If you liked “The Hate U Give”, Then You’ll Love This!

I finally got around to reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Actually, I listened to this on audiobook through Audible . This book, released in February of last year, has had great reviews and a lot of hype around it. I actually haven't heard any negative press about this book at all. Almost every book blog I read has written a raving review about it. I was starting to feel as though I was the only who hadn't read it. When I finally got around to reading it, I couldn't help but feel that this story was extremely familiar. Yes, it was very similar to a book I read last year, All American Boys, published in 2015. There were a lot of similarities. Both have protagonists in high school. Both take place in urban areas. And both main characters are directly affected by police brutality. If you've read The Hate U Give, then I highly recommend picking up All American Boys. If you haven't read either, you need to read both of these books. They are awesome and completely relevant for Keep Reading

This Week’s Best Bookish Links Around the Web

The most amazing thing happened today. As I walked into the YMCA this morning to take advantage of free childcare, I caught a glimpse of a book. Could it be? A book sale? I'm a sucker for book sales. Actually, I'm a sucker for anything at a discounted price. I love a good deal. Combine that with my love for books and it no-holds-barred. As I rounded the corner, hoping my son was staying close because I was in the zone and as far as I was concerned he was on his own, I saw it. The most amazing sign I've ever seen. "Free books". Those two words are like crack for me. Whoa Nellie. Free books? I hit the jackpot. Since they were free, these books weren't exactly the cream of the crop, but I am always able to find a winner amongst a sea of losers. That's how I snagged my husband. I walked away with all three of Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove series and a hardback Harry Potter book. If there's one thing I know, it's that you can never have too many Harry Potter books. Score! Here are Keep Reading

Graphic Novels Worth Stealing From Kids

  It's already half way through January (gasp), which means I'm linking up with Quick Lit over at Modern Mrs. Darcy to share short reviews of what I've been reading. Instead of giving you a peek at my nightstand, I've decided to mix things up a bit and talk about my 9-year-old daughter's latest obsession: graphic novels. Today's graphic novels have changed from manga and superheroes to interesting and engaging novels that just happen to be illustrated. My daughter loves to read, but it has been difficult as of late to get her to read anything but graphic novels. And who can blame her? They can be downright addictive. At first I was worried that graphic novels would stunt her growth as a reader. One of the greatest things about reading books is envisioning the characters, setting, and events taking place in your own mind. Graphic novels do that for you. But then the middle school language arts teacher in me kicks in. Reading is reading. Ya, maybe little Timmy is reading Keep Reading

Fictional Families I Wish Would Adopt Me

  I consider myself extremely blessed to have had such a wonderful childhood. My parents worked hard and made sure my brother and I had everything we needed. They gave us nightly family dinners around the table (ice cream for dessert), fun family trips down to a fishing cabin that had once belonged to my grandfather, and countless memories filled with laughter, silliness, and lots and lots of love. I had a great childhood. All the same, growing up reading books I couldn't help imagine myself a member of some of the families in the books I read. When my mom made me clean my room or my brother refused to play with with me I would imagine myself an orphan sent to live with the Cuthberts in Avonlea or growing up on the prairie listening to Pa play his fiddle in the evenings. I would imagine myself in a different time, different circumstances, a different family, a different life. During the recent holidays, I found myself thinking a lot about family. The different dynamics Keep Reading

Looking Ahead: Best Books for 2018

Happy New Year!  A new year means new book releases! As 2018 begins, I'm looking at all the new books that are scheduled to release this year with hungry eyes. There are so many new books I want to read! Yet, there are still so many great books I never got around to reading in 2017. It's a never-ending problem, but things could be worse. Much worse. I could be a member of the cast of Real Housewives of Atlanta. Yikes! There are a few different ways I'm planning out my reading for next year. I'm participating in a few book challenges such as the ones here and here. I'm planning on adding a few classics I've never read before to my TBR pile. I'm also pumped about all the new books coming out in 2018. These might not be the most talked about or the most anticipated book of 2018, but these are the books I'm most excited about. It's always good to have a few books on pre-order or upcoming titles you can bug your local library to get. If you're reading this blog, you probably have Keep Reading