Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Liked More Than I Thought I Would


  • 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Dreamers often Life – Jacqueline West
    While this book does not end with the brilliance it began, it was, nevertheless, a surprisingly good read.
  5. 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.
The Best of 2015: Middle Grade Fiction

The Best of 2015: Middle Grade Fiction

Janet (links may contain spoilers) Wishing for Tomorrow by Hilary McKay Wanting Mor by Rukhsana Khan The Secret Agenda of Sigrid Sugden and The Nine Lives of Travis Keating by Jill MacLean The Water of Possibility by Hiromi Goto Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson Witness by Karen […]

The Best of 2015: Picturebooks

The Best of 2015: Picturebooks

Nafiza I’ve read a number of picturebooks this year but the ones that stuck with me the most are these four. And fortunately, I have reviewed all of them. So here’s a linked list: Little Robot – Ben Hatke This is Sadie – Sara O’Leary and Julie Morstad Pool – Ji Heyon Lee Interstellar Cinderella […]