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Youth Media Awards 2020

The ALA Youth Media Awards are on Monday. I'm as excited as ever even if in recent years I haven't had the bandwidth to read as many of the talked about books or engage in any of the lead up conversations. However, I have some 2019 books I would love to see recognized in some way on Monday.

They are:






I'll be watching the livestream Monday morning and missing the energy of that room!

Shorter Musings: Realistic MG

Here are some musings on some recent realistic MG reads.

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds
This is an excellent MG book to give students who love realistic stories of friendship, family, and school. It is also a good selection for those who have more trouble concentrating on long form novels. The stories in here are all interconnected because the characters featured all go to the same school. However, each is its own separate story with a different characters. Each plot focuses on the walk home from school but in different ways.

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi
This is an interesting story about family troubles, friend troubles, and finding your place in community. It is quintessentially middle grade. It is a good book to have on hand for voracious readers of this story type. It takes place in the mid 1980s and is about an African American girl whose grandfather was one of the first African American NASA engineers. From him she has inherited a love for science-fiction and fan…

Future Favorite Friday January 20

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.

Frances Hardinge has a new book coming out this year!!!!!


The gods are dead. Decades ago, they turned on one another and tore each other apart. Nobody knows why. But are they really gone forever? When 15-year-old Hark finds the still-beating heart of a terrifying deity, he risks everything to keep it out of the hands of smugglers, military scientists, and a secret fanatical cult so that he can use it to save the life of his best friend, Jelt. But with the heart, Jelt gradually and eerily transforms. How long should Hark stay loyal to his friend when he’s becoming a monster—and what is Hark willing to sacrifice to save him?

Release Date: April 14, 2020 from Amulet Books
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I've been waiting for this ever since I read There's Something Abo…

December 19 Stats

Here are my reading stats for the last month of 2019. Look at all those new reads! (See what three weeks off of school with nowhere to go can do!)

December Favorites:


Total Reads: 8 (7 new, 1 reread)

MG: 2
YA: 2
Adult: 4

Contemporary: 5
Historical: 1
Fantasy: 2

Looking forward to January, here are the releases I'm most anticipating:


How was everyone else's reading month? What are you looking forward to reading in January?