- The Whole Truth and And Nothing But the Truth by Kit Pearson. I realize I’m very late to the party, but WOW these books are excellent.
- Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. I was pretty sure I’d like this, but the reality was a whole new level of liking and nagging thoughts.
- Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson. Let’s be real, Jacqueline Woodson wrote this, how could it be anything but extraordinary? Even so, Feathers surpassed what I’d imagined.
- Connecting Dots by Sharon Jennings. Difficult but so so good.
- Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai – I have my high school English classes to thank for ruining my relationship with poetry, and to be honest I was pretty hesitant to pick up anything called a “verse novel”. How could an entirely novel be written in verse? I was pretty skeptical, but this wonder of a novel absolutely broke my heart and took my breath away.
Oh man, while the opposite has been often true, I cannot think of many situations where this has happened as I don’t give many chances to books that flail in the beginning.
- The Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
I tried this series because it is Janet’s forever love and I try to be a good friend. But dang, these books are brilliant. I adored them all.
- The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo – Zen Cho
I was very intrigued to read this novella but didn’t expect it to blow my socks off. And it did. Now I am all things Zen Cho. I will read her grocery list.
- Friday Barnes series by R. A. Spratt
I expected to like Friday but I didn’t think that she would bowl me over with her humungous vocabulary and very awkward social habits. Consider me a fan.
- Dreamers often Life – Jacqueline West
While this book does not end with the brilliance it began, it was, nevertheless, a surprisingly good read.
- The Palace Job – Patrick Weekes
I don’t have good experience reading men writing women, especially white men writing POC women. Weekes did an amazing job.
Janet Regency romances: Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion by Jane Austen Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho Comic romances: Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu – and it is Nursey’s birthday today! Always Human by walkingnorth YA romances: all the Mangoverse books by Shira Glassman Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertelli Middle grade […]
Nafiza Look, there can never be enough books about dragons. If you have recommendations, please leave them in the comment section. Well written books about fae. There are many books about fae but I wouldn’t call them up my alley. I would also like books about a teenager who loves food without feeling guilty or […]
Janet I’m assuming here that “graphic novels” excludes comics that are part of an ongoing series – so no Kamala Khan, Lumberjanes, Gotham Academy, Check Please!… Nimona by Noelle Stevenson Bite Me! by Dylan Meconis March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell Amy Unbounded: Belondweg Blossoming by Rachel Hartman Nafiza Manabeshima Island Japan by Florent Chavouet […]
Janet The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines: Jewish girl in the USA, 1942, begins detecting the disappearance of a classmate, while hiding her activities from her father and hiding her identity from her classmates. Shot in the Dark by Janet Whyte: biracial boy with degenerating vision (and a great deal of anger about […]
Janet Too many to count! Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom, collected and edited by Leonard Marcus. Serpentine by Cindy Pon. Something Like Hope by Shawn Goodman. The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo by Zen Cho. March (1-3) by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. Nafiza These are books that were released last […]
Janet To read more First Nations literature! Expect to see at least one post from me about an Indigenous-authored and/or -illustrated book each month during 2017. (To be quite honest, though, this still feels like too small an effort — only 12 books in a whole year — even if it is a quarter of […]
Janet Specifically, top 10 children’s literature-related books stories read for the first time in 2016. Oh goodness, this is difficult! My initial list was at least 28 titles long. Sorcerer to the Crown and Spirits Abroad by Zen Cho Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray Behind You by Jacqueline Woodson A Short History of Fantasy by Farah […]
Janet Exactly how long a list am I allowed to write? Note: the list below is comprised strictly of books that have already been published. The first six Amy Unbounded comics by Rachel Hartman. (Technically, not a book, as these were never collected, unlike the next six, which were published as Amy Unbounded: Belondweg Blossoming.) Cart and Cwidder, […]
Janet 2017 releases and a few releases from late 2016 that I won’t be able to read until the new year. Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner. A sequel to Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown. The print edition of Check Please Year 2 by Ngozi Ukazu. Gotham Academy Vol. 3: Yearbook by Brenden Fletcher. (Released November […]