Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Read

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Happy Tuesday! I think I know my reading habits well enough to usually predict what books I will like and what books I won’t. But that wasn’t always the case. Also … sometimes when I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone, I’ve ended up loving a book, learning something new about writing or storytelling, or at least appreciating that I read it. This week I dived into my goodreads archives, and came up with these ten books that, frankly, I’m surprised I ever decided to read. Continue reading

Seven Life Lessons from Matilda

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  1. If you are doing something important, go all in: “Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable”
  2. Some people are not meant to be teachers: “I cannot for the life of me understand why small children take so long to grow up. I think they do it deliberately, just to annoy me.”
  3. Like REALLY not meant to be teachers: “You ignorant little slug!” the Trunchbull bellowed. “You witless weed! You empty-headed hamster! You stupid glob of glue!”
  4. No on will love you like your parents (especially if youre horrible): “It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.”
  5. Reading can help you learn about people from all over the world: “The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She traveled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”
  6. And books can become some of your best friends: “These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”
  7. But even though books are AMAZING, human friends can be nice too: “Sometimes Matilda longed for a friend, someone like the kind, courageous people in her books.”

Ten Reading Goals for 2018

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Hi friends and happy Tuesday! This is a *very* special top ten, because it’s The Artsy Read Girl’s first time hosting the meme. Thank you so much for taking this over. It literally is one of my favorite parts of the week (hence the part of blogging that I *almost* never skip). I feel a little ambivalent on setting goals like this, because I LOVE reading and I don’t want it to feel like a job or like I’m checking off boxes constantly. But I do like the intention setting spirit of January. So in that vein, here are ten reading goals I would love to accomplish this year. But you know what? If I don’t, I’m giving myself permission to say no big deal.

  1. Read one hundred books – I already put this one on goodreads. Some years I make this, some years I don’t. But it still feels like a nice round number to shoot for.
  2. Read at least 50% 2018 releases.
  3. Read at least 40% authors of color.
  4. Read at least 10% authors that are LGBTQ.
  5. Read at least 10% debut authors.
  6. Read more romance novels – I love them so much, they are easy to read, and they make me happy. I don’t know why I don’t read more of them, honestly. But this year I’m going to stop denying myself.
  7. Read at least 10 books of poetry.
  8. Finish reading as many of the fat positive books from this list as possible.
  9. Read more middle grade books to talk to my students about.
  10. Write Amazon reviews for all of my 2017 five star books.

What are your reading goals for 2018? Also … do you have any recs that will help me achieve one of mine?

 

Three Mini Reviews: Warcross, The Gallery of Unfinished Girls, and Turtles All the Way Down

Hi friends! I have somehow not posted a book review since October. How did that happen on my book review blog? Ugh to all other commitments that take my time away – like teaching and writing and friends, etc. Anyway, here are some books I would recommend to pretty much anyone – especially anyone who likes YA books enough to still be reading this blog. So … Continue reading

Ten Books I Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To (Yet!)

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Too many books, too little time. I know I’m not the only book blogger – or reader – who feels this way. There are so many books I marked, put on hold at the library, and even bought that I didn’t get to last year. Hoping to get to these ten ASAP, but let’s face it there are always more books coming out every week so … fingers crossed. What books are you hoping to read soon before the tidal wave of 2018 new releases hits your TBR list? Continue reading