Showing posts from December, 2020

MMGM and #IMWAYR (12/28/2020): Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices, edited by S. K. Ali and Aisha Saeed

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas if they celebrate it! I know I did, mostly because I got NEW BOOKS!!!  I spent the week cleaning out my bookshelves in preparation, largely because "Completely Full Bookshelf" had become "Completely Full Bookshelf In The Family Room, Two Completely Full Bookshelves In The Upstairs Room, Desk In My Room Covered In Various Piles of Books, Bookshelf In My Room Completely Full of Books I Neither Needed To Read Nor Wanted To Keep, And Pile On My Dresser Of Books I Actually Wanted To Read But Had Now Read And Had Since Started Filling With Books I Had Already Read Because I Had No Space In The Aforementioned Locations." (Not the catchiest blog title, if you ask me.) I have since gotten my collection of books stuffed into the bookcase in my room, alongside three (yes, three) piles on the floor which I will put into another bookcase once it ships (along with the picture rails I will use to display my all-time favorite books). For my

MMGM and #IMWAYR (12/21/2020): Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

Do you ever sit down to write something, try to phrase it five different ways, and then give up and start complaining about it to the readers of your blog? No? Just me? Okay. I believe I'll start this post off with a lengthy series of random, disjointed, and irrelevant spiels: All I want for two different shots so that I can leave my house without worrying about horrible disease and death for the first time in nine months! I was trying to help my parents buy one of the new Xboxes online, and the fact that we actually got one for the MSRP and a shipping date in mid-January is nothing short of a Christmas miracle! Best Buy's website makes you wait again and again and again  for 45 minutes as new batches of stock appear, failing to mention that they won't ship it and those batches are not within 250 miles of you. Amazon's website gave me a true constellation of error messages—I got error messages in the cart saying that the item was not available, I got the

MMGM and #IMWAYR (12/14/2020): Measuring Up, written by Lily LaMotte and illustrated by Ann Xu

I hope everyone is holding up OK as the winter holidays approach! ( I'd like to share a teensy bit of news before we get to today's review. A few days ago, Disney held their "Investor Day" when they basically announce all of the things  and cause an Internet spectacle to prove to their investors how beloved they are, and although I was personally most excited by the new Disney and Pixar animated movies (just 454 days until Turning Red !), there are a few book-related adaptations coming soon! Flora & Ulysses , a movie based on the book by Kate DiCamillo , is coming to Disney+ on February 19 (it sounds like they have changed the plot somewhat, so I'll hope for the best, I suppose). They are also going to put a new Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie on Disney+ in 2021, this one animated instead of live-action. Finally, they reminded us that they had apparently already announced a show based on the Mysterious Benedict Society series , als

#IMWAYR (12/7/2020): Witchlight by Jessi Zabarsky

For #IMWAYR, I am writing my post about the graphic novel Witchlight  by Jessi Zabarsky in an unusual format: as a letter to the author of the book herself (not necessarily for her to read, but just because it makes sense). I hope you will soon see why. Before we get to that, I should mention that this book is appropriate for MG readers, but since it is a romance story, I classified it as YA. Dear Jessi Zabarsky,           Hello. I am a book blogger "named" Completely Full Bookshelf. You might know me as—OK, never mind, there is no chance you know me. That is fine. Normally, I am an overenthusiastic book reviewer, but I have had a tendency in the past to, well, skewer the books that have flaws that upset me. I have realized now that doing this is immature, and I want to do better. So here I am. (I'm sure you're not thrilled to keep reading, but I promise I will try to be kind.)           I am writing this letter because Witchlight  evoked very strong feelings in me. Y