Must Read Monday (69): Children’s Titles from Victoria Jamieson, Casey Lyall, Beth Vrabel & more!

Welcome to another edition of Must Read Monday!

This feature is where I spotlight older, recent, or upcoming releases I am looking forward to. The lists will include all genres I like to read, everything from picture books to comics, children’s lit to adult fiction!

This week: more children’s fiction! It’s been a few weeks since the last Must Read Monday post, and while I haven’t been able to get in much reading, my to-read pile has SOMEHOW grown…! In any event, here are some titles I have my eye on for August and September release: the third installment of the totally charming From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess from Meg Cabot; the newest graphic novel from Roller Girl author-artist Victoria Jamieson; the latest contemporary title from wonderful middle-grade author Beth Vrabel; Ben Hatke’s newest graphic novel in the Mighty Jack series; and last, but not least, the second novel in Casey Lyall’s utterly terrific Howard Wallace, P.I. mystery series.


Royal Crush (From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess #3) by Meg Cabot
Expected publication: August 1, 2017 by Feiwel & Friends
Book Description:

Being the newest princess of Genovia is WAY more complicated than she expected, but Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison is getting used to it. She gets to live in an actual palace with two fabulous poodles, a pet iguana, her very own pony, and, best of all, a loving family to help her figure things out!

And right now Olivia, having finally admitted that she likes Prince Khalil as more than just a friend, could REALLY use some advice. What is a princess supposed to do once she’s found a prince she likes? With her half-sister Mia busy enjoying her honeymoon, Olivia turns to Grandmere for help.

The third book in the middle-grade Princess Diaries spin-off series, written and illustrated by New York Times-bestselling author Meg Cabot.


Mighty Jack and the Goblin King (Mighty Jack #2) by Ben Hatke
Expected publication: September 5, 2017 by First Second
Book Description:

Like a bolt from the blue, Jack’s little sister Maddy is gone―carried into another realm by an ogre.

When Jack and Lilly follow Maddy’s captor through the portal, they are ready for anything . . . except what they find waiting for them in the floating crossroads between worlds. Even the power of their magic plants may not be enough to get them back to earth alive.

Alone and injured, Jack and Lilly must each face their own monsters―as well as giants who grind the bones of human children to feed their “beast” and a fearsome goblin king in the sewers down below.But when Jack finds himself in a tough spot, help comes from the most unlikely person: the goblin king!


All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
Expected publication: September 5, 2017 by Dial Books
Book Description:

Eleven-year-old Imogene (Impy) has grown up with two parents working at the Renaissance Faire, and she’s eager to begin her own training as a squire. First, though, she’ll need to prove her bravery. Luckily Impy has just the quest in mind–she’ll go to public school after a life of being homeschooled! But it’s not easy to act like a noble knight-in-training in middle school. Impy falls in with a group of girls who seem really nice (until they don’t) and starts to be embarrassed of her thrift shop apparel, her family’s unusual lifestyle, and their small, messy apartment. Impy has always thought of herself as a heroic knight, but when she does something really mean in order to fit in, she begins to wonder whether she might be more of a dragon after all.


Shadow of a Pug (Howard Wallace, P.I. #2) by Casey Lyall
Expected publication: September, 2017 by Sterling Children’s Books
Book Description:

Middle-school detectives Howard Wallace and Ivy Mason are itching for a juicy case. But when their friend and cohort Marvin hires them to prove his nephew— über-bully Carl Dean—didn’t pugnap the school mascot, they’re less than thrilled. To succeed, not only must Howard and Ivy play nice with Carl, they’ll have to dodge a scrappy, snoopy reporter and come face-to-face with Howard’s worst enemy, his ex-best friend Miles Fletcher. Can Howard deal with all these complications and still be there for Ivy when her life is turned upside down? Or will he once again find himself a friendless P.I.?


Caleb and Kit by Beth Vrabel
Expected publication: September 12, 2017 by Running Press
Book Description:

Twelve-year-old Caleb is shorter, frailer, and more protected than most kids his age. That’s because he has cystic fibrosis, a diagnosis meaning lungs that fill with mucus and a shortened lifespan. Caleb tries not to let his disorder define him, but it can be hard with an overprotective, prying mom and a big brother who is perfect in every way.

Then Caleb meets Kit-a vibrant, independent, and free girl who lives in a house in the woods-and his world changes instantly. Kit reads Caleb’s palm and tells him they are destined to become friends. She calls birds down from the sky, turns every day into an adventure, and never sees him as his disorder. Her magic is contagious, making Caleb question the rules and order in his life. But being Kit’s friend means embracing deception and, more and more, danger. Soon Caleb will have to decide if his friendship with Kit is really what’s best for him-or Kit.


Must Read Monday (47): Looking at Fall 2016 Releases (Part 1)

Welcome to another edition of Must Read Monday!

This feature is where I spotlight older, recent, or upcoming releases I am looking forward to. The lists will include all genres I like to read, everything from picture books to comics, children’s lit to adult fiction!

This week’s Must Read Monday is a little bit different. I’ve been looking through various sources (review journals, publisher’s sites, Goodreads, blogs, etc.) as is my norm, but my to-be read pile has grown tremendously in a short span! This is due, in part, to all of the incredible books that are slated for Fall 2016 release! Some favourite authors and/or illustrators are releasing new titles or sequels, and there are new-to-me and/or debut authors with terrific sounding and terrifically reviewed titles.

I hope over the course of a few posts (this is Part 1!) to do a quick rundown of as many titles as possible: in no particular order, here we go!

