Updated! YA Novel Preview – 2 books tackle the toughest stuff

There is something really, awesomely cool when two books by two different authors but with similar themes come into our reading life at about the same time. It happened to me this summer, when I received ARCs for Hello? by Liza Wiemer and Breath to Breath by Craig Lew. These are two YA novels that you’ll want to keep an eye on. The title links above go to their Goodreads pages so you can add them to your TBR pile. Hello? by Liza Wiemer Like most teens, Tricia, Emerson, Angie, Brenda, and Brian are absorbed in their own lives, past and present. At nearly 18, Tricia is teetering between the overwhelming grief of losing her last living relative, pressure from a local … Read more

#TBT Book Review – House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones

House of Many Ways written by Diana Wynne Jones Greenwillow Books, 2008 Despite her family’s background in magic, her mother (who does not possess magic skills) sheltered Charmain from the arts her whole life. Now Charmain is caring for her relative; dealing with a special, stray dog and a slow wizard apprentice; and trying to learn the regular household duties to get along. Somehow, in helping at the Royal Library she get entangled in web involving the magical royal family. What seemed to be a simple task of house-sitting turns out to be far more complex than Charmain thought. Reading Tub review of House of Many Ways: June 2009 An InLinkz Link-up Why a Throwback Thursday for Book Reviews? Those … Read more

Picture Books and More: What We Read Last Summer

The Reading Tub offers its short list of favorite reads from this past summer. Read more