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MMGM and #IMWAYR: Anya's Ghost, plus the Kidlit Lovers' Meetup!

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So I've got a delightful review for you today, but first, I have a proposal... The Kidlit Lovers' Meetup! One of the reasons I've gotten back into blogging the last few months is that I've realized my social life needed a little love. And the two blogging groups I participate in, MMGM and #IMWAYR, have always made me feel so welcome and given me a space to talk about one of my favorite interests, as well as how it connects to my own life. But somewhat surprisingly, although I've been reading some of y'all's blogs for nearly eight years, I've never spoken face-to-face with any of you! And I feel like now might be the time to change that! So I'm proposing a Kidlit Lovers' Meetup, where we can hop on a video call for an hour or so and talk about books, reading, and more, and get to know each other a little better! I'm hoping to see as many of my fellow MMGM and #IMWAYR bloggers as possible—basically, if I comment on your blog, I'm hoping you

MMGM and #IMWAYR: Plain Jane and the Mermaid!

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I'm back again with another graphic novel review for you all, and I'm so excited  to share this book—so let's do it! Middle Grade: Plain Jane and the Mermaid Written and illustrated by Vera Brosgol Graphic novel · 2024 Recommended by Kellee Moye and Kasey Giard Add it on Goodreads · Preview the illustrations · · · The publisher says: · · · From Anya's Ghost and Be Prepared author Vera Brosgol comes an instant classic graphic novel that flips every fairy-tale you know on its head, and shows one girl's crusade for the only thing that matters―her own independence. Jane is incredibly plain. Everyone says so: her parents, the villagers, and her horrible cousin who kicks her out of her own house. Determined to get some semblance of independence, Jane prepares to propose to the princely Peter, who might just say yes to get away from his father. It’s a good plan! Or it would’ve been, if he wasn’t kidnapped by a mermaid. With her last shot at happiness lost in the deep b

MMGM and #IMWAYR: Mexikid!

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Hey everybody! I'm back with a short book review of a graphic novel that I've been making my way through over the last few weeks! And then I've got some random thoughts for you, because we've always got room for random thoughts in our lives. These specific ones are about Taylor Swift's new album! So let's do this! Middle Grade: Mexikid A Graphic Memoir Written and illustrated by Pedro MartΓ­n Graphic memoir · 2023 Recommended by  Lisa Maucione  and  Cheriee Weichel Add it on Goodreads  ·  Preview the illustrations · · · The publisher says: · · · NEWBERY HONOR AWARD WINNER • An unforgettable graphic memoir about a Mexican American boy’s family and their adventure-filled road trip to bring their abuelito back from Mexico Pedro MartΓ­n has grown up hearing stories about his abuelito—his legendary crime-fighting, grandfather who was once a part of the Mexican Revolution! But that doesn't mean Pedro is excited at the news that Abuelito is coming to live with their

MMGM and #IMWAYR: Puzzled!

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So tired, y'all, but making it through! Finals are kind-of-sort-of happening in grad school right now, and then independent of that, there's about 7300 different things on my schedule, which are both fun and exhausting! Even so, I am determined to keep blogging—getting to nerd out about books with you all has made this month so much more tolerable! I finished one graphic memoir this week, plus I have some other book-related things to discuss. So let's dive in! Middle Grade: Puzzled A Memoir about Growing Up with OCD Written and illustrated by Pan Cooke Graphic memoir · 2024 Recommended by Kellee Moye Add it on Goodreads · Preview the illustrations · · · The publisher says: · · · Growing up with undiagnosed OCD sure isn’t easy, and here Pan Cooke shares his own experiences with that condition in a graphic-novel memoir that is as funny as it is powerfully candid and openhearted. Pan Cooke is ten years old when anxious thoughts begin to take over his brain like pieces of an i

MMGM and #IMWAYR: Spotlighting three indie bookstores in Texas!

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This is sort of a weird post, because I don't have any reviews for y'all today—mainly because I've been a bit of an Agent of Chaos™ this last week and haven't finished any books! (I'm in the middle of two graphic novels simultaneously, which is living dangerously for me, and probably the reason I haven't finished either one.) So instead of book reviews, I figured I'd share something else with y'all! Over the last month, through different kindnesses and strokes of luck, I have gotten to visit three different indie bookstores across the state of Texas. I don't live close to an indie bookstore, so this has been an absurd privilege (and an absurd drain on my family's bank account, thanks to my purchases...). I wanted to share about these bookstores so that, if you ever get the chance to visit these cities in Texas, you know where to stop, and if you don't, at least you can vicariously enjoy their delights through my photographs! It honestly just