Next up: DOUGH BOYS. Seeing these two side by side makes me so happy! I really, really love books. If you’re new on here (hi new followers!), that’s the thing you should know. I love words. I work with words. And few experiences beat the feeling of being transported by words. These days I’m a die-hard kidlit fan, and I have to force myself to read adult literature. So know that if I enjoyed a piece of adult fiction, it’s probably really engaging 😂 • • What kind of books do you like to read? I like plot-centered books about the lives of women or children. Still if a book features beautiful language, I’ll go anywhere with it. What’s your thing? • • • • • #bookstagram #epicreads #amreading #booknerd #bookaddict #bookworm #bibliophile #reader #bookhaul #igbooks #bookish #bookmail #booktography #igreads #booktastic #bookishescape #readingforfun #readmorebooks #epicreads #booklover #booksofinstagram #TBR #bookstagramfeature #instabooks #bookfeaturepage #booksandflowers #literature #coverlove #kidlit
TW: rape 🚨 I finished this powerful novel last night and whew, chile! In SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW, author Patty Blount follows the aftermath of Ashley Lawrence’s rape. As if rape isn’t a heavy enough conversation, 14-year-old Ashley Lawrence was raped by her brother’s football teammate. Then her brother defended her rapist during the trial 🙃🙃🙃 • • This book is HEAVY. Lots of family tension as they handle Ashley’s rape, as she copes with PTSD and finds her footing after the incident. A few great things about this book: • • - it’s very educational; even adults would benefit from the way consent is explored and understanding the position of rape and sexual assault survivors. - realistic portrayal of how difficult forgiveness can be and why it’s important to create space for people grow out of old thought patterns. - positive depiction of what real masculinity entails in Sebastian’s character. • • This is by no means a perfect book*. I wish Sebastian’s character was more explored and the book does get a bit preachy, but all those flaws are understandable considering the focus/main themes. So, still a 5⭐️ read in my book. 10/10 would recommend. I received an ARC of this one last year 🙃 but eventually did audio on scribd (which I really liked!). • • *There is some unnecessary strong language in this book. • • I’m reaching for a lighter read after this one. And I’m still accepting light read suggestions, especially if they’re kidlit! 👇🏾 What are you reading?
5⭐️ for this strong YA novel following an Indian girl, Susan, who moves fro Saudi Arabia to Canada where she forms a friendship with certified “bad boy,” Malcolm. 🎨 • • This one surprisingly grew on me! I loved that the main characters form a genuine friendship and that this novel addresses so many themes. Susan is a talented artist whose immigrant parents want her to pursue a “professional” degree, and Malcolm’s issues with his dad are serious issues I haven’t seen tackled by many YA books. 🎨 • • I also enjoyed all the minor characters and their storylines, especially how Susan’s parents navigate their marital relationship. Refreshingly, also, the characters in this novel deal with problems more important than the romance in this book. 🎨 • • Overall, a remarkable YA novel! And I stayed up until 2am to finish this. For someone with a 10pm bedtime, that says a lot. 🎨 • • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
⭐️⭐️⭐️ • • Best Babysitters Ever follows Malia, Bree, and Dot—three different twelve-year-olds who are inspired by the BSC book, Kristy’s Great Idea, to start their own club. Throughout the story, the girls have to deal with business competition, family drama, and babysitting drama. • • This one was OK to me; I didn’t love it. I thought the vocabulary was at times ridiculously inconsistent for the characters. It also read very fluffy for me (I read and LOVE middle-grade, so it’s not a “children’s book” issue) and overly dramatic. • • Still, like every other book, I’m certain it will appeal to a specific audience—just not me.
Is it a #bookstagram sin to post twice in one day? Because I just received @kristinaforest_ ‘s ARC from @macmillankidsbooks and IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL! I squealed at the post office!! 😩😍😍😍 This is one my HIGHLY anticipated YA releases of 2019 and I want to start reading ASAP! • • 💃🏾 BLURB: When Chloe Pierce’s mom forbids her to apply for a spot at the dance conservatory of her dreams, she devises a secret plan to drive two hundred miles to the nearest audition. But Chloe hits her first speed bump when her annoying neighbor Eli insists upon hitching a ride, threatening to tell Chloe’s mom if she leaves him and his smelly dog, Geezer, behind. So now Chloe’s chasing her ballet dreams down the east coast—two unwanted (but kinda cute) passengers in her car, butterflies in her stomach, and a really dope playlist on repeat. • • 💃🏾Filled with roadside hijinks, heart-stirring romance, and a few broken rules, I Wanna Be Where You Are is a YA debut perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Sandhya Menon. • • 🌸💃🏾HOW GORGEOUS IS THAT COVER?! Real #coverlove for this one ❤️ Have you heard of this book? Which YA releases are on your radar this year?
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ You know those books you can’t stop reading, but are also praying you never finish? FIELD NOTES ON LOVE is one of those! I bought, read, and finished this one in a day! • • The YA novel follows two teens, Mae and Hugo who end up traveling by train from NYC to San Francisco. When Hugo’s girlfriend, Margaret Campbell breaks up with him after booking the trip (hotels and all) in her name alone, he posts an ad to find another Margaret Campbell so he can still take the trip. • • A few things I loved about this book: - Hugo is half-Black and British - Hugo is also one of sextuplets (all of whom are fairly well-developed characters 👍🏾) - Mae is a filmmaker - The book is well-written and so incredibly vivid! - Alfie ❤️ (you’ll understand when you read). Overall, a nuanced romance (totally appropriate for high schoolers) centered around family, finding oneself, and of course the wonder of a good travel adventure! 10/10 would recommend!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I finally got around to reading ZINNIA AND THE BEES and I enjoyed this quirky middle-grade novel. Zinnia’s life does a quick 180 when her big brother leaves home without telling anyone (not even her!). As if that isn’t bad enough, a colony of bees moves into her hair. • • I was a bit skeptical of this book at first, because I tend to balk at unrealistic storylines, but somehow this worked. Told from alternating perspectives of Zinnia and the bees, this book offers fresh insight into nature, art, friendship, and of course, growing up. • • I wish Dr. Flossdrop’s character was more developed, but this is definitely a book worth reading! • • • • #middlegrade #kidlit #amreading #kindlepics #bookstagram #epicreads #booknerd #bookaddict #bookworm #bibliophile #reader #bookhaul #igbooks
Good morning! 🌞 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I’ve been reading this one for far too long, but that’s my problem with essay collections. Some essays are great, and others are just a drag. Ann Patchett’s collection is no different. I enjoyed GETAWAY CAR and THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE. I also liked THE DOG LIFE and ON RESPONSIBILITY, but I wasn’t sure what she was trying to achieve with THE WALL. • • Still, Patchett’s writing is insightful and warm, her observations always astute. I’d suggest just skipping the essays you’re not feeling, otherwise you could be reading this for three months 😂 Any thoughts on this one if you’ve read it? • • #bookstagram #epicreads #amreading #booknerd #bookaddict #bookworm #bibliophile #reader #bookhaul #igbooks #bookstack #bookish #bookmail #booktography #igreads #booktastic #bookishescape #readingforfun #readmorebooks #epicreads #booklover #booksofinstagram #TBR #bookstagramfeature #instabooks #bookfeaturepage #booksandflowers #literature #coverlove
⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thanks to @stmartinspress for an ARC of this book! Yara Zgheib's debut follows a young woman struggling with anorexia. Anna Roux's life as she knows it slowly disintegrates when she moves from Paris to America with her husband. At the same time, an injury halts her career as a ballerina. Working as a cashier in a store, she begins to slip into disordered eating. • • Most of the story plays out in the treatment facility at 17 Swann Street where Annais admitted and meets other women with various eating disorders. Anna's treatment progress is documented in doctor-style notes as she undergoes behavioral therapy and is forced to face her fear of food. Zgheib's novel alternates between Anna's past and present showing readers the events leading up to her anorexia. • • The Girls at 17 Swann Street is moving; the author handles her subject sensitively and yet doesn't shield readers from the hard truths of eating disorders. Readers will feel the pain of all the girls every time they sit for a meal; Anna needs over half an hour to finish a bagel and cream cheese in the morning. • • Unfortunately, for me, besides the authentic depiction of an eating disorder, not much else is engaging about this story. • • I would still recommend this book for its convincing portrayal of life with an eating disorder. My full review is now on the blog; link in bio! Have you read this one? What did you think? • • #bookworm #bibliophile #reader #bookhaul #igbooks #bookstack #bookish #bookmail #booktography #igreads #booktastic #bookishescape #readingforfun #readmorebooks #epicreads #booklover #booksofinstagram #TBR #bookstagramfeature #instabooks #bookdragon #bookfeaturepage #booksandflowers #literature #coverlove