Ellen Hopkins’s latest release, Closer to Nowhere, is her first middle grade novel in verse. I’ve been a fan of Hopkins’s young adult work for a long time, so I was excited to see what she would do with the middle grade level, and… Continue Reading “Closer to Nowhere by Ellen Hopkins”
Tricks is the separate but interwoven and common-themed stories of five average teenagers, between the ages of 15-18. Eden is a genuinely nice person, though not nearly as much of a repentant Christian as her Pentecostal-Priest father and sycophantic mother would want her to… Continue Reading “Tricks by Ellen Hopkins”
In this annual reading review, I reflect on the 113 books I read and loved (or not), and the ones I look forward to reading next year! Featuring Ellen Hopkins, James Baldwin Carolyn Oliver, Jenna Miller, Octavia Butler, A.S. King, Shaun David Hutchinson and more.
Welcome to My Reading Year in Review! This year sucked in most ways, let’s be real. But one area of my life that was decidedly un-sucky was my reading. I had a goal of reading only a dozen or so books, because I knew how… Continue Reading “Roof Beam Reader’s 2020 Year in Review”
For the last two months, I’ve pursued some themed-reading. This is something I tried a couple of years ago as a year-long project, changing my reading theme every month, but it didn’t quite work. It seems to work better if I choose something just… Continue Reading “A Successful Poetry Month”