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Intellectual Recreation: Series Salute: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco Fantasy Witch, Fantasy Books, Witch Series, Book Series, Books To Read, My Books, Raise The Dead, My Heart Is Breaking, Book Lists

Series Salute: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

I love this underrated gem of a fantasy trilogy. In fact, I love it so much that I reread books one and two before tackling book 3 this summer. I'm not much of a rereader, but the plots in this series are so intricate, and I wanted to make sure I did not miss a thing. Goodreads | Amazon | Audible | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound About the Books Tea is a bone witch, meaning she can raise beings from the dead. She discovers her power at the age of twelve when she raised her brother Fox from the…

Intellectual Recreation: Series Salute: Caraval by Stephanie Garber Caraval Book, Book Series, I Love Books, Books To Read, My Books, Silly Questions, The Visitors, Book Fandoms, Book Worms

Series Salute: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

The Caraval Series by Stephanie Garber was such a fun ride. I thought the series got better with every book and went out with a bang. (Series featured here and here.) Goodreads | Amazon | Audible | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound About the Books For years sisters Scarlett and Donatella Dragna have dreamed of escaping life with their oppressive father and attending Caraval, a traveling circus-like extravaganza where the visitors are part of the show. When they finally get their chance, the…

Intellectual Recreation: Young Adult Books for Pride Month Ya Books, Book Club Books, Books To Read, Cute Girl Names, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, K Pop Star, Blue Party, Book Suggestions

Young Adult Books for Pride Month

Last year for Pride Month, I put together a post of some of my favorite YA books that feature LGBTQIA+ characters. This year I decided I wanted to feature books that came out this spring. The majority of these are debuts, as well. Have you read any of these books? What new 2020 releases with LGBTQIA+ themes do you have on your reading list? I'll Be the One by Lyla Lee This one is for all the K-Pop fans out there. Skye Shin wants to be the first plus-sized, bisexual K-Pop star. After wowing…

Intellectual Recreation: Black Lives Matter: Young Adult and Middle Grade B... Good Books, Books To Read, All American Boy, Young Adult Fiction, Books For Teens, Nonfiction Books, Social Justice, Book Lists, School Librarian

Black Lives Matter: Young Adult and Middle Grade Books about Racism

I've found that the best way for me to learn about racism is to listen, and a good way to listen is to start reading. Here are own voices books that tackle racial injustice, police brutality, and systemic racism. Dear Martin by Nic Stone When Justyce McAllister and his best friend are victims of police brutality, Justyce begins writing letters to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to help make sense of his world. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi This…

Intellectual Recreation: Reading on a Theme: Inspired by Classic Literature Minor Character, University Of Virginia, Classic Literature, Retelling, Female Characters, First Love, This Book, Reading

Reading on a Theme: Inspired by Classic Literature

I love retellings of every variety. Here we have books inspired by classic literature. I've been thinking of this bunch in particular as the "Inspired by the Classics: Fantasy/ Sci-fi Edition." Watch for the "Inspired by the Classics: Contemporary Edition." More "Inspired by the Classics" here. The Raven: In Cat Winter's story, Muses take physical form. Seventeen-year-old Edgar Allen Poe meets his dark Muse, Lenore, who appears as a young woman with raven-like characteristics. Torn between…

Intellectual Recreation: Reading on a Theme: Losing a Friend New Girlfriend, Ex Boyfriend, Best Friend Book, Best Friends, Friendship Breakup, Toxic Friendships, Everything Is Falling Apart, The Boy Next Door, Keeping Secrets

Reading on a Theme: Losing a Friend

The end of a friendship can be so painful. A book might help. Here we have five YA books about losing or nearly losing a friend. James and Kat: At the beginning of their senior year, James and Kat are best friends. By graduation they aren't speaking. Amy Spalding tells the story of the disintegration of their friendship. We Used to Be Friends is told in alternating timelines. Kat's timeline moves forward in time and James's moves backward. The plot becomes a puzzle that the reader tries to…

Intellectual Recreation: Books Featuring Plagues and Pandemics Steven Johnson, Johnson And Johnson, Connie Willis, Time Travel Series, Zombie Plague, Historical Fiction Books, Alternate History, Retelling, Faith

Books Featuring Plagues and Pandemics

Maybe this is not the time to make this post, but, on the other hand, I can't stop thinking about all the many, many books I've read that feature plagues and pandemics. So maybe it's the perfect time to post this. For reasons that I don't entirely understand books featuring a rampant illness are totally my type of thing. A plague works so well in every type of genre from historical fiction to science fiction. Here are some of my favorites grouped by genre. Now if only we could get this…

It's been a couple years since I compiled a favorite reads post. It's been hard for me to read as much as I'd like to over the past few yea. The Thirteenth Tale, Historical Concepts, Will Arnett, I Have Forgotten, Im Excited, High Fantasy, Nonfiction Books, American History, Audio Books

