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TTT: Characters I'd Follow On Social Media

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: Characters I'd Follow On Social Media

I love this topic. I actually have my students create social media pages for characters for extra credit assignments, so I've always thought this was fun to think about. It actually really requires some character analysis to do well. Which social media fits this character's personality? What would they post about? How much of their inner lives would they share?

Here are the characters I would follow, where I would follow them, and why:

Lizzie Bennet on Tumblr because you know her blog would be a beautiful mix of nerdy fangirl thoughtfulness and feminist manifestos. I love following people like that.

Darcy on Twitter: He would use it rarely, but when he did, it would be to the point and oh so entertaining.

Amy March on Instagram because it would be beautifully aesthetic, and just the sort of t…
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Shorter Musings Realistic YA

Here are some shorter musings on some recent realistic YA reads.

Butterfly Yellowby Thanhhà Lai
This, like all of Thanhha Lai's work, is excellent. It is historical fiction set in 1981 and follows a Vietnamese teen who has suffered a terrifying journey to America to find her younger brother who was taken from Vietnam as an orphan in the last wave of civilians leaving before the South fell. Along the way she employs the help of a wannabe rodeo cowboy fresh from high school graduation with a brand new truck and a dream. This is a wonderful tale about found family that covers a parts of the history Vietnam and America we often forget about, including that young Vietnamese people were risking their lives to make their way to refugee camps long after the war ended. Many of them paid until costs for this.

Don't Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
I thoroughly enjoyed this. This has the appearance (and description) of being a simple YA contemporary YA romance, but it is actually a story abo…

TTT: Last 10 Books That Gave Me A Book Hangover

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: Last 10 Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover

There is no better feeling in the world than that of a good book hangover. Unfortunately, it is a feeling I've experienced less and less in the past few years, though I'm hoping a turnaround is nigh. The first three books on this list I've read in 2020. Even if they were mild hangovers, the feeling being back is still exciting.

In Order of Recency:

Wow, compiling this list forced me to remember the Dark Reading Time of 2018. I knew it was bad while it was happening, but going back and looking at the stats was kind of shock. And there are zero books from that year on this list.

And I want to take this time to give a shoutout to the book that caused the most epic book hangover of my life. It lasted for WEEKS, and the first few days I was completely useless.

I have a feeling I will be chas…

Future Favorites Friday February 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.

I JUST read The Bromance Book Club a couple of weeks ago and FELL IN LOVE. I fell in love with the concept and the characters and the tackling of hard issues. Since both the protagonists of the sequel were introduced in the most delightful ways, I am so excited that I don't have to wait too long for it.

Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef.

Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepren…

January 2020 Recap

Overall, I think this is was a great way to begin a new year of reading. I finished a lot of books, most of them new to me. I LOVED four of them. However, I also DNFed five sooooo.....

The Favorites:

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
Bringing Down the Dukeby Evie Dunmore
Headliners by Lucy Parker
Well Met by Jen DeLuca

January in Numbers:
Total: 11
New: 8           Rereads: 3
MG: 2            YA: 3               Adult: 6
Contemporary: 7
Historical: 2
Fantasy: 1
Non-Fiction: 1

A Dastardly Plot
Fake It Till You Break It
Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things
Love at First Like
The Right Swipe

Looking ahead, here are the February releases I'm looking forward to most:

Did January have any stand-out reads for you? What are you looking forward to in the coming month?

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…