Saturday, September 23, 2017

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

Hello everyone! Recently I have been looking for graphic novels that I haven't read before (and believe me I have read a LOT of graphic novels!), and I came across a graphic novel artist named Svetlana Chmakova. The two graphic novels that I ended up reading by her were Awkward and Brave. This post is going to be all about Awkward!

(Hint: Stay tuned for my post for Brave!)

In Awkward, the main character's name is Penelope, or Peppi for short. When she moves to a new town and is instantly humiliated by tripping on her first day, Peppi does something she regrets. When a boy comes over to help her, Peppi pushes him away. Literally. After that, Peppi soon finds her people, and becomes a part of The Art Club.

There is also the Science Club, the Art Club's rival. After a series of arguments and conflicts between the two clubs, things take a turn. Both the science and art clubs find out that only ONE of the two clubs is going to be getting a table at the School Club Fair. After that, the competition is on!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Finally by Wendy Mass (a birthday post)

Hi everyone! My best friend had her birthday a couple of days ago. As a part of my present to her, I am writing a post for one of her favorite books, Finally. Finally is the sequel to 11 Birthdays, (you can click here for my 11 Birthdays post) and is the second book in the popular Willow Falls book series.

Finally is a book about a girl named Rory, who has been wanting to turn 12 for FOREVER! Rory has a whole list of things that her parents said she could do, have, or get when she turned 12 and she is really holding them to their promise.

When Rory finally does turn 12, things do not go as well as she had hoped...

Sunday, September 17, 2017

All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

Hi everyone! Today, I am recommending a graphic novel that I read recently. All's Faire in Middle School is a graphic novel written by Victoria Jamieson, the author of one of my favorites, Roller Girl. One summer, I remember reading Roller Girl over and over again. Every time I finished it, I would flip back to the beginning and start again. I was soooo excited when I heard the Victoria Jamieson was coming out with another graphic novel, and so I have to share it with you all!

All's Faire in Middle School, is about a girl named Imogene, or Impy for short. Impy's parents work at a Renaissance Faire, and Impy has spent her whole life there. Impy has been waiting her for her chance to become a squire for the faire, and to prove her bravery, she decides to embark on the treacherous journey of... MIDDLE SCHOOL! All her life, Impy has been home schooled by her parents while at the faire, so going to a public middle school for the first time... well, there are some difficulties...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee

star-crosseddee.jpgHello everyone! Today’s post is about a book that I read almost a month ago called Star-Crossed written by Barbara Dee. I thought it was a really well written book, and the type of story that this world needs more of. Star-Crossed is a book from the perspective of a LGBTQ+ girl named Mattie, who likes both boys and girls. Throughout the course of the story Mattie realizes this fact, and comes to terms with it. Before reading this book, I had never read anything like it, but I am so glad that I did end up reading this book! Star-Crossed is a great novel, and I story that I can’t wait to share! So let's get ready! Get set! And... GO!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass

wendymass.jpgHello everyone! In honor of the recent solar eclipse (leave me a comment if you saw it!), today’s post is for Every Soul a Star, a novel by Wendy Mass featuring (you guessed it!) a solar eclipse! In case you didn’t know, the first post that I ever wrote on ReadingWayPastBedtime, was about another book written by Wendy Mass called 11 Birthdays. You can click here to view my post for 11 Birthdays. (Please excuse my many typos on that post!) I have enjoyed reading books by Wendy Mass for years now, so you may have seen her name on ReadingWayPastBedtime before. Anyway, I'd say it's time to get started! Are you ready? Here….. We…… goooooooo!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Breaking News: Thank You Abby Cooper!


Just yesterday Greek Girl received a beautifully decorated envelope in the mail with the return address of Abby Cooper. Yes, the very same Abby Cooper that wrote Sticks & Stones and Bubbles. You can click here to view that post on ReadingWayPastBedtime. In the envelope Greek Girl received, there were an assortment of items. Bookmarks for Sticks & Stones and Bubbles, a bookplate, a sheet of word and thought bubble stickers, and a note. One that the made receiver know that some thanks were in order!

“I just really wanted to thank Abby Cooper for taking the time to send me something extra special, and for being a fan of ReadingWayPastBedtime!”

If you would like to learn more about Abby Cooper, you can click here to view her website.

“Stay tuned for more awesomeness,

Greek Girl”

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sticks & Stones, and Bubbles by Abby Cooper

Hello everyone! A couple of days ago, I finished reading a book called Bubbles by Abby Cooper. This is Abby Cooper's second novel, and after reading the book, I realized I never wrote a post for her first book, Sticks & Stones. Then I thought, Hey! Why not write a post for both of the books?! Today, I am going to do just that!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win by Rachel Ignotofsky

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a great summer! As you may or may not know, in the past, I wrote a post about one of my favorite books titled Women In Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World. Click here to view my post for Women in Science. The author of Women in Science, Rachel Ignotofsky, has recently come out with another book called Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win. I finished reading this book, and really enjoyed it, so I thought that I would go ahead and share it with you.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz

Image result for finding perfect coverHello everyone! Today I am here to recommend a book that I finished reading in only a couple of hours. I was that into it. The book is called Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz, and I highly recommend it.

As you know, in the past I have written posts with and without trailers that I make, and for this post, I am going to write a short summary, and include a trailer that I have made. Yes. I loved it that much!

Finding Perfect is about a girl named Molly. Molly likes everything to be perfect, and to do so, she does everything the same way. Color coding, alphabetizing, and placing each one of her glass animals exactly one inch apart. She likes it this way. Perfect.  

