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HBL Day 38: My Hero Academia Vol 1 by Kohei Horikoshi

May 15, 2020 Well, hello, and HAPPY FRIDAY! Can you believe there is only one full week left of school? What a strange year 2019-2020 has been. I am almost done with The Book of Longings, I have about 50 pages left and hope to finish it today! It started slow, but at about the 150 page mark it really started to pick up and now I'm flying through the end! If you are a major fan of historical fiction and want to read a feminist take on ancient Rome/Jesus times, then you'll like this book... READ MORE

HBL Day 37: Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

May 14, 2020 Woah! I don't know about you all in Springfield, but here in Bloomington it just started storming pretty crazy! It feels very cozy in the house. I was able to finish my outdoor deck workout just in time before the storm started rolling through! That felt good. Again, thanks to all who made our Battle of the Books tournament successful and picking one of my favorite books, The 57 Bus! Go check it out from Library on the Go or eReadIllinois. READ MORE

HBL Day 36: Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis

May 13, 2020 Hello! Wow, thanks to everyone who voted in the Battle of the Books tournament! Our winner is The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater. I'm so happy LHS picked this book as their favorite. It is soo soo good, if you haven't read it, you need to pick it up (eborrow) from somewhere! This book has something for everyone, and nice short chapters -- who doesn't love that? Check out my earlier blog post for more information on this book. READ MORE

HBL Day 35: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

May 12, 2020 TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to vote for the champion book in Battle of the Books for Lanphier High School! Get your vote in here! The sun is kind of shining today! So that makes me happy. Ya know what also makes me happy? New books by my favorite authors! Today, I'm sharing with you a brand new book called Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. READ MORE

HBL Day 34: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

May 11, 2020 Welcome to another Monday of remote learning! Thanks to everyone who has gotten in their vote for Battle of the Books!The 57 Bus is still in the lead! I didn't get too much reading done this weekend, but I am making my way through The Book of Longings. What are you all reading out there? I'm sharing with you the first installment of a series by Tahereh Mafi, author of A Very Large Expanse of Sea. READ MORE

HBL Day 33: The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee

May 8, 2020 HAPPY FRIDAY! Wow, over a week into May. Who would have thought we'd be here? I don't know that I'll ever get used to this strangeness. Did I tell you guys the book I started? I'm reading The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd. She's written amazing fiction, like Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings. This new book is about Ana, the wife of Jesus -- a reiminaging, feminist version of the New Testament. Will keep you posted on it. READ MORE

HBL Day 32: A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel

May 7, 2020 Well, we are on the downhill for the week, folks! It's Thursday. I hope you are crushing it in your online classes and taking time to enjoy sunshine and care for yourself. Oh, and also, I hope you are reading! I finished Pretty Things yesterday and it was a pretty decent thriller. It wasn't amazing, but it was enjoyable and I do not regret reading it. Today, I have a super twisty psychological thriller to share with you. READ MORE

HBL Day 31: The Dozier School for Boys by Elizabeth Murray

May 6, 2020 Half way through the week! Here we go with Wednesday! I did not finish Pretty Things yesterday, I have about a quarter of the way to go still. Will probably finish today? Let's talk about an amazing nonfiction book today called The Dozier School for Boys: Forensics, Survivors, and a Painful Past by Elizabeth Murray.  Summary from publisher: Some true crimes reveal themselves in bits and pieces over time. One such case is the Florida School for Boys, a. READ MORE

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