What I Read in 2020

I read 99 books in 2020. With my own book coming out in 2021, I made a concerted effort to seek out and support 2020 debuts. Some of these were also fellow 2017 PitchWars mentees–bonus! And later in the year, I added another goal: I sought out books by Black authors for both myself and my kids….

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My Favorite Reads of 2020

I read so many fantastic books in 2020, it’s really hard to narrow down favorites. As I was reading back through my reviews from the year to decide, one of my major determining factors was the book’s unputtdownable factor (I guess that’s not a word, but oh well). So you’ll see how quickly I read…

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Battling A Review Slump

I’ve been reviewing books here on my blog since its inception in 2012. When I started out, I was writing middle grade books, and I made a point of reviewing a middle grade book every week. Over time, my review priorities have changed. I shifted to reviewing more young adult books than middle grade–although I’ve…

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10 Story Elements That Always Hook Me

As I was going through all the old posts on my blog to clean up the categories, I noticed it had been quite a while since I did a general reading post that wasn’t a review. I also noticed a number of my reviews included statements like “any book that includes _____ has my immediate…

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TRULY MADLY ROYALLY and a Few Other Books You Should Read

It’s time for another roundup of mini-reviews! In light of recent events, I took a hard look at my reading habits and realized that while I certainly wasn’t reading all white authors, I wasn’t making a concerted effort to read and support Black authors–or to bring those books to my kids’ attention. So as a…

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What I Read in 2019

I read 102 books in 2019. Books I reviewed are linked. My favorite reads of 2019 are starred. Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella The Date to Save by Stephanie Kate Strohm The Search by Nora Roberts American Panda by Gloria Chao Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender White Rose by Kip Wilson* The Other Miss Bridgerton…

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My Favorite Reads of 2019

My reading was back up this year. I finished 101 books, with a good mix of young adult, middle grade, and adult. I’ll include the breakdown at the bottom of the post. But on to the fun part–my ten favorite reads of 2019! They’re listed in alphabetical order by author. IN SOME OTHER LIFE by…

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30 Books in 3 Months Reading Challenge

Hello, friends! I know I’ve been sparse here on the blog, but this broken foot really messed with my schedule over the past six weeks. However, the end is in sight. Next week I get to start wearing regular shoes again. Yay! One thing that didn’t lapse during my recovery was reading, thanks to plenty…

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What I Read in 2018

I read 83 books in 2018. Books I reviewed are linked. My favorite reads of 2018 are starred. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood* Bookish…

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My Favorite Reads of 2018

I considered waiting until next week to post the list of my favorite reads of 2018, but my kids will be home, so I really don’t think I’ll get much more reading done. I’m only at 79 books completed, down from 100 last year, but I read quite a few adult books this year (still…

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On Sequels Ruining the Original

I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a while, ever since an eagerly awaited sequel came in the mail this summer and from the first few pages had me going, “Whaaat?” I’m not going to call out this book specifically, which is part of the reason I waited so long to post about it…

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What I Read in 2017

I read 100 books in 2017. Books I reviewed are linked. My favorite reads of 2017 are starred. Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg Forget Me by K.A. Harrington Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee The Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot Once Upon a Cruise by…

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