Who I Am (in book titles)

If there’s one thing that we love here at Middle Grade Carousel, it’s a game! Upon spying a challenge issued by Christie Megill on Twitter, we flew to our home library with an eye toward book titles that say something about our personalities. Here’s what we found.

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Can you find book titles that describe you in some way?

Book Spine Poetry

Elza has been hosting #NewYearsReads2021, a series of challenges and games on social media designed to kick off the new year of reading. The photo challenge prompt for today was “Book Spine Poetry”.

CJ decided to give it a whirl with books from our Middle Grade shelves. Here’s what she came up with!

The honest truth:
every day

waiting for normal
nothing ever happens here
estranged grump
the gauntlet in real life
absolutely normal chaos


drumroll, please

The crossroads


Some kind of courage
A crooked kind of perfect
Ambush the wish

Hatching magic
Writing magic
the color of my words
charmed life

sunny side up
wizard at work
things that are absolutely truly

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CJ: New Year – New Reading Goal

Check out how CJ plans to read in the new year!

C. J. Milbrandt

Doing it Different. This year, I’m switching up how I choose the books I’ll read. I’m a big fan of reading challenges, and I regularly participate in three:

  • A to Z Challenge (Great Middle Grade Reads)
  • Series Challenge (Great Middle Grade Reads)
  • Reading Bingo Boards (Middle Grade Carousel)

The only problem is that I’m always choosing books because they fit the challenge. And waiting to read many books I’m eager for … until they fit a challenge. I’m tired of putting them off! So this year, I decided to scan my shelves and compile a list of 100 Middle Grade Books that I will (finally) read in 2021. Many are recent releases. Some are part of a series or trilogy I started. And all of them are books I can’t wait to pick up!

Since many of these books are long(ish), I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal much…

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Best Reads of 2019

Hello from behind the scenes! We’re CJ and Elza, the mother-daughter duo responsible for Middle Grade Carousel’s challenges and content. As you may have guessed, we’re both avid bookworms who enjoy stocking our home library with kid-friendly reading material.

We’re so excited to show and tell and share what we’ve been reading, so you might be seeing more of us this year.

To kick off our brand new blogging schedule, we’ve decided to pick and share the Top 5 best books we read in 2019.

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