Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
megnews

megnews

Joined September 2016

review
megnews
Sunny | Jason Reynolds
post image
Pickpick

While I appreciated the next installment in the Track series, it‘s my least favorite so far. It‘s much shorter and maybe that didn‘t give me time to really get into the story and characters. I wished they were a little more developed.

review
megnews
Patina | Jason Reynolds
post image
Pickpick

A deceased parent. A parent with a disability. An interracial adoption. Jason Reynolds manages yet again to take on tough topics while also blending the normal everyday life. I love this Track series and wish I‘d known about it when my daughter was running track in middle school. It would have been right up her alley.

46 likes1 stack add
quote
megnews
post image
quote
megnews
post image
blurb
megnews
post image

Since childhood, I have always been fascinated by the Lost Colony of Roanoke. So glad you all chose this for our August read. Was very excited to pick up my library loan yesterday and get started. All are welcome to read along and discuss with #OverBookedClub.

JamieArc Ooh! I picked this book up when it came out after spending time on Nag‘s Head in a house called Eleanor Dare last November. I‘ve been looking forward to reading it! 1w
megnews @JamieArc we‘d love to have you join us! 1w
julieclair I share your fascination with the Roanoke Colony. I‘m excited to read this! 1w
See All 12 Comments
sblbooks I live in North Carolina. We learned about the Lost Colony in social studies. It was one of my favorites as well. 1w
Laughterhp I love that cover!! 1w
mcctrish I am totally intrigued and am going to try and get my hands on this book 1w
LeeRHarry Just went down a Wikipedia rabbit hole to find out about the Roanoke Colony as I‘d never heard of it - will definitely stack this book now 😊 1w
TheBookHippie I pick up my book today ! I cannot wait. Library opens in 10 minutes 🤣 1w
Kdgordon88 Looking forward to jumping back in with this book. 1w
CoverToCoverGirl Going to try to pick up a copy, it sounds fascinating! 1w
Readswithcoffee Looks like I‘m not going to get my library hold in time to participate. Please continue to keep me in the loop. 6d
melissajayne I‘m joining 6h
53 likes6 stack adds12 comments
blurb
megnews
Untitled | Unknown
post image

Completely unplanned, July turned into a middle grade, Sharon Creech, Jason Reynolds, audiobook type of month.

review
megnews
Look Both Ways | Jason Reynolds
post image
Mehso-so

Well you can‘t win ‘em all. I am not a fan of short stories. I thought being by Reynolds I might enjoy these more. I think I would have if they‘d been interconnected. I thought they would be since it‘s a story told in ten blocks. But alas that‘s not the case. I did enjoy some of the stories but overall wasn‘t for me. #AuthorAMonth

review
megnews
I Must Betray You | Ruta Sepetys
post image
Pickpick

I grew up during the Cold War and remember the excitement of watching the Berlin Wall fall. But I know so little about the time period for those behind the Iron Curtain. I‘ve read a few historical fiction novels on the time period now and they leave me wanting more. Ruta Sepetys, of course, can do no wrong in this fast-paced novel and you can‘t help but root for her lovable characters.

sblbooks I loved this one too! 2w
54 likes2 stack adds1 comment
review
megnews
Ghost | Jason Reynolds
post image
Pickpick

Jason Reynolds is great. Despite not being an athlete myself, I enjoyed my daughter‘s track and soccer experiences. That and my love for Jason Reynolds drew this series to my attention. I enjoyed the track aspect and the MC‘s experiences. I love how Reynolds can blend difficult childhood experiences with common ones in an easy way. I‘m looking forward to the rest of the series.
#AuthorAMonth

review
megnews
Stamped (for Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You | Jason Reynolds, Ibram X Kendi
post image
Pickpick

At just over 2 hours, I was able to listen to this in a day. I‘d already read the YA and thought I‘d check out the kid version too. This is an excellent intro on anti racism and the history of racism in America and would be a great choice for children and parents to read or listen to and discuss together.

46 likes2 stack adds
review
megnews
The Wanderer | Sharon Creech
post image
Pickpick

A story about an ocean voyage would not usually be meant for me, but this story of what it means to be a family will tug at your heartstrings. I found it to be my favorite Creech yet.

Readergrrl Really like that passage you selected! 3w
43 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
megnews
post image
Mehso-so

I‘m not the target audience so I‘ll forgive this for not living up to my expectations for Lucy Knisley graphic novel. I do hope she‘ll continue writing for adults someday.

review
megnews
Replay | Sharon Creech
post image
Pickpick

There were aspects of this book I really liked and I wish had been more in-depth but all in all it was just ok to me.

review
megnews
post image
Mehso-so

Good if you like middle grade fairytale retellings when you‘re looking for an easy audiobook listen.

review
megnews
Little Souls: A Novel | Sandra Dallas
post image
Pickpick

I‘ve read a few by Sandra Dallas and I have to say this is my favorite so far. It was more than I was expecting. I‘m looking forward to discussion with #overbookedclub at the end of the month.

review
megnews
post image
Mehso-so

I‘ve been on a little fairytale retelling kick lately and thought I‘d check out this series on audio. It was pretty cookie cutter “kids fall into a fairytale” so I give it a 3 as an adult. I would have enjoyed this more as a kid.

review
megnews
post image
Pickpick

If Diane Guerrero hadn‘t made it big, the story of children of undocumented immigrants who are deported may have never been told. This is the middle grade version of her memoir and I wouldn‘t hesitate to recommend it for school and classroom libraries so children can be familiarized with the issues immigrant families face and so children of undocumented immigrants know they are not alone.

