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#TopTenTuesday: Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

You might have noticed that 2016 has already seen a huge number of excellent, intriguing, and unique books published, especially in the Middle Grade and YA genres. This week the goal is to share our Top Ten Favorite 2016 releases, and I can say this is definitely a fantastic way to start off the summer on the blog. Now that school is out, I anticipate finally being able to spend some substantial time on blog. Thank goodness!

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This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish—check out their blog and join in any week you like.

Here’s what they have to say about Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly link-up in the community where we provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in on it with their own top ten list. Feel free to have less than 10 or more if you need to at times and put a spin on the topic if you need to! Just please link back to us if you are participating :).”




Stay tuned for my mini picturebook review of this one and another fantastic 2016 release. If you haven’t read or purchased THE NIGHT GARDENER, then I would highly recommend you do just that. If there is only one picturebook you purchase this year, make it this one. This is definitely a Caldecott contender!




You can hear more of my thoughts about this new book of Kate’s here. This is one of my choices for the Newbery!



This is another one of my top Middle Grade reads for 2016. I describe this as a young reader’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, but it’s this and so much more. This is another contender for the Newbery. Themes of social justice, friendship, and sacrifice are threaded throughout this beautiful narrative.



Perry T. Cook is an unforgettable protagonist!

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You probably already know how I feel about Natalie Lloyd and her books.



PAX is another unforgettable animal Middle Grade that I was thinking about for many days after I finished the last page.


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This one isn’t out until September, so my review will have to wait a bit, but I can safely say this is an amazing and fast-paced start to a series that I will be eagerly following!

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I actually read this book last summer, after I picked up an ARC at ALA Annual in San Francisco, but it didn’t release until February 2016. If I have to pick one top book for the entire year, this one would probably be it. It’s that good. And it’s an important story.



This is the second and final installment in Jodi Meadows’ Orphan Queen duology, and it was wonderful!


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You know I’m a big fan of books by Kate Morton, so when I heard that this was a Kate Morton-esque story, set in England, and that, like Kate Morton’s books, it shifted between time periods, I was set. BLACK RABBIT HALL is an intriguing historical mystery. If you enjoy books by Kate Morton, then by all means, make sure you grab this one.

And there are still so many more 2016 releases to look forward to! Are any of these on your list? Which 2016 titles do you think I must absolutely read next?

What Katie Read

BACK TO BLOGGING & WINTER IS HERE! #jointheresistance

Hello there, Bookish Friends & Blog Readers!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, and the reasons for that include:



-Trying to find a place to live:


-Getting a new job two weeks before the school year started:

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-Unpacking boxes (which is difficult because most of the boxes are books and when I open them, I just want to sit and read!):


-Becoming a school librarian and suddenly having a lot to do:

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And yes, I still have plenty of boxes to unpack and my home to set up. But I’m on the way!

Most of all, I’m happy to be back on the blog and plan to share with you my thoughts on many wonderful books I’ve read over the past few months including WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER, ILLUMINAE, SALT TO THE SEA, and THE LAKE HOUSE.

Of course, you all know I’m very exited about tomorrow because it’s the release of Marissa Meyer’s final installment in The Lunar Chronicles series, WINTER! I’ll be dropping everything to read once my copy arrives. NOVEMBER 10TH is the DAY!


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Eventually I look forward to sharing more TOP TEN TUESDAY posts and WAITING ON WEDNESDAY posts as well, because there are a lot of upcoming releases I’m very excited about.

I also can’t wait to tell you more about my life so far as a School Librarian. It’s certainly not dull, and there are so many wonderful moments in the library with students as young as age 4 all the way up to 12. We have a fabulous picturebook section, and even boast a healthy YA selection as well (not even mentioning all the other sections of the library!) You can imagine I’m having a ball recommending books to students…and getting some recommendations from them as well.

Of course, one of my favorite things to see in the library is young readers immersed in their books!reading girl

I have much more to share but it will have to wait until my next post.

Are you a Librarian?

Do you have any tips for me during my first year in the library?

Also, what books have you read in the last two months that you think EVERYONE SHOULD READ?!? Are you excited about WINTER??

Until next time, Happy Reading!


What Katie Read

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Recently Added To My To-Be-Read List

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What are the last books I added to my TBR?

Of course I hopped over to GoodReads to take a look at my TBR list, and include here very recently added Children’s, Young Adult, and Adult titles. I don’t just include ARC’s because that’s not all I read, so you’ll some older books as well as some upcoming releases. In fact, you’ll find one book from the Victorian period!

As usual, this weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Be sure to link up each week so we can visit your Top Ten!

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Scent of Triumph by Jan Moran

I just found out about this one from Leah on Twitter, and it’s another Adult title set during WWII!

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A Sense of the Infinite by Hilary T. Smith

This is out in May and sounds like a beautiful new Contemporary YA–focusing on “identity, loss, and the bounds of friendship.”

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Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George

This is out in July from Bloomsbury and just look at that cover! A Romanian setting–historical and fantasy combined? Yes, please!

cuckoo songCuckoo Song by Frances Harding

Sure, the cover seems a little creepy but this one is on the Carnegie Shortlist for 2015, and Kim from The Midnight Garden recommended it. Wendy Darling gave it 5 stars so that may be enough to get you to check it out as well!

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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Any book that focuses on a library is one that’s going to end up on my TBR. Case closed.


The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

This Adult title isn’t out until July, but I happen to have an e-ARC of it, so am looking forward to reading a combination of You’ve Got Mail and How to Eat a Cupcake!

the hidden princeThe Hidden Prince by Jodi Meadows

I still have The Orphan Queen to read, but you can bet I will snatch up these novellas when they’re out.

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The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins

I am a fan of Wilkie Collins and I always will be, whether my undergraduate English professors approve or not. I haven’t read this title of his, so think it’s time that I finally did.

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A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins and Sophie Blackall

Four famillies, four cities, four centuries: all making the same dessert, Blackberry Fool. Sounds enchanting!

when christ and his saints sleptWhen Christ and His Saints Slept (Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine #1) by Sharon Kay Penman

I added this one because after reading Lady Thief and starting Lionheart by A.C. Gaughen, I’m interesting in finding out more about Eleanor of Aquitaine. I have a book about her I bought while in England, but sadly, it’s in storage at the moment!

What books have been recently added to your TBR? Are of any of mine on your list?

What Katie Read
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