So I realized I hadn’t put out a list of the books I planned to read for the month, I put a few on Pondathon, but I hadn’t put out a TBR, so since my goal is ten I’ll show you the ten books I plan on reading. I can’t promise they will be the books I’ll read because we know I’m a huge mood reader. But here is a list and we’ll hopefully go from here.
1)Yusuf Azeem is not a Hero.
The first of on my list and the first book I finished for the year. A very timely book book about a Muslim boy dealing with prejudice in the shadow of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. You can find my review here.
2)The Girl in the Lake
This is the book that I’m currently on it’s a great middle grade horror, I’m midway through and I haven’t figured out how they are going to resolve the monster yet so it’s really an A+ another hit for India Hill Brown.
Next on the list is Stowaway a sci-fi adventure about a boy who stows away on a ship with the hope of finding his father, there is war, there are aliens. It just sounds like a great adventure.
4) Your Life Has Been Delayed
A great speculative fiction book about a young woman whose flight takes off only to land twenty five years later. Movies have explored some of the concepts here but this is the first time I’ve seen it in a book and I’m really looking forward to reading how it’s done.
I’ve been trying to read this book since last year but I’ve never been able to fit it in. I’m going to try to change it this month. Dealing with homelessness and told in alternating chapters this story shines with great characters all the while putting a light on an important problem.
6) Making Friends Volume 2
Picking up where the last book left off Dany still has her magical sketchbook and is friends with Madison she and her friends know about the magic of the sketch, and have defeated Prince Neptune what could go wrong from here?
7) Rouge Princess
I’ve been trying to get this sci-fi retelling of Cinderella read since last year, other things just kept coming up. This month I plan on getting it read.
8) Operation Sisterhood
Billed a good pick for fans of the new Babysitter’s Club I had this to the list, it’s about four new sisters finding ways to be a family.
9) The Kindred
Alechia Dow’s newest hit about people who are connected to others though what seem like minds or souls. It looks very interesting and I can’t wait to read it.
Just re-reading through the Keeper of the Lost Cities books again.
So the Royal Readathon is doing Fairies for it’s November prompt there are six prompts but I’m only doing five.
The prompts are
Flora-Book with a beautiful cover
Isn’t this cover lovely? I love the shade of purple that’s all over the cover.
The Troubled Girls of Dragonmir Academy.
If no one notices Marya Lupu, is likely because of her brother, Luka. And that’s because of what everyone knows: that Luka is destined to become a sorcerer.
The Lupus might be from a small village far from the capital city of Illyria, but that doesn’t matter. Every young boy born in in the kingdom holds the potential for the rare ability to wield magic, to protect the country from the terrifying force known only as the Dread.
For all the hopes the family has for Luka, no one has any for Marya, who can never seem to do anything right. But even so, no one is prepared for the day that the royal sorcerers finally arrive to test Luka for magical ability, and Marya makes a terrible mistake. Nor the day after, when the Lupus receive a letter from a place called Dragomir Academy—a mysterious school for wayward young girls. Girls like Marya.
Soon she is a hundred miles from home, in a strange and unfamiliar place, surrounded by girls she’s never met. Dragomir Academy promises Marya and her classmates a chance to make something of themselves in service to one of the country’s powerful sorcerers. But as they learn how to fit into a world with no place for them, they begin to discover things about the magic the men of their country wield, as well as the Dread itself—things that threaten the precarious balance upon which Illyria is built.
Wren has some issues in the book that make this one a fixer upper. But so far it looks very cute.
Violets are Blue
Twelve-year-old Wren loves makeup—special effect makeup, to be exact. When she is experimenting with new looks, Wren can create a different version of herself. A girl who isn’t in a sort-of-best friendship with someone who seems like she hates her. A girl whose parents aren’t divorced and doesn’t have to learn to like her new stepmom.
So, when Wren and her mom move to a new town for a fresh start, she is cautiously optimistic. And things seem to fall into place when Wren meets potential friends and gets selected as the makeup artist for her school’s upcoming production of Wicked.
