Fiction, with a healthy dose of YA Speculative Fiction, as well.  There’s some great stuff out there, the best (that I read this month) of which is:

Last Day on Mars

Seriously. SO very good.

As for the rest…

Middle Grade:

The Supernormal Sleuthing Service
Danger Gang and the Pirates of Borneo
A Crack in the Sea
A Prisoner of Ice and Snow
Pablo and Birdy
Me and Marvin Gardens
Spirit Hunters
A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting


Scorpio Races
Disappeared (audio book)

What was your favorite book you read this month?


Monthly Round-up: October 2017

It’s been another crazy month, but I swear, every day, that I’m going to get more reading done than I actually do. That said, I read/listened to some really great books this month. My favorite was this:

All the Crooked Saints

And not just because Maggie came to Wichita (again)! She is seriously the best.

As for the rest…

Middle Grade:

The Empty Grave
Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power



Daughter of the Pirate King
You Bring the Distant Near
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (audio book)

Adult Fiction:

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars (audio book)

Graphic Novel

Lighter Than My Shadow
Invisible Emmie

What were your favorites this month?

Monthly Round-Up: September 2017

It’s the little things, y’know? Sure, they bring you joy, especially on a down day, but they also seem to gum up the works, especially when you thought you had it done and scheduled, and didn’t realize until late that you don’t. Sure, I could wait until tomorrow, but I’m here, I’m up…

And my favorite this month?


It was just such a good book. And it made me wish I hasn’t missed the Riot Grrrl movement in the early 90s.

As for the rest?

Adult Fiction

Class Mom

Young Adult


Middle Grade

Orphan Island (audio book)
The First Rule of Punk
I’m Just No Good at Rhyming

Young Adult

Jane, Unlimited

Graphic Novels

Swing It, Sunny


Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud


What were your favorites this month?

Monthly Round Up: August 2017

This month was a bit better with reading. At least I read something other than graphic novels…

My favorite was:

Sweet Spot

I just really loved reading about ice cream. I suppose that says a lot about me.

The rest:

Middle Grade Fiction

Dear Mr. Henshaw
The Countdown Conspiracy

Young Adult Fiction

Mask of Shadows
Genuine Fraud

Adult Fiction

Young Jane Young

Graphic Novels

All’s Faire in Middle School
Mighty Jack and the Goblin King

What was your favorite this month?

Montly Round-Up: June 2017

I am up to my eyeballs in school, camp preparations (I’m doing most of the sessions of Camp Watermark this year, and while I’m enjoying it, it’s a LOT of work. Thankfully, I have a FANTASTIC teen helper), and trying to stay on top of my regular work. I’m not home much. And while I’m reading… it’s not as much as I used to. (Thank heavens for audiobooks on the commute!)

My favorite this month?

Words in Deep Blue

SO good. Seriously. Such an incredible romance.

As for the rest….

Middle Grade:

Henry Huggins
The Secret Grave
Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora
Beyond the Bright Sea (audio)


I Believe in a Thing Called Love
The Dark Prophecy (Did you see?? He’s coming to Wichita! I’m SO EXCITED!)


The Best of Adam Sharp (audio) (DNF)

What was your favorite this month?

Monthly Round-Up: May 2016

Greetings from Indiana! Looking back over the month, I read a LOT of adult stuff. Which is unusual for me. (Or not, maybe I’ve gone through spurts like this?) And most of what I read this month was good. Even so, my favorite was this:

Real Friends

Any graphic novel that makes me cry has to be the favorite of the month.

As for the rest…

Middle Grade:

Feliz Yz

Young Adult:

Alex, Approximately

Adult Fiction:

A Man Called Ove
A Conjuring of Light
The Light We Lost


Paddle Your Own Canoe (audio)
Make Your Bed (audio)
A Walk in the Woods

What was your favorite read this month?

Monthly Round-Up: April 2017

So, I know it doesn’t look like it when you see the books below, but my reading actually ground to  a halt for a bit this month. (Most of these were read in March, believe it or not.) Which means, next month’s posting may be kind of light. We’ll see. I pulled an old favorite off the shelf a week or so ago and am slowly working through it, and I read the third in a series that I love, so maybe I can find books to read.

That said, my favorite last month (no surprise here):

Strange the Dreamer

M had some valid criticisms of it, but overall, I thought it was gorgeous.

Middle Grade:

Amina’s Voice
Funny Girl
The Star Thief


The Thief (reread)
Thick as Thieves
I Shall Wear Midnight (reread)

Graphic Novel:

5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior


Good Clean Fun (audio)


Small Gods

What was your favorite this month?