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My Recent Library Haul

What are some of your favorite parts about going to the library?

Last week I made another spontaneous trip to the library to return a book and check out more. I’m starting to get the hang of how to manually find books in this new library.

I’ve been checking out a lot of picture books lately because they’re quick, easy reads that can be read in minutes. Plus, there are just so many cool stories and colorful art to explore that they’re hard to resist. They’re fun to read, review and recommend. I snagged a couple of graphic novels as well.

Here are what I got on my latest library run:

A History of Me

by Adrea Theodore, Illustrated by Erin Robinson

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I like what this story is about and can relate to the main character a little. The synopsis alone radiates so much love and empowerment that I’m already predicting it will be a 5-star read.

ABOUT: Who do you see when you look in the mirror? One mother’s account of her experience as the only Black child in school serves as an empowering message to her own daughter and children of color everywhere.

Life can be hard for the only brown girl in a classroom full of white students. When the teacher talks about slavery, she can feel all of her classmates staring at her. When they talk about civil rights, she is the one that other kids whisper about on the playground. In those moments, she wants to slip away or seep into the ground; and she wonders, is that all you see when you look at me?

What really matters is what she sees when she looks at herself. She is a reflection of the courage, strength, intelligence and creativity that’s been passed down from generation to generation through her ancestors.

Inspired by the author’s daughter’s experience in school as well as her own.

The Proudest Blue : A Story of Hijab and Family

by Ibtihaj Muhammad, with S.K. Ali, Illustrated by Hatem Aly

This story has been on my radar since its publication. I’m glad I finally was able to check it out of the library. I think it’s going to be a wonderful read with a lot to learn about.

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ABOUT: A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school–and two sisters on one’s first day of hijab–by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It’s the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it’s her older sister Asiya’s first day of hijab–a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong.

Paired with Hatem Aly’s beautiful, whimsical art, Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad and Morris Award finalist S.K. Ali bring readers an uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the unbreakable bond between siblings, and of being proud of who you are.

Your Name Is a Song

by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, Illustrated by Luisa Uribe

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Names are important and hold so much power and meaning behind them. So I like that this book will explore that and more into an inspirational picture book that I can’t wait to read.

ABOUT: Frustrated by a day full of teachers and classmates mispronouncing her beautiful name, a little girl tells her mother she never wants to come back to school. In response, the girl’s mother teaches her about the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names on their lyrical walk home through the city. Empowered by this newfound understanding, the young girl is ready to return the next day to share her knowledge with her class. Your Name is a Song is a celebration to remind all of us about the beauty, history, and magic behind names.

The Juneteenth Story: Celebrating the End of Slavery in the United States

by Alliah L. Agostini, Illustrated by Sawyer Cloud

Better late than never, as they say. I couldn’t find this book that last time I went. I just happened to walk by it while looking for another book.

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ABOUT: With colorful illustrations and a timeline, this introductory history of Juneteenth for kids details the evolution of the holiday commemorating the date the enslaved people of Texas first learned of their freedom​.

On June 19, 1865—more than two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation—the enslaved people of Texas first learned of their freedom. That day became a day of remembrance and celebration that changed and grew from year to year.

Learn about the events that led to emancipation and why it took so long for the enslaved people in Texas to hear the news. The first Juneteenth began as “Jubilee Day,” where families celebrated and learned of their new rights as citizens. As Black Texans moved to other parts of the country, they brought their traditions along with them, and Juneteenth continued to grow and develop.

Today, Juneteenth’s powerful spirit has endured through the centuries to become an official holiday in the United States in 2021. The Juneteenth Story provides an accessible introduction for kids to learn about this important American holiday.

Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey (vol. 1)

by Ngozi Ukazu

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This is the summer of graphic novels, another medium that doesn’t take too long to read. The cover is so cute as is the story it seems. This also seems in line with the kind of sports fiction I enjoy reading.

ABOUT: Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here!

Y’all… I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain.

A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.

Fence (vol. 1)

by C.S. Pacat, Illustrated by Johanna the Mad

Another graphic novel series I’ve seen around the blog-sphere and bookstagram that I wanted to give it a try, especially with how thin of a read it is. It sounds interesting enough, so I’ll see how that goes.

