T.O.T.Week: september recommendations

We’re spicing it up this week folks! Today’s blog post strays from convention because I wanted to share what books have captivated my attention lately. Part of what makes this space unique is that unlike many blogs that detail their current read, I put together lists that tie to a theme or topic (that typically fits my current #mood). In only the truest samepagebookblog form, I’ve selected my top four picture books, top four middle grade novels, top four YA novels, and top four adult books. Yet also in truest samepagebookblog form, there are common themes everywhere. My picture books could not be more “first month of school” centric with their emphasis on building community and treating others with kindness. The middle grade books, though vastly different plot-wise, all place the central character at the ever important crossroads of examining their identity in their respective worlds, whether it be in a school computer lab, on a New York City subway, or at the softball pitch. I dove deep into the YA graphic novel world and found the excruciating nature of young love and heartbreak. Finally, my adult reads are almost exclusively memoirs! They provide a great way to connect to someone, and remind us that we have might have a bit more in common than we think. So, as my brother, Cory, often quotes from The Godfather, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!” I can’t escape the same theme lifestyle, it truly chose me. Enjoy!

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson and E.B. Lewis, Digging for Words by Angela Burke Kunkel and Paola Escobar, The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi, and This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe (kindness, community, culture)

Other Words from Home by Jasmine Warga, Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes, Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook by Iva-Marie Palmer, Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone (seeking identity)

Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau, Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Veneable, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki, Pumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks (graphic novels, young love, heartache)

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner, No Time Like the Future by Michael J. Fox, The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg, Educating Esmé by Esmé Raji Codell (memoirs)

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