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IMWAYR: “Summertime Fun” Reads

I’m listening to books in an attempt to jump on the audiobooks bandwagon. I still love my paper and binding books, and I’m not really into the audio format…yet, but these books were fun:

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

The setting is Indiana, so I had to see what was up. This story is about Liz, who is a black teen in richy-small-town Campbell, Indiana. Liz dreams of attending the elite Pennington College next year, but first she has to do the impossible: win the scholarship money offered to the prom’s king and queen. Prom is for spoiled brats and catty girls, though! Not for Liz. Will she be able to pull it off and live her dream?


The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert

Marva Sheridan is 18 and ready to vote for the first time. She’s spent time helping others to register, too, so when she runs into Duke Crenshaw (who is not registered), she skips school to help him. The Voting Booth is their day-in-a-book and it’s full of twists and turns: wrong precincts, a missing cat, and school and parent problems along the way. The message is serious — people need to be actively involved in their communities — but it’s fun to follow the two around and hope for a better world. (And…please VOTE in November!)

This week I’m reading…

My Life in the Fish Tank by Barbara Dee. I love Barbara’s middle school stories! She really knows the middle school dramatic friendships and writes fabulous families who need to heal, working together and helping each other. Mental health needs more attention, and taking care of yourself is NOT taboo!

30 People Who Changed the World, edited by Jean Reynolds. These essays are short and powerful, written by award-winning writers.

It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

This meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Kathryn decided to give “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.


Slice of Life Tuesday: Vote!


Slice of Life Small LogoI voted last Saturday. My husband, oldest daughter and I worked out, then decided to walk a block from the gym to the County-City building and do our civic duty on a beautiful November day (rare in Indiana!).

When we left, my daughter stated, “It’s not even 11 am, and I feel like I’ve been so productive today.” Yes, it felt good to be able to vote, to speak up, to contribute to society.

Vote today! Be grateful that you are able to contribute to your society, your country, in this simple way.



Slice of Life Tuesday: November Elections

Since I live in Indiana, Election Day sometimes seems like such a moot point. I was excited yesterday — up BEFORE the crack of dawn (thanks, Indiana time change!) to vote today. Then I see the results, and…


Well, at least I did my part. I am a woman who has the right to take part in the activities of my government and my country. I am proud of my rights, and I remember those who came before me, who fought to do what I have done.

Thank you!