Monthly Round-Up: November, 2018

I think it’s been a very long time since a month has gone by and I have not read a SINGLE Middle Grade book. I don’t know if that’s going to get fixed next month (to be really honest, there isn’t a lot of middle grade out right now that I’m interested in reading!), but it really came as a bit of a surprise. 

My favorite this month was rereading this (I joined Maggie Stiefvater’s read-along group):

Howl’s Moving Castle (link is to original review)

It really was as delightful this time around as it was the last time.  As for the rest: 

Young Adult: 

Isle of Blood and Stone
Reign the Earth
What If It’s Us
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (audio)
A Winter’s Promise
A Room Away from the Wolves
Dry
Summer of Salt
The Traitor’s Game

A Room Away from the Wolves
A Winter’s Promise
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (audio)
What If It’s Us
Reign the Earth
Isle of Blood and Stone

Graphic Novels:

Cobalt Prince

Non-fiction:

Heartland (audio)
Evicted
American Dialogue

What was your favorite this month? 

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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:

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Graphic Novels:

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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?

Monthly Round-Up: June, 2018

I have no excuses for not putting this up yesterday; I went to work, I mowed the lawn, and then I spent the rest of the day finishing a book. I could have written a blog post, but… I didn’t. Whoops.

Here’s my favorite from last month:

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They’d been telling me for a couple of years at work to read this, and I didn’t and I didn’t… and then I did, and yes, it is as good as everyone says it is.

And here’s the rest:

Middle Grade:

Lions & Liars

YA:

145th Street
From Twinkle, With Love
Tess of the Road
Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik

Adult:

Eleanor Olipahant is Completely Fine (audio)
A Short Stay in Hell
My Name is Asher Lev
Still Life

Non-Fiction:

Tyrant (audio)

Graphic Novel:

Scarlett Hart, Monster Hunter

What was your favorite this month?

Monthly Round-up: May 2018

This month flew by! May is always so busy… and this was no exception. I have another month break before class starts up again, so I have another month to read what I want. Yay!

My favorite this month:

The Penderwicks at Last

Such a very fitting ending.

And the rest:

Middle Grade:

Dying to Meet You
Flashcards of My Life
Bob
Amal Unbound
The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle

YA:

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Volume 1
Love & Luck
Legendary
Bronx Masquerade

Graphic Novels:

My Hero Academia
March Book 2 and 3

Non-Fiction:

Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini
Imprisoned

What were some of your favorites this month?