Thursday, January 7, 2016

Getting Back into the Swing of Things

It's been a busy few months what with reading for the Cybils (120 of the 151 books nominated), holidays and getting the house back in order. 

But now, I finally feel like I'm ready to get back into blogging, which I really have missed.  It was fun to look at everyone's best of 2015 lists and looking toward 2016 posts though.    Hope your holidays were enjoyable and filled with happy times with family and friends!  

So there were a few books I read that didn't get nominated for the Cybils, but I really enjoyed reading.  They're worth a look if you've got the time. Links to Goodreads and my review.    

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This is about a family that moves from L.A to a farm they inherited from a great-uncle.  Sophie begins to see signs of chicken's around the henhouse and starts to learn more about how to care and feed them.  But, these are no ordinary chickens, they have superpowers.  Unusual Chickens is wonderfully illustrated, funny and just down right cute. 

"Told in letters to Sophie’s abuela, quizzes, a chicken-care correspondence course, to-do lists, and more, Unusual Chickens is a quirky, clucky classic in the making."

Link to Goodreads

Nory wants to enroll in her father's magic academy, but she's been having difficulty in controlling her magic.  Having to pass a test of her shape-shifting abilities, proves to difficult and now she has to go to a public school with other kids who have "wonky magic".

Upside Down Magic has a lovely elementary school appeal and  enjoyed the novel way that diversity and acceptance of others was addressed.  

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Cupid and the Grim Reaper switch job roles over a shared kiss, with some interesting results.  

So, those are a few of the books that I really enjoyed, although there are more.  Plus there are so many more 2015 books that I have yet to read. Like Magnus Chase, why weren't you nominated for the Cybils so I could have read you earlier?  Could be because you were released toward the end of the nominating period and people didn't get a chance to read you yet. I'm coming for you. 

But, now onto 2016 books that I'm looking forward to..

2515264123300078 About a boy who attends an Academy with four hundred and seventy-five girls. 

It's Natalie Lloyd, Snicker of Magic.  Can't wait.  


25897953I enjoyed Crossover, and this one is in verse about soccer 

I know it's probably silly and filled with pranks, but I'll probably still look for The Terrible Two Get Worse at the library.  
And there is at least one YA that I'm waiting on from one of my favorite authors, Jacqueline West's Dreamers Often Lie


Wishing you all the best for 2016 and looking forward to reading your comments and thoughts as always.  And if you have any suggestions for a middle school'er who enjoyed The Maze Runner, Fabelhaven, and The Eye of Mind or even just a good science fiction book, I'll take your suggestions.   


  1. Wow! You have done a ton of reading! I can't wait to read Natalie Lloyd's new book in 2016. A Snicker of Magic is a book I loved. :) Thanks for sharing the other great books you read that weren't on the Cybilis list.

  2. I'm still not back into the swing of things myself! I'm not quite ready to face the new books yet.....too many on hand still to read!

    1. I know what you mean, I'm still reading from my stack as well. When they're done, I get to do my favorite thing, donate all the stack to the elementary and middle school.

  3. I can not wait for the new Kwame Alexander book. I love that man's writing.

  4. Looks like you've been reading some great books. And there are always other books we just never seem to get to.

    1. Yep, there are so many other books that I never seem to get to. It's fun to try though.

  5. Way to go on the Cybils reading! Heck of a lot of books. Sure missed being with you all this year I must say.

    And yes yes on that never-ending TBR pile!

    1. Missed you too Deb, hope you'll be able to join in next year.