I have really tried to dive into my TBR pile since the stay at home order began! I have been able to finally finish some books that I had started during the school year and start books I have been wanting to read for awhile. This is going to be my list of books I have read starting in March (when the stay at home fun started) through out the summer! As I read a new book I will put it at the top of my list… so you see my most recent read at the top!

BOOK IN PROGRESS: I am pretty excited about this book. I don’t often read books that are not children’s books or middle grade and more recently YA. I thought if I was going to expand into YA… why not others. I just started this book … I am loving it so far and already look forward to Rachel Hollis’ other book Girl, Stop Apologizing.

BOOK IN PROGRESS: The Hate U Give has been getting a lot of attention in book blogs and social media. Especially with the events of Summer 2020. This book jumped to the top of my TBR pile before this when it won MASLs 2019-2020 Gateway Award. I hope many of the students in my new library were able to read this book and learn about others… and in turn themselves.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo has been on my radar since I saw it on the National Book Award short list. I actually watched the live announcement of it receiving the top place! When I realized it was one of the 20-21 Gateway Nominee, I knew it would be one of the first I read. I have already read Hey, Kiddo (also a National Book Award short list book AND 20-21 Gateway Nominee). I love the book in prose format (a book written as a collection of poems … for those unfamiliar). Xiomara is a strong character and she get stronger as the book progresses. She is battling to learn who she is and then to be able to actually be herself. Poetry is her ticket to learning and embracing who she is.

I am fairly new to the world of YA books. I have even joined the Once Upon a Book Club for Young Adults to start reading a variety of books. I thought this would be a great way to motivate myself to read an unfamiliar type of books. The book club sends the book along with a small collections of gifts to be opened at specific points in the books. Not only did I love The Edge of Anything by Nora Shalaway Carpenter, (I read it in 2.5 days), the gifts that came along with it were probably things I wouldn’t have bought for myself. I really liked when one of the “gifts” was a flier mentioned in the book… it really made me feel like I was right there in the coffee shop with Len and Sage when Sage finds a flyer that gives her a another chance to continue doing what she loves …even though it is VERY dangerous for her. Len and Sage are an unlikely friendship but as Len discovers, maybe a true friend is more than what she realized.

Thanks to John Schu, Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic, Front Desk by Kelly Yang has been on my TBR pile before I found out it would be not only a preliminary nominee on MASL’s 20-21 Mark Twain Reader list… but also make it as one of the final 12 nominees. Mia Tang keeps many things about herself private… even from her parents. She has recently immigrated from China with her parents and they find themselves as managers of the Calivista Motel. While trying to proof herself as a writer and being the assistant manager of the Calivista, Mia discovers a lot of things about herself and the people around her. Mia proves that even someone as young and “unseen” as herself can make a big difference.

I have wanted to read Mascot by Antony John for some time thanks to a recommendation from fellow librarian, Kirsten Shaw. The book moved up my TBR list when it showed up on MASL’s 20-21 Truman nominee list. I quickly moved the book to the top of my list when Antony John was the speaker for MASL’s 2020 Virtual Book Festival kickoff event. I started the book quickly hoping to finish before hearing Antony speak. I love the book especially because I am a Cardinals fan. Noah Savino loved playing baseball but due to a horrible accident he not only lost the use of his legs but also his father was killed in the same car accident. Noah gains a couple of really great unexpected friends as he learns more about who he is now that he isn’t playing baseball.

I checked out Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone from Trails Regional as part of my sample lesson for Leeton. I was doing a lesson on computational thinking and wanted to highlight some books about coding. This book was on MASL’s 19-20 Truman nominee list. I ended up having these while the library was shut down so I decided to dive right in! This book was so much fun to read. This follows middle school student, Allie, as she works on the app she developed at a coding for girls summer camp. Her app spreads like wildfire at her school and causes a lot of problems not only for Allie and her friends but also people around her. While her old friendship hang in the balance because of the problems that arise with her app she finds an unlikely friend in someone who was supposed to be her rival!

I have Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin on my TBR pile for awhile. I bought it not only because I love different versions of fairy tales… but there are beautiful illustrations throughout the book! The enchanting book follows the story of two sisters as they become used to their new life in the forest with their mother after their father goes missing.