Monthly Round-up: February 2017

Between rough times at work and being sick, this month got away from me. So, I’m not surprised that I’m a day late on this!

My favorite this month, also happened to be the Cybils Audiobook winner:


The Inquisitor’s Tale (audio book)

Really. Such a well-done audiobook, and a great story as well!

As for the rest:

Middle Grade:

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See You in the Cosmos

Out of Abaton: The Wooden Prince (audio book)



Victoria (audiobook)


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Like a River Glorious
City of Saints & Thieves
Trouble Makes a Comeback
Wintersmith (reread)
Traitor to the Throne

What were your favorite reads this month?

Monthly Round-Up: January 2017

I suppose now is as a good of time as any to announce that I’ve gone back to school to get my MLIS. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while (say, 6 years or so), and I’ve finally reached a point in my life where we can not only afford it (sort of), but I can fit it in (hopefully). I’m not quitting my job, so between the demands of that, and the demands of the program (though I’m taking it REALLY slow: only one class at a time), I don’t know how much blogging will be taking place. I was a much more sporadic blogger when I started 12 years ago (!), and even though I’ve been blogging pretty steadily for a while now, I think I might go back to where I was when I started. As long as I’m reading, though, I’ll be blogging: I have to have somewhere to put all my thoughts.

That said, the best book this month?

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It was a touch choice between that and Tiffany Aching. But Pooh Bear was such a delight to read. It makes me smile just thinking about it.

And the rest:


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This Savage Song
A Hat Full of Sky
The Wee Free Men
The Hammer of Thor


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The Matchstick Castle
The Playbook
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World

Graphic Novel

Ms. Marvel: Super Famous

What was your favorite this month?

Monthly Round-Up: December 2016

Tis the week after Christmas and there hasn’t been much time for much of anything. Still, I had a decent enough month for reading…

Stay tuned for the year-end wrap up tomorrow!

Middle Grade:



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Flawed (audio)
We Are Okay



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Today Will Be Different (audio)
Reader, I Married Him
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Graphic Novel:

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Tetris: The Games People Play
Fish Girl


Lone Survivor (DNF)

Monthly Round Up: November 2016

So, my reading completely and utterly slowed down in November. And I really didn’t have a favorite this month; it’s all kind of a blur.  I suspect I’m not the only one in this situation…

That said, here’s what I did get read. And here’s hoping December (with all its busy) will be a better reading month.


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Three Dark Crowns (audio)
Jacob Have I Loved
Falling Over Sideways
Crooked Kingdom

Middle Grade
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When the Sea Turned to Silver
Journey’s End

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Searching for John Hughes (DNF)

Graphic Novel
Razzle Dazzle Unicorn

Monthly Round-up: October 2016

On the one hand, I’m sitting here thinking, “I survived the fall! YAY!” On the other hand, I’m sitting here thinking, “Where on EARTH did the fall go? I’m not ready for the holidays!”

I keep telling myself, “Deep breaths. You can do this.”

And most days, I can.

Thankfully, I have a LOT of good books to keep me sane. My favorite this month, by far:


The Sun is Also a Star

So, SO good.

As for the rest…

Middle grade:

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Insert Coin to Continue
The Creeping Shadow
Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure


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The Diabolic
My Lady Jane
What Light




My Kitchen Year (audio)

What were your favorites this month?

September 2016 Monthly Wrap-Up

So I’m a couple days late on this! It’s due to a lot of things, mostly this past week being exhausting. The family had to make a quick trip out of town and then I came back to three back-to-back events. I did my first non-author event at schools — the Roald Dahl Splendiferous Spectacular Bus Tour — which was both different (I felt mostly useless, since the actors had their program down to the last detail) and fun (the program really was a lot of fun to watch). And then two authors — Leigh Bardugo (with Ally Carter) who was amazing (I wish more people had come. She deserves HUGE crowds) and Ben Hatke, who I swear is an elf.

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And that doesn’t even begin to cover it.

My favorite for this month?


Leave Me

I’m just sad I didn’t get to see her when she came (last week!).

As for the others…


The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Graphic Novel



Kids of Appetite
Thieving Weasels

Middle Grade

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Nine, Ten
Best Man
The Secret Keepers
Gertie’s Leap to Greatness
Framed: A T.O.A.S.T Mystery

What were your favorites this month?

Monthly Round-Up: August 2016

So, I’m sitting down, here at the end of August, and I’m thinking to myself: what have I gotten myself into? See, starting on Tuesday, I’ve got two months of nearly non-stop author events, and school visits, not to mention a conference and a literacy festival. I’m thinking that we’ll see just how much reading gets done… it’s also a good thing I’ve blogged ahead a bit for September. But if I suddenly disappear, you’ll know why. The author event gods ate me.

My favorite was one for the on-line book group:


The Piper’s Son

I’d never read Marchetta’s realistic fiction before. I was missing out, people. I need to read her others now. SO good.

As for the rest:


The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Monsters of Men

Middle Grade

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Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Trouble with Twins
The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes

Graphic Novels

Mighty Jack

Adult Fiction


Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

Non Fiction



What were some of your favorites this month?