Review: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

 

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline WoodsonPage Count: 337 pages
Publication Date: August 28, 2014
Age Range: Middle Grade
Source: Audiobook
Goodreads: Brown Girl Dreaming review

 

 

Brown Girl Dreaming is Jacqueline Woodson’s memoir encapsulating her girlhood growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Lyrical and moving, this memoir is required reading for young readers. Continue reading “Review: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson”

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Discussion: Collecting Different Versions of the Same Book

Hello, I’m having a problem and I need some advice.

It feels like EVERYONE I’m following over on Goodreads are reading the beautiful new collector’s editions of Fruits Basket. I’m loving seeing everyone’s reactions as they’re reading it for the first time.

I own all 23 of the original books, bought back when I was fifteen reading the series for the first time. Every few years I binge through the entire series, and the last time I read them was in 2015 after college.

Anyway, seeing all the beautiful covers floating around got me feeling like I needed to get my hands on a copy!!!

 

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Discussion: What I’m Hoping For in Leigh Bardugo’s New Grishaverse Novel

Leigh Bardugo recently edged herself into my auto-buy author category, so naturally when all of Twitter informed me that her next Grishaverse edition,ย King of Scars, is expected in winter of 2019, I exploded.

King of Scarsย is an upcoming duology centered around Nikolai Lantsov, who makes appears in both of Bardugo’s Grishaverse series. Nikolai was first introduced in Siege and Storm as Sturmhond, a pirate/commander who is soon discovered to be the prince of Ravka. Later in the Grishaverse timeline, he makes an appearance in Crooked Kingdom.

While I was underwhelmed with Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone series, Nikolai was probably one of my favorite characters (and I’m definitely not alone). The ending of both Grishaverse series left some loose ends that I’m hoping to be furthered addressed in this new series.

Summary

“Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his countryโ€™s bloody civil warโ€”and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravkaโ€™s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. ย But some secrets arenโ€™t meant to stay buriedโ€”and some wounds arenโ€™t meant to heal.” (Source)

The rest of this post will contain spoilers.

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