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Styling Librarian #IMWAYR It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts  and Unleashing Readers for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! Getting back to the normal reading activities instead of stretching out my reading from the summertime. I could tell I freaked out a few blogging friends when I shared over 10 books at once on Monday. So… here’s my normal reading!

This past week I celebrated:

Be A Changemaker: How to start something that matters by Laurie Ann Thompson

Here are other books I enjoyed recently:

Who Was Bruce Lee? by Jim Gigliotti, illustrated by John Hinderliter – Biography – Wow, fantastic creation about someone I highly admire. My son was quite excited to read this book and it was a fun read aloud. I look forward to adding this to the library collection as we do live in Hong Kong and Bruce Lee is a beloved figure here. I know this book will be well read, not only because of the popular subject but also because it is a well written book! Goodreads Summary: “Bruce Lee was a Chinese American action film star, martial arts instructor, filmmaker, and philosopher. His Hong Kong and Hollywood-produced films elevated the traditional martial arts film to a new level of popularity and acclaim.  Through such films as Way of the Dragon and Enter the Dragon, Lee helped to change the way Asians were presented in American films and, in the process, he became an iconic figure known throughout the world. Although he died at the young age of 32, Bruce Lee is widely considered to be the one of the most influential martial artists of all time.”

Jinx’s Magic by Sage Blackwood – Fantasy, 4th grade and up – “ARGH!” said my son at the conclusion of this book. We took what felt like forever, but really it was just two months, to read this novel and we enjoyed every minute. We enjoyed returning to Jinx’s world and felt like there were many, many pieces left hanging for the next novel, sigh. It was interesting to read about Jinx entering another world in this book and his interactions and new friends made there… another layer to the story but honestly, I wanted a few ends tied up at the end of the book and I had NONE. So, shall anticipate the third book coming out in January 2015. Goodreads Summary: “Jinx knows he can do magic. But he doesn’t know why he’s being stalked by a werewolf with a notebook, why the trees are starting to take back the only safe paths through the Urwald, or why the elves think Jinx and the evil Bonemaster are somehow connected.
Jinx’s perilous search for answers takes him to the desert land of Samara, where, according to the wizard Simon, he just might find the ancient magic he needs to defeat the Bonemaster and unite the Urwald. But Jinx finds himself in a centuries-old conspiracy that places the Urwald in even greater danger.
In this second installment of the Jinx trilogy, Sage Blackwood’s daring hero is called upon to save the Urwald. The more he learns, however, the clearer it becomes that this quest will require more than the magic of a solitary wizard’s apprentice, and soon he’ll have to call upon all of the Urwald-witches, werewolves, wizards, and trees-for help.”

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky – Absolutely loved this book, review to come in November… Book release date: November 4th, 2014. This book should be in all school libraries. I can include this for now:
Goodreads Summary: “Alone at home, twelve-year-old Grayson Sender glows, immersed in beautiful thoughts and dreams. But at school, Grayson grasps at shadows, determined to fly under the radar. Because Grayson has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: “he” is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender’s body.
The weight of this secret is crushing, but leaving it behind would mean facing ridicule, scorn, and rejection. Despite these dangers, Grayson’s true self itches to break free. Strengthened by an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher who gives her a chance to step into the spotlight, Grayson might finally have the tools to let her inner light shine.”

Always, Abigail by Nancy J. Cavanaugh – I admit it. I love books where there’s an immature, frustrating character who doesn’t know how shallow she’s acting… but really Abigail isn’t that way at all. She knows better. She just acts the way she does because of peer pressure that she’s let mold her into the person she is… Loved reading this book. I’m a huge fan of Nancy J. Cavanaugh. She’s brilliant when writing realistic fiction novels. My sister and I are fans of her first book This Journal Belongs to Ratchet. The parents in this book are fabulous. The brother of Gabby is so incredible. The storyline is perfect. I completely was caught up from the beginning, especially loving how Abigail is a list maker so that the whole book naturally has some time of a list in a journal format after another. Quite an original, fabulous book!
Favorite quotes: “When life hands you lemons don’t pucker and pout, make lemonade and laugh out loud. Margaret Marco The Four questions.”
“Gabby needed a friend more than anyone at Crestdale Heights, and I was probably the only person who knew that. But I still didn’t want anybody to know we were friends.”
“Sometimes you just have to move on.”
Read a blog post by Nancy J. Cavanaugh here- she writes about progress trumping perfection:
Goodreads Summary: “Discover Abigail’s triumphant story of friendship told through heart-touching letters and lists. Abigail and her two best friends are poised for a life of pom-poms and popularity. But not only does Abigail end up in a different homeroom, she doesn’t make the squad. Then everyone’s least favorite teacher pairs Abigail up with the school’s biggest outcast, Gabby Marco, for a year-long “Friendly Letter Assignment.” Abigail can hardly believe her bad luck. As her so-called best friends and entire future of popularity seems to be slipping away, Abigail has to choose between the little bit of fame she has left or letting it go to be a true friend.”

