thinking out loud

Ten Books I Want My Nieces/Nephew to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we’re talking about the books we wish our future children/nieces/nephews/godchildren/etc would read. Of course, in my experience, kids will read what they want to read, whatever their parents/aunts/uncles/godparents/etc’s wishes are. Continue reading “Ten Books I Want My Nieces/Nephew to Read”

Contemporary

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

I don’t know why I requested this on NetGalley. And then, when my request was approved, I don’t know why I chose to read it before the other books I’ve been anticipating for so long. But I did request this book, with the title and synopsis that interested me somewhat, and a cover that left me cold. And I did read it. And I am so glad I did.

This book is narrated by three teenage boys – Ryan (a swimmer), Harley (a rebel), and Miles (a nerd). These boys only have one thing in common: their best friend was Isaac. As far as everyone else knew, they were a quartet. But to them, there was Isaac, and then there was them, the sidekicks. They weren’t friends with each other, and at the beginning of this book, they had no interest in being friends with each other. Continue reading “The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis”

Contemporary

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

To be honest, while the synopsis made the book sound like exactly my kind of thing, I still hesitated on this title because of the cover. It’s just… not pretty, or interesting. But in the end the promise of a capella and genderbending and queer poc characters won over, and I requested a copy. I am so glad I did.

The protagonist of Noteworthy is Jordan Sun, a Chinese-American girl on scholarship at a performing arts boarding school, which would have been perfect except for the fact that she always got shut out from school musicals due to her low voice. Continue reading “Noteworthy by Riley Redgate”