The Witch Boy

A beautiful graphic novel about

It's a great time to catch up on some reading, and I was fortunate enough to get my hands on The Witch Boy books 1 and 2 by Molly Ostertag before my library closed. I haven't read the third book yet but having enjoyed these two I'm looking forward to it.

It's a beautifully illustrated graphic novel about a diverse family of witches and shifters. Boys aren't allowed to be witches, but the central character doesn't shift and he wants to be a witch. It's an appropriate book for younger ages (I would say elementary aged kids would even like it, although there's a bit of violence), but adults would enjoy it, too. 

Have you read this graphic novel series? What did you think? Share your thoughts in the chat.

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Garbage Pail Kids Book Series Coming Soon

R.L. Stine is writing the series

Milennials, get ready to squee: R. L. Stine is back with a new series and it's about... Garbage Pail Kids! Can you believe this? I loved Garbage Pail Kids so much as a kid. I even left them at peoples' graves in those little vases they had on them to hold flowers because I thought they were very meaningful, important gifts. (I wonder if they're still in them...) 

I wasn't a big fan of Goosebumps, although my teenager was; I was into the Fear Street books instead. Either way this is a neat throwback featuring two nostalgic 80s/90s favorites. 

Will you be reading the Garbage Pail Kids books? Do you hope he writes more than just these few? Tell us your thoughts in the chat.

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It's Discovery of Witches Week!

Have you read it?

Last month, I sadly missed out on my book club's book of the month. It finally got here from the library last week after being on hold since the beginning of the year so it must be a popular one! This week my book club is diving into A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, which has been made into a TV series. I haven't yet read it and am excited to try it since I've heard many good things... although that sometimes backfires on you!

I know I've suggested joining our book club before, but I would like to highly recommend it again! The Page Turners on Facebook is run by my favorite booktuber, Chelsea Palmer, and we vote on the book, read it and discuss it super casually, and share what we're reading otherwise.

What are you reading this week? Any book club picks? If you've read the book I'm reading, how did you like it? Tell me in the chat! 

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Strange-A-Thon Is Coming!

Will you be participating?

Do you like morbid books and read-a-thons? If so, Strange-a-Thon is definitely for you. I took part in December and had a lot of fun with this read-a-thon (although I wrote about it in my journal instead of sharing on social media), so I thought I'd share it with you again here now that there's another one coming up.

The next Strange-a-Thon runs February 24th through March 2, 2020, and the prompts are all live on Twitter if you'd like to start planning out what you will read. I know I'm going to try to get some overlap with my book club book of the month, which is A Discovery of Witches. There are seven prompts plus a bonus. Do you cross off multiple challenges that fit the same book? Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't!

Will you be doing this read-a-thon or any others? Share them and what you are reading in the chat.

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Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness

A children's book about white supremacy

While this book is timely for Black History Month, it's one that should be on the bookshelf of every white home in America to be read at any time of year. Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness tackles white supremacy in a way that kids can understand, and it demonstrates how we're all raised in a culture of racism, even programmed into it, without our consent.

We all make racist decisions even without meaning to, and when we say, "But I'm not racist" and deflect onto "other" racists--the ones who openly wear Klan hats or hurl slurs at the president's rallies, we're actually making the problem worse.

This books helps us acknowledge inherent racism in our system, lives and collective conscious as white Americans, and it offers the premise that we can still be white without signing onto whiteness. Author Anastasia Higgenbotham also maintains that our hearts HAVE to break to do this important work, even when it comes to our kids. Black kids have to live with this blatant reality daily and nothing's going to change until we really address this in our everyday lives.

Have you read Not My Idea? What did you think? 

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Witcher Books Giveaway

Find out how to enter below!

If you're like me, you just binged The Witcher on Netflix and you're ready to consume every game, book and other piece of content, including the just-announced new Netflix animated series, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, which may even be out before the second season.

So you might be interested in the giveaway going on right now. You can win five Witcher books and other prizes by entering.

What other book giveaways have you seen this week? Share them in the chat.

Celeb Bibliophiles

Who do you resonate with most?

The other day I was reading about how Keanu Reeves wasn't a great student because of his dyslexia, but he became a bibliophile later in life. It made me think of all the kids I knew growing up who didn't like to read not because they didn't want to, but because they struggled, and it broke my heart. My own husband is one of them, and today he still doesn't enjoy reading himself, but he likes to listen to me read to him.

I know there are lots of celebrities known to be big readers. Amber Heard was known to read on the set of Aquaman, and Emma Watson leads her own book club at Goodreads. Naturally most writers are big readers, too.

Who is your favorite celebrity bibliophile? Who do you know who unexpectedly reads a lot?

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2020 Reading Challenge

What are your goals?

It's a new year, which means Goodreads is all about setting up your big reading challenge. And if you're me, according to Goodreads, you're already 3 books behind, since I set over 100 books as my annual goal! No worries, though; I rate every comic book, homeschooling book and book I read for fun, which means I usually get well over 200 books read.

Of all the books I'm reading this year, I'm probably most excited about The Starless Sea and The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, but there are a lot of older books on my TBR as well. 

What's on your TBR this year, and how many books are you aiming to read? Share your 2020 reading challenge with us in the chat.

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Bookstore Cafes

What do you think of this idea?

This post about bookstore cafes is really inspiring. It's not about a cafe found in your bookstore, but an actual cafe that gives you a book to read based on what you want to read in that moment. Alongside your beverages and snacks, the barista also gives you a book when you describe what kind of book you want to read.

This sounds like a magical place and a job for maybe a pair--a librarian and a barista (now it sounds like the set-up for a rom-com)--but what I want to know is if this type of place actually exists! I do know of a coffee shop that has books available to read, and they do recommend them to patrons, but I've never heard of a service quite like this. 

How about you? Have you heard of a place like this? Tell us where to find the magic!

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2019 Reads Wrap-Up

Share your highlights

How was your year in books, Bibliophiles? If you rate your books at Goodreads like I do, it's pretty easy to track and see what you've read, what you liked and disliked and how much progress you made on your TBR. My TBR is ridiculous, with several thousand books, which makes it impossible to completely tackle, but I do make progress each year (while adding more books to the TBR!).

This year I read 240 books, which is a bit low for me, since I also track the books we use for homeschooling. I read 248 last year, and my highest year was 636 (I rated our picture books, too!). My goal was 105, and I should really think about upping it. I add 5 to it each year, but by rating every single thing I read I do sort of rig it in my favor, don't I? 

I love how Goodreads gives you a collage of book covers of your books, but I do wish you could sort by rating and maybe even print out a certificate with the number of books you've read (which I've suggested to them before).

My favorites for the year, if memory serves, include The Institute, Penryn and the End of Days (trilogy), All Systems Red, Into the Drowning Deep, the Beastologist series, Good Omens, the Tea Dragon Society comics, Bayou Magic, Beyond a Darkened Shore, Grace and Fury, Rat Queens comics, The Wicker King, In An Absent Dream, Binti, Akata Witch, Akata Warrior, and Monstress comics.

My favorite homeschooling book was The New Ocean, which was packed with fascinating (and sobering) information, and my least favorites were Ready Player One, Winner's Curse, Caraval and the Throne of Glass series, which I didn't finish. 

How was your year in books? Share your favorites (and least faves) in the chat!

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