May in Review

I have sucked so hard at blogging. School got out and then there was all the prepping for summer, and now it’s summer, and I am deep in the throes of my summer class (only two weeks left! It went so fast!).  So, yes, my blogging has suffered, but my reading has not.

I read 9 books in May. (I started 12, though.)

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This is a Meg Cabot appreciation post!

Meg Cabot is the bomb. There’s just no way around it. I don’t like to pick favorite authors, but if I had to pick one, she’d definitely be at the top of my list. Why? Well, here are five reasons* I totally dig Meg Cabot.

*Technically, there are more than five reasons.

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Reading Roundup: April 2015

I read seven books this month:

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios (YA)
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow, illustrated by Jen Wang (YA graphic novel)
Get Over Yourself (Princeless, Vol. 2) by Jeremy Whitley, illustrated by Emily Martin (graphic novel)
The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds (YA)
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King (YA)
Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskovitz (YA)
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (adult)

Three of the seven are for book club, and the number of book club books I read is going to increase a lot because the summer children’s lit book club I belong to meets once a week over the summer. Yeah, it’s pretty intense.

Of note:

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Alcoholism in YA Lit

I recently finished I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios, which is mostly about a girl falling in love with a Marine with PTSD, but which is also about a girl dealing with her alcoholic mother. And as I was reading the book, something started niggling at me about the way the mom’s alcoholism was described/treated. It sounded really familiar.

In the past year or so, I have read the following YA books that deal with a parent’s alcoholism:

  • I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
  • 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody*
  • This Side of Home by Renee Watson
  • Best Foot Forward by Joan Bauer*
  • The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder*
  • The Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Robin Palmer
  • The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The Year of My Miraculous Appearance by Catherine Ryan Hyde

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Recommendation Wednesday: Kissing Ted Callahan


Why, yes. Yes it is, baby Fred Savage. (source)

If you’re totally into kissing books (WHICH I AM), you might like this book. As the title plainly states Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) by Amy Spalding is about main character Riley and her quest to kiss Ted Callahan..and finding some other guys to kiss along the way.

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March 2015 in Review

I finished nine books this month:

Princeless by Jeremy Whitley, illustrated by M. Goodwin (graphic novel)
This Side of Home by Renée Watson (YA)
Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff by Walter Dean Myers (YA)
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy, narrated by Bronson Pinchot (middle grade, audiobook)
The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom (adult)
52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody (YA)
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (YA)
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (children’s lit)
Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates (adult lit, non-fiction)

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Top Ten Characters I’d Love to Check In With

…or the chance to write our own fanon, I’m guessing.


1. Steven from Monster  — I am sure he went to college and is doing great. He also does lots of mentoring and outreach to connect with kids who are on the path to destruction.

2. Zoe and Wheeler from A Crooked Kind of Perfect  — I am sure they went to prom together and either stayed together forever or remained really good friends.

3. Ursula and Matt from Big Mouth & Ugly Girl — I like to think Ursula has let down her guard a little more (and made it to the WNBA) and that Matt invites her to the plays he’s written, and it’s like nothing has changed even though they don’t see each other nearly as often.

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A Pretty Typical Atypical Day in My Life

I usually post strictly about books (and occasionally teaching), but I thought it would be fun to participate in the A Day in the Life challenge/event hosted by Trish over at Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity. Basically,  bloggers show what a typical day in their lives looks like.


The day I’m sharing is atypical for me because my daughter is on spring break and is out of town on a service trip with the church’s youth group. So the part of my day that’s devoted to mom-type stuff is missing. (Also, I usually wake up an hour earlier. No taking daughter to school = sleeping in!) However, this day wound up being pretty typical because unexpected life stuff came up that kept me from having the kind of day I planned. So, you know, typical.

So here’s what my day looked like on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

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Housecleaning: Bloggiesta-style

Bloggiesta-S15I am super behind on everything (and by everything, I mean grading, of course). Still and all, I am going to try to carve out some time to do stuff around my blog for Bloggiesta. I’m digging the fact that it’s a week this time, so I can really do 15-30 minutes a day on some stuff.

My to-do list:

1. Import reviews from old blog — I forgot I had started a blog over at blogspot when I jumped into book blogging and was trying to figure out where I wanted to hang my hat. As such, I want to get those posts/reviews over here so everything is all in one place.

2. Make a button for roundup posts — for visual interest, you know.

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Top Ten Books for Readers Who Like Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder

So, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday list will probably be a little cheeky. The topic is books for people who like [fill in the blank], and Scandal was the first thing that popped in my head, followed by How to Get Away with Murder (HTGAWM) since the shows come on back-to-back and have some similarities.

Namely that they’re both about terrible people doing terrible things–some of which they think are totally justified. So here are some books if you’re totally into that kind of scene.

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