Summer Reading!

Summer is here! Let's get our minds off of the uncertain times and onto the most wonderful time of the year for reading. Throughout the season, O'Daniels and I will be posting reviews of what we're reading. For now, enjoy these sources; they'll help you start building your TBR! If you're not familiar with Modern Mrs. Darcy, it's time to change that. Every year, she releases a guide to summer reading and it is magical. Not only does she give you a healthy TBR, she also gives you inspiration (like "5 Ways to Get More Out of Your Reading Life") and opportunities (book club, podcasts, etc.). The guide is also GORGEOUS and makes me want to start reading immediately. I linked the SRG above but you

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

Jo Kuan is the gorgeous girl on the cover and she’s got a lot going on. She was just fired from her job at the milliner’s making hats (her passion) so she is forced to work as a lady’s maid to a truly awful girl her own age. She secretly lives (and has always lived) with an elderly Chinese man (her adoptive father) in an abandoned cellar beneath the home of the local newspaper man and his family (which includes his clever teenage son). And she’ll go to any lengths to discover the true identity of her parents whom she has never known. When she overhears the newspaper man and his son discussing the desperate measures necessary to save their newspaper, Jo knows she needs to intervene. If the ne

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

This week’s spring weather forecast of overcast, slightly chilly, and decidedly not sunny is the perfect time to read The Sun Down Motel. It reeks of this type of weather, even in it’s happier parts. And, since this is a murder mystery complete with ghosts roaming a run-down motel, you kind of get the feeling there aren’t that many happy moments, and you’d be right. In 1982, on a rainy night, Viv Delaney walked into her midnight shift at the Sun Down Motel and was never seen again. Years later, her niece Carly is in Fells, New York, after abruptly leaving college. The plan is to go back, but she can’t focus since the recent death of her mother and her aunt’s disappearance all those years ago

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

I finished this ARC in March, I re-read it today, and I’ll be listening to it as soon as possible because if there is one thing you should do with an Acevedo book, it’s listen. Her writing is meant to be heard and spoken aloud so the reader can fully immerse themselves in her medium. If you can’t tell already, I have a bit of a library crush/author crush/ girl crush on Acevedo that started with the Poet X. I found it fascinating that with so few words, I could feel so much strength and importance in what someone wrote. Clap When You Land is no exception, and its power lies within the strength of two girls, on two continents, separated by an ocean. Acevedo pays homage to the country of the Do

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