Long time no visit to this blog. This blog is super dusty and full of cobwebs, but that just adds character.
Soooooo what have I been up to this quarantine? Working luckily. There was a time where furlough was winking at me, but I’ve been safe and healthy and working from home, which as a teacher has been very eye opening for my inaugural full time teaching year.
While I’ve been home I’ve been ordering and reading a lot books! Being at home has really left a lot of time for me to read more than I had, had the time.
Here’s what I’ve read so far:
- The New David Espinoza by Fred Aceves. A YA book of toxic masculinity and body dysmorphia from a writing buddy. I got a shout out in the author’s note! It was a quick important own voices book that I think is not covered in YA a lot from the male perspective.
- Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid. I don’t read Adult fiction much, but wow when I do I am typically blown away. This book is special because unlike a lot of Adult novels I read I actually saw myself in the main character. She was mid twenties and just wanting to live her life and make her money babysitting when she gets profiled by a security guard thinking she kidnapped the child she’s paid to watch. It was honest and real and relatable and I loved the voice so much. I will always recommend it.
- When the Stars Lead To You by Ronni Davis. A YA novel of a summer love that blossomed staring a Biracial protagonist who dreams of working with stars. This book touched on mental health a lot which is always great in YA, as well as social class and how it gets tricky when you’re dating someone with money. It’s a perfect beach read.
- The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert. Brandy is my favorite YA author, and her debut middle grade about a Black girl who gets a neighbor who looks like her in her small beach town is monumental. I love that there was a hint of mystery in the story, and the easy, age appropriate but not watered down talk about race is so needed in middle grade and there was no need to add huge trauma and black pain. Brandy has a way of seamlessly adding in diversity with gay parents and surrogacy and friendships. It’s a must read MG novel.
I’ve enjoyed all the books I’ve read so far. Hope to pick up some more books soon(in the middle of With the Fire On High), but I’ve been focusing on my writing when I’m not reading picture books. I think I’ll post a blog of my favorite picture books.
What books have you all been reading during quarantine?