Only, Wren’s mom isn’t doing so well. She’s taking a lot of naps, starts snapping at Wren for no reason, and always seems to be sick. And what’s worse, Wren keeps getting hints that things aren’t going well at her new job at the hospital, where her mom is a nurse. But when opening night doesn’t have the royal glimmer of the Emerald City and a disaster leads to a heartbreaking discovery, Wren realizes that her mother has a serious problem—a problem that can’t be wiped away or covered up.
After all the progress she’s made, can Wren start over again with her devastating new normal? And will she ever be able to heal the broken trust with her mom?
There is a big disagreement in this book over what to do with a magical tapestry and a royal kingdom under siege from an evil sorcerer.
Liora has spent her life in hiding, knowing discovery could mean falling prey to the king’s royal warlock, Darius, who uses mages’ magic to grow his own power. But when her worst nightmare comes to pass, Darius doesn’t take her. Instead, he demands that her younger sister return to the capital with him. To make matters worse, Evran, Liora’s childhood friend and the only one who knows her secret, goes missing following Darius’s visit, leaving her without anyone to turn to.
To find Evran and to save her sister, Liora must embrace the power she has always feared. But the greatest danger she’ll face is yet to come, for Darius has plans in motion that will cause the world to fall into chaos—and Liora and Evran may be the only ones who can stop him.
In this sequel to Goddess in the Machine, the characters who have become found family deal with the problems from book one.
Devil in the Device
Zhade’s power might be going to his head.
Newly on the throne, he’s still getting used to wearing Maret’s face, but being a royal, he can’t deny that the influence it affords him has its perks. So when the magic of Eerensed starts to turn deadly, Zhade must master the Crown if he’s going to save his people, and Tsurina’s destructive plans for Eerensed aren’t going to make that easy. Worse, he’s starting to see her point.
Andra is underground.
Assumed dead by the people of Eerensed, she must stay hidden in the city’s depths if she’s going to live long enough to build the rocket that will finally save the colonists from this dying planet. But when Andra hears voices urging her to destroy everything, she starts to dig deeper into her subconcious. What she discovers leads her to question whether she’s destined to be a savior after all.
Battling the dangerous forces buried within their minds, Andra and Zhade will have to find a way to work together before two power-hungry leaders and a deadly swarm of rogue technology destroy humanity for good.
All Betty Widdershins wants is an adventure—one that takes her far away from Crowstone, the gloomy island where she’s always lived. But instead of an adventure, Betty and her sisters, Fliss and Charlie, are given of a set of magical objects, each with its own powers: a scruffy carpet bag, a set of wooden nesting dolls, and a gilt-framed mirror. And these magical objects come with their own terrible secret: the sisters’ family is haunted by a generations-long curse that prevents them from ever leaving their island—at the cost of death.
The sisters set out to break the curse and free their family forever. But after stumbling upon a mysterious prisoner who claims to be able to help them, they find themselves in great danger. And in order to break the curse—and stay alive—they must unravel a mystery that goes back centuries, one that involves shipwrecks, smugglers, and sorcery of the most perilous kind.
It’s this is my TBR season. So while I haven’t done too many challenges in October, I’m doing this one.
1) Trick or Treat: For this TBR prompt it was about adding either an old or a new book by flipping a coin , I got a new book, and I decided to go with the Last Windwitch. Not only because it Halloween but because I’ve been wanting to read it for awhile as well.
The Last Windwitch
Many years ago, in the kingdom of Fenwood Reach, there was a powerful Windwitch who wove the seasons, keeping the land bountiful and the people happy. But then a dark magic drove her from the realm, and the world fell into chaos.
Brida is content in her small village of Oak Hollow. There, she’s plenty occupied trying to convince her fickle magic to actually do what it’s meant to in her work as a hedgewitch’s apprentice—until she accidentally catches the attention of the wicked queen.