Molly lives with her older sister, younger brother, and her father. Molly’s mother left less than a year ago, and moved to Canada for her work. She promised that she would be back in a year, and Molly has been counting down the days until she returns. But even Molly isn’t sure if she will come back for good.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Ascendance Trilogy (1) The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Hi everyone! A couple of weeks ago, I finished reading a great book written by Jennifer A Nielsen that I wanted to share with you. It is the first book in The Ascendance Trilogy, and I really enjoyed it! The book is titled The False Prince, which is what really caught my eye. The book had been recommended to me recently, and I thought I should share it with you!

The False Prince is written from the perspective of an orphaned boy named Sage who lives in the kingdom of Carthya. Sage is a tricky boy, good with theft, quick on his feet, and tends to think of only himself. Until one day, he gets bought by a nobleman named Conner, and taken away from his orphanage for good. Little did he know, that he may become a part of a crazy scheme. One that would either save his country, or get those involved……. killed.

Lord Conner takes Sage away to his palace, where he is to compete with four other orphans to impersonate a long lost prince in an attempt to stop a war. The competition between the orphans is fierce, for those who don’t win…….. well, nothing good shall come to them. And who would ever miss an orphan?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Amina's Voice by Hena Khan

Hi everyone! Today, I just finished an amazing book that I have to share with you! It is called Amina’s Voice and it is written by Hena Khan, an award winning author! It came out this year, and so it is relatively new.

Amina is a Pakistani-American Muslim girl, who has a good life. She has a best friend, Soojin, a wonderful family, and a hidden talent. A talent for singing. A talent she shares with practically no one. Being in the spotlight is not something that she desires. So hidden her talent stays.

When Soojin becomes friends with a girl named Emily, Amina wonders if Soojin will soon leave Amina behind for Emily. Soojin starts to talk about changing her name, and other things about her so she is more “American”. Amina doesn’t know if she should be doing the same. When Amina’s uncle comes to visit from Pakistan, Amina starts to doubt herself even more.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Hi everyone! Have you ever heard of The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin? Well, it’s pretty famous. And I personally think that it is one of the best crafted mysteries, scratch that, books-- ever. Do you like mysteries? I do. And I especially liked this one.

I had read this book once with my dad when I was younger, but I didn’t remember much about it. Recently, I decided to read it again. Long story short-- I loved it! The photo I have here, is just ONE of the MANY covers for The Westing Game.

Most people would say that it all starts when the characters meet for the reading of Samuel W. Westing's will. I say it starts much sooner. Much sooner. To understand what I am about to tell you, I must explain a little about the story. Just a little-- no spoilers, I promise.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Journeys from Ayrden (1) A Clearing in the Forest by Kim Love Stump

Hi again! A little over a month ago, I read a really good book that I would like to recommend to you. It is the debut novel in a series called Journeys from Ayrden written by Kim Love Stump. The first book in the series is called A Clearing in the Forest. Intriguing title? I sure thought so!

A Clearing in the Forest is about Princess Adrianna, who lives in the kingdom of Ayrden. When she reaches sixteen, it is required for her to go on a journey into the woods or rather, the unknown--alone, apart from her stallion Sultan. Sultan has been trained not only to protect her, but to be her constant companion on her journey of birthright. Not all royals make it back alive, but Adriana is determined to make it back home safely. Adrianna has trained for her journey since she was young, and she believes that she is more than capable to make it back home, and that is EXACTLY what she intends to do!

In the woods Adrianna must prove her worth against the dangers she finds, and must venture into uncharted lands, where trees shift positions, pathways are made of gold, and dragons exist!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Real Friends Written by Shannon Hale, Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Hi everyone! I have a really good recommendation for you today! So, who here likes graphic novels?

Last week I started reading this graphic novel called Real Friends. It is written by Shannon Hale, and illustrated, by LeUyen Pham. Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham have worked together (along with Dean Hale) on the Princess in Black series. I think that it is really cool that they worked on Real Friends together, too!

I love this graphic novel, and since about a week ago, I have already read it 6 times!

Real Friends is a “sort-of memoir” as I like to call it, because it is based off of true events that happened to Shannon Hale in her childhood, but is not 100% accurate. Some events were altered slightly, some people’s names were changed, and of course, some parts might not have been remembered exactly how it happened. Because, after all, it’s all about perspective...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Women's History Month Recommendation

Happy National Women's Day everyone! I want to celebrate today by giving you all a recommendation for a great book, that goes along with the theme of influential women. The book is Women In Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky. This book is very inspiring and tells tales of amazing women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and their achievements. This book opened my eyes to many incredible women (most of whom, I admit, I had never heard of) who have made an impact on our world today! I would recommend this book to all of you, even if it were NOT Women's History Month. I enjoyed this book because it not only tells these women's stories through words, but illustrations and quotes, as well. 
Have a great day! And don't forget to celebrate!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Siren Sisters by Dana Langer

Hi everyone! Happy 2017! I haven't made a post since December of 2016, and so this will be my first post of 2017! Hooray! So far this year, I have read a number of good books, but one that stood out to me is called............ Siren Sisters, by Dana Langer! 

Siren Sisters, is Dana Langer's debut novel, and it came out in 2017, so it very new. I finished reading it very quickly because I got so into it, and I couldn't put it down! This is one of those books that you will want to read way past bedtime, to finish.

I hope you have been enjoying my trailers for books that I read, and today I will not disappoint! So get ready for my trailer of....



~Greek Girl