Today Will be Different by Maria Semple
Expected publication: October 4th 2016 by Little, Brown and Company

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
Publication: August 2nd 2016 by Little, Brown and Company

The Boy is Back (Boy #4) by Meg Cabot
Expected publication: October 18th 2016 by William Morrow

The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall
Expected publication: August 27th 2016 by House of Anansi Press

The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan
Expected publication: October 11th 2016 by Arthur A. Levine Books

The Swan Riders (Prisoners of Peace #2) by Erin Bow
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Mark of the Plague (The Blackthorn Key #2) by Kevin Sands
Expected publication: September 6th 2016 by Aladdin

Jolly Foul Play (Wells & Wong #4) by Robin Stevens
Expected release in North America: September 27, 2016 by Puffin (Already published)

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Graphix

King Baby by Kate Beaton
Expected publication: September 13th 2016 by Arthur A. Levine Books


*For the purposes of these posts, ‘Fall’ will include some August, September and October, possibly some November 2016 releases

Must Read Monday (27): The Dark Days Club & Remembrance

Welcome to another edition of Must Read Monday!

This feature is where I spotlight older, recent, or upcoming releases I am looking forward to. The lists will include all genres I like to read, everything from picture books to comics, children’s lit to adult fiction!

This week: The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman and Remembrance, the seventh book in the Mediator series from Meg Cabot. First up is The Dark Days Club, which is a Regency-era novel- with demons. My interest in supernatural/urban fantasy historical fiction goes up and down, but there’s just something about Goodman’s novel which is calling my attention! I hope it lives up to its terrific description! Second is the long-awaiting finale to Meg Cabot’s supernatural Mediator series. I really enjoyed The Mediator series when it first came up- compulsive and fun reading as per Cabot’s usual. After completely loving Royal Wedding– which follows Mia Thermopolis, Micheal and the whole Princess Diaries group as adults- I have faith that Cabot has done a solid job with continuing (and completing) Suze and Jesse’s story.


DARKDAYSCLUB15993203The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen #1) by Alison Goodman
Publication: January 26, 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers

London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society.

Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?


REMEMBRANCE25573701Remembrance (The Mediator #7) by Meg Cabot
Publication: February 2, 2016 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Fifteen years after the release of the first Mediator novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot returns with a deliciously sexy new entry to a fan-favorite series. Suze Simon—all grown up and engaged to her once-ghostly soulmate—faces a vengeful spirit and an old enemy bent on ending Suze’s wedded bliss before it begins.

You can take the boy out of the darkness. But you can’t take the darkness out of the boy.

All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva). But when she’s hired as a guidance counselor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn’t all that’s coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn’t only because she’s a mediator, gifted with second sight.

From a sophomore haunted by the murderous specter of a child, to ghosts of a very different kind—including Paul Slater, Suze’s ex, who shows up to make a bargain Suze is certain must have come from the Devil himself—Suze isn’t sure she’ll make it through the semester, let alone to her wedding night. Suze is used to striking first and asking questions later. But what happens when ghosts from her past—including one she found nearly impossible to resist—strike first?

Best Books of 2015, Part 3: Adult Fiction

I hope everyone is having a lovely holiday!

Welcome to Part 3 of my Best Books of 2015 round-up!

Another year of reading is inching its way to an end! All around, I would say that it has been a pretty solid year of reads: from brilliant and moving picture books, to gems in young adult, children’s and adult fiction, there have been a number of winners.

Alas, I did not make it as deeply into reading adult fiction this past year as I had hoped. I started off 2015 very optimistically in my goals- as outlined in my Adult Fiction reading challenge– and…well, I’m not so thrilled to report that I didn’t make it very far! But here’s hoping that I can make more of a dent in adult fiction for 2016!


In no particular order, here are my picks for best adult fiction:

The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman
The Lake House by Kate Morton
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
A Complicated kindness by Miriam Toews
Royal Wedding (Princess Diaries #11) by Meg Cabot
Silent City (A Claire Codella Mystery) by Carrie Smith
Maternity Leave by Julie Halpern
The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs by Matthew Dicks
How to Write A Novel by Melanie Sumner

*Some titles may not have been published in 2015; the books are titles I read over the last year. Some titles may have been gifted from publishers in exchange for honest reviews; this had no impact on placing in this list.

Must Read Monday (5): Meg Cabot & Anna Lee Huber

Welcome to the fifth edition of Must Read Monday! On Mondays I will spotlight some new and/or upcoming releases I am looking forward to. The lists will include all genres I like to read, everything from picture books to comics, children’s lit to adult fiction!

This week I am featuring upcoming titles from Meg Cabot and Anna Lee Huber:

royalwedding23215471Royal Wedding: A Princess Diaries Novel (The Princess Diaries #11) by Meg Cabot
Expected publication: June 2, 2015 by William Morrow & Company

I have been a longtime fan of Cabot’s popular The Princess Diaries series, so this release fills me with joy- and perhaps some trepidation as my expectations are high. I look forward to revisiting Mia, Michael, Tina et al., and am hoping that Meg Cabot has kept up the effervescence and charm that has made this series so wonderful and fun. This, the eleventh of the series, is being advertised as the first adult installment, so I’m not sure if this means that there are plans for more!


astudyindeath23398824A Study in Death (Lady Darby Mystery #4) by Anna Lee Huber
Expected publication: July 7, 2015 by Berkley

If you enjoy historical mysteries with a dash of Austen-ish romance and haven’t yet tried out the Lady Darby mysteries, then I highly recommend them! The Anatomist’s Wife, book one of the series, reignited my interest in mystery novels and was one big influence in getting me hooked on historical fiction/mysteries. I find this series- with its well-defined female protagonist, intriguing mysteries, and winsome romance- to be utterly appealing (and gripping!).


If you’d like to join Must Read Monday, please do! Link up or leave a comment about what you’re looking forward to reading- I love to hear what other readers have on their radar!