On the run from the queen’s huntsman and her all-seeing Crow spies, Brida discovers the truth about her family, her magic, and who she is destined to be—and that she may hold the power to defeating the wicked queen and setting the kingdom right again.
For TBR prompt we needed a book with a white or mostly white cover so I chose The Diabolic, I’d been wanting to read the series and it fit the prompt.
Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.
When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.
As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire.
Amazon: The Diabolic
3) Two Book, One Weekend.
This TBR prompt focuses on reading two books over the Halloween weekend. For this I think I’m going to try to attack my Netgalley pile of unread books because honestly it has gotten pretty scary.
What is everyone planning on reading for June? I’m going to put 4 books up here since that seems to be what I’m consistently reading. At this point, I’m aiming low and being happily surprised if I come out higher.
1)That Thing About Bollywood.
Not sure if this counts because I’m already reading it but I’m going to count it anyway.
Some of these I’ve already started but I’m looking forward to reading more of them in March. This is of course not a definative list because I’m also a mood reader, but I’d like to finish these three next month. Now looking at these covers together I think I want some snow or some more winter? Maybe because I missed part of winter breaking my foot, maybe because I hate spring. Who knows?
The Comeback: A Figure Skating Novel
Twelve-year-old Maxine Chen is just trying to nail that perfect landing: on the ice, in middle school, and at home, where her parents worry that competitive skating is too much pressure for a budding tween. Maxine isn’t concerned, however—she’s determined to glide to victory. But then a bully at school starts teasing Maxine for her Chinese heritage, leaving her stunned and speechless. And at the rink, she finds herself up against a stellar new skater named Hollie, whose grace and skill threaten to edge Maxine out of the competition. With everything she knows on uneven ice, will Maxine crash under the pressure? Or can she power her way to a comeback?
Written by E.L Shen who is a is a writer, editor, and former figure skater.Originally from upstate New York, she currently resides in Manhattan.
The cover was designed by Dung Ho and Cassidy Clausnitzer.
When twelve-year-old Maddie hatches a scheme for a secret sleepover with her two best friends, she ends up waking up to a nightmare. She’s alone—left behind in a town that has been mysteriously evacuated and abandoned.
With no one to rely on, no power, and no working phone lines or internet access, Maddie slowly learns to survive on her own. Her only companions are a Rottweiler named George and all the books she can read. After a rough start, Maddie learns to trust her own ingenuity and invents clever ways to survive in a place that has been deserted and forgotten.
As months pass, she escapes natural disasters, looters, and wild animals. But Maddie’s most formidable enemy is the crushing loneliness she faces every day. Can Maddie’s stubborn will to survive carry her through the most frightening experience of her life?
Written by Megan E. Freeman who is a writer and poet who also has decades of experince in K-16 education. Megan is also a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet.
The Sea in Winter
It’s been a hard year for Maisie Cannon, ever since she hurt her leg and could not keep up with her ballet training and auditions.
Her blended family is loving and supportive, but Maisie knows that they just can’t understand how hopeless she feels. With everything she’s dealing with, Maisie is not excited for their family midwinter road trip along the coast, near the Makah community where her mother grew up.
But soon, Maisie’s anxieties and dark moods start to hurt as much as the pa
in in her knee. How can she keep pretending to be strong when on the inside she feels as roiling and cold as the ocean?
Christine Day (Upper Skagit) grew up in Seattle.Her debut novel, I Can Make This Promise, was a best book of the year from Kirkus, School Library Journal, NPR, and the Chicago Public Library, as well as a Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book, and an American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book
I’ve been in some mysterious pain which has slowed me down a bit reading wise. But I’m still doing the best I can to make it to 75 before the end of the year. Here are some of my picks for end of November into December.
Gelya is a Vessel, a girl who channels the word of the One True God through song. Cloistered with the other Vessels of her faith, she believes—as all Ovinists do—that a saint imprisoned Elath the Great Demon centuries ago, saving humanity from earthly temptation.
