What I’m Reading [47]

Well, that was an incredibly stressful week. I was at work really late two nights making sure all of my stuff for NHS was ready to go. I’ve been really behind on getting letters out to the new candidates. On top of that I was assisting with research again. About halfway through the week, my brain just went into survival mode so I’m not stressed anymore. I’m just taking it one day at a time. Is it Spring Break yet?

New Books



Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
So, I allowed myself to buy two books this week: the new editions of Simon! I love this book to pieces and these two editions have interviews and extra content in them so I just had to have them. Can’t wait for the movie in March!


How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation
I’ve been excited about this since I heard of it, but I entered a Goodreads giveaway for an ARC a while ago and I won! This should be awesome!

Library Books


The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
I put this on hold a while ago, but I finally got it! Turns out this is one of the Top Ten audios for the Hub Challenge so I’ll be starting it this week to kick off the challenge.

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
How did I miss this book? I remember the title but I never really read the description, I guess. It was mentioned on a recent episode of Get Booked and it sounded perfect for an upcoming diversity presentation I’m co-presenting so I grabbed the ebook from the library.

Want by Cindy Pon
I’ve checked this out before but I wasn’t feeling it. I’m not the biggest sci-fi fan so I ended up returning it. I’ve heard great stuff though and our diversity presentation is lacking diverse sci-fi, so I’m going to give it another try.

  Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh
I thought about reading this last year, but never got to it. I checked it out with a group of other books to strengthen our recommendations with Asian characters in the presentation.

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
Noteworthy sounds a little more up my alley, but I really need to get some sci-fi and fantasy titles on my recommendation list so it might be at the bottom of my TBR pile.

Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh
I started this one a while ago on audio and decided I would rather read it in print. I was going to wait until summer, but it might work for the diversity presentation so I checked it out again.


On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers
I want to read as much YA as I can to meet my Read Harder challenge goals, but the posthumous publication stumped me for a minute. Then, I remembered that two books came out by Walter Dean Myers after he died. I grabbed both of them from the library.

Juba! by Walter Dean Myers
In case I can’t get into the first book, I got this one too.

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke
I’ve been wanting to read this since it came out. I finally got it from the library. I think it will be a reward book for after I finish reading some things for the diversity presentation.


Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
I have no clue when I’ll have time to read this, but I really want to!

Black Girl Magic by Mahogany Browne
I just had to read this because it sounds awesome. Maybe a library purchase?

What I Read


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Finished my reread! It was just as good as the first time and I need the movie NOW.

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
So glad I read this! I started out wanting to suggest to friends with young children. Then, I started highlighting things that I need to remember for myself.

Black Girl Magic by Mahogany L. Browne, art by Jess X. Snow.
I wanted to take a look at this for possible purchase. I have a community of black girls at my school who really appreciate black excellence and messages of black empowerment. This is a short little poem, but I think it would speak a lot of truths for them.


What I’m Reading


27 Hours by Tristina Wright
I’m still listening/reading this one. It feels like a slog so far, but I’m only about 20% through it. There are a lot of things to appreciate about it, but sci-fi isn’t really my jam so I’m having a tough time getting into it.

Comics for Choice: Illustrated Abortion Stories, History, and Politics
Started this last weekend expecting a quick read, but it was a lot heavier and longer than I thought. After a few stories, I had to take a break. I’m hoping I can finish it this week and post some thoughts on Friday.

What’s Next

  Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Boomerang by Helene Dunbar
My ARC of this is the next to expire, so I think I’ll try it out and see how it goes.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Since the YMAs are today, I can finally start this! It’s one of the Top Ten Audiobooks.

Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh
I don’t want to confuse any of my books so I’m picking something that it’s a sci-fi, realistic, or romance. I figure fuedal Japan is pretty different!

On the Blog

Last Week

This Week

  • [12 Feb] What I’m Reading [47] (that’s this post)
  • [13 Feb] Ten Romances (Teen and Adult) You Should Read for Valentine’s Day
  • [14 Feb] Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • [15 Feb] Quotes of the Week [4]
  • [16 Feb] Comics for Choice by Hazel Newlevant


I’m linking up to Mailbox Monday & It’s Monday this week! Go check them out to find more blogs and books.

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  1. How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation is right up my alley! It would be a good complement to the book I just finished, Louisiana Catch by Sweta Vikram.