Books I’m Enjoying: January

I’ve been reading a bit more YA than usual this month and I have some new favorites:

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The Boy in the Black Suit, Jason Reynolds: Matt is reeling from his mother’s death and trying to find his footing in an unlikely place: the funeral home of a neighbor. Quietly hopeful, this one is a winner is basically every way a book can be a winner. It’s almost gentle in it’s handling of the loss of a parent, but still rings very true to me.
The Impossible Knife of Memory, Laurie Halse Anderson: If you want a rough, wonderful read, basically anything by Laurie Halse Anderson will work. Her latest though, is some of her best. For years, Hayley and her father has been on the road, trying to outrun the memories of war that haunt her father. This was a beautiful exploration of how PTSD impacts everyone in a family and leaves you simultaneously raw and hopeful.
My True Love Gave to Me, Various Awesome YA Authors: This one has a little bit of everything. Fluffy romances, multiple holidays, fantasy, humor… If romance isn’t your thing, this one won’t be up your alley. But if you’re into romance and especially if you want to read or recommend things with diversity in relationships, this is will be perfect (except for maybe the whole Christmas theme).

For the kiddos, I read this one- and LOVED it.


Rain Reign, Ann M. Martin: Rose Howard is a fifth grade girl with Asperger’s, but this book isn’t about that (and that’s refreshing and wonderful). It’s about her relationships with her family, her classmates, and her dog, Rain, who goes missing following a hurricane. Rose’s relationship with her father is sometimes difficult to read and makes this book most appropriate for upper elementary readers, but it is lovingly written and was clearly well researched. It’s a reminder of what a prolific and talented writer Ann M. truly is.


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