September Month in Review

September month in reviewLook at this! My first monthly review post. I’m not really sure why I’ve never written one before, but now it seems like a tidy way to keep track of what I did in a month and what I’m looking forward to in the next. I updated less frequently than usual in September. Migrating my blog ate up my spare time (although admittedly procrastinating via playing around with the design is what actually ate my time….). I added some momiji (Japanese maple leaves) and orange to my navy colour scheme. I’m not much of a designer so this is probably as creative as I’ll get for now ๐Ÿ˜› But so far, so good.

Books Finished

  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • A Song to Take the World Apart by Zan Romanoff
  • Pax by Sarah Pennypacker
  • The Ice Master by Jennifer Niven
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Books Reviewed


  • My sister and I discussed Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls for Family Reads.
  • I posted Part 2 of my literary pilgrimage series documenting my travels around New Zealand, AKA Middle-earth.

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Upcoming in October

  • Oct. 4 – Publication of When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin (MG fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore) and When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (YA magical realism starring a Pakistani trans boy and a Latina girl)
  • Oct. 11 – Publication of Beast by Brie Spangler (contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a trans character) and “We Found a Hat” by Jon Klassen (final book of his picture book trilogy).
  • Oct. 14 and 15 NerdCon: Stories. I’ll be heading down to Minneapolis for this convention for the second time with my best friend and my sister. The whole event has been something of an experiment, but I think it has a lot of potential this year. Unfortunately, this will probably be it’s last year. You can get 20% off with the discount code DFTBA, so maybe check it out?
  • Oct. 19Kid Lit Blog Hop
  • Oct. 22Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon
  • Oct. 25 – Publication of The Witches of New York by Ami McKay (Not sure how to describe this one. Key descriptors include 1880s, witches, tea shop, spirits, and missing woman.) I’ve seen 4 publications dates for this. I’m going with what NetGalley says, which I believe is the Canadian publication date.

October is going to be a hectic time! I’m also attending the local comic convention at the end of the month, during which I’ll be volunteering for four days straight. How was your September? What are you looking forward to in October?

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Cybils 2016


Today nominations open for the Cybils Awards. The Cybils are the Children’s and Young Adult Blogger’s Literary Awards. The award “aims to recognize the childrenโ€™s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal”. I don’t usually follow awards, but I appreciate the Cybils because, as a fan of middle-grade and as an aspiring children’s librarian, it’s one that’s actually relevant to my interests.

My Role

I’ve nominated books in the past, but this year I’m stepping up my involvement. I’m excited to have been selected as a panelist for the middle grade fiction category. This means I will be part of the first round group that goes through all nominees for that category and creates a shortlist of five to seven books from which the round two judges will select a winner. There are a number of reasons why I’m excited to take on this role: I look forward to helping find books that deserve the spotlight, discovering some great books I might have missed otherwise, becoming more involved with the MG/YA book blogging community, and learning more about the genre alongside seasoned pros. My fellow panelists are librarians who have been blogging about books a lot longer than I have. Be sure to check out their blogs.

How to Participate

At the start of this post, I mentioned nominations open today. They remain open until 15 October. Anyone can nominate a book (one nomination per category). There are 11 categories, ranging from board books to young adult fiction to audiobooks. Nominated books must be 1) published in Canada or the USA, 2) between 16 October 2015 and 15 October 2016, and 3) written in English. Books don’t need multiple nominations to make the cut. If you nominate it, it will be considered! You can find out more at the Cybil Awards website.

Have you read any books this year that you think are worth nominating?

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