47 likes2 stack adds
review
megnews
post image
Pickpick

Im on a Sharon Creech kick. I can see why one of her books was my daughter‘s favorite growing up. This was a quick audio.

quote
megnews
post image

blurb
megnews
Little Souls: A Novel | Sandra Dallas
post image

I was getting worried that the #OverBookedClub book wasn‘t going to come in in time so I put both on hold. They both came in today. Am I the only one who starts reading and finishes on audio? I feel like that helps me read a lot more.

RebL 🖐🏻 I do that too. 1mo
47 likes1 comment
quote
megnews
Little Souls: A Novel | Sandra Dallas
post image

I definitely think I‘m going to enjoy this but I thought this was funny. I think she meant “embellishing.” Surprised editors didn‘t catch it. #overbookedclub

LiteraryinLawrence I see what you mean, but I think I‘ve heard embroidered in this context before. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
sblbooks @LiteraryinLawrence is this a scenario of words changing meanings through the years? I was looking at old math book my grandfather had from back in the 1800s. They had a whole section of " promiscuous questions." 1mo
megnews @LiteraryinLawrence @sblbooks I hadn‘t thought of the historical context. Off to do some research 1mo
See All 6 Comments
BkClubCare Embroidering is a creative synonym for embellish, no? Words are so fun 1mo
Susanita I‘ve heard of embroidering the truth, so this makes sense. 1mo
ravenlee I‘ve seen embroidering used in this context before. I think it‘s like set foot/step foot - very similar terms with the same usage. 1mo
28 likes6 comments
review
megnews
Bloomability | Sharon Creech
post image
Pickpick

Swiss boarding school anyone? This was a quick middle grade audio.

41 likes1 stack add
blurb
megnews
The Wicked City | Beatriz Williams
post image

For some reason I thought this was going to be set in 1920s Chicago which would have been just fine with me. I‘m delighted to find its set in 1920s NYC and I‘m flying through it so far. I love when a book sucks me in from the get go.

50 likes1 stack add
blurb
megnews
Walk Two Moons | Sharon Creech
post image

I love a book that takes me on a road trip.

annahenke This is one of the best children‘s books ever written. 1mo
MadelineMcCrae This book brings me back to my childhood when my teacher read it to my fifth grade class 1mo
43 likes2 comments
blurb
megnews
Untitled | Unknown
post image

1 YA
1 YA graphic memoir
3 YA historical fiction
1 travel memoir
4 historical fiction

Historical fiction is my happy place

quote
megnews
post image

Weird to think about

quote
megnews
post image

🦟 ✈️ 😂

rockpools That‘s brilliant! 1mo
Magpiegem So many fantastic facts! I want this book! 1mo
megnews @Magpiegem I‘m learning so much! And I love the photos. It‘s available at thriftbooks.com for $5.29! 1mo
29 likes3 comments
quote
megnews
Walking the Nile | Levison Wood
post image

blurb
megnews
Band of Sisters | Lauren Willig
This post contains spoilers
show me
post image

megnews I think these experiences will leave their mark and change them for the better. They aren‘t confined to societal expectations for women. They won‘t be satisfied with less than what they want to do in life. 1mo
sblbooks I don't think they'll be content to sit at home sipping tea and going to balls after this experience. 1mo
megnews @sblbooks agree! 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl Definitely suffragettes in the making. I‘m with @sblbooks tea and fancy balls just wouldn‘t cut it. 1mo
5 likes4 comments
blurb
megnews
Band of Sisters | Lauren Willig
This post contains spoilers
show me
post image

sblbooks Maybe not Furious, but I can understand being upset. I don't think any really ever understood that what she did was wrong. I would say part generosity and part because she needed Kate there to help her. 1mo
megnews @sblbooks I agree. I think Emmie needed her. I understood Kate‘s upset but it seemed she held a grudge a bit to long about it. 1mo
sblbooks @megnews I agree Kate was very prideful about it she should have been more grateful. 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl I thought Kate was more irate than the perceived offence merited. I always felt Emmie‘s heart was in the right place. 1mo
3 likes4 comments
blurb
megnews
Band of Sisters | Lauren Willig
This post contains spoilers
show me
post image

