I’m back from the hiatus I took this month, and it was good to take a break from blogging and social media, though I didn’t expect to totally abandon the latter. I need to reduce the frequency of my posting because I have less time to blog. For at least April, I would like to… Continue reading New Posting Schedule + A Deathly Spring Cleaning
Twelve-year-old Conor O’Malley must come to terms with his mother having terminal cancer and what that means for him. He’s an independent boy who has had to take a lot responsibility during his mother’s illness and after his father left them. He also has to deal with a strict grandmother and bullies at school. What sets all of this in motion is an old tree that hunts him down and forces him to face the truth through storytelling. The movie adaptation of A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness, convinced me to read the novel, and both are beautiful.
Next week, the U.S. will be observing Thanksgiving. This is why weekly memes, like the I Heart Characters! Meme I’m participating in today, are using a theme of thankfulness. I’m thankful for Billina from Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Ozma of Oz is the third book in the Oz series. Billina is a… Continue reading I’m Thankful for Billina Because….
I used to watch Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktacular and its sequel Scary Godmother: The Revenge of Jimmy every October, and then Cartoon Network stopped showing them. While I was in a course on children’s literature two years ago, I found Scary Godmother in the children’s section of one of the academic libraries. I never knew that the TV show was based on a graphic novel, and it was fun to read.
I received this Advanced Reader Copy from a friend. I am aware that the hardcover came out in March, but I forgot it was on my shelf until a couple of weeks ago.
Liv Spark is transgender and is entering sixth grade at a private school. This would be fine, except that this school is the only middle school that requires uniforms and girls can only wear skirts. Worse for Liv is that he hasn’t shared with anyone why exactly this rule bothers him.
Neil Gaiman has been getting a lot of attention lately for American Gods getting picked up for television and the release of Norse Gods. A month ago, his children’s book Cinnamon was released for the first time in print. As an audiobook, it’s an interesting story, and I would like to see illustrations with it. I’ve found that… Continue reading Top 10 Picture Books and Middle Grade Books by Neil Gaiman
It’s been over a month since I last participated in a Book Traveling Thursday. I got caught up with writing reviews and discussion posts, but that was freeing for the last month. Book Traveling Thursdays is a weekly meme hosted by Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much. Every week you pick… Continue reading Book Traveling Thursdays: A Strong Female MC
Series: The Oz Books, #1 Illustrator: W.W. Denslow Publisher: Reilly & Lee Co. Pub. Date: 1900, 1956 Genre: Modern Fantasy, Children’s Pages: 237 pages Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars If you want to know the real story of Oz, read L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz and skip the movie. Surprise, surprise. As I… Continue reading The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
As the stress from the semester ends, I am free to blog and participate in weekly memes. It’s been too long since I last participated in Book Traveling Thursdays, so I decided to start again with the one that forces me to pick a favorite. Book Traveling Thursdays is a weekly meme hosted by Danielle @ Danielle’s… Continue reading Book Traveling Thursdays: Favorite Book of 2016
Series: Harry Potter, #8 Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books Pub. Date: 2016 Genre: Fantasy, Play Script Pages: 319 Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars Peer pressure in the Harry Potter fandom demands that I run to buy anything that J.K. Rowling writes, but I decided that I did not want to buy Harry Potter and the… Continue reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne