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Mid-Year Round-Up

Believe it or not, kids, we’re halfway through 2020. I know I’m not alone in feeling like this year has both flown by and crawled along at an agonizingly slow pace. I’m still trying to make 2020 a better year for this blog, though, and part of that improvement is introducing regular round-up posts. I think it will help me stay organized and accountable, and I can always use that in my life. Plus, people seem to really like round-ups! I always want you to enjoy my content, so if you have any other features you’d like to see (or if you want to remind me to follow up on features I’ve already promised *cough*Creepy Cover Connoisseur*cough*), please leave a comment or send me an email!

Since this is my first round-up and I’m covering half a year, this may be a bit long. I’m going to list all my reviews for the year by category. I’m not brave enough yet to go into detail about my NetGalley or Edelweiss+ stats, but those will probably make an appearance in future round-ups. I’m planning a TBR post for the books I’m looking forward to reading in July and August, so be on the lookout for that in the days ahead. Now, let’s get started!

Board Books

I haven’t reviewed that many board books so far this year! I’d like to fix that, because I love a good board book, and the two listed below are both fantastic.

Picture Books

So far this year, I’ve reviewed more picture books than any other kind of book. It was a close race, though: 17 picture books vs. 15 middle grade books. Since my heart truly belongs to middle grade, those numbers really surprised me! Y’all know how much I love to gush about illustrations, though, so I guess it shouldn’t come as too much of a shock. And there were definitely some amazing illustrations in the books listed below.

Chapter Books

Image: The background is sparkly shades of periwinkle blue. A young girl holds a bowling ball and looks at the white unicorn behind her, who wears a striped purple shirt and holds a bowling ball at the end of her horn. Text: Unicorn Bowling: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure. Dana Simpson.

I would love to be able to review more chapter books, but it’s hard for me to find many. If you have any recommendations—or if you’re an author with a book you’d like me to review—please let me know!

Middle Grade

Ah, my true love. There have been some really fun (and really creepy!) middle grade titles featured so far on the blog, and I’ve got plenty more in store for you.

Young Adult

I’ve also got a LOT of awesome YA titles coming your way. It’s the curse of being a book blogger: so many books, so little time. This list will grow quite a bit before the end of 2020, believe me!


Image: A black cat silhouetted against a red background. Text:

As my friend Jenna at Falling Letters pointed out, this title isn’t technically a kids’ book. Still, I think it’s a terrific book for kids to read (and just a terrific book in general), so I’ve placed it in the very scientific ??? category.

That’s my year so far! I haven’t reviewed as many books as I thought I had, which honestly makes me sad. I’ve been going through some personal struggles the past year or two, which has caused some gaps in my blogging schedule. I’m sorry that I haven’t posted as regularly as I’d like, but I do want to be a steady presence—hopefully one that you like!

I want this blog to be a fun, thoughtful place where we can celebrate and discuss spooky kids’ books. I don’t feel like I’ve lived up to my vision of this blog yet, but I really want to get there, so I’m going to work harder to make this a place that you all enjoy visiting. Thank you so much for reading, and here’s to a brighter future!

One comment

  1. Haha, I appreciate the inclusion of the ??? category. I have been trying to have a ‘steady presence’ for 6+ years of blogging and it’s never happened 😛 Other things come up. Try not to think about it too much (easier said than done, I know!!). I enjoy seeing your posts in my feed whenever, whether more or less often. 🙂 I hope you have lots more great reads in the second half of the year. Here’s hoping it’s all up from here!

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