Three picture books for Mother’s Day featuring two moms

Mother’s Day can be a bit fraught for any female-presenting person. When I worked in a grocery store during college and Mother’s Day rolled around, I didn’t want to wish any random woman happy Mother’s Day because…who am I to assume? Even if they have kids with them, I still didn’t want to assume. PeopleContinue reading “Three picture books for Mother’s Day featuring two moms”

Culture Popped Open: Episode 6: 2019 Favorites

We released another episode! And we think we’ve settled on a date to release them: Wednesday. Not necessarily every Wednesday (although you’ll definitely get something on Patreon), but twice a month. This one’s all about our favorite TV, movies, books, musicals, comedy, and other things we discovered in 2019. Most of them were released inContinue reading “Culture Popped Open: Episode 6: 2019 Favorites”

Review: Me, Myself, And Him by Chris Tebbetts

Genre: YA contemporary/speculative fiction Publisher: Delacorte Press Publication date: July 9, 2019 Perfect for fans of Becky Albertali’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and A. S. King’s Still Life with Tornado, this story of parallel time lines cleverly explores how our choices can change and shape us–as well as the ways in which choicesContinue reading “Review: Me, Myself, And Him by Chris Tebbetts”

ARC Review: Our Year of Maybe

Publisher: Simon Pulse Genre: YA contemporary Publication date: January 15, 2019 Synopsis: Aspiring choreographer Sophie Orenstein would do anything for Peter Rosenthal-Porter, who’s been on the kidney transplant list as long as she’s known him. Peter, a gifted pianist, is everything to Sophie: best friend, musical collaborator, secret crush. When she learns she’s a match,Continue reading “ARC Review: Our Year of Maybe”

2018 Reading Wrap-Up! With Charts! And 2019 goals!

Why yes, it is 2019, which means it’s time to wrap up my 2018 reading year. (I read up until Dec. 31st, of course!) This year’s edition is complete with lots of stats and charts, thanks to the reading spreadsheet I got from Book Riot! (Here is the new and improved 2019 one, which I’mContinue reading “2018 Reading Wrap-Up! With Charts! And 2019 goals!”

YA Books that Describe the Magic of Music

I know I mostly talk about books here, but I also LOVE music. It’s always been a part of my life and my family’s life, and I have always loved singing in choir and going/listening to musicals. I also used to play piano and I want to get back into it soon. So naturally, IContinue reading “YA Books that Describe the Magic of Music”

Review/Discussion: My Year in the Middle by Lila Quintero Weaver

Genre: Middle grade historical fiction Publisher: Candlewick Publication Date: July 10, 2018 Synopsis: In a racially polarized classroom in 1970 Alabama, Lu’s talent for running track makes her a new best friend — and tests her mettle as she navigates the school’s social cliques. Miss Garrett’s classroom is like every other at our school. WhiteContinue reading “Review/Discussion: My Year in the Middle by Lila Quintero Weaver”

ARC Review: Fresh Ink (anthology)

Genre: YA contemporary/science-fiction/fantasy/graphic novel/historical fiction Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers Publication Date: August 14, 2018 Synopsis: In partnership with We Need Diverse Books, thirteen of the most recognizable, diverse authors come together in this remarkable YA anthology featuring ten short stories, a graphic short story, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers neverContinue reading “ARC Review: Fresh Ink (anthology)”

Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

I was tagged by Linda over at Linda’s Little Library to do the Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag. I’m a little late for this because I was on vacation, so I’m not going to include anything I’ve read so far in July, since the end of June marked the middle of the year. 1. Best BookContinue reading “Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag”

Review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Genre: YA contemporary Publisher: Balzer & Bray Publication date: April 24, 2018 Synopsis: Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst. When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—butContinue reading “Review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli”