Consider the Octopus #BookReview #considertheoctopus #mglit #middlegradebook #middlegradefiction #middlegraderead #bookworm @mackidsbooks @henryholt @gaepol @noraraleighb

Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers: When chance, or fate, throws two twelve-year-olds together on board a scientific research ship at the edge of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, it’s not all smooth sailing! Jeremy “JB” Barnes is looking forward to spending the summer before seventh grade hanging on the beach. But his mother, a scientist, has … Continue reading Consider the Octopus #BookReview #considertheoctopus #mglit #middlegradebook #middlegradefiction #middlegraderead #bookworm @mackidsbooks @henryholt @gaepol @noraraleighb

F.A.R.T. Families Against Rotten Teens #BookReview #mglit #middlegradebook #middlegradefiction #childrensfiction #bookworm @simonkids #familiesagainstrottenteens

I received 2 copies from publisher so I donated one to the Little Free Library 📚 Synopsis from Simon & Schuster: When a young teen discovers a top-secret parenting manual, it’s kids versus grown-ups in this kooky, illustrated middle grade thriller with nonstop, seat-of-your-pants action that will delight fans of Jarrett Lerner and Stuart Gibbs. … Continue reading F.A.R.T. Families Against Rotten Teens #BookReview #mglit #middlegradebook #middlegradefiction #childrensfiction #bookworm @simonkids #familiesagainstrottenteens

The Language of Seabirds #BookReview #thelanguageofseabirds #middlegradebooks #mglit #contemporaryfiction #middlegraderead @scholastic

Synopsis from Edelweiss: A sweet, tender middle-grade story of two boys finding first love with each other over a seaside summer. Jeremy is not excited about the prospect of spending the summer with his dad and his uncle in a seaside cabin in Oregon. It's the first summer after his parents' divorce, and he hasn't … Continue reading The Language of Seabirds #BookReview #thelanguageofseabirds #middlegradebooks #mglit #contemporaryfiction #middlegraderead @scholastic

The Global Ocean #BookReview @kidscanpress #citizenkid @rochellestrauss #kidsnonfiction #nonfictionbook #nonfictionforkids #mglit #kidlit #theglobalocean #bookworm @natashamdonovan

Synopsis from Kids Can Press: The global ocean is in trouble. This beautiful and important book explores the issues --- and what we can do to help. Though we think of Earth's five oceans as separate and distinct, they are actually a linked system of circulating water that is one single ocean --- the global … Continue reading The Global Ocean #BookReview @kidscanpress #citizenkid @rochellestrauss #kidsnonfiction #nonfictionbook #nonfictionforkids #mglit #kidlit #theglobalocean #bookworm @natashamdonovan

Linty: A Pocketful of Adventure #BookReview #linty #graphicnovel #childrensbook #mglit #kidlit @kidscanpress #book

Synopsis from Kids Can Press: Making his author-illustrator debut, Mike Shiell elevates the everyday to hilarious drama in this offbeat graphic novel for early readers. In the front pocket of a faded pair of hand-me-down jeans, a tiny ball of lint lives alone. The days are pretty much the same for Linty: Some cardio. Sightseeing … Continue reading Linty: A Pocketful of Adventure #BookReview #linty #graphicnovel #childrensbook #mglit #kidlit @kidscanpress #book

January to March 2022 Wrap-Up #readingwrapup #monthlywrapup #monthlyreads #bookworm

Hi Everyone! Hope you are doing well. I love having this blog because it keeps all of my book reviews organized. It's costly to renew it yearly. I'm hesitant if I should keep it or not. It's one bill less I don't have to pay if I don't renew but it's definitely sad to say … Continue reading January to March 2022 Wrap-Up #readingwrapup #monthlywrapup #monthlyreads #bookworm

It’s the End of the World and I’m in My Bathing Suit #BookReview #mglit #middlegradebook #middlegradefiction #bookworm

Synopsis from Scholastic: Twelve-year-old Eddie Gordon Holloway has concocted his most genius plan ever to avoid chores especially the dreaded L-A-U-N-D-R-Y. If he can wear all the clothes he owns, he'll only have to do the laundry once during his school break. On the day of the highly-anticipated Beach Bash, Eddie's monstrous pile of dirty … Continue reading It’s the End of the World and I’m in My Bathing Suit #BookReview #mglit #middlegradebook #middlegradefiction #bookworm

Wonder #BookReview #wonder #bookworm #rjpalacio @knopfbfyr #mglit #middlegradefiction

Synopsis from Penguin Random House: I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse. August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an … Continue reading Wonder #BookReview #wonder #bookworm #rjpalacio @knopfbfyr #mglit #middlegradefiction

I Know Your Secret #BookReview #iknowyoursecret #mglit #middlegradebook #mysterybook #middlegradefiction #bookworm @scholastic @daphnebg

Synopsis from Scholastic: The email arrives Sunday night: Do exactly what I say, when I say it, or I will reveal your secret. On Monday morning, seventh graders Owen, Gemma, Ally, and Todd, who have nothing in common and barely know each other, must work together and follow the instructions of an anonymous blackmailer. None … Continue reading I Know Your Secret #BookReview #iknowyoursecret #mglit #middlegradebook #mysterybook #middlegradefiction #bookworm @scholastic @daphnebg

When the World Turned Upside Down #BookReview #middlegradebook #middlegradefiction #middlegraderead #mglit #bookworm @scholastic

Synopsis from Scholastic: Nobody expected a tiny little virus to change the whole world in such a big way, especially not Shayla, Liam, Ai, and Ben. But when school closes to keep everyone safe, their lives turn upside down. It is one thing to learn that the outside world isn’t safe, but why does it … Continue reading When the World Turned Upside Down #BookReview #middlegradebook #middlegradefiction #middlegraderead #mglit #bookworm @scholastic

The Rema Chronicles: Realm of the Blue Mist #BookReview #graphicnovel #middlegradebook #mglit #youngadultfantasy #theremachronicles #realmofthebluemist @scholastic @graphixbooks

Synopsis from Scholastic: Enter the rich and fantastical world of Rema in the first installment of this middle-grade graphic novel series with sweeping adventure and light romance! Tabby Simon is determined to learn what happened to her father, who was found dead after researching a tree that leaks a mysterious mist in her neighborhood. She … Continue reading The Rema Chronicles: Realm of the Blue Mist #BookReview #graphicnovel #middlegradebook #mglit #youngadultfantasy #theremachronicles #realmofthebluemist @scholastic @graphixbooks

Battle Dragons: City of Thieves #BookReview #battledragons #cityofthieves #middlegradebook #middlegraderead #middlegradefiction #sciencefiction #mglit @scholastic

Synopsis from Scholastic: Abel loves dragons, but after a disastrous showing in his dragon rider exam, he feels he's destined never to pilot one. That's why when an opportunity presents itself — even though it's tied to one of Drakopolis's mob-like kins — Abel leaps at the opportunity. But soon he's swept into a game … Continue reading Battle Dragons: City of Thieves #BookReview #battledragons #cityofthieves #middlegradebook #middlegraderead #middlegradefiction #sciencefiction #mglit @scholastic

December 2021 Wrap-Up & New Car

Hi Everyone! Hope you all had a happy year end. Mine was eventful. My family visited my parents in Florida and we eat a lot everyday. My mom cooks well. My family also upgraded our car. It's time really and such a change that is. We traded in our old sedan car, 2008 Toyota Avalon … Continue reading December 2021 Wrap-Up & New Car

My Years in Books! #goodreadschallenge #readingchallenge #bookworm #yearinbooks #books

Hi Everyone! Hope you all are enjoying the last few days of 2021!! I love looking at my reading from year over year on Goodreads these days so I decided to blog about it. These two and a half years I don't go to work but it doesn't look like I read more than when … Continue reading My Years in Books! #goodreadschallenge #readingchallenge #bookworm #yearinbooks #books

November 2021 Wrap-Up #readingwrapup #monthlywrapup #bookworm #picturebooks

Hi Everyone! Hope your November was great. I read a total of 44 books but the whole month I thought I was having the reading and blog posting slump! Book review slump was true because I caught up on the last day by writing 3 reviews. The above picture consisted of books where I read … Continue reading November 2021 Wrap-Up #readingwrapup #monthlywrapup #bookworm #picturebooks

