Library Book Haul (#10)

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I blogged. I recently went to the library and decided to do another Library Book Haul. It’s the 10th one! You guys have really been enjoying these book hauls 😀 This book haul consists of three YA books and three YT (Young Teen) books. Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven would’ve been part of this haul but I started and almost finished it. A review will hopefully be coming your way soon!


Library Book Haul:

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1. If I Ever Get Out Of Here By Eric Gansworth (YA)

If I Ever Get Out of Here

Lewis “Shoe” Blake is used to the joys and difficulties of life on the Tuscarora Indian reservation in 1975: the joking, the Fireball games, the snow blowing through his roof. What he’s not used to is white people being nice to him — people like George Haddonfield, whose family recently moved to town with the Air Force. As the boys connect through their mutual passion for music, especially the Beatles, Lewis has to lie more and more to hide the reality of his family’s poverty from George. He also has to deal with the vicious Evan Reininger, who makes Lewis the special target of his wrath. But when everyone else is on Evan’s side, how can he be defeated? And if George finds out the truth about Lewis’s home — will he still be his friend?


2. None Of The Above By I.W. Gregorio (YA)

None of the Above

A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex… and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?


3. The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) By Maggie Stiefvater (YA)The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)

(I recently read the first book and fell in love. The review will be up ASAP)

Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.

One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.

And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.

Ronan is one of the raven boys – a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface – changing everything in its wake.


4. It Ain’t So Awful Falafel By Firoozeh Dumas (YT)

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even mood rings and puka shell necklaces can’t distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home. A poignant yet lighthearted middle grade debut from the author of the best-selling Funny in Farsi. 


5. Nothing But Trouble By Jacqueline Davies (YT)

Nothing but Trouble

Odawahaka has always been too small for Maggie’s big scientific ideas. Between her stuck-in-a-rut mom, her grumpy grandpop, and the lifetime supply of sludgy soda in the fridge, it’s hard for Maggie to imagine a change.

But when Lena moves in with her creative spirit and outrageous perspective, middle school takes off with a bang. Someone starts pulling the kind of pranks that send their rule-loving new principal into an uproar—complete with purple puffs of smoke, parachuting mice, and a scavenger hunt that leads to secret passageways. Suddenly the same-old football games, election for class president, and embarrassing stories feel almost exciting. And for the first time in her life, Maggie begins to wonder if there might be more to Odawahaka than she ever saw coming!


6. Every Single Second By Tricia Springstubb (YT)

Every Single Second

A single second. That’s all it takes to turn a world upside down.

Twelve-year-old Nella Sabatini’s life is changing too soon, too fast. Her best friend, Clem, doesn’t seem concerned; she’s busy figuring out the best way to spend the “leap second”—an extra second about to be added to the world’s official clock. The only person who might understand how Nella feels is Angela, but the two of them have gone from being “secret sisters” to not talking at all.

Then Angela’s idolized big brother makes a terrible, fatal mistake, one that tears apart their tight-knit community and plunges his family into a whirlwind of harsh publicity and judgment. In the midst of this controversy, Nella is faced with a series of startling revelations about her parents, friends, and neighborhood. As Angela’s situation becomes dangerous, Nella must choose whether to stand by or stand up. Her heart tries to tell her what to do, but can you always trust your heart? The clock ticks down, and in that extra second, past and present merge—the future will be up to her.

Tricia Springstubb’s extraordinary novel is about the shifting bonds of friendship and the unconditional love of family, the impact of class and racial divides on a neighborhood and a city, and a girl awakening to awareness of a world bigger and more complex than she’d ever imagined.


That’s a wrap! What books seem appealing to you? Have you read any of them? Let me know your thoughts!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Library Book Hauls!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

RIP Prince!

Hey everyone! I apologize that this is not a book related post. It’s a tribute to a singer that died yesterday.