Magic in the Mix by Annie Barrows – Release date: September 16th, 2014. I love Ivy + Bean but honestly first? I met Annie Barrows through her book The Magic Half. I loved the book. It was that fabulous type of fantasy that isn’t just innocent and fluffy magical adventures it  dealt with time travel and verbal abuse. So this book is packed with magic, twisted time, and family. I loved the inclusion of other family members, traveling in time to the Civil War and the complicated mess time travel can make. It was fascinating to read snippets of experiences during the Civil War and appreciated reading at the end of the book how Annie Barrows researched and placed true experiences throughout the book. Fabulous premise… Recommended: read both books!
Favorite quotes: “Remember what Grandma said- magic is just a way of setting things right. Remember?”
“I guess it’s a little weird, but I think that the magic lets us remember both because we’re the ones who made it happen. We know too much to forget it.”
“Time. It’s like the layers of a cake. In my mind, all of time, all the people who ever lived, and everything that ever happened in all of history is still going on, but in separate layers, stacked on on top of the other, like a cake.”
Goodreads Summary: “Molly and Miri Gill are twins. They look the same, act the same, sometimes even think the same. But they weren’t always twins. . . . Molly used to live in 1935, until Miri traveled back in time to save her from the clutches of Molly’s evil adoptive family. Only they know about the magic, and its power to set things right. So when home repairs unleash more unexpected magic from their very special . . . very magical old house, the girls set off on another time-traveling adventure to the Civil War where they race against the clock to save two unusual soldiers and come to terms with the truth about Molly’s real past.”

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14 comments on “Styling Librarian #IMWAYR It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

  1. The Magic Half has been one of the easiest books I’m able to recommend to people. I’m glad the sequel’s coming out soon!

    • The Styling Librarian
      September 19, 2014

      It is a cool recommendation- the sequel does take a different turn but I enjoyed it… 🙂

  2. Linda Baie
    September 15, 2014

    Magic in The Mix sounds good, and Abigail, too, Debbie. I will also put Jinx on my list to recommend to those who enjoy these kinds of books. I have Gracefully Grayson to be read, just waiting a while since it comes out later. I’m happy to hear you think it’s good! Thanks for all, & FYI, your link is for last week’s post!

    • The Styling Librarian
      September 19, 2014

      Too many books aren’t there. Enjoy Gracefully Grayson when you have the chance, I decided to start plugging away at those committed titles and prewriting my reviews. Yes, link was for last week’s post! Annoyed. Second time this happened. Can’t figure out why my phone doesn’t give me correct link… sigh. 🙂

  3. Megan
    September 16, 2014

    Would Gracefully Grayson fit in a teen collection or would it be better for the middle grade readers? I am considering ordering it, but my readers tend to be grades 7 and up. Thanks! ~Megan

    • The Styling Librarian
      September 19, 2014

      I think it would be appropriate for 6th-7th and up due to content at times… 🙂

  4. Tara Smith
    September 16, 2014

    Wow…many, many new to me books! Gracefully Grayson looks like a book my sixth graders could really get into. . Thanks for sharing!

    • The Styling Librarian
      September 19, 2014

      Yes, Gracefully Grayson would be perfect for sixth grade… 🙂 Thanks for visiting…

  5. carriegelson
    September 16, 2014

    We are also Jinx fans in our household and look forward to reading the third title together as a family. I finished reading Jinx’s Magic aloud in a forest clearing. Perfect.

  6. Kellee Moye (@kelleemoye)
    September 16, 2014

    So many of these sound so good! Going straight on my TBR. Thank you!
    Glad you liked Changemaker. It is an important book!

    Happy reading this week 🙂

    P.S. Thinking about you often! Hugs and healing thoughts coming to you across the ocean.

  7. Myra GB
    September 27, 2014

    Bruce Lee sounds like a must-add book to my list of PBBs. And yay! We have it in our public library! 🙂

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