Books featured in this episode:
Dog Man #1 by Dav Pilkey
Roll With It by Jamie Sumner
Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey
The One Night Stand Before Christmas by Jana Aston
Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas by Dav Pilkey
P Is for Pterodactyl by Raj Haldar
Unwrapped by Callie Harper (Erotica)
Stocking stuffers (So Over the Holidays, #1) by Erin McLellan (Erotica)
Mangos and Mistletoe by Adriana Herrera (Erotica)
Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory
Crowded, Volume 1 (Graphic Novel)
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa dela Cruz
Books featured in this post:
The Sad Little Fact by Jonah Winter (Picture book)
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson (Picture book)
This Is a Serious Book by Jodie Parachini (Picture book)
Life by Cinthia Rylant (Picture book)
Just Breathe by Cammie McGovern
Acquicorn Cove by Katie O'Neill (Graphic Novel)
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Jackpot by Nic Stone
Chosen by Kiersten White
Wayward Witch by Zoraida Cordova
Antoni In the Kitchen by Antoni Porowski (cookbook)
One Day In December by Josie Silver
This graphic novel is awesome! It is Diverse, Inclusive, magical, and fun! Moonstruck is set in a universe where centaurs and lesbian werewolves work together in coffee shops that serve everyone. Two werewolves, Selena and Julie are in the very beginning stages of a relationship and are still getting to know each other when they go on a date that includes Chet, their centaur friend, who ends up becoming human in an evil magic show and loses his horse butt. While funny, the graphic novel does an amazing job of showing how disastrous and emotionally traumatizing this is to him. The girls and their friends have to help find the evil magician that put on the magic show, get Chet’s butt back, and stop him from hurting others all while trying to figure out their feelings and new relationship!
The main character, Julie the werewolf, is pretty whiny and emotional, but she is a great representation of how feelings of others need to be respected and how to be kind. Overall, this was a great book!
Clara Shin lives with her dad in L.A and is the class clown. She likes to "stay in the shallow end" of feelings and make jokes of everything, but when she and the class president, Rose, get into a fight at prom and almost burn down the school cafeteria, she is forced to work with Rose in her dad's food truck all summer. As the two work together, Clara learns about having to face your feelings and what real friendship and relationships are like.
I loved every second of this book, so much so that I couldn't put it down and finished it in a little under a day. Clara is very real and relatable, her journey from class clown to actual person was easy to follow. I'd love to see a spinoff or novela about her dad and his realtionships being a single dad or her mom's adventures as a social media influencer.
The Way You Make Me Feel is another book that I will be reviewing and booktalking in a Junior Library Guild webcast next month!
Meet Cute is a super cute anthology of YA authors writing short stories about the lead up to meeting someone. Actual Rating: 3.8/5 stars
Siege Etiquette by Katie Cotugno: 3 stars
The story of two people who haven't seen each other in a long time and end up trapped together in a bathroom when a house party is being raided. It reminded me of the movie "Can't Hardly Wait" from the 90s. This story was cute, nothing amazing. I would be interested if it became a full novel.
Print Shop by Nina LaCour: 4 stars
I immediately enjoyed the diversity in this one. The main character, Evie, starts working in a print shop where everything is made by an artist instead of computers and machines. An angry customer voices her unpleasant opinion of the shop on Twitter and begins a love interest. Interesting concept.
Hourglass by Ibi Zoboi: 2 stars
Honestly, I didn't care for Cherish's POV in this one. She came off as very whiny and "woe is me" because her best friend starts dating the guy who teased her for her size, thankfully she comes to term with who she is.
Click by Katharine McGee: 4 stars
I really liked the idea behind Click. Katharine McGee introduces a futuristic dating app where your entire social media presence and online footprint are analyzed and match you with another person. While the thought of this overwhelmed me, I really enjoyed the fast pace of the story and wit and banter between the characters. It also was a great peek into how love can be unexpected even when you're looking for it.
The Intern by Sara Shepard: 4.5 stars
SO CUTE! Clara interns for her dad's record label and has to show around one of the artists and unexpectedly falls for him-cheesy, I know, but so cute. The beauty is really in the details in this one.
