middle grade read

I wish booklr appreciated middle-grade novels more. I always see people complaining about generic dystopian plots, forced and boring romance, and lack of diversity in young adult and new adult novels.

Middle grade novels fix a lot of these problems! Sure, some middle-grade novels are very juvenile, but many middle-grade novels address very difficult and interesting issues in touching and poignant ways. The novels are inventive, have fleshed-out characters, and are often very emotionally moving.

So if you’re tired of the pitfalls of reading YA and NA, try middle-grade! You won’t be sorry!

I’ve gotten a few asks for book recs for Spring. Below is my official list!
(i’ve either read them, or am dying to read them)

Memoirs
Yes Please  by Amy Poehler
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Lean In  by Sheryl Sandberg
I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Life by Keith Richards
Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me by Mindy Kaling

Romance
The Cherry On Top by Arielle Hudson
The Bridgerton Series  by Julia Quinn
When Beauty Tames the Beast by Eloisa James
The Travis Family Series by Lisa Kleypas
The Wallflower Series by Lisa kleypas  
Easy by Tammara Webber
Foreplay by Sophie Jordan
About Last Night by Ruthie Knox

YA
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Anna and The French Kiss (trilogy) by Stephanie Perkins
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu
Tempest by Julie Cross
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
Made For You by Melissa Marr
Golden by Jessi Kirby

Middle Grade (never too late)
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Half-way to the Grave by Jeanine Frost
Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
Dark Fever by Karen Marie Moning
Dark Descendent by Jenna Black
Stray by Rachel Vincent

Gay and Lesbian Romance and M/M Romance 
(m/m is traditionally gay romance written by straight women)

Hot Head by Damon Suede
Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Heaven by Jet Mykles
The Englor Affair by J.L. Langley
Waiting in the Wings by Melissa Brayden
The Gravity between us by Kristen Zimmer

LIT and Women’s Lit
Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Burnt
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer
Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding
Mr. Penumbra’s 24- Hour Book Store  by Robin Sloan
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Classics
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Pride & Prejudice or Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde




Happy Reading! 

-naomi

anonymous asked:

I'm trying to get better at reading Spanish, do you know any good books?

there are three ways you can go about it:

  • middle grade: super easy to read, uses simple nouns and verbs, etc. 
    i would recommend fairy oak by elisabetta gnone (it’s the first “series” that got me into reading when i was younger) or maybe el libro salvaje by juan villorro 
  • translations: almost every book released in the us/uk/aus nowadays has a spanish translation that releases right after the english version does!! you can try maybe picking up something you’ve already read in english and trying it out in spanish (i.e. harry potter - super easy reads, and completely in spanish, or like, for example if you wanna go into the YA category, trc, igyts, tog, acotar, shatter me, red queen, soc, tgt AND SO MANY OTHERS have spanish translations) + this also goes for classics, i.e. oscar wilde, jane austen, etc are all also available in spanish
  • hispanic classics: hard reads even for a native speaker but very rewarding!! you can try the old stuff from the spanish golden age like tirso de molina, pedro calderon de la barca, ruiz de alarcon, lope de vega, (special shoutout to my girl sor juana ines de la cruz!!!!!) or more recent stuff from gabriel garcia marquez, mario benedetti or pablo neruda (again, super hard reads)

i hope this helped!!

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Kwame Alexander writes books that bend genres — novels about middle school boys, written not in prose but verse. And he does it well: His book The Crossover won the Newbery Medal last year for children’s literature. 

His new book is no different. Composed of a series of poems, Booked tells the story of a 12-year-old named Nick, a boy who loves soccer and hates books. And, as Alexander notes, there’s a reason for that.

“He hates books because his father makes him read the dictionary every day,” Alexander tells NPR’s Rachel Martin. And, as odd as it may sound, he says that part of the story feels very autobiographical. Alexander’s father did something similar. “My love of literature — it was gone around fifth, sixth grade,“ the author says. But poetry brought it back.

How To Get Kids Hooked On Books? ‘Use Poetry. It Is A Surefire Way’

npr.org
How To Get Kids Hooked On Books? 'Use Poetry. It Is A Surefire Way'
Newbery Medal-winning author Kwame Alexander's new effort is a novel about a 12-year-old boy named Nick, written in verse. He says poetry is one key to keeping kids invested in what they're reading.

The answer to getting kids hooked on books? Poetry.