This Year: 2016

Hey all! I always seem to compile my blogaversary with my year end wrap-up, because, why not? Four years of having a couple of great discussions, reading some interesting (and not-so) interesting books, and just overall continuing on (slowly) building my momentum in the bookiverse.  Moving forward…!

I managed to beat my original goal of 50 books and then started going up by 10 afterwards. Whoot! baby steps.

I guess I wasn’t feeling super creative last year when I was making up 2016 resolutions, happily I had succeeded them. I’ll try to be a bit more assertive this year :p

My Bookish Resolutions for 2017:

  1. Participate in at least one challenge
  2. Read a minimum of 50 books
  3. Post at least two book-related confessionals
  4. Review one book-to-movie adaptation
  5. One discussion post?
  6. Drink more tea!

2016 Reading Stats:

Stay tuned for a more detailed post, which I’m
kind of excited to share with you 🙂

Number of books read: According to GR’s, I’ve read 60 – I’ll go with that
Genre most read: Young Adult
Longest/Shortest read book: The Problem with Forever (416 pages) / All the picture books I read this year (between 32 and 40 pages)

Fave Books Read:

The Streets are Ours by Leila Sales
Henna House by Nomi Eve
Diva & Flea by Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi
Alice by Christina Henry
Calvin by Martina Leavitt

Most Popular Posts:

Review: War Brothers
My post post-evacuation
Books about “School
Review: Holy Cow
Review: My Big Mouth
Dr. Seuss Poem
My discussion on my dream conference panel

Most Anticipated Titles in the New Year:

Is it wrong that I haven’t really been paying attention to what is coming out in the new year? I spent the last few months trying to come up with a new way of getting some reading done, but that failed, so I’ll be reading what I want and hopefully a few things y’all will be interested in knowing about. If you have any book recommendations for the new year
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
feel free to comment down below 🙂

That’s all there is to it, loveys!

Although I’ve been so disconnected from the world this year, hopefully next year will be a little better. I cannot believe I have been doing this for four years now whoa! and although I’ve yet to get myself grounded in the book blogging community I have high hopes that things will get easier. Even though, right now, the idea of reading/listening is incredibly daunting I will have to try to heave myself out of this slump and try to get some stuff pushed out into the interwebz.

If you aren’t following me on Instagram you should, be sure to tag me of what you’re reading to for the new year 🙂 #2017Reads

Happy New Year all and may next year be your best one yet 🙂

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Movie Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

[Source: IMDB]

[Source: IMDB]

Originally written by Ransom Riggs, but the movie itself stars many great actors, such as Samuel L. Jackson, Asa Buttefield, and Judi Dench.

Released in September of 2016, and I don’t know if anybody else is kind of disappointed that this movie basically cries out: “there will only be one!”. But we can discuss this further in the comments so do that 😉

First off, I’d like to discuss this movie as a whole.

The movie was fun. Can be entertaining for a person who has never read the series, the characters are easily understood. Needless to say, the Burton kept relatively close to the first book, however, took artistic freedom afterwards. Still enjoyed the movie for itself, kind of sad that there won’t be more.

**Disclaimer, I haven’t read book three, so please don’t spoil things for me.

However, did Burton just compile all three books? Or is it really book one with lots of extras? Discuss

Fortunately, the story is still about Jake, and how he takes a grand adventure, under the guise of seeking closure after his grandfather’s death, in order to finally figure out the stories that he constantly heard as a child.

The Peculiars: I don’t remember one of them ever mentioned in the book, Fiona, and I don’t remember Victor being dead in the book.. Maybe somebody can refresh my memory? Either way, I loved Emma the most in the books, I do like little Claire in the movie. She’s so sweet looking, which I suppose is what the director was going for; a sweet and innocent little girl with ringlets of blonde hair to hide her sharp teeth in the back of her head very cool.

Alright folks, now’s your time to have your say. Have you seen it? Do you want to? Have I spoiled it for you? What are your final thoughts for those of you who have seen it?

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The Dream Book Conference Panel

This discussion topic came across my periphery at an ideal time. Eventbrite, the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people find and plan events, has reached out to me with a great idea for a piece. Eventbrite has a pretty neat resource that can be used to plan and find conferences in your local area!

To be honest, for my panel of authors, I haven’t read any of them – save for the synopses on a book I may have purchased for the library. But from my past experience, as a school librarian, I had come to understand that there were many students who were looking for books written by people who looked like them. I also had a former colleague admit that when he was in junior high, he felt somewhat alone being surrounded by very white all-American kids and finding a book about or written by a person of color was not the norm. This was near ten years ago, and I’m happy to say things have improved since then. Gradually.

My authors are writers of color. African. Asian. Indigenous (to name a few). I would like to try and combine a large collection of cultural differences and bring them to the table to discuss their books, their writing, and, of course, themselves.

Marie Lu

Source: Twitter @Marie_Lu

Source: Twitter @Marie_Lu

Marie Lu is a Chinese American born writer. Best known for her dystopian novels like the trilogy Legend and The Young Elites series. She was a very popular author for my young female students, and I believe she’d make an awesome panelist.

Kwame Alexander

Source: Twitter @kwamealexander

Source: Twitter @kwamealexander

Mr. Alexander is an American poet, whose novels have been about sports. I have tried my darnedest to try and introduce his books to my basketball lovin’ students, but he’s a tough sell – at least he was for me. However, I’m sure Kwame has the ability to charm the crowd with what he has to say.

Angela Johnson

Source: Author's Website

Source: Author’s Website

Angela Johnson is a well-acclaimed writer and poet, and her vast experience has offered children and middle grade kids such a selection of reading material. Before I had left my previous job, I was in the process of purchasing the series “Heaven” simply because of it’s realism and the characters.

Sherman Alexie

Source: Goodreads

Source: Goodreads

According to Sherman Alexie’s bio he is considered an “urban Indian”. I know of Mr. Alexie because of the book The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007), it’s a relatively recent addition to the Banned Books list (2014). Because of his style of writing and for his personal background as a Native American, Alexie would make for an interesting, newer perspective on writing through the eyes of a person of color.

Taiye Selasi

Source: Twitter @taiyeselasi

Source: Twitter @taiyeselasi

Ghana Must Go has been on TBR list for a long time, but Selasi is a London-born with a lengthy education background, worldly, and has a few other projects under her belt. I believe her travels and her contribution of the written word would be a great addition to any conference panel.

Sharon Draper

Source: Twitter @sharonmdraper

Source: Twitter @sharonmdraper

Last, but not least, Sharon Draper. I remember when I introduced the series “Hazelwood High” to a reluctant ninth-grader a couple of years ago. As previously mentioned I had a coworker confide in his lack of ability to find and connect with characters that weren’t like him. I’ve always carried this with me, and although some people might think that I may be racially profiling my students in order to find them something to read, I believe what I’m doing is trying to find characters that might be easier to relate. I digress, Draper’s books inspired this teen to continue reading, or at least keep him from completely turning up his nose at the idea of picking up a book. Draper has been publishing books for a few decades and I believe her overall experience in life and writing would do well for conversation.

Although there is a large number of authors out there who could fit the bill, I chose these six because of their cultural backgrounds and what they could potentially bring to the table in regards to their writing style and their personal selves. Perhaps being able to inspire a child or adult because they have finally found an author that is relatable, either through themselves or literature.

Let me know what you think.

Do you agree? Who would you choose instead?

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