Name: Prince Rogers Nelson

Born: June 7th, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Age: 57 (died April 21st) in Chanhassen, Minnesota

Facts:

  1. Prince was 5 foot 1.
  2. He was a singer, songwriter and more
  3. Prince got sued by his sister.
  4. He released 39 studio albums
  5. Prince is ranked 27th on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time
  6. Prince was a former Toronto resident

Hit Songs:

  • “1999”
  • I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man
  • “7”
  • Little Red Corvette
  • Purple Rain
  • When Doves Cry
  • Cream
  • So many more!

Needless to say, Prince had some interesting song titles!

RIP Prince! You were a great singer that died too soon. The exact cause of his death is unknown. Prince was found unresponsive. The autopsy took place today but no results will be released to the public for weeks. For now, his body will be sent back to his family.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more.

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

My birthday!

Hey everyone! Today is my birthday! I’ll definitely do a post and let you guys know how it goes 🙂 I’ve chosen not to reveal my age for personal reasons but I will do some  confessions. 11 to be exact, since November is the eleventh month.

11 Confessions:

  1. I love to listen to music as much as possible. I’m actually listening to music as I write this.
  2. I am yet to have my first kiss.
  3. I love reality TV and cartoons.
  4. My least favorite subject in school is Math.
  5. I own a lot of pink things but don’t really like the color that much.
  6. My favorite soda is Root Beer 😀
  7. My book character crush is Ron Weasley (I’m only on the 4th Harry Potter book. No spoilers!!)
  8. I am reading the Harry Potter series for the first time right now.
  9. I share a birthday with Emma Watson.
  10. I hope to go to London and New York some day.
  11. I hope to be an author or a profession to do with animals.

Now I’m going to do 6 pieces of advice:

  1. Follow your dreams. Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s not possible or not worth it.
  2. Be yourself. This is what many say but nobody wants to be with or interact with someone who’s faking their true identity.
  3. Don’t be insecure! This is tough and I even struggle with insecurity. Everyone is created differently and nobody is the same. That’s what makes the world more beautiful.
  4. If you’re a writer, write! Don’t put it off. I have a major problems with that and it hasn’t gotten me very far
  5. Don’t anyone or anything for granted. Somewhere, someone is wishing for what you have.
  6. Try your hardest. It’s simple but tough too!

Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for a birthday haul/update. You might want to remind me 😉

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀 xx

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Creative Challenge: New and Old

Hello everyone! This is my 90th post! I can’t believe how fast it’s gone. Once again, it’s time for Creative Challenges Day! If you are unfamiliar with this twice weekly event, then here’s the run down: Creative Challenges is an event hosted by the amazing Cynthia Dawn. One of her challenges is for everyone, the other is an exclusive thing for email subscribers only. Every Tuesday and Friday Cynthia sends out a email with a prompt. You just take the prompt and write a story based on a personal experience or like I do, with a fictional character.

Today’s 1st Prompt: Write a story where the high culture (older times) and popular or pop culture (Current day) collide.

My story:

Sawyer Jacobsen sits quietly listening to his radio. It was 1966 and he had just gotten a FM radio for his birthday. All his friends had gotten there own radio a few years ago but Sawyer’s family wasn’t exactly rich. It took his parents quite a while to get together enough money. Now he could listen to all the music he wanted, not just at  his friends houses. Boris and Mark had been teasing him for ages about not owning a radio. He would show them. His junior high teacher had given him a load of homework and he had been working on it endlessly for almost an hour now. The Beattles and the Rolling Stones were Sawyer’s absolute favorites and they had been playing quite a lot. Suddenly a strange song started playing. “This is Miley Cyrus singing Wrecking Ball.” Sawyer put down his pencil and listened. His eyes got bigger and bigger. His mom would never let him listen to something like this. The Beattles and Rolling Stones would never sing something as preposterous as this. Sawyer grabbed his radio and ran to find his mom. He had to have her listen to this mysterious song. It sounded like something from another world.

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Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for more. I’m not sure if I will be able to do a second Creative Challenge like I normally do. I’ll try but I can’t promise anything.

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