With her second book, From Twinkle, with Love, Sandhya Menon has solidified herself as one of my must read authors. Not only did I feel her sophomore novel lived up to the hype and accolades of When Dimple Met Rishi, I actually liked it a little bit more.
Twinkle Mehra is tired of her life as a groundling. Her best friend Maddie has moved on to better and more popular friends, and Twinkle knows it's just a matter of time before she's left behind for good. Her years long unrequited crush on Neil Roy seems destined to remain forever unrequited even though Twinkle KNOWS they could be the best high school power couple ever. When Niel's twin brother Sahil offers to produce a film Twinkle would direct and film for their upcoming school festival, Twinkle sees a once in a lifetime chance to show everyone who she is. And if that happens to mean getting her best friend back and winning the boy of her dreams at the same time so much the better! Except she quickly starts developing c…
This Week's Topic: Books I Meant to Read in 2018 But Didn't Get To
Hahaha! There are SO MANY due to 2018 being known as the Year of the Reading Fail in my life. But here are the ten I'm most eager to get to now. (I've already knocked some others off the list in the past few weeks.)
What about you? What did you miss out on last year that you can't wait to read this year?
Last year saw Jason Reynolds conclude his excellent series about the newbies on the Defenders track team. The final two books Sunnyand Lu came out relatively close together. I read them both this week and decided to put them in one review. In my opinion these two were not as strong as the first two in the series, but I do feel like the end overall was well done.
Sunny runs for his mom. His mom who can't run because she died when he was born. It's more accurate to say he runs for his father who is constantly reminding him of this. Sunny doesn't want to run though. He loves being a part of the Defenders. He just doesn't want to run the mile anymore. So one day he doesn't. He just stops. Refuses to move on and finish. His father won't talk to him, but coach understands. Sunny really wants to dance but there is no position for a dancer on a track team. Instead Sunny starts throwing the discus, which is kind of like dancing in a way. But he still needs to face his fa…
I take the 2nd Friday of 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.
Raina Telgemeier is long time favorite, especially when it comes to her realistic stories that she pulls from her real life. This new one is sure to be good.
Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away... and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on?
Raina Telgemeier once again brings us a thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about growing up and gathering the coura…
I am rather picky about reinterpretations of Austen. Pride by Ibi Zoboi more than lived up to my standards.
It's a truth universally acknowledged that when rich people move into the hood, where it's a little bit broken and a little bit forgotten, the first thing they want to do is clean it up. But it's not just the junky stuff they'll get rid of. People can be thrown away too, like last night's trash left out on sidewalks or pushed to the edge of wherever broken things go. What those rich people don't always know is that broken and forgotten neighborhoods were first built out of love. The Benitez sisters are well known in their Bushwick neighborhood. Their mother's ongoing social personality means there home is never short on food or visitors. Their father works hard to support them, but everyone knows he still has an eye on his girls, what they're doing, and who they're hanging out with. Zuri loves this neighborhood and its people. She knows every c…
The Girl with the Dragon Heart by Stephanie Burgis is her brilliant follow-up to The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart. While this book could be read independently, I think it would be better read following the first book. If you haven't read it yet, you have two exciting and excellent books to look forward to! I, of course, may be biased as these books contain all my favorite things.
But there's one other truth I know for sure: if you have the courage to tell your own story, you can remake the world. If there is one thing Silke knows she is good at, it is spinning tales. She can make an exciting story out of pretty much anything, and if she happens to stretch or alter the truth to make it just a tad more interesting, what is the harm really? Silke is trying her hardest to bring customers into The Chocolate Heart after all, a chocolate establishment that deserves everyone's patronage. Silke works there as a waitress too as well as helping her brother in his market stall. Silke w…
Anyone who knows me knows what is first on my list of anticipated reads this year as this is the year we get the conclusion of The Queen's Thief Series (only the best series in the history of the world.)
Here it and some of the other books I'm looking forward are!