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Blog hiatus!

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!)

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

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!

MMGM and #IMWAYR: Besties: Work It Out, written by Kayla Miller and Jeffrey Canino and illustrated by Kristina Luu

Hi everyone! I'm still a mess when it comes to commenting on people's blogs, but I'm honestly just glad I've at least kept up my reading habits recently. I do want to thank everyone who filled out my comments survey last week—it gives me a lot of helpful info as I decide how to proceed with the Great Blogger Comment Fiasco of 2022! If you didn't get a chance to fill it out, it's still open, and I'd love your input. Moving along, today we have a review of a delightful  MG graphic novel: Besties: Work It Out , written by Kayla Miller and Jeffrey Canino and illustrated by Kristina Luu! Add it on Goodreads  or preview the illustrations I think my entire existence as a blogger is to solve the problem of books that look like they'll be one thing but are actually another, and Besties: Work It Out  definitely fits into this category! A bit of backstory: Last week, I was reviewing the fourth graphic novel in Kayla Miller's delightful Click  series, comprised

MMGM and #IMWAYR: Clash by Kayla Miller (plus a quick survey!)

Hello everyone! I was very sad to miss everyone's posts last week, but there was just way  too much going on for me to get around to reading what people had to say. I hope I'll be able to fix that this week! Fortunately, I still have time to read and talk about books, and I'm here with a great one today: the graphic novel Clash  by Kayla Miller! Add it on Goodreads  or preview the illustrations OK, so I've finally decided that I completely love  this series of graphic novels! Kayla Miller has written five books in this series so far, as well as two spin-off graphic novels, and Clash  is the fourth book in the main series. Prior to now, I had read Click , Camp , and Act , the first three books in the series, and barring a mostly irrational reaction I had to Camp  (for reasons described in my review of Act ), I seriously enjoyed those books. But for some reason, I hadn't gotten around to this book yet. Well, now, book 5 is out—it's called Crunch , Earl Dizon at Th

#IMWAYR: Alone in Space: A Collection by Tillie Walden

Hello everyone! I'm so busy that I'm not entirely sure how I'm functioning, but I am, in part because I've been making myself read great books. In fact, I'm here today with a book of comics I've been waiting so  long to read: Alone in Space: A Collection  by Tillie Walden! Because this book is divided into sections, I'm doing the same with my review, and I must say that my OCD is way too excited as a result! Please note, this is a young adult (YA) book, and it contains mature content. Add it on Goodreads  or preview the illustrations! Some background... Unless you're completely brand new to my blog (which is totally allowed!), then you're already plenty acquainted with the fact that I love— love —graphic novels. I've read tons and tons and tons  of them, so it is a pretty darn important distinction that I consider Tillie Walden my absolute favorite graphic novelist. I was hooked by Are You Listening?  and subsequently devoured On a Sunbeam , her

MMGM and #IMWAYR: The Leak, written by Kate Reed Petty and illustrated by Andrea Bell

Hello everyone! I'm excited to be reviewing a graphic novel I've heard a lot about: The Leak , written by Kate Reed Petty and illustrated by Andrea Bell! Add it on Goodreads  or preview the illustrations on Amazon Let's start off with the publisher's description  of this book: ********** In this compelling middle-grade graphic novel, Ruth, a young journalist, is determined to uncover a secret that threatens her town. Ruth Keller is brash and precocious; she argues with her dentist, her parents, and her teachers. So, when she discovers a strange black slime in the man-made lake of her suburban neighborhood, she decides to investigate. Fortified by the encouragement of those around her, Ruth seeks the truth at all costs, even if it means taking on the rich local country club owner, who she believes is responsible for the pollution.  Between the teasing of former friends, and a sudden viral spotlight, Ruth discovers how difficult it is for a journalist to take a stand for