More Favorite Reads of 2019

It's been a couple years since I compiled a favorite reads post. It's been hard for me to read as much as I'd like to over the past few years and I'm excited to be feeling more like myself and to do more reading. Here are some fun facts about these twelve books: 5 were discussed in one of my book groups 6 were audiobooks - I'm definitely reading more audiobooks than anything else these days 3 were ebooks 4 were debuts or new-to-me authors 5 were fantasy 2 were magical realism 2 were science…

Here's another great collection of nonfiction history books written for young readers . This time aroun. Fall From Grace, Space Race, Infancy, Teen Boys, History Books, Book Series, Nonfiction, American History, Good Books

History Books for Young Readers

Here's another great collection of nonfiction history books written for young readers. I love putting these lists together. This time around we have some excellent commemorative choices and we have quite a few books about women making history from the Revolutionary War to the present day. Although aimed at a middle-grade or young adult audience, these books are fascinating for readers of all ages. American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race by Douglas Brinkley July 20th, 2019…

Intellectual Recreation: Reading on a Theme: Movie Magic Zombie Movies, Horror Movies, Kasie West, Why I Love Him, In Memory Of Dad, Green Street, Creature Feature, Writing Styles, First Kiss

Reading on a Theme: Movie Magic

Let's go to the movies. Or, if you'd rather stay in, here are some books about movies and movie makers. The Actress: Lacey Barnes is a debut actress hoping this film will be her big break. But show business isn't all fun and games. The director is worried about her chemistry. Accidents on set seem to happen when she's around. Most embarrassing of all, Lacey's dad keeps reminding everyone that she's the only underage actor on set. He even hired a straight-laced kid named Donovan from the…

Intellectual Recreation: Reading on a Theme: Dragons Dragon Mythology, Dragon Hunters, Will Arnett, Hero's Journey, Daughters Of The King, Writing Styles, Childhood Friends, Save Her, Ways To Save

Reading on a Theme: Dragons

Dragons are undeniably one of the best mythical beasts out there. We love seeing how each author makes the dragon mythology their own, and we have thoughts about this. If you are in the mood for a dragon book or two or five, might we suggest one of these? Dragon Sanctuary: Mira Minkoba wishes she could spend all her time at the dragon sanctuary, but as the Hopebearer and the face of the Mira Treaty, she is expected to behave far more properly. But even being the famous Mira Minkoba can't…

Intellectual Recreation: Young Adult Books for Pride Month Code Name Verity, Let's Talk About Love, Best Mysteries, Cute Stories, Historical Fiction, Thought Provoking, Memoirs, Breakup, Pride

Young Adult Books for Pride Month

Here are some of my favorite picks for Pride Month. Happily, we are seeing more and more books that could fit into this list with every year that passes. What are some of the favorites on your list? Contemporaries: Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram (featured here) A book about connection to family and friends. In Iran Darius meets Sohrab, who becomes the first really close friend he's ever had, and with that relationship Darius begins to understand himself. I'll Give You the Sun…

Intellectual Recreation: World War II Nonfiction for Young Readers Women's Army Corps, Oscar Winning Films, D Day, History Books, I Love Books, Military History, World War Ii, Nonfiction, True Stories

World War II Nonfiction for Young Readers: D-Day Edition

June 6, 2019 is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the landing at Normandy by the Allied Forces. As you know, I love a good commemorative post, and I wanted to put something together for this anniversary. This group of World War II history books for young readers has several books that include D-Day events. Though written with young readers in mind, these books are great for readers of any age. D-Day: The World War II Invasion that Changed History by Deborah Hopkinson On June 6, 1944 the allied…

Reading on a Theme: The Revolutionary War

We've got book recommendations today for all of you who have already watched Hamilton 1000 times since it dropped on Disney+ in July, but still need more. Wartime Romance: It doesn't get more obvious that this recommendation. The meeting and marriage of Alexander and Eliza takes place over the course of one song in the musical, but Melissa De La Cruz's book gives the first months of their romance the full treatment. The book begins at the ball where Eliza and Alexander first meet. I really…

Favorite Reads of 2020

It's my favorite time of the year for bookish content. Give me all the "Favorite Reads" and "Best Books" posts. I had a hard time selecting my favorites this year. 2020 made for a different kind of reading year for me. I did more rereading this year than I have done in probably a decade. Rereading was one thing that helped me manage the stress of 2020 and all that it entailed. I was thinking about creating a category for "Favorite Reread," and for pure, nostalgic enjoyment the winner would…

Reading on a Theme: What the Dead Left Behind

We are back with one of our longest-running series. In this "What the Dead Left Behind" post, our main characters once again face the loss of a loved one. Be sure to have your tissues handy. More "What the Dead Left Behind" posts here. A Plan: Amelia and Jenna have been best friends since the terrible day that Amelia's father left. When Jenna dies in a car accident, Amelia feels bound to stick to Jenna's plan for their lives after high school, even though she was never sure it was what she…