Book Review · Nonfiction

Review: My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel

Scott Stossel is an anxious human. He is quite possibly the most anxious human I’ve ever had the good fortune of “meeting,” if you can call it that. Scott has multiple, extreme phobias: in particular, vomiting, flying, and public speaking. He suffers terrible anxiety-induced digestive problems. He has had too many panic attacks to count.… Continue reading Review: My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel

Book Review · YA

Review: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

With All American Boys, Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely have written a moving, timely story about police brutality toward young Black men in America. I listened to this book as an audiobook, and it was outstanding. This story is really two stories: the interconnected experiences of Rashad Butler, a sixteen-year-old Black boy who is beaten at a convenience… Continue reading Review: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

Book Stuff

SYNC: Free Summer Audiobook Program for Teens

Hi everyone! I discovered a NEAT THING and wanted to share. So, while writing a collection development paper about audiobooks this semester, I came across SYNC Audiobooks for Teens. In a nutshell, you can get free, high-interest YA audiobooks all summer long. From May 5 through August 17, SYNC will give away two popular audiobook… Continue reading SYNC: Free Summer Audiobook Program for Teens

Book Review · Memoir · Nonfiction

Review: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, a gripping account of his experiences working with wrongfully convicted death row prisoners, was chosen as the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Go Big Read book in 2015. I had the privilege of facilitating several discussions, both in public libraries and online, about this book. The book had a very strong impact on its readers,… Continue reading Review: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Book Review · Memoir · Verse · YA

Review: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming is an autobiographical YA book in verse about her experience growing up first in North Carolina, and then New York City, in the 1960s. Brown Girl Dreaming is a Newbery Honor book, a Loretta Scott King Award winner, and a National Book Award winner. Jacqueline begins by painting a picture of her extended… Continue reading Review: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Book Review · Historical Fiction · YA

Review: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys’s Between Shades of Gray is a beautiful, emotionally draining book about the genocide of the Baltic people by the Soviet Union during World War II. I had never before read any books addressing this horrific aspect of the war; in fact, I’m not sure I even knew that this genocide had taken place. After being… Continue reading Review: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys