The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

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I really love this book because I love stories about grief 😥 I guess I am a grieving person always even though I try to be positive about life. Grief can turn into obsession, but can’t good things also come out of obsession? These ugly and uncomfortable feelings don’t last forever, and after the toughest moments, we can move on. By the end of the story I was so glad that the main character had moved on about the death of her best friend.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

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I loved this book! It reminds me a little bit of The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz. It was a series of stories within a larger story. Fairy tales are my guilty pleasure so I loved this book a lot. I loved the strange cast of characters and the fact that Minli was brave and thoughtful. The poor dragon who couldn’t fly! I will definitely be reading more of Lin’s books.

Author love: Grace Lin

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One of my favorite authors is Grace Lin. I love both her realistic novels like Year of the Dog as well as fantasy novels like Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. I love her picture books and early readers too. In short, I love all of her work!

(Clearly I am not a good writer since I can’t seem to find another word to describe how I feel except LOVE!!)

When I read her books, they just feel so cozy. Everything is like a picture book come to life. Reading the Pacy Lin series feels like a warm hug or meeting an old friend to me, since I’m from Taiwan and I know exactly what she is referring to! When I read Starry River of the Sky, I feel like I’m in ancient China but it also feels like going on a journey with a young friend. I think I have read pretty much her entire work now, hehe. I will happily re-read them again and look for new releases!

The Best Man by Richard Peck

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This is a fun book! I would not normally read a “boy book” but this was a fun one. The guys in the main character’s life are his dad, his grandpa, his uncle, and his teacher. He had a year when he turned from a boy to a man (a “best man”!) when his class got a student teacher who is in the Army Reserves and is every nanny’s crush, hehe. I think it wasn’t too dramatic, and it was a realistic depiction of middle school life today. I will give more boy books a try if they are this fun.