When Gelya stumbles into a deadly cover-up by the Ovinists’ military, she reluctantly teams up with Tavik, an enemy soldier, to survive. Tavik believes that Elath is actually a mother goddess who must be set free, but while he succeeds in opening Her prison, he inadvertently turns Gelya into Elath’s unwilling human vessel.
Now the church that raised Gelya considers her a threat. In a race against the clock, she and Tavik must find a way to exorcise Elath’s presence from her body. But will this release stop the countdown to the end of the world, or will it be the cause of the earth’s destruction?
And as Tavik and Gelya grow closer, another question lingers between them: What will become of Gelya?
So I’m about half way through this book and it’s super interesting I love the way the different interpretation of faiths is desplayed and how they are fighting. I also really like Gelya as a character, she’s a perfect introduction to the world having spent her whole life in a convent. Tavik is too but in a different way beacause I feel like he’s spent his whole life doing something that hasn’t really given him time to see the world.
I’d like to learn more about Gelya’s background hopefully this book covers it, if not I hope there is more than one book. I’d also like to say I like the interaction between Tavik and Gelya. I’m not a fan of romance and while they hit at the edges of being romancey mostly they just show a good friendship.
Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd’s witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely’s firefly spirits before it’s too late.
With the family dynamics of Coco and action-packed adventure of Ghostbusters, Claribel A. Ortega delivers both a thrillingly spooky and delightfully sweet debut novel.
I’ve actually seen Claribel A. Ortega speak twice about the book it’s just been idling on my TBR. Now is the time to get to it.
3)The Dragon Warrior
As a member of the Jade Society, twelve-year-old Faryn Liu dreams of honoring her family and the gods by becoming a warrior. But the Society has shunned Faryn and her brother Alex ever since their father disappeared years ago, forcing them to train in secret.
Then, during an errand into San Francisco, Faryn stumbles into a battle with a demon–and helps defeat it. She just might be the fabled Heaven Breaker, a powerful warrior meant to work for the all-mighty deity, the Jade Emperor, by commanding an army of dragons to defeat the demons. That is, if she can prove her worth and find the island of the immortals before the Lunar New Year.
With Alex and other unlikely allies at her side, Faryn sets off on a daring quest across Chinatowns. But becoming the Heaven Breaker will require more sacrifices than she first realized. . . What will Faryn be willing to give up to claim her destiny?
I really like Faryn as a hero so far, there have also been some scenes that made me tear up already. I’m maybe a third of the way through, I can’t wait to see where this goes or where the sequel is going. I also love the way the gods just show up randomly as they like it, I know it’s Chinese New Year so they have extra power, but the scene where the one god just showed up at the table during the big dinner to announce the Heaven Breaker was one of my favorites.
4) This is Not a Ghost Story
I am not welcome. Somehow I know that. Something doesn’t want me here.
Daffodil Franklin has plans for a quiet summer before her freshman year at college, and luckily, she’s found the job that can give her just that: housesitting a mansionfor a wealthy couple.
But as the summer progresses and shadows lengthen, Daffodil comes to realize the house is more than it appears. The spacious home seems to close in on her, and as she takes the long road into town, she feels eyes on her the entire way, and something tugging her back.
What Daffodil doesn’t yet realize is that her job comes with a steep price. The house has a long-ago grudge it needs to settle . . . and Daffodil is the key to settling it.
This creepy book has a unique voice that draws me in especially after watching the Haunting of Bly Manor earlier in the year. Also don’t read this book if you want a reliable narrator, to be exactly sure what happened or like linear narratives. The book is perfect for me as I like fiction with none of those things, but it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Is Daffodil crazy is the house messing with her, do we know? Whose real? What’s real? All questions the book is still examining about halfway in.
5) Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices
Once Upon an Eid is a collection of short stories that showcases the most brilliant Muslim voices writing today, all about the most joyful holiday of the year: Eid! Eid: The short, single-syllable word conjures up a variety of feelings and memories for Muslims. Maybe it’s waking up to the sound of frying samosas or the comfort of bean pie, maybe it’s the pleasure of putting on a new outfit for Eid prayers, or maybe it’s the gift giving and holiday parties to come that day. Whatever it may be, for those who cherish this day of celebration, the emotional responses may be summed up in another short and sweet word: joy. The anthology will also include a poem, graphic-novel chapter, and spot illustrations.
The full list of Once Upon an Eid contributors include: G. Willow Wilson (Alif the Unseen, Ms. Marvel), Hena Khan (Amina’s Voice, Under My Hijab), N. H. Senzai (Shooting Kabul, Escape from Aleppo), Hanna Alkaf (The Weight of Our Sky), Rukhsana Khan (Big Red Lollipop), Randa Abdel-Fattah (Does My Head Look Big in This?), Ashley Franklin (Not Quite Snow White), Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow (Mommy’s Khimar), Candice Montgomery (Home and Away, By Any Means Necessary), Huda Al-Marashi (First Comes Marriage), Ayesha Mattu, Asmaa Hussein, and Sara Alfageeh.
Oh my goodness this book! You would think with stories so diverse I couldn’t like them all, but somehow I’ve liked every single one I’ve read. It’s the sweetest book I’ve read recently, this book tells the story of all kinds of Muslims from newly converted to refugees, to some with different family situations. Each story is a little gem of happiness, even if their is sadness they are right to sum it up with the word joy. A beautiful work so far, I’m about halfway through and I can wait to keep reading.
What is this you all? I take a two day break for my health and don’t check the site every day and my numbers shoot up. Is this a watched pot never boils situation. My health isn’t great, we are trying to figure out what is going on but I had some mystery symptoms back when I was in college so it could be more of that or it could be something new, yay chronic illness.
I’ve only really been reading one book this week.
Frozen II Dangerous Secrets
It’s basically the story of how Anna and Elsa’s parents met and it’s super sweet, and gah, love it. You know I love me some Frozen. Hopefully I get back up to speed as I start to feel better this week. Also I’ll be at Ya’llfest today and tomorrow so expect reports on the panels I go to and such.
But overall this hasn’t been the greatest week, I’ve had to go to the doctors A LOT. But Ya’llfest being today and tomorrow makes it better.
A lot of what I read depends on what’s avaible at the various libraries I’m a part of, but here is a list of a few things I’d love to read.
The Art of Saving the World
I’ve read Duyvis’ books before, particularly On the Edge of Gone, and really enjoyed them. In this one Hazel Stanczak is connected to an interdimensional rift. It tore open when she was born, near her family’s home, of course that sort of thing doesn’t go unnoticed by the government so for the past sixteen years they have set up shop on Hazel’s front lawn.
Because everyone soon learned if Hazel strayed to far from the rift it would become volatile and start flinging things from other dimensions onto the lawn. Or you know swallow up the whole town. The rift was never terribly predictable. So Hazel has stayed near home for the past sixteen years and had government agents make sure she stays that way.
But on her sixteen birthday things including the rift start to spin completly out of control. She find a suprise: a second Hazel, then another, and another. All from different dimensions She also find out the government agency she trusted has been keeping secrets. For the first time ever Hazel has to step into the world learn about her connection to the rift, and according to her guide close the rift and save the world.
But even with four Hazels is she really capable of saving the world?
So I recieved my copy of Ghost Squad after going to a talk with the wonderful Claribel A. Ortega. I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile but none of my libraries have gotten it so I’m super thankful for the giveaway. Thanks again Claribel Ortega and Arapahoe Libraries.
About the book, for Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business.
However when she and her best friend Syd cast a spell that accidentelly awakens malicious spirits that start wrecking havoc throughout St. Augustine. They must join forces with Syd’s witch grandmother Babette and her fat cat, Chunk. They have to fight the haunting head on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely’s firefly spirits before it’s too late.
Ortega talked about how the influence of 80-90’s scary movies and books influced them, as well as their own Dominican heritage.
