It’s Monday & I survived Hurricane Hermine

September 5, 2016

Also, the start of the semester. One of those is more impressive than the other. Hint: it’s the one related to school.

Kidlit version hosted by Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen of Teach Mentor Texts; original version hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

Kidlit version hosted by Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen of Teach Mentor Texts; original version hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

Hello! I haven’t participated in this meme in a while (since mid-July! wow!), but I read two awesome books this week and wanted to share. I was going to do an August wrap-up, but honestly, all you need to know is that the best book I read last month was Days with Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel, which is, of course, a re-read. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all had a friend like Frog? I think so.

This past week, I read:

The Seventh WishThe Seventh Wish by Kate Messner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was upset about the censorship issues surrounding this book on GP. Now that I’ve read it, I’m even angrier.

This book is lovely and honest and necessary. The characters are wonderful, and it has so so much heart. We need to stop telling children what their experiences should be and let the books they read show what their experiences ARE.


Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last DaysMs. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kamala is the actual best. Love, love, love, love, love.

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As of today, I’m reading:

On Writing by Stephen King

I assigned On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King to my fiction writing students, and that discussion is Wednesday, so I am re-reading to prepare. I am only about 50 or so pages in, so I should probably finish soon, huh?


A House for Happy Mothers by Amulya Malladi

I started A House for Happy Mothers by Amulya Malladi at the beginning of the month, and I am still not done. I like the premise but it’s (obviously) not very compelling beyond that. Maybe I’ll finish it this week. Who knows? (You can see how into it I am, ha.)

Happy reading, everyone!

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  1. Stacy

    I’m always amazed at how deep Frog and Toad’s life lessons are in so little text. I loved The Seventh Wish. Thanks for sharing the others.

  2. Jenny @ Reading the End

    Shame about A House for Happy Mothers, but I am a bit relieved. At the library the other week, I intended to pick that book up from the New Books shelf, but instead I ended up with one that has a similar premise and a similarish title but is by a totally different author. Maybe my one will be the better one!

    • Akilah

      Oh yes, I want to read that one! I can’t wait to hear what you think of it.

  3. cweichel

    I got side tracked into reading updates regarding the controversy over The Seventh Wish. I adore Kate Messner. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is on my list of books I want to read now that I am retired. I keep thinking I will do more writing.

  4. Myra GB

    I have Stephen King’s On Writing and looking forward to reading it soonest.

  5. Brendon

    I really need to pick up the Ms. Marvel comics. I just hear so much good! On Writing is such an interesting look into the early writing life of Stephen King. I am fascinated with his mind and how he comes up with his stories.


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