- 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 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 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 […]
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about the book recommendations we did not regret. Or, maybe we did. Either way, the person who recommended these books was the reason we picked them up. Join in on the Top Ten fun in the comments! 🙂 Steph Lockwood & Co series by Jonathan Stroud. This was […]
New and exciting in the world of children’s literature: Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief turns 20 tomorrow (October 1, 2016). Congratulations, MWT and Gen! And, with the re-release of The Queen’s Thief books 1-4 with new covers slated for February 28, 2017, could books 5 and 6 be far behind? *starry-eyed emoji* (Janet) This article is […]
In honour of Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief, which turns 20 on October 1, 2016, Yash and I took up the Sounis “Stealing the Cake” challenge of baking a cake using ingredients mentioned in The Thief. (A shorter version of this post can be found on Sounis here.) We planned, naturally. I doodled fantastical layered cakes with […]
Since this week’s Top Ten prompt from The Broke and the Bookish is “all about audio”, and we haven’t done much audiobook listening lately, I figured this would be a more suitable topic. Have at! Janet Requirements: lots of dialogue; witty dialogue; dialogue rife with misunderstandings; and a relatively limited cast of characters (so I don’t get who they are […]
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme by The Broke and the Bookish and this week we pick our top favourite books in X genre. I’ll let each book warrior pick their genre (no repeats, please) and remember YA and MG are not genres. Okay, go: Yash The genre I pick is horror/paranormal, but I guess most […]
Janet I am going to interpret this question to include series that I am waiting for the next release in, even if I am not reading any of its component books at this exact moment. The Old Kingdom books by Garth Nix. October (and Goldenhand) feels very far away. The Lion Hunters cycle by Elizabeth Wein. There […]
Tomorrow is Canada Day. I happen to be four provinces east of home, and, having driven through those four provinces (five; I had to cross most of BC, too) in rapid succession, have a head full of geological and climatological thoughts. Such as: this is a marvelously magnificent country. I would really like more books […]