Am I still a book blogger? Introducing the Human Connection Project!

Time for a Change So…I haven’t been on here much this, at least outside of my drafts and notes. I thought when I stopped teaching it would be easier to go back, but in fact, it was hard. I’m doing a lot better and have been able to focus on reading more, but I haveContinue reading “Am I still a book blogger? Introducing the Human Connection Project!”

Birthday Reflections

Yesterday was my 24th birthday. I wrote this on my personal Instagram/Facebook for friends and family, but I am rather proud of it and it doesn’t get too personal so I wanted to share. I’m still struggling with writing and creativity, but I’m hoping to get some things published both here and perhaps in actualContinue reading “Birthday Reflections”

Review: How to Become a Planet by Nicole Melleby

For Pluto, summer has always started with a trip to the planetarium. It’s the launch to her favorite season, which also includes visits to the boardwalk arcade, working in her mom’s pizzeria, and her best friend Meredith’s birthday party. But this summer, none of that feels possible. A month before the end of the schoolContinue reading “Review: How to Become a Planet by Nicole Melleby”

Amazing New Queer Middle Grade Reads

Quarantine hasn’t really be that great for my reading, honestly. But early in it, when I was more motivated, I read these fantastic, recent queer middle grade releases that warmed my heart. I’m so excited to share these with my middle school students when I start teaching next year! As far as I can tell,Continue reading “Amazing New Queer Middle Grade Reads”

2019 Reading Wrap-Up and 2020 goals! (With charts!)

Welcome to 2020! That means it’s time for my annual reading wrap-up and goals post. (I read through December 31st. What’s with all the best of the year stuff coming out at the beginning of December?) I refuse to participate in Best-Of-The Decade This year was…long. Some of these books I look at and think,Continue reading “2019 Reading Wrap-Up and 2020 goals! (With charts!)”

The Year We Fell From Space: Mental Health and Surrealism in Middle Grade

Liberty Johansen is going to change the way we look at the night sky. Most people see the old constellations, the things they’ve been told to see. But Liberty sees new patterns, pictures, and possibilities. She’s an exception. Some other exceptions: Her dad, who gave her the stars. Who moved out months ago and hasn’tContinue reading “The Year We Fell From Space: Mental Health and Surrealism in Middle Grade”

“But your kids are gonna love it”: Introducing the 80s movies project!

That’s a quote from Back to the Future…a movie from the 80s I’ve actually seen. We’ve been in an 80s pop-culture nostalgia moment for a while now, amplified by Stranger Things (a show I mostly enjoy, though not for that reason), endless remakes and reboots and sequels, Guardians of the Galaxy‘s soundtrack, and other 80-setContinue reading ““But your kids are gonna love it”: Introducing the 80s movies project!”

ANNOUNCEMENT: I (co)-made a podcast!

My friend and fellow blogger Tay and I are constantly texting each other getting way too deep and enthusiastic about books, TV, musicals, and other such pop culture…so we decided to start a podcast to share our thoughts. It’s really something I’ve been wanting to do for a while and I’m so glad I’ve foundContinue reading “ANNOUNCEMENT: I (co)-made a podcast!”

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”