Audiobook Review: ‘If You Come Softly’

If You Come Softly is a book originally published in 1998 – but reading it, the content is as relevant as ever in 2018, twenty years later. A Twentieth Anniversary Edition was published in March of 2018, which is how this book first came to my attention.

Title: If You Come Softly
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Rating: 3/5 stars

‘Romeo and Juliet’ meets ‘The Hate U Give’ – I figured I’d give this story a try! I decided to listen to the audiobook, since it was only 3 hours long.

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Audiobook Review: ‘For Every One’

For Every One is just that – for everyone. Jason Reynolds originally performed this at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers. I listened to the audiobook, which is read by Jason himself, and I highly recommend it. It’s only about 30 minutes long (the hardcover book is 112 pages) so it’s a quick read or listen – but so powerful, you’ll immediately want to read it again. (Which, yes, I did hit “replay” after I finished it once.)

Title: For Every One
Author: Jason Reynolds
Rating: 5/5 stars

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Audiobook Review: ‘The Poet X’

The Poet X is a book you didn’t know you needed until you read it. I picked this up on a whim and I am so glad I did! This story is told in verse, making it a quick read, but also makes each word twice as powerful.

Title: The Poet X
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Rating: 4/5 stars

I listened to the audiobook which added another layer to this story – hearing the author read her own words, her own poetry, putting the emphasis where she wanted it to be heard – wow. SO powerful! I would highly recommend this as an audiobook, its just like hearing slam poetry in person!

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Audiobook Review: ‘The Astonishing Color of After’

This will easily be one of my favorites books of 2018. Everything about this book was beautiful, even when it was heartbreaking. The writing flows like a watercolor brush on a page.

CW: Suicide, Mental illness – Depression – these are prevalent themes.

Title: The Astonishing Color of After
Author: Emily X.R. Pan
Rating: 5/5 stars

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Audiobook Review: ‘Quidditch Through The Ages’

Despite this book originally being published in 2001, it has taken me until 2018 to actually read it – or more appropriately, listen to the audiobook that was just released in March 2018!

Title: Quidditch Through The Ages
Author: J.K. Rowling
Rating: 3/5 stars

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Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’

This is a review of not only Cursed Child the script, but also of Cursed Child the Broadway Play in New York City.

Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
Rating: 5/5 stars

Cursed Child is something you either love – or hate and don’t consider cannon. But just hear me out with the 5 star rating.

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Review: ‘Truly Devious’

“Look! A riddle! Time for fun! Should we use a rope or gun?”

Are you looking for a murder mystery, YA style, set at a boarding school in the mountains of Vermont set in both present time and throwbacks to an unsolved murder from the 1930’s? Then I have found just the book for you! Truly, Devious.

Title: Truly Devious
Author: Maureen Johnson
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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