megnews I think some soldiers were very willing to help them because of their gender. But it also put them in the danger of assault that happens in times of war. Not to mention the danger of the war itself and being women they were not armed. No real way to defend themselves if needed. 1mo
sblbooks @megnews Yes! It's also more challenging because people don't take them seriously at first. 1mo
megnews @sblbooks very true 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl I totally agree @megnews 1mo
3 likes4 comments
blurb
megnews
Band of Sisters | Lauren Willig
This post contains spoilers
show me
post image

sblbooks Yes, a working class immigrant background does still carry a stigma. An education helps but hard to get when you don't have the money to pay for school. There are a few that can get scholarships but not that many. 1mo
megnews @sblbooks I agree. People still look at immigrants as undocumented, as not as smart maybe because of the language barriers, and the jobs they may take are looked down upon despite our need for those services. Education is helpful but not always the great equalizer we like to tout it to be. 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl Again I agree! 1mo
3 likes3 comments
blurb
megnews
Band of Sisters | Lauren Willig
This post contains spoilers
show me
post image

megnews I think they made something of themselves apart from their mothers. I think it took more courage and also set them apart from their social classes in ways that will stay with them (for good imo) for their whole lives. 1mo
3 likes1 comment
blurb
megnews
Band of Sisters | Lauren Willig
post image

I think it was just the 3 of us this month. Sorry I ran into July for discussion. Haven‘t been able to keep up with life lately. Questions from readinggroupguides.com. The rest of the questions are marked with spoilers. #overbookedclub

sblbooks I think @CoverToCoverGirl read it as well. 1mo
sblbooks I think a few of the girls would have joined up regardless of how tough it is. Of course there are some that would not have. I would not have been able to physically do that kind of work. 1mo
megnews Oh I‘m sorry I missed @CoverToCoverGirl ! 1mo
megnews @sblbooks I can‘t say I would have put myself in harms way like that. 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl I think some would have gone regardless. Me, I‘m not adventurous so travelling overseas in the midst of a war, probably not. I would have volunteered to do my part from home. 1mo
23 likes5 comments
blurb
megnews
post image

So excited about my thriftbooks book haul!! I‘ve borrowed some of these from the library before. They were all in the $4-5 range. I couldn‘t believe my luck!

Maria514626 Holy moly! 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
megnews @Butterfinger did you see the price on these? You may like these for your classroom for then pictures alone. They‘re beautiful 1mo
45 likes2 comments
quote
megnews
post image

How interesting.

DivineDiana Very. 😲 1mo
Graywacke 😂 Sorry…surreal. 1mo
31 likes2 comments
quote
megnews
Walk Two Moons | Sharon Creech
post image

❤️

review
megnews
Band of Sisters | Lauren Willig
post image
Pickpick

Finished this a few days ago and forgot to post. This book did what great historical fiction does—taught me about a part of history I knew nothing about. I really enjoyed reading about these women who stepped out of their comfort zones and did what no one expected. I will post #overbookedclub discussion questions Friday or Saturday.

julieclair You are so right… great historical fiction teaches us about times/events we know little about. Almost all the books we have read this year have fallen into that category for me. I would be hard pressed to chose a favorite. Looking forward to our discussion! 1mo
48 likes1 comment
review
megnews
post image
Pickpick

Very brief engaging memoir of Bryson‘s time in Kenya, told in his signature humorous style.

quote
megnews
post image

review
megnews
Passport | Sophia Glock
post image
Pickpick

Impromptu pick at the library. Interesting graphic memoir of a girl who grew up on the move with her parents who were CIA agents.

tpixie Cool! 2mo
49 likes2 stack adds1 comment
review
megnews
post image
Pickpick

While not quite as funny as the first, this sequel to Dear Mrs Bird was a delight. Definitely recommend both.

review
megnews
post image
Pickpick

Would love a sequel!

35 likes1 stack add
blurb
megnews
Untitled | Unknown
post image

Progress so far this month. I have my #BookSpin & 4 others in progress. #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looking great!! 2mo
39 likes1 comment
review
megnews
Dear Justyce | Nic Stone
post image
Pickpick

Painful but such an important read. Don‘t know how it took me so long to get to this after reading Dear Martin.

47 likes1 stack add
review
megnews
Rose Under Fire | Elizabeth Wein
post image
Pickpick

Elizabeth Wein truly brings characters to life. I‘ve already borrowed the next in the series.

51 likes1 stack add
review
megnews
Lines of Courage | Jennifer A. Nielsen
post image
Pickpick

MG/YA historical fiction by Jennifer Nielsen will always be an auto read for me.

34 likes2 stack adds
quote
megnews
post image

review
megnews
Bright Young Things | Anna Godbersen
post image
Pickpick

Another set in 1920s NYC. I will definitely be reading the sequel.

Sharpeipup I enjoyed that entire series! 2mo
48 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
megnews
The Show Girl | Nicola Harrison
post image
Pickpick

1920s New York City. Does anything else need to be said? I really enjoyed this historical fiction work about a midwestern girl trying to become one of Ziegfeld‘s Follies.

49 likes2 stack adds