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Books Bought This Month

Books Received This Month
Children’s Literature in Context by Fiona McCulloch (from publisher as a free book for completing a survey)
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson (netgalley ARC)

Books Borrowed This Month
Brown Girl, Brownstones by Paule Marshall
Oh No She Didn’t by Clinton Kelly

Books Finished This Month
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
Paradise Hunger by Henry W. Leung
Amazing Grace by Jonathan Kozol
City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte
Outwitting History by Aaron Lansky
A Song for Bijou by Josh Farrar
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
The Secret Wish of Nannerl Mozart by Barbara Kathleen Nickel
Secret Saturdays by Torrey Maldonado
From Romance to Realism: 50 Years of Growth and Change in Young Adult Literature by Michael Cart
Oh No She Didn’t by Clinton Kelly
The Music Lover’s Poetry Anthology edited by Helen Handley Houghton
Destiny, Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Hey, I went an entire month without buying a book! And I didn’t even notice, except for when I was updating this post. You know someone is a big nerd when that is, like, the biggest accomplishment of their month.

At the beginning of this month I outlined some goals for my reading. This month, I accomplished twice the finishing of books by men of color. Also, two of the novels I read were written for adults, so that’s two things I planned on doing that I’m making good on so far. I’m not pleased with the number of books I’m reading, even though there are a few not on this list because I read them for class, just because Goodreads tells me that I’m behind on my 250-book goal (which includes pleasure reading and school reading).

Also, I really enjoyed pretty much all that I read this month. That doesn’t always happen. I think there’s a good balance of light to heavy, nonfiction to fiction, adult audience to under-18 audience. I should keep that going. I think actually that balance makes me more likely to enjoy what I’m reading because it doesn’t feel like the same thing over and over. The books I read this month also made me feel a little better about what looks like a career – or at least a full-time job for the next few years – in a public library. I’ve been having iffy feelings about that, but Kozol’s book reminded me that there are places where a teen librarian and a dedicated teen space in a library could have huge influences on the lives of young people. Farrar’s and Maldonado’s novels further reminded me of that. And then reading Cart’s book gave me a really excellent grounding in YA realism, which is a course I’m taking this semester.

I hope I can keep only reading books that make me feel like I’m getting something out of them. It saddens me that even with the amount that I read, that is often not true.

You can check out all of the books I mentioned here.

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