Somewhere That’s Green by Meredith Russo: 4.5 stars
Another WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS story revealing a transgender girl's fears and fight with a school board about which restroom she is allowed to use while a gay student who isn't out yet deals with her own issues. It was a little slow, but a great, quick, look into a world I'm not familiar with.
The Way We Love Here by Dhonielle Clayton: 4 stars
Very interesting concept. On a remote island, the people are born with a ring mark on their finger that reveals when they'll meet their soul mate. When two teens find a way to "hack the system" they see how their lives will play out and how they will live and fall in love with. Another interesting concept. I wouldn't read it as a whole novel, but it was a perfect short story.
Oomph by Emery Lord: 5 stars
Oomph was one of my favorites in this anthology! A super cute unexpected romance in an airport where mystery is in the air. Two girls meet in an airport pretending to be Marvel characters and hit it off. Loved it!
The Dictionary of You and Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout: 4.75 stars
It might be the librarian in me, but I loved this story. It was a bit predictable, but worth it. Moss has to track down an overdue dictionary from the library that she works at and finds more than just a book. Sometimes books reveal people for us. ;)
The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling in Love by Jocelyn Davies: 5 stars
Again, it might be that I was a math teacher in one of my past lives (before I became a librarian) but I loved this one. The main character writes her semester statistics project on the odds of her seeing a mystery boy from the subway again.
259 Million Miles by Kass Morgan: 3 stars
Meh. It felt more like the main character was running away from his problems rather than facing them head on, which *spoilers* he ends up doing. Blythe and Philip are two finalists for a mission to Mars and only one of them will be chosen. They have to spend 24 hours in an isolation chamber together to see how they will interact and work as a team-of course the predictability is obvious-but they make it through the test. A beautiful display of how sometimes we meet someone at the wrong time.
Something Real by Julie Murphy: 4 stars
Julie Murphy wrote a perfect show story on how meeting your celebrity crush can sometimes be a disappointment, but you can meet someone in the process that makes up for it.
Say Everything by Huntley Fitzpatrick: 0 stars
Just no. I didn't care at all for the POV, the main character was unmemorable and it was honestly just slow and boring.
The Department of Dead Love by Nicola Yoon: 6 (out of 5) stars
When is it socially acceptable to dub Nicola as the queen of romance? I mean really, this short story was perfect and made up for the crappy one before it. Thomas goes to the Department of Dead Love to find out what happened that caused an end to his last relationship and ends up finding a way to heal his heart. So many good quotes come from this story. LOVED IT!
Overall, I really enjoyed this anthology. Each story brought something different and it will appeal to all sorts of readers.
⭐️⭐️OOOMMGGGG my romance novel kick is officially over. What started as a really good first book became a really frustrating and annoying series. I really have enjoyed Colleen Hoover lately and I’ve read a bit of Tarryn Fisher and really liked her, but this joined series was NOT what I expected.
Charlie and Silas have been in love with each other for most of their lives, but when their fathers’ financial group falls apart and causes a rift in their relationship, they start to change I to different people and drift apart. Somewhere along the line they lose their memories and forget who they are, as well as each other, their families, and their friends. They come to find that this happens every 48 hours and have to find a way to stop it.
I mean, it was a cute romance story, but it just got kind of annoying and repetitive after a while. I’m ready for some sci-fi now!!
Again, I'm not a romance novel kind of person, and this one was really damn good. It got a little corny at the end, but overall it was great. The only reason I'm not giving it five stars is because of the corny ending.
Tate is a nurse/student who moves in with her brother in his apartment; on the night that she moves in Miles (the neighbor across the hall) is drunk and thrown against her new home's door. He ends up being a friend of her brother's and she allows Miles to sleep on the couch. You can immediately feel the sexual tension between the two of them and it never lets up over the course of the book. Of course, they end up having a thing, but Miles tells her that this is strictly sex and nothing will come of it, but of course-Tate falls for him anyway. But Miles' secret past is revealed to the reader through Miles' POV chapters, and believe me when I say that I was NOT expecting that twist. Of course, there is a happy ending, but not one that I expected. I really enjoyed it :)