Buried Heart – Kate Elliott (Review & Giveaway)

Title: Buried Heart (Court of Fives #3) Author: Kate Elliott Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2017 (July 25) Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Science Fiction  **I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review** This review can be found on my Blog, TeacherofYA's Tumblr, or my Goodreads page My Review:  …

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The Conclave – Tenille Berezay (Review & Giveaway)

Title: The Conclave (Converters #3) Author: Tenille Berezay Publisher: Tenille Berezay, 2017 (July 21) Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Science Fiction **I received a copy from the author free in exchange for an honest review** This review can be found on my Blog, TeacherofYA's Tumblr, or my Goodreads page My Review: I have been following Tenille since her first book, …

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How I Write Book Reviews: guest post with Namitha @ Teen Memoir

Namitha talks about the techniques of blogging and included MY BLOG in her examples! I am honored to be featured by a fellow blogger friend! 😍❤️

Hey, everyone! I’m Namitha over @teenmemoir and today I’m going to be doing a guest post on Katie’s blog all about How I Write Book Reviews. Click here to check out Katie’s post on how she bookstagrams! She seriously posts the best pictures and I’m in love with her Instagram feed! Working with Katie was honestly so much fun and I hope to collab with her more in the future!

Tips/Things to Remember

Have an outline: Before you start writing, have an idea of what exactly you want to say in your review. Think and organize your thoughts. For example; Make a list of the things you liked/hated most in the book. Ask yourself questions like “What stood out to me the most?” or “What could have been better?” Then, try to group them under categories such as plot, characters, writing, pros, cons, etc. Next, outline your review. Do you…

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Oracle of Illaria – Dyan Chick (Review + Cover Reveal)

Title: Oracle of Illaria (Heir of Illaria #2) Author: Dyan Chick Publisher: Illaria Publishing LLC, 2017 (May 30) Genre: YA Fantasy   **I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review** This review can be found on my Blog, TeacherofYA's Tumblr, or my Goodreads page My Review: As you all know, I've …

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🎶 Happy Blogoversary to Me, Happy Blogoversary to Me 🎶 

I still cannot believe it. One year. One whole freakin year.  And what a year it's been! I went from no followers and an attempted Blogger account (which didn't work on my iPad or have an app, so I had to scrap it), to 3,000 followers and over 20K page views.  You guys couldn't make …

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Then and Now: Rewriting the Book on School Reading Lists

I went to high school back when YA was nothing like it is today. So did she. Read on as she explains the difference in required reading lists and the attempts to change them: this has been my biggest trial…

K.L. Kranes, Author

In high school, although I was loathe to admit it to friends, I loved English class. Outwardly I complained like everyone else about the ‘boring’ books the teachers put on the reading lists. Inwardly I loved them. (Most of them. Moby Dick, still not a fan.) But I never thought about the books as more than just explorations of literature. I didn’t think about them on a social scale. I didn’t think about how even the choice of books impacted others.

Stagnant Summer Reading Lists

Recently, I read an article about the current lack of diverse books on school reading lists. In it, the author laments how the required reading list for his child felt regressive, like a list from another era. It had no diversity.

cry the beloved country.jpgThis made me think back to the books assigned to students to read in my high school. I grew up in a…

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The Intuitives – Erin Michelle Sky & Steven Brown (Review + Giveaway!)

Title: The Intuitives  Authors: Erin Michelle Sky, Steven Brown Publisher: Trash Dogs Media, 2017 (July 25) Genre: YA Fantasy **I received a copy of this ARC free from the publisher and authors in exchange for an honest review** This review can be found on my Blog, TeacherofYA's Tumblr, or my Goodreads page My Review: Ok, so you know how …

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Zodiac – Romina Russell (Review and Giveaway)

Title: Zodiac (Zodiac #1) Author: Romina Russell Publisher: Razorbill, 2014 (December 9) Genre: YA Science Fiction I am part of an exciting readathon for the Zodiac series, and though I've owned the first book for its gorgeous cover and its riveting synopsis, I had never gotten around to reading it. I mean seriously, look at …

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