Review of Some Places More Than Others by Renee Watson (physical arc)

 

 

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Some Places More Than Others by Renee Watson

 

Newbery Honor author Renée Watson explores a family’s relationships and Harlem—its history, culture, arts, and people.

All Amara wants is to visit her father’s family in Harlem. Her wish comes true when her dad decides to bring her along on a business trip. She can’t wait to finally meet her extended family and stay in the brownstone where her dad grew up. Plus, she wants to visit every landmark from the Apollo to Langston Hughes’s home.

But her family, and even the city, is not quite what Amara thought. Her dad doesn’t speak to her grandpa, and the crowded streets can be suffocating as well as inspiring. But as she learns more and more about Harlem—and her father’s history—Amara realizes how, in some ways more than others, she can connect with this other home and family.

This is a powerful story about family, the places that make us who we are, and how we find ways to connect to our history across time and distance.

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Blog Tour for The Oddmire (The Changeling Book #1) by William Ritter (excerpt &review)

 

I’m so happy today to share some info and my review of The Oddmire by William Ritter.  Thank you to Algonquin for asking me to be a part of their tour.

 

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ARC Check In

 

My husband recently helped me set up a system to track my arcs better.  It’s been great so far and I wanted to share how I’m doing.

 

This does show me how many arcs I have for September and October.  I had no idea there were so many!  I’m hoping this system will help me with requesting less, too.  I’ll have to pay better attention to dates.

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Half Year TBR Update

 

This is the first year I’ve done a yearly TBR POST.  Since we are halfway through the year, I thought I would see how I’m doing.  I’m horrible with sticking to a TBR being a mood reader, but I’m actually not doing too bad.

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July/August 2019 TBR and Beyond Challenge

 

For anyone new to my blog, I am a moderator in TBR and Beyond which is a very active book group on facebook.  We have monthly challenges and games along with group reads and live author chats.  I hope you join if you haven’t already.  You do need to be a member to sign up for any game.

 

Our members wanted to do another game board, so we are doing a two month event for summer.  I’ll have the rules below.  You can join and also see the rules with THIS LINK

 

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Review of Spinner of Dreams by K.A. Reynolds (digital arc)

 

 

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The Spinner of Dreams by K.A. Reynolds

 

Inventive, empathetic, and strange in all the best ways, The Spinner of Dreams draws from the author’s own experiences to create a story that feels timeless and universal. As she did in her debut The Land of Yesterday, K. A. Reynolds thoughtfully explores mental health and crafts an adventure that fits right alongside middle grade classics like The Phantom Tollbooth.

Annalise Meriwether—though kind, smart, and curious—is terribly lonely.

Cursed at birth by the devious Fate Spinner, Annalise has always lived a solitary life with her loving parents. She does her best to ignore the cruel townsfolk of her desolate town—but the black mark on her hand won’t be ignored.

Not when the monster living within it, which seems to have an agenda of its own, grows more unpredictable each day.

There’s only one way for Annalise to rid herself of her curse: to enter the Labyrinth of Fate and Dreams and defeat the Fate Spinner. So despite her anxiety, Annalise sets out to undo the curse that’s defined her—and to show the world, and herself, exactly who she is inside.

“With this haunting, wildly-imaginative, deeply-felt fairy tale, K.A. Reynolds proves to be a gifted dream spinner herself. A testament to the power of hope, determination, and of having a magical cat on your side.” (Anne Ursu, author of The Lost Girl)

“A magnificent and fantastical journey expertly woven with magic, imagination, and hope. Reynolds gently draws the reader to a place where fragile dreams are realized, where broken hearts are made whole. Readers will be utterly captivated.” (J.C. Cervantes, New York Times bestselling author of The Storm Runner)

Utterly thrilling and achingly poignant, The Spinner of Dreams positively brims with magic, mystery, and poetry. This is the kind of book I needed when I was eleven years old: the type that proves that girls can fight their demons and win. (Hayley Chewins, author of The Turnaway Girls)

Praise for The Land of Yesterday: “Told with riveting language, this is a poignant tale that will resonate with readers of all ages and leave them reeling from such an emotional, gorgeous story.” (Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of Aru Shah and the End of Time)

“From its first words, The Land of Yesterday has the pure crystal ring of a classic, like The Little Prince or The Phantom Tollbooth—beautiful, unique, and shimmering with truth. It’s a balm for grief, and a bursting fantastical joy of a story.” (Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Strange the Dreamer Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Strange the Dreamer)

“Richly imagined, creative, and entertaining.” (School Library Journal) 

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Top Ten Tuesday 6/4/19

 

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.   You can find each week’s topic on her site.

 

This week’s topic is top ten books from your favorite genre.  Normally I would copy and past the synopsis for each book, but I’m still having hand issues.  So there will just be covers.  Hopefully I can start typing more/using my wrist soon.

 

My favorite genre is mystery/thriller/spooky type books.  These are in no particular order.

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