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#LiveLikeABookChallenge Hub!

With the #LiveLikeABookChallenge one week away as of this writing, I've created the challenge hub here so you can begin sharing advance plans, or participating if you're completely unable to join us during the scheduled dates of January 14 and 15! In short, this is your chance to spend a weekend like you're inside a book—and who doesn't want that? About the challenge: For a few years, I've thought about hosting a reading challenge like many other bloggers do, but I honestly felt like no one needs another reading challenge to tend to. But I still wanted to find a way to bring the blogging community together as part of a fun activity. Then a few random pieces of inspiration came together (including this article I saw that is basically my challenge for Taylor Swift rather than a book)...and I devised the #LiveLikeABookChallenge! What do I do for this challenge? Glad you asked! Basically

My #LiveLikeABookChallenge Adventure, Day 2!

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Here, I'll be cross-posting my updates from Instagram and Twitter about the #LiveLikeABookChallenge—make sure to check out the challenge hub if you want to participate! Update 1: Day 2 of #LiveLikeABookChallenge begins! I'm continuing my adventures from Goodbye Stranger with more cinnamon toast—and the cat ears will make their return too! 🍞🐱

My #LiveLikeABookChallenge Adventure, Day 1!

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Here, I'll be cross-posting my updates from Instagram and Twitter about the #LiveLikeABookChallenge—make sure to check out the challenge hub if you want to participate! Update 1: #LiveLikeABookChallenge begins today, so I'm spending my weekend living like Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead! First up: starting the day with one of Bridge's favorite treats, cinnamon toast! (It's even on the book cover...) And yes, Bridge, I ate it face-up! 😄 Update 2: My Goodbye Stranger adventures continue...with Bridge's cat ears! 🐱 (I won't be wearing these in public, I'm afraid, but I will be wearing them to a friend's house!) #LiveLikeABookChallenge Update 3: #LiveLikeABookChallenge continues with a Sherm-from-Goodbye-Stranger-themed activity: Reading about the Apollo 11 moon landing on Wikipedia! (And the quote is a smidge out of context—this book doesn't endorse moon landing misinformation! 😁) Update 4: My family's joined the #LiveLikeABookChallenge fun to

Don't forget...

The #LiveLikeABookChallenge begins tomorrow!!! Check out the challenge hub for information on how to participate. And don't stress too much about planning elaborate activities or picking the perfect book—just do what feels good, and focus on having fun! And I want to say, I've been behind on my activities in the blogosphere, but I will very much be around this weekend to check out what people are doing for the challenge. I hope you'll join me this weekend!

MMGM and #IMWAYR: Besties: Find Their Groove, One Cup at a Time, and more!

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Hi everyone! I've got a couple of books to share with y'all today, so let's dive right in! Finished in the past few weeks: Besties: Find Their Groove Written by Kayla Miller and Jeffrey Canino Illustrated by Kristina Luu MG · Graphic novel · Add it on Goodreads · Preview the illustrations · · ·   The publisher says:   · · · With their first formal school dance around the corner, Beth and Chanda are on a mission to make it the best night ever. Step one? Secure the perfect dresses so they can dominate the dance floor! But when neither of them can find an outfit that lives up to their high expectations—and when they encounter unexpected pressure to find dates—these besties will need to lean on their friendship more than ever if they hope to find their groove and bust a move! New York Times bestselling author Kayla Miller and co-author Jeffrey Canino share a thoughtful and

MMGM and #IMWAYR: Crunch by Kayla Miller

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Happy new year, everyone! Today I'm excited to be recommending the fifth book in the Click  series of MG graphic novels, Crunch  by Kayla Miller! There are no spoilers  of the previous books in the series in this review! Add it on Goodreads  or preview the illustrations! To be frank, y'all, I related to this book so much  that it was honestly painful at times—like, I knew I was thrilled to see a book about navigating an overflowing to-do list, but the specific mistakes Olive makes were so similar to the ones I am making in my own life that it hurt a little bit. But that's just a testament to the realism and thoughtfulness of this graphic novel, the fifth in Kayla Miller's astoundingly good series, following Click , Camp , Act , and Clash . (There are also two spin-offs that form the Besties  duology: Besties: Work It Out , which is amazing, and Besties: Find Their Groove , which I'll discuss soon!) Let's dive in with the publisher's description : **********

Blog hiatus!

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I know, I know...I just got back! But that wasn't great timing on my part, since historically, the weeks of Christmas and New Year's tend to be the worst for blog readership. So I'm going to take some time off and return when more people are available to see the books I'm talking about! That means no post yesterday, December 19 or this Monday, December 26. On Monday, January 2, I'll either skip entirely or put up a picture book post (since I'm not quite as concerned if there's less readers on a post like that). And then I should be back for real by Monday, January 9 at the latest! Don't forget, the #LiveLikeABookChallenge is still happening on January 14 and 15 —check out the link above for details on what's happening! In short, this is your chance to spend a weekend like you're inside  a book—and who doesn't want that? (Oh, and one last tangent. This last week, I've been listening to the album Mental Illness  by Aimee Mann, and it is pe

#IMWAYR: Picture Book Pandemonium, Part 19 (plus a preview of the #LiveLikeABookChallenge!)

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I'm back again , with my second consecutive post after Max's Great Hiatus of 2022! First off the bat, I'm using this post as a chance to announce something exciting... the #LiveLikeABookChallenge! This is a challenge I'll be hosting in January that gives you the chance to bring a book you love to life...and if you're curious what that means, click the big, dramatic link below to skip to the end of the post and see the details! Jump to the #LiveLikeABookChallenge below! Now for reviews! This week, I'm reviewing one picture book ( A Spoonful of Frogs ) completely from memory, because it was due back to the library several months ago and I read it like 20 minutes before returning it. And then I'm reviewing three more picture books I've had checked out for an obscene amount of time—I've been renewing them, so they're not overdue, but still...they need to get out of my house so other people can enjoy them. Oh, and these rev

MMGM and #IMWAYR: Enemies by Svetlana Chmakova

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I'm back!!!  I really wish I hadn't dropped off the face of the earth quite aggressively for two months, but alas, here we are. In that time, I've: Been so busy that it's really a wonder how I function at all (yet I do!) Been addicted to various  amazing  albums of music ( Midnights by Taylor Swift,  Inner World Peace  by Frankie Cosmos, and Swimming Lessons  by Genevieve Stokes) Done my usual therapy routine (hooray for achingly slow self-improvement!) Played several shockingly gorgeous mobile games I've played before ( Monument Valley , Monument Valley 2 , and Assemble with Care ) and one I haven't ( Florence ) Listened to three tracks from the  Monument Valley 2  soundtrack on loop ("Interwoven Stories," "Child," and "Power of Two") Laughed really hard on some video calls with friends Pondered my future intermittently and with great trepidation (my trepidation is greater than your trepidation, so take that ) Felt like a weird cr

I'm alive!

So you might have noticed that I dropped off the face of the earth for about two months! Now that I'm on Thanksgiving break, I'm going to try and get this blog put back in order (no promises), but regardless of what happens with that, I did just want to say that I'm unharmed and well, and I miss you all!