Hey all, Dani here.
Good morning! Wow, we are seriously a couple days away from the end of February already. That is just mind-boggling. Anyway, I wanted to take a few minutes today to talk about some of my reading plans for next month, especially since this is an event I have been participating in for several years now, and that event is Middle Grade March.
The rules of Middle Grade March are very simple: read at least one book classified as Middle Grade in the month of March. That’s it! Yes, you can obviously read as many as you’d like, and if you want to do any fun reviews, videos, or other bookish posts, then that’s great too, but it is not a requirement.
I’ve been holding this reading challenge for myself since 2017, so almost the whole time I’ve been blogging, and the past couple of years I’ve had two or three people join me, which is awesome, but I know I could probably turn this into more of a thing if I polished it up and tried to turn it into a real book-blogging event.
But I just like to give myself a goal to check out more Middle Grade books. I don’t care that I’m turning 32 this year, because these stories are still worthwhile to read. I love their focus on friendship and how they can also tackle issues like identity and race and family drama and friendship drama, and sometimes those young first crushes.
So, I’m really excited to tackle some of these books next month. Some of them are continuations of series that I’ve read in previous Middle Grade March events, and some are ones that I just picked up and saved aside to read this year.
You can find my previous reviews for Story Thieves (Book One and Book Two), Fablehaven (Book One), The Adventurers Guild (Book One and Book Two), and The Storm Runner by checking out the links. Obviously I’m very excited to read Story Thieves: Secret Origins, Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star, The Adventurers Guild: Night of Dangers, and The Fire Keeper to continue these great series. Oh, and to re-read at least the first Artemis Fowl book since the movie is coming out later this year.
But I’m equally excited to read the starts to some other Middle Grade series. A lot of these books have a focus on mythology and folklore, which I greatly enjoy, and some others are definitely focused on magic and superpowers. There are a couple that even have a focus on history, which I also find to be really cool.
One of the books I’m reading right now is The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M Valente, and while it won’t be a book I’m reading for Middle Grade March, it will be a book I’m reviewing for the event. It is the start of a series I’ve been thinking about reading for years, and I was able to borrow the e-book from my local library, so I’m excited to see what it’s all about as well. It seems very whimsical and full of adventure.
I’ll have a few more March TBR books to talk about in my February Wrap-Up and March TBR post in a couple days, but I wanted to have a special post to announce my Middle Grade reads for the month.
If you would like to join me in this reading challenge, I would love to have you. If not then that’s cool too. I would also love to chat about Middle Grade books in the comments, so let me know some of your favorites or some you’re hoping to read. That is all until my discussion post later today, so I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.