Adrienne Ashe isn’t princess material, she’d much rather be sword fighting and rescuing others. Plus she hates fancy dinners, detests lavish dresses, and the last thing on her list is being saved by some random prince.
However despite her protest on the night of her her 16th-birthday,her parents, the King and Queen find a way to lock her away in a tower guarded by a dragon to await the rescue of a handsome prince.
But tired of suitors that need a dictionary more than they need a wife. Adriennne has decided to take matters into her own hands. Along with her dragon and friend Sparky they vow to recuse her sisters who also been locked away.
Join Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin for a tale of swashbuckling in the face of sexism. Princeless is story about flipping royalty on it’s head and taking destiny into your own hands.
I’m including some of the books I want to read for #IndigAThon.
Sweetest Kulu (Other than US)
Dream a little, Kulu, this world now sings a most beautiful song of you.”
This beautiful bedtime poem, written by acclaimed Inuit throat singer Celina Kalluk, describes the gifts given to a newborn baby by all the animals of the Arctic.
Lyrically and tenderly told by a mother speaking to her own little Kulu; an Inuktitut term of endearment often bestowed upon babies and young children, this visually stunning book is infused with the traditional Inuit values of love and respect for the land and its animal inhabitants.
Written by renowned Inuit throat singer Celina Kalluk, (serious listen to her singing it’s beautiful and can be found here)
When Louise Wolfe’s first real boyfriend mocks and disrespects Native people in front of her, she breaks things off and dumps him over e-mail. It’s her senior year, anyway, and she’d rather spend her time with her family and friends and working on the school newspaper. The editors pair her up with Joey Kairouz, the ambitious new photojournalist, and in no time the paper’s staff find themselves with a major story to cover: the school musical director’s inclusive approach to casting The Wizard of Oz has been provoking backlash in their mostly white, middle-class Kansas town. From the newly formed Parents Against Revisionist Theater to anonymous threats, long-held prejudices are being laid bare and hostilities are spreading against teachers, parents, and students — especially the cast members at the center of the controversy, including Lou’s little brother, who’s playing the Tin Man. As tensions mount at school, so does a romance between Lou and Joey — but as she’s learned, “dating while Native” can be difficult. In trying to protect her own heart, will Lou break Joey’s?
All her life, Edie has known that her mom was adopted by a white couple. So, no matter how curious she might be about her Native American heritage, Edie is sure her family doesn’t have any answers.
Until the day when she and her friends discover a box hidden in the attic—a box full of letters signed “Love, Edith,” and photos of a woman who looks just like her.
Suddenly, Edie has a flurry of new questions about this woman who shares her name. Could she belong to the Native family that Edie never knew about? But if her mom and dad have kept this secret from her all her life, how can she trust them to tell her the truth now?
Christine Day is an enrolled citizen of the Upper Skagit tribe. Her mother is of Upper Skagit and Nooksack descent, and her father is of Northern European (mostly Norwegian) descent.
Imagine an America very similar to our own. It’s got homework, best friends, and pistachio ice cream.
There are some differences. This America been shaped dramatically by the magic, monsters, knowledge, and legends of its peoples, those Indigenous and those not. Some of these forces are charmingly everyday, like the ability to make an orb of light appear or travel across the world through rings of fungi. But other forces are less charming and should never see the light of day.
Elatsoe lives in this slightly stranger America. She can raise the ghosts of dead animals, a skill passed down through generations of her Lipan Apache family. Her beloved cousin has just been murdered, in a town that wants no prying eyes. But she is going to do more than pry. The picture-perfect facade of Willowbee masks gruesome secrets, and she will rely on her wits, skills, and friends to tear off the mask and protect her family.
Darcie Little Badger is an Lipan Apache, and she develops her stories with Apache characters and themes. She is also an extraordinary debut talent in the world of speculative fiction We have paired her with her artistic match, illustrator Rovina Cai. This is a book singular in feeling and beauty.