Top Twelve Books On My Fall To-Be-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I count down my top ten choices on a particular theme. This weekly event is hosted by Jamie at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is: Top Twelve Books On My Fall To-Be-Read List.

As always, these choices are listed in no particular order.

1) Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

2) Wish by Barbara O’Connor

3) After The Woods by Kim Savage

4) The Wolf Keepers by Elise Broach

5) The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

6) The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin

7) Lou Lou and Pea and The Mural Mystery by Jill Diamond

8) Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz

9) Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

10) Kids Of Appetite by David Arnold

11) Midnight Without A Moon by Linda Williams Jackson

12) When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

Now it’s your turn! Which books are on your Fall to-be-read list? Let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you!

Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover Issue 72: Middle Grade (Part 15)

Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I pay tribute to some of the best and brightest the publishing world has to offer in the way of book cover design. This feature is inspired by Katie’s feature Cover Love on her blog One Page At A Time. The idea is being used with her gracious permission.

Some of my favourite covers this week include Blueberry Pancakes Forever by Angelica Banks, In Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll, Forever, Or A Long, Long Time by Caela Carter, Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly, Miss Ellicott’s School For The Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood ● The Forgetting Spell by Lauren Myracle, A Whisper Of Horses by Zillah Bethell, The Charming Life Of Izzy Malone by Jenny Lundquist, Dreambender by Ronald Kidd and The Silver Gate by Kristin Bailey.

PLEASE NOTE: I always do my best to credit the illustrators responsible for the beautiful covers shared in these posts, but was unable to find this information for a great number of those listed today. If you know of an uncredited illustrator responsible for any of the book covers included below, please let me know and I would be happy to include proper attribution in this post. Their work is lovely and deserves to be credited.

Blueberry Pancakes Forever by Angelica Banks ● In Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll ● The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell (Cover designed by Katrina Damkoehler. Cover illustrated by Karl James Mountford)

The Great Wave Of Tamarind by Nadia Aguiar ● The Legend Of Sam Miracle by N.D. Wilson ● Forever, Or A Long, Long Time by Caela Carter

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly (Cover illustrated by Isabel Roxas) ● The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman ● The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley

Miss Ellicott’s School For The Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood ● The Forgetting Spell by Lauren Myracle ● The Door In The Alley by Adrienne Kress (Cover illustrated by Matt Rockefeller)

A Whisper Of Horses by Zillah Bethell ● Molly & Pim And The Millions Of Stars by Martine Murray ● The Wall Of Fame Game by Crystal Allen

The Shark Caller by Dianne Wolfer ● The Charming Life Of Izzy Malone by Jenny Lundquist ● A Week Without Tuesday by Angelica Banks

Dreambender by Ronald Kidd ● The Silver Gate by Kristin Bailey (Cover illustrated by Lisa Perrin) ● Lodestar by Shannon Messenger

Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favourite middle grade covers? Did I list one of your favourites here or is there one I forgot that just has to be included? Let me know in the comments!

The Writing’s On The Wall: I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie

The Writing’s On The Wall is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I create desktop wallpapers inspired by some of my favourite novels, authors, and literary quotes.

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I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to La Goupil Paris whose clipart and/or fonts I purchased, edited and used in the creation of this wallpaper!

Now it’s your turn! What would you like to see made into a desktop wallpaper next? Let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you!

Top Ten Albums I Purchased Most Recently

Top Ten Tuesday is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I count down my top ten choices on a particular theme. This weekly event is hosted by Jamie at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is: Top Ten Albums I Purchased Most Recently.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt, the loosely-defined “All About Audio”, was so much fun! While I would have loved to have kept this week’s post strictly literary-themed and I’m sure many of my fellow bloggers will be discussing their favourite audiobooks and podcasts, I’ve not yet had the pleasure of listening to either (I know, guys. I KNOW.). Instead, I decided to use this week’s rather open-ended topic to talk about one of my other favourite things – Music! While it’s not something I have the opportunity to discuss on Pop! Goes The Reader very often, music is something that brings me a great deal of joy, and I’m always on the look-out for a new album or song that’s perfect for every occasion, whether it be driving in the car, running on the treadmill, or winding down after a long day at work. More specifically, in today’s post I’ll be exploring the ten albums I’ve purchased most recently, as well as my favourite track from each. In doing so I can only hope that, with any luck, I might be able to help you find the perfect song that’s right for you, too!

As always, these choices are listed in no particular order.

Favourite Song:

“I wait for you, but hold my eyes shut / You don’t see me but come here close / Tear my hands down, pull off the blinds / Look me in the eyes.”


Favourite Song:

“Everyone keeps a darker place / To lose control. You’re not alone / And when you come looking for embrace / I know your soul. I’ll be your home.”


Favourite Song:

“But the only thing I see, blue skies ahead of us / Searching for the empty half when something’s filling up the glass / I’m hopeless.”


Favourite Song:

“I never really know when he’ll be leaving / And even with hello I hear goodbye / He always makes me cry.”