My Favorite Color is Green #BookReview #workbook #activitybook #interactivebook #kidsbook #childrensbook #bookworm #myfavoritecoloractivitybook @odddotbooks @mackidsbooks

Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers: It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that the best of all colors is green. That’s right, green is the most beautiful and delightful. Everyone agrees. And so we made this activity book, celebrating the greatest color of all. Packed with fun activities like mazes, one-color coloring, spot-the-difference, creative writing prompts, drawing … Continue reading My Favorite Color is Green #BookReview #workbook #activitybook #interactivebook #kidsbook #childrensbook #bookworm #myfavoritecoloractivitybook @odddotbooks @mackidsbooks

Library Book Sale Haul #bookhaul #bookbuys #librarybooksale #bookworm #booknerd #bookaddict

Hi Everyone! This month my city hosted a two-day library book sale. I attended both days! Here are books I picked out on day one with 50% off for early birds: I paid $18 for 30 books! On day 2, I went with my son. He picked out some books too. There weren't any 50% … Continue reading Library Book Sale Haul #bookhaul #bookbuys #librarybooksale #bookworm #booknerd #bookaddict

Courageous Creatures #BookReview #courageouscreatures #mglit #middlegradenonfiction #nonfictionbook #bookworm @scholastic @laurentarshis

Synopsis from Scholastic: REAL ANIMALS. REAL DISASTERS. Lauren Tarshis's New York Times-bestselling 'I Survived' series tells tales of brave kids facing horrifying events. Now, she tells the true stories of four animals who faced indescribable horrors of their own — and, against all odds, survived. From a pigeon who braved the battles of World War … Continue reading Courageous Creatures #BookReview #courageouscreatures #mglit #middlegradenonfiction #nonfictionbook #bookworm @scholastic @laurentarshis

Books and School Fundraising Holiday Gift Guides @scholastic @mackidsbooks @01firstsecond @knopfbfyr #bookworm #books #kidsbooks #childrensbooks #mglit #giftguides

Hi Everyone! If your kids are in school, you may have seen these holiday gift guides of books they are bringing home to sell. It’s one way for the school to do fundraising. My son brought home 3 different magazines. As I browse through, I get excited to see the books listed on there versus … Continue reading Books and School Fundraising Holiday Gift Guides @scholastic @mackidsbooks @01firstsecond @knopfbfyr #bookworm #books #kidsbooks #childrensbooks #mglit #giftguides

My Audiobook Journey #audiobook #bookworm #bookblogger #bookreviewer #books #read

Hi Everyone! Just last year and previous years I was all against audiobooks because I thought I have attention problems and won’t be able to keep up. Well, I started to listen to one just to see what the fuss was about and I just loved it! I especially loved to read along while listening … Continue reading My Audiobook Journey #audiobook #bookworm #bookblogger #bookreviewer #books #read

September 2021 Wrap-Up #readingwrapup #monthlywrapup #wrapup #bookworm

Hi Everyone! Can’t believe we are already into the fall. I remembered clearly I was just complaining about the icky feelings of sweat on my body every time I went outside due to humidity. Thank goodness it’s cooler now and we can take walks outside without getting so hot and sweaty! Last month I read … Continue reading September 2021 Wrap-Up #readingwrapup #monthlywrapup #wrapup #bookworm

The Forever Horse #BookReview @harper360 #theforeverhorse #middlegradebook #middlegradefiction #mglit

Synopsis from HarperCollins: An enchanting and inspiring stand-alone novel from the author of The Princess and the Foal. Maisie has always loved horses. She is also a talented artist. When the opportunity arises for her to study in Paris, her two worlds collide. There, in the heart of the city, Maisie finds the childhood diary … Continue reading The Forever Horse #BookReview @harper360 #theforeverhorse #middlegradebook #middlegradefiction #mglit

Over the Woodward Wall #BookReview #overthewoodwardwall #middlegradefantasy #mglit #middlegradebook #bookworm @tordotcom @seananmcguire

Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers: Writing as A. Deborah Baker, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Seanan McGuire introduces readers to a world of talking trees and sarcastic owls, of dangerous mermaids and captivating queens in Over the Woodward Wall, an exceptional tale for readers who are young at heart. If you trust her you’ll … Continue reading Over the Woodward Wall #BookReview #overthewoodwardwall #middlegradefantasy #mglit #middlegradebook #bookworm @tordotcom @seananmcguire

