My first book sketchnote in a LOONNGG time! THE LOVE LETTERS OF ABELARD AND LILY is a super sweet romance between a boy on the autism spectrum and a girl with ADHD. I LOVED it so much that I finished it in a day! I also really liked that it was set in Austin so I could actually picture where events were taking place! I used the Apple Pencil and the Doodle Art app, which is why there’s an awkward border on the left. 😂😂. I’ll be booktalking this book and a few others in a Junior Library Guild webinar next month-check back for details!
For the past three years I have participated in the Goodreads Challenge. The Challenge is set by you, the reader. You set a reading goal for the year and then log your books as you read them throughout the year. You can "cheat" a bit by adjusting your goal as the year goes by, but it is always your CHOICE. I set a goal to read 80 books this year. (In 2016 my goal was 100 and I felt like I put too much pressure on myself to read quickly and not enjoy the books, so I set my goal a little lower for 2017.
I am proud to say that with 25 days left in 2017-today I completed my 2017 Goodreads Challenge of reading 80 books! Now that I've met my goal, I plan on making a "Top 10 of 2017" books list, but in my opinion, and based off of the books that I read that were published in 2017. So that books that I read this year are as follows (In backwards order):
Despite the length of BTDBY, I really enjoyed it. It is much darker than the rest of the Diviners series and takes the reader down a history lesson of the United States. I love the historical fiction piece as this is the time period when people were trying to "cleanse" the US of immigrants and adding the Diviners to this prejudice feels perfect for the time period. The Diviners not only have to deal with helping rid New York of ghosts that are killing people but also with prejudice against their diversity. This was a great mirror of our immigration current situation and I LOVED it! I think the conversations that this book starts will be of great importance.
Five stars! I loved this retelling of The Great Gatsby! As long as you don't focus so much on the Retelling part and focus on the actual story, it's a great one! I loved the attention to detail in the story that really helped me to visualize just how beautiful the settings and people in the book were. I also really enjoyed Naomi's character growth as she enters the Hamptons as a slightly rebellious teen to a young woman who knows the difference between who she thinks she is and who she knows she is. Loved it!
Monty and Percy are two young aristocrats sets out to go on "tour of the continent" after the end of their formal schooling. Monty assumes that this trip will be more gambling, drinking, and sleeping with anything that will have him, but he is quickly wronged. Their group is taken over by highway robbers as soon as they've left and end up in a whirlwind adventure involving pirates, a mysterious stolen box with a mysterious key inside it, and many secrets!
I LOVED the story of how being in love with your best friend can be one of the hardest things to do, especially when your best friend is not only of a different race, but the same sex. I'd never considered what a same sex couple would deal with in the 1700-1800s, but Mackenzi Lee depicts it perfectly.
I very highly recommend this book to anyone who not only loves YA, but love stories, Adventure, and historical fiction!
Groovy Joe: Ice cream and Dinosaurs
Written by Eric Litwin
Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Such a cute sharing book! Joe has a tub of ice cream and is enjoying it alone when three dinosaurs break down his door and want to share! I enjoyed the colors and the different genders of the dinosaurs as well as the different words to describe the dinosaurs. I also appreciated the repeated phrases. "ROAR!" This would be a fun book to use for choral reading!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Words do not do this wonderful picture book justice. The book is disguised as a tablet so as to not scare people away from their devices. Tek is a boy who is so connected to his devices that he never goes outside of his cave. His friends miss him and he is missing out on the whole world. One day something happens that causes Tek to have to disconnect and discover he beautiful world around him. If only we could find a way to force children out of their own caves today and disconnect for a little while before they, too, miss out on the beautiful world around them.
Happy Dreamer is delightful! It shows the way a child's brain may not be still, but rather bouncing around dreaming or even sitting still dreaming. It shows children that it is ok to be silly and has a beautiful fold out two page spread of different types of "dreamers."