Bookish Brains Issue 19

Letter from the editor:

Hello! How has your summer reading been so far?

If you’re not already, consider checking out what summer reading programs are happening at your local library! I am helping to run the summer reading challenge at my library job, but I’m also participating in another local library’s challenge. There’s something about the summer that makes me greedy (er, greedier) for reading. But I also say the same thing in the winter, so I guess it’s a moot point.

I’ve been even more wrapped up into reading this month than last month. This Bookish Brains features book reviews of Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow, Loveless by Alice Oseman, Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hill, Ms. Marvel: Stretched Thin by Nadia Shammas, and more! Plus, upcoming new book releases in July that look awesome!


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Bookish Brains Issue 18

Letter from the editor:

I finished my second semester of grad school! The beginning of May marked the end of the spring semester for me, and I gladly turned in my final projects in exchange for a blissful month of break. My summer classes will begin in June, and I am unfortunately dreading them.

May has carried a lot of emotional turmoil and depression for me, as I have grappled with various upsetting events that have transpired in the world. Always there for company, books have embraced me.

This newsletter features reviews of books I read this month such as The Annual Migration of Clouds by Premee Mohamed, The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans, The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh, Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani, Moonwalking by Zetta Elliott and Lyn Miller-Lachmann, and more! Plus, a list of new upcoming June book releases. Check it out!


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Bookish Brains Issue 17

Letter from the editor:

Greetings, dear readers! April was my first full month in the youth services department at the library I work at, so I have been reading a lot of children’s literature! I also got to lead two storytime sessions for preschoolers, which was a lot of fun. My first theme was Flowers, and my second theme was Gardening. Let me know if you’d be interested in me sharing my storytime plans with you!

April is also National Poetry Month, so this month I read a couple books written in verse. Altogether, I read 22 books this month, 14 of which were picture books. I’ve been busy!

This edition contains eight book reviews and a list of awesome upcoming book releases to look forward to next month.

Hoping you are having a lovely spring so far and wishing you a gorgeous May.


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Bookish Brains Issue 14

Letter from the editor

Happy 2022! It’s been a couple of months since I last published an issue of Bookish Brains, though I did put out my Favorite Books of 2021 list a few weeks ago. (Peruse the previous issue of Bookish Brains from November here.) But Bookish Brains is back now, and with an all-new design!

This issue features book reviews of the nine books I read in January, including Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim, The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation by Anna Malaika Tubbs, The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré, Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds and illustrated by Jason Griffin, My Solo Exchange Diary by Kabi Nagata, The Tea Dragon Festival and Aquicorn by Kay O’Neill, and several others! Plus, I discuss what I’m currently reading and what’s on my TBR.

And you especially won’t want to miss the list of upcoming February book releases at the end of this issue!

Hope you enjoy and take care readers~

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Bookish Brains Issue 10

Letter from the Editor:

Greetings! How has August treated you? At the time I’m writing this, I’ve just begun my first semester studying a Master’s in Library and Information Science! All my courses are completely online, so I spent the morning reviewing the syllabi and noting the classes’s modules. Though it will be a fair workload, I’m excited to step back into the role of an active student and delve into the material. Make sure to check out my Slanted Spines YouTube page if you’d like to hear me discuss my thoughts regarding my first semester in grad school!

Because of my enrollment in this program, I felt like I was ravenously reading this August, attempting to plow through all the books I wanted to read before I became inundated in school work again. Not only have I read six books so far this month, but I also read from a wide variety of genres: graphic novel, memoir, horror, science fiction, and fantasy, and several of the books I read are authored by trans and non-binary folks.

In this tenth edition of Bookish Brains, I review Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe, Pilu of the Woods by Mai K. Nguyen, She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan, The Natural Mother of the Child by Krys Malcolm Belc, A Touch of Jen by Beth Morgan, and A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers. Additionally, I share what I’m currently reading: Dear Senthuran by Akwaeke Emezi and Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. And lastly, I list a few books I’d like to read next month and some upcoming September book releases! It’s a jam-packed newsletter full of incredible books, so I hope you enjoy and find something you like!


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