The Dire Days of Willowweep Manor #BookReview #bookworm #thediredaysofwillowweepmanor #graphicnovel @simonteen @shaenongarrity #youngadultbooks #yafantasy #gothic

Synopsis from Simon & Schuster: Nimona meets Paper Girls with a literary twist in this wickedly funny graphic novel about a teenager who is swept up in a strange new universe and must save it from an all-consuming evil in order to return home. One dark and stormy night, Haley sees a stranger drowning in … Continue reading The Dire Days of Willowweep Manor #BookReview #bookworm #thediredaysofwillowweepmanor #graphicnovel @simonteen @shaenongarrity #youngadultbooks #yafantasy #gothic

August 2021 Wrap Up & Blog Upgrade #readingwrapup #monthlywrapup #bookworm #books #bookreview

Hi Everyone! First off, I’m really excited to share with you that I have upgraded my blog! It’s now http://www.howusefulitis.com and no more additional wordings in it. My free space has been dwindling down and I have been considering an upgrade for awhile. Since the birth of my daughter, I no longer have the luxury … Continue reading August 2021 Wrap Up & Blog Upgrade #readingwrapup #monthlywrapup #bookworm #books #bookreview

The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh #BookReview #theboywhomadeeveryonelaugh @scholastic @helenrutteruk #mglit #middlegradebooks #bookworm

Synopsis from Scholastic: Billy Plimpton has a big dream: to become a famous comedian when he grows up. He already knows a lot of jokes, but thinks he has one big problem standing in his way: his stutter. At first, Billy thinks the best way to deal with this is to… never say a word. … Continue reading The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh #BookReview #theboywhomadeeveryonelaugh @scholastic @helenrutteruk #mglit #middlegradebooks #bookworm

Friends Forever #BookReview #friendsforever @mackidsbooks @haleshannon @01firstsecond #mglit #graphicnovel #memoir #bookworm

Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers: Following up their mega-bestselling Real Friends and Best Friends graphic memoirs, Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham are back with Friends Forever, a story about learning to love yourself exactly as you are. Shannon is in eighth grade, and life is more complicated than ever. Everything keeps changing, her classmates are starting … Continue reading Friends Forever #BookReview #friendsforever @mackidsbooks @haleshannon @01firstsecond #mglit #graphicnovel #memoir #bookworm

Book Series Giveaway! #bookgiveaway #giveaway #middlegradebooks #mglit #kidlit #graphicnovel #bookworm #memoir @mackidsbooks @01firstsecond

Hi Everyone! I’m currently hosting a book series giveaway on my Instagram account at @howusefulitis for this middle grade graphic novel series called Real Friends, Best Friends, and Friends Forever by Shannon Hale and illustrated by LeUyen Pham which was published by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and First Second. I loved reading Real Friends and … Continue reading Book Series Giveaway! #bookgiveaway #giveaway #middlegradebooks #mglit #kidlit #graphicnovel #bookworm #memoir @mackidsbooks @01firstsecond

July 2021 Wrap Up #readingwrapup #monthlywrapup #wrapup #bookreview #bookworm #picturebooks

Hi Everyone! The new month is almost ending and I’m doing a previous month’s wrap! Yeah, time really do fly past me by. I’m on a race to read more books because my unread TBR seems to grow longer and longer. I don’t want to miss out on all of the good reads! I have … Continue reading July 2021 Wrap Up #readingwrapup #monthlywrapup #wrapup #bookreview #bookworm #picturebooks

Mini Book Reviews #bookreview #bookworm #childrensbook #graphicnovel #theadventuresoftomsawyer #scarlethartmonsterhunter @01firstsecond

Disney’s Treasury of Children’s Classics was an excellent read! So many stories (22 stories to be exact) collected into one book. Took me many months to finish reading it for my daughter. Each story ended with how Disney made the story into an animated movie. It’s definitely cool to read about the animated movie making … Continue reading Mini Book Reviews #bookreview #bookworm #childrensbook #graphicnovel #theadventuresoftomsawyer #scarlethartmonsterhunter @01firstsecond