The irony of November this year was that I was deeply entrenched in all things books and simultaneously too busy to do a lot of reading. So this post is dedicated to all of the Moms Who Read and I hope we are all blessed with quiet time during this holiday & winter season to be able to continue to do so.
This was my first year back attending the National Conference of Teachers of English Convention (NCTE) and the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN) Workshop in person. So for a week I was learning, networking and hunting for new books. The week before that, I was getting my family plan in place for my trip and planning what I was going to do at the convention and workshop. Phew! Makes me tired just reminiscing about it! Don’t forget about Thanksgiving, because I had to preplan for that too! Shout out to all of the busy moms who still find time to read!
What I Read
But I bookended (pun intended) my month with two big reads:
Most Anticipated Book of the Year: Bloodmarked by Tracey Deonn – Soooooo many thoughts! I loved it, am intrigued by it and I’m already planning to do a re-read of the final version since I read the arc first. I had a chance to speak with the author at NCTE and she said to definitely make sure to read the finished copy, so folks that is what I’m going to do!!!!
Buddy Read: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – A pretty emotional read. Ol’ girl Evelyn was one tough, strategic lady when it came to her career and image. I can see why I kept hearing about this one on both Bookstagram and BookTok.
Children’s Book Reading Blitz
I also did another little Children’s Book Reading Blitz and read a combo of books from my To Be Reviewed stack and from my local library stack. I’m planning on releasing mini-reviews of these titles this month:
- Our Little Kitchen by Jillian Tamaki
- I Am One: A Book of Action by Susan Verde
- The Museum of Lost Teeth by Elyssa Friedland (Pub Date: Feb. 7, 2023)
- The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name by Sandhya Parappukkaran (Jan. 10, 2023)
- Will it Be Okay? by Crescent Dragonwagon
- Too Small Tyson by JaNay Brown-Wood