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ABOUT: Nicholas, the illegitimate son of a retired fencing champion, is a scrappy fencing wunderkind, and dreams of getting the chance and the training to actually compete. After getting accepted to the prodigious Kings Row private school, Nicholas is thrust into a cut-throat world, and finds himself facing not only his golden-boy half-brother, but the unbeatable, mysterious Seiji Katayama…

Through clashes, rivalries, and romance between teammates, Nicholas and the boys of Kings Row will discover there’s much more to fencing than just foils and lunges. From acclaimed writer C.S. Pacat (The Captive Prince) and fan-favorite artist Johanna the Mad.


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📚 Library Haul!!! 📚

When was the last time you went to the library? Do you currently have any library books checked out?

Happy Sunday!

Early last week I finally got to check out books from my new library home! I talked about this weeks ago as something I’ve been meaning to do for forever. It’s been over a year, which is just plain wrong, so I’m glad to have at last rectified this travesty.

I had a good time looking for books the old-fashioned way. This new library is way bigger than my old one. I’m still learning how to navigate it and locate different sections. I traveled up and down isles alternating between crouching and standing as I searched for books (and paused to admire ones I recognized).

I left the library with a few choice children’s books that I’ve been wanting to read for a while now that were high on my tbr list.

Here’s what I checked out:

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BLENDED by Sharon M. Draper

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FALLING SHORT by Ernesto Cisneros

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I AM PERFECTLY DESIGNED by Karamo Brown, with Jason “Rachel” Brown, Illustrated by Anoosha Syed

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DEAR LIBRARIAN by Lydia M. Sigwarth, Illustrated by Romina Galotta

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I’m happy to be reading physical copies of picture books again. It’s the best way to read and enjoy them. And I’m glad the library had the two middle grade books available. I had a list with me and was basically going to check out whatever I could find.

It was a pleasant trip and I can’t wait to go back for more books!


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Mini Library Haul – April 15, 2021

Happy Thursday, Bookworms!

Do you read picture books? or What was the last book(s) you checked out from the library?

Today I’m sharing my most recent library haul.

But first I’d like to share last week’s that I didn’t have time to post about on my blog (I did on IG). Last week I checked out from the library:

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin (review)
Drawn Together by Minh Lê, Illustrated by Dan Santat (review)
Unplugged by Gordon Korman (review coming soon)
When You Trap A Tiger by Tae Keller
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George (review coming soon)

This was my first haul since my local library recently fully opened back up, so I got to go inside the library. I’ve since read all of these books except for the Keller book, which I decided to read another time.

Onward to the next mini haul! This week I checked out from the library 3 picture books:

My Monster and Me by Nadiya Hussain, Illustrated by Ella Bailey
Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho, Illustrated by Dung Ho
Llama Unleashes the Alpacalypse by Jonathan Stutzman, Illustrated by Heather Fox

I love reading picture books because they’re always fun to read. I admire the way authors and illustrators are able to capture full, engrossing stories with beautiful artwork within 32 pages.

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by!


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Second Library Haul of November (even though I’m still reading books from the previous one shhh!!!)

Happy Thursday, Bookworms!

Today’s post…is exactly what you think. 😊 I had a couple books on hold that needed to be picked up and – since my library will be temporarily switching back to curbside pickup/virtual soon – I ended up taking out more volumes of Yona of the Dawn. I’ve just been enjoying the series so much these past few days that I couldn’t resist. And I’m almost done the books from the last haul, so this is me being bookish-ly proactive. 😂

In this library haul, I checked out:

The Awakening by Nora Roberts

The Dragon Heart Legacy #1
Adult Fantasy Romance

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In the realm of Talamh, a teenage warrior named Keegan emerges from a lake holding a sword—representing both power and the terrifying responsibility to protect the Fey. In another realm known as Philadelphia, a young woman has just discovered she possesses a treasure of her own…

When Breen Kelly was a girl, her father would tell her stories of magical places. Now she’s an anxious twentysomething mired in student debt and working a job she hates. But one day she stumbles upon a shocking discovery: her mother has been hiding an investment account in her name. It has been funded by her long-lost father—and it’s worth nearly four million dollars.

