It's Monday January 5th

Welcome to my little corner of book heaven. Here's what I've read recently (though it's been a month since my last update). Don't forget to visit the lovely hosts of this meme - Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers. There are links to a LOT of posts there!

Picture Books

Too much pink & blue - but a good message about including boys and girls together in fun and games.

Very cute!

Lovely story about connecting to nature and family.

Gaiman - beautiful storytelling.

Interesting, but abrupt ending.

My baby niece picked this one out.

Sweet short tale about really seeing those around us.


Intriguing new series, though the beginning was quite puzzling. Young adult (but seems okay upper middle grade so far)

The Stolen Moon  - out January 27th 
The sequel to The Lost Planet!

I think book two is better than the first book (which doesn't happen very often). The story is exciting and quick paced.

Excellent science fiction for middle grade readers who like action packed adventure. We have a little more action for the girl characters in this one... but I'd still like to see that increase in book three.

I interviewed Rachel Searles when book one came out, and gave my thoughts on that book ...

Creepy and Alluring - Winterspell by Claire Legrand 

I mean really - just look at that cover! Legrand says she was heavily influenced by a dark version of the Nutcracker. I don't know that tale very well, but I was fascinated by this world. Definitely darker with enough romance/love story to make it appeal to slightly older audiences (upper middle school and up). She sent an epilogue to those on her mailing list, but it will also be available on her blog in mid January.

Check out my end of year and start of year posts....

Favorite Middle Grade Books

Favorite Picture Books

Favorite Graphic Novels

Favorite Reads NOT published in 2014

Favorite Young Adult Novels

Must Read 2014 Final Update

Must Read 2015 List


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