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Shorter Musings (YA)

Here are some shorter musings on recently read books.

In a Perfect World by Trish Doller
Caroline is a character is very much aware of her own privilege, which was nice. She moves to Egypt when her mom takes on work in a clinic there (like Doctors Without Borders). She does have some opinions on Egypt and Islam that are stereotypical, but they are almost immediately corrected in most cases. (That I could tell.) The descriptions of Egypt are amazing. This is a book where the world is a really solid place. All in all I think I would have liked it much more if it had been a friendship story and not a love story. I like Adam as a character A LOT, but felt the romance was one too many weighty things in a story that was already exploring a lot. As a bonus though Caroline has one of the best YA parent couples of all time. Her mom and dad are amazing as parents and as a partnership.


Lucky in Love by Kasie West
After having less than enthusiastic reactions to West's previous two books, I was…

TTT: Best First Encounters

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed blog hop created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This Week's Topic: Love Freebie

Often one of the most memorable parts of a love story is how the couple first meets. I'm not just talking about the meet cutes we see in romantic comedies either (although those are fun), but the more fraught situations and even common ones where two people find themselves connecting for the first time. Here are some of my favorites.

Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane
Poor Peter. He's usually so put together and fully capable. Harriet really knocks him for a loop. It doesn't help that he first lays eyes on her when she's being tried for murder, and she first lays eyes on him when he visits her in jail to offer his investigative prowess to get her off. He proposes in the first minute and a half of their acquaintance. He's way off his game, but the banter is delightful.

Babara Grahame and Peaceable Sherwood
This fir…

Future Favorites Friday

I take the 2nd Friday fo every month to highlight some upcoming releases I am looking forward to that I hope are Future Favorites. Feel free to do your own post, just please link back to my blog and tell me about your post in the comments.

After taking a hiatus in December and January due to end of year and beginning of year posts, Future Favorite Friday is back!

My love for The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is strong and enduring. I was over the moon excited to discover we would be getting a prequel about their father's youth.


Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. In this prequel, Chuck Bell takes center stage, as readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshiping, basketball star his sons look up to.
Rebound will go back in time to visit the childhood of Chuck "Da Man" Bell during one pivotal summer when young Charlie is sent to stay with his grandparents where he discove…

A Sky Full of Stars

I waited all the way until February 1st to finish my first 5 star read of 2018. There was no need for me to wait that long. I had A Sky Full of Stars by Linda Williams Jackson in my house the whole month of January. But reader, sometimes I get scared about reading highly anticipated sequels to books I've loved. There was no need to worry though. A Sky Full of Stars is the perfect second half to Midnight Without a Moon.

Rose made the difficult decision to stay in Mississippi rather than go with her aunt to live in St. Louis. Now that the choice has been made, Rose must find the strength and courage to stand by her conviction that Stillwater is the place she needs to be. Her strength and courage become more difficult to find as reports of more deaths of black men at the hands of white men come in. Rose's best friend, Hallelujah, is ready to begin his own junior chapter of the NAACP and start peacefully protesting. Rose's first cousin Shorty has other, more violent ideas of wa…