Monthly Archives: September 2016

A Boy Named Queen

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This was a very very quick read. A Boy Named Queen is only 96 pages. There is no reason it can’t be read by everyone. It would make an amazing class discussion book. There’s nothing explicit about transgender like in George. It could easily be read in class and talked about in reference to how everyone should be treated, everyone is different and that’s not a bad thing, etc. It’s just the best. Quick summary. Evelyn is just starting fifth grade. She gets new shoes that her mom would have never let her get the year before. She feels ready. On the first day there is a new boy who announces that his name is Queen. She is instantly intrigued. Evelyn’s life isn’t boring but Queen would definitely be a friend who could make it more interesting and she wants to learn about him and be friends with him. No hi-jinx ensue as in typical middle grade books, but a wonderful friendship forms.

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Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

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Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier is sure to be another hit with the middle grade crowd. I enjoyed it, all her reads are very quick (Smile, Drama & Sisters). I can’t say I loved this one as much as the others. The others are very relate-able. Problems with braces, bullies & family dynamics. This one has ghosts. Not as a plot device but real ghosts. Now I don’t know, maybe you believe in ghosts, but it seems that the problems in this book are solved by ghosts and that’s not going to happen in real life. Unfortunately. I also don’t think anyone will be flying around any time soon. But there are some family dynamics and friendship issues happening so I think it will still be enjoyed by those who love Raina’s books.

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Food Musings

I’m not a cook. And this is not a food blog. But I have been very excited about the weather turning towards fall temperatures and I wanted to tell you about my favorite soups. I also wanted them readily available in one post for my own personal gain so I can stop googling each website when I want to make them. Do with this information what you will.

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Signature Spicy Smoky Sweet Chili by Iowa Girl Eats

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White Chicken Chili by Add a Pinch

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Best-Ever Black Bean Soup by Iowa Girl Eats (I don’t make the rice portion – I just use regular white rice because I’m lazy)

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Baked Potato Soup by Two Peas and their Pod

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Carrot Soup with Tahini and Chickpeas by Smitten Kitchen – Disclaimer : I have never personally made this soup but it’s been served to me and I’ve dreamt about it ever since

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Traveling Book Club Sept-Oct

Soo. Shipment numero dos of my Traveling Book Club is about halfway through. If you’re interested in the particulars of how it works head here. Otherwise, I’m going to dive in and tell you the three books I got for this second leg of the book trip.

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Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure. The person before me wrote in the traveling notebook that she had to download the eBook version one day when she forgot the book at home because she had to continue reading. Let me preface by saying, I hate WWII novels. Especially ones with horrible people who torture. I was really into this book until I got to the middle and the main character was caught. The next step was obviously torturing him and I put it down. I’m not sure I’ll pick it back up. I’ll have to be exceptionally brave and power through.

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The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer. Now as much as I hate WWII novels, I love a good book about missing children. What can I say, I’m a weirdo. I haven’t started this yet but I checked it out when it was first released and heard good things. I’m sure I’ll tear through it when I get a chance.
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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I first heard about this book on All the Books. It has since been on a million to-read lists and best books lists. It seems very intense though, so I’ve been putting it off.

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Diversity in Children’s Books

#weneeddiversebooks

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At least the numbers are getting better. Check out all the info here.

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Library Cards Rule!

It’s National Library Card Sign-up Month! Here are 5 reasons to have a library card via Book Riot. Visit their article to see the explanations. Some of them are amazingly ambiguous 🙂

  1. It’s free!
  2. You don’t have to wear pants to visit the library (aka Overdrive).
  3. The library can help you get shit done.
  4. Getting a library card helps your library.
  5. Your card gives you access to things outside of your local library.

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Miss Peregrine – new trailer!

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