This newfound fortune would be life-changing for anyone. But little does Breen know that when she uses some of the money to journey to Ireland, it will unlock mysteries she couldn’t have imagined. Here, she will begin to understand why she kept seeing that silver-haired, elusive man, why she imagined his voice in her head saying Come home, Breen Siobhan. It’s time you came home. Why she dreamed of dragons. And where her true destiny lies—through a portal in Galway that takes her to a land of faeries and mermaids, to a man named Keegan, and to the courage in her own heart that will guide her through a powerful, dangerous destiny…

 

Yona of the Dawn by Mizuho Kusanagi

Volumes 11-13
Manga, YA Fantasy Romance

Princess Yona lives an ideal life as the only princess of her kingdom. Doted on by her father, the king, and protected by her faithful guard Hak, she cherishes the time spent with the man she loves, Soo-won. But everything changes on her 16th birthday when she witnesses her father’s murder!

Yona reels from the shock of witnessing a loved one’s murder and having to fight for her life. With Hak’s help, she flees the palace and struggles to survive while evading her enemy’s forces. But where will this displaced princess go when all the paths before her are uncertain?

 

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

Bromance Book Club #1
Adult Contemporary Romance

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The first rule of book club: You don’t talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.


Have a great Thursday and Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it! 🙂


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Library Book Haul!!!

Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

In an effort to de-stress and spread bookish happiness, I wanted to share my most recent library haul.

Over the weekend I had gone to the library to take back and check out more books. I came away with some great anticipated reads that I’ve had my eyes on all year.

From left to right:

Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron

Recommended For You by Laura Silverman

Defy by Sara B. Larson

Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory

I will be starting these books right after my current read, so sometime over the weekend but hopefully sooner! That new book smell is calling me to read them now. 😂

Deep breaths…

Exhale…

Stay strong, everyone! 💙💚

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🍁💕📚 Autumn Library Haul 📚💕🍁

Happy Sunday, Bookworms!!!

What were the last books you checked out from the library?

Yesterday, I went to my wonderful library. It’s always nice to end the week with a trip to the library 😊📚💞 I wanted to share with you all the epic books I checked out:

About A Vampire by Lynsay Sands
Black Butler (Vol. 29) by Yana Toboso
Skyhunter by Marie Lu
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson



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Library Haul #2 – 7/15/20

Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

I returned my last haul on Monday and picked up some gems I didn’t think I’d get to read so soon! Maybe later this week I’ll get to start them or earlier as I’m almost done Boyfriend Material (see many feels!). The beautiful books I checked out are:

  • Rick by Alex Gino
  • Haikyu!! by Haruichi Furudate (vol. 1-3)
  • Kiss Him, Not Me by Junko (vol. 1-2)

I’ve been looking forward to reading RICK all year, so of course I bumped it up the tbr list. I adored George and I anticipate another excellent read by Gino.

I absolutely positively love HAIKYU!! It’s one of my all-time favorite anime shows. Haikyu!! is so funny and heart-warming and action-packed with tons of lovable characters. The story follows a high school volleyball team, Karasuno, and their journey to the top. I could endlessly rewatch the anime over and over again! I’m beyond thrilled to have this small glimpse into the manga.

KISS HIM, NOT ME is an adorkable rom-com anime. My local library only has a few random volumes and I was going to wait until I could buy the manga. But I figured it’d be ok to read the first two.

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First Library Haul Since Quarantine!!!

Happy Thursday, Bookworms!!!

Last week my local library was able to partially reopen (which I only learned about a few days ago, haha!). Card holders can now return/drop off books in this bin they have. The library can also do curbside pick ups.

I immediately put on hold all the volumes I had left to read of Kamisama Kiss (Vol. 19-25), which I was nearly done before lock down. I won’t be going to the library often like before but this is still good news.

I honestly thought it would be many more months until the library go open. Covid cases and deaths continue to rise all over the country, as I stated in my June wrap-up. It’s devastating. In my opinion, another lock down is imminent. So I’m going to check out and read as much manga as I can (I have plenty of physical books and ebooks at home still) while this window of normalcy is still open.

🔴Stay safe. Wear a mask. Social distance. Wash your hands.🔴

 

 

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