Book Connections

Middle Grade March

I found out it’s considered Middle Grade March!  I am not a big middle grade reader but I did read some while teaching that age group. It’s how I fell in love with one book Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt. Okay for Now was a book push on the Currently Reading podcast this past week, which made me think of it.

So my Friday Connection today is for five books by Gary D. Schmidt. I haven’t read all of them but I do own four of them.

I have linked the books to Goodreads in case you want to find out more as I haven’t given the blurbs of the books.

book coverI’ve read Okay for Now a couple of times – once aloud to a class. It has Doug as its main protagonist along with Lil. They form a wonderful friendship. Doug has just arrived in a new town and has a hard life at home. Eventually he finds some very good relationships, but… let’s just say tissues were needed.

I really need to reread this one as its now a good eight years since I read it last. I have a copy!

book coverThe Wednesday Wars has a wonderful character called Holling Hoodhood, a seventh grader. He too has things to deal with. I loved how he grew in this book. It was another winner for me.

book coverJust Like That is the latest one published in January 2021. It’s one I am about to read. I’ve heard we say good bye to a character I love in this one so feeling a little cautious. This time it’s about a girl who goes off to boarding school and Matt who is in ownership of a pillowcase full of money.

book coverPay Attention Carter Jones is about someone called Carter who has a burden of grief and anger and has to deal with a butler who turns up on his doorstep. I need to read it, its awaiting me.

book coverAnd another one awaiting me. The blurb says it’s a tender heart breaking book. I have it but might be the last one I read. Orbiting Jupiter.

I’ll have to be needing to read a sad book when I get to it by the sounds of it.


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Year in Review

My Year in Books 2019


Goodreads reads

Cover Love

I think I like those blues and summer feel!


Most Surprising

Why? It’s a male author and I rarely read them. The cover is uninviting. The book is such fun and the heroine, a seventy something, is amazing. The writing is wonderful and while the story moves reasonably slowly it is still totally engaging.

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New to me Author to Love and Read More

Australian author Fiona Lowe.

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Her next one comes out soon and I intend buying it. Eyes on you bookshop in February!

Some Favourite Reads of 2019

There are a few more but I can’t go on and on.

First book in a Series I want to read more

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Best Book From A Series

To be honest all the books from my loved series were great, however I have a special love for the pay/changeling series so I will choose this one that came out in 2019.

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Top Audiobooks


Diverse Book I Loved

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Middle Grade Love

I just have to do a reread of Okay for Now by the same author. I left that book in my classroom when I retired from teaching. Now I need it again!

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YA I Need to Read More From

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Not For Me

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