Favourite Song:

“Freeze! / It’s minus degrees / And it’s creeping right through me from my ankles into my knees. / Please! / I gotta go now. / It’s moving right through me from my belly up to my brow / Wow! / This is not what you want, now.”


Favourite Song:

“I thought I’d found jewel of the Nile / You’re just a shiny rock in my pile / So many stones, stuck in my shoes.”


Favourite Song:

“Oh, tonight I’m a little too turned on to talk about us / And tomorrow I’ll be too turned off and won’t give a fuck / About you and I / I don’t wanna see you cry / But it feels like a matter of time.”


Favourite Song:

“Don’t tell me to smile / Don’t ask why I frown / Don’t tell me to smile / When, for all you know, I just buried my mother.”


Favourite Song:

“Running out of wind / You took it out of me, fell out of reality / Counting all my sins / You make a felony out of all the good in me.”


Favourite Song:

“And I want to keep us all alive / And I want to see you with my eyes / But I see you in the fireflies / And how extraordinary is that?”

Now it’s your turn! What albums have YOU purchased recently? Let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you!

Cover Reveal: How To Stage A Catastrophe by Rebecca Donnelly

Happy Monday, everyone! Well, ’tis the season for cover reveals, and today I’m fortunate enough to have the honour of hosting the exclusive cover reveal for Rebecca Donnelly’s forthcoming 2017 middle grade debut, How To Stage A Catastrophe! Coming to a bookstore and library near you April 2017 from Capstone Young Readers, How To Stage A Catastrophe follows the story of Sidney Camazzola who, along with the help of his friends, embarks on an adventure filled with hijinks and hilarity to find a means of saving their beloved Juicebox Theater, a local children’s theatre in which Sidney has always dreamed of one day working. Not only does Rebecca Donnelly’s 2017 debut sound absolutely delightful, it also has the distinction of recently being selected as a Winter/Spring 2017 Indies Introduce title, which is a list of ten forthcoming children’s titles chosen by the American Booksellers Association. You can find it, along with the rest of the books featured, Here! In the meantime, please read on learn more about this promising middle grade debut, including an exclusive cover reveal along with a personal note from the author about the story’s origins and its journey to publication and an opportunity to win some lovely How To Stage A Catastrophe-related swag.

I was never a joiner as a kid – I dropped out of ballet, I dropped out of Girl Scouts, and I was happiest sitting on my bed reading Garfield comics and eating peanut butter M&Ms. The one thing that compelled me to put the Garfield down was an audition for James and the Giant Peach at the Alameda Children’s Musical Theater when I was in sixth grade. (Despite the name of the theater, this was a non-musical production; otherwise I would have stayed far, far away.) I got the part of Miss Spider, and whether it was the excitement of being cast, or the black hoodie with extra arms sewn on to it that I got to wear, I was enchanted. I did two more plays, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Tom Sawyer (the non-musical version) with ACMT, but that is where my theater experience ends. I never became a drama geek in high school – that was probably too cool for me. But I always remembered how it felt to be part of a group that came together to make something wonderful, and to me, that has always been the defining part of my middle school years. I wrote How To Stage A Catastrophe not because I have a deep technical knowledge of the theater world but because I recognize the power of that world to engage kids’ talents and imaginations.

Like me, Sidney Camazzola loves the amateur children’s theater in his small town. But for Sid, the theater is his life, and it’s in danger of closing. Sid and his friends (and frenemies) put together a plan that involves another of my favorite things – hijinks, and lots of running into things and falling down. There are also life-size puppets, a dog who literally plays dead, dozens of meringues, magical accessories, and a thunderstorm at exactly the right time. This was my first attempt at writing something that was both funny and, I hope, hits some emotional notes as well. Even though I’m not musical.


About Rebecca Donnelly

Rebecca Donnelly was born in England and has lived in California, Florida, and New Mexico. She has an MA in Humanities and a Master’s in Library and Information Science. These days she writes and runs a small rural library in upstate New York. Her debut middle-grade novel, How To Stage A Catastrophe, the story of a children’s theater in the Florida panhandle, will be published by Capstone Young Readers in April 2017.

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Title How To Stage A Catastrophe
Author Rebecca Donnelly
Pages N/A
Intended Target Audience Middle Grade
Genre Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
To Be Published April 2017 by Capstone Young Readers
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Sidney Camazzola plans to be the director of the Juicebox Theater when he grows up. For now, he handles the props, his best friend Folly works the concession stand, and his sister May hangs out in the spotlight. But the theater is in danger of closing, and the kids know they need a plan to save it — and fast. When they join a local commerce club to earn money, Sid and Folly uncover some immoral business practices, and it gives them a great idea for saving the theater. That is, if you can call extortion a great idea. Their crazy scheme is the production Sid was born to direct. But can they pull it off?

As an extra special bonus, Rebecca has been kind enough to offer one lucky reader the chance to win some lovely How To Stage A Catastrophe-related swag! This contest is open to U.S. residents only. Click Here and follow the directions provided in the tweet to enter!