A more accurate title for this post might be “Finding My Way Back to the Blogging World…. ”

It has been a very long time since I last posted here on Readerly Musings, in the middle of my blogiversary celebration.

Unfortunately life got in the way of my reading life for a few months and has stayed in the way of my blogging life for even longer. It is my hope that Bout of Books 13.0 will be my way back into the world of blogging, though I will be starting out very slow!

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon 13.0

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

My true goal for this read-a-thon is to not only read but also get back into blogging, though I do have a tentative TBR. If I manage to follow it and not read a book off the list, I will be very shocked! And, as always, I am being highly optimistic about how many books I will read…


Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
The Underground Labyrinth by Louella Dizon San Juan
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Every Day by David Levithan
The Cult of Kronos by Amy Leigh Strickland

Happy reading, everyone!

The Crowded Kingdom by Louella Dizon San Juan
Series: The Crowded Kingdom #1
Published by Self-Published Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Middle Grade
Source: Purchased

The Crowded Kingdom

Book: The Crowded Kingdom
Author: Louella Dizon San Juan
Series: The Crowded Kingdom
Publisher: Self-published
Type: Fiction
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure
Rating: 4 stars

Acquired: Purchased

Official Synopsis: The last thing Jada and Jinny remember before blacking out was playing in Central Park. But when they wake up, they are shocked to find they’ve been shrunk to the size of dandelions. Fear quickly turns to curiosity as the two sisters discover the magical world beneath the hustle and bustle of The Big Apple’s busy streets, encountering creepy gargoyles and beagle-riding brownies as they weave through areas of the city invisible to the human eye. Together with their elfin friends – plus a rebellious purple fairy with a penchant for power tools — Jada and Jinny soar through the air and scurry silently through dark tunnels en route to discovering who or what transformed them. But they soon discover the magical world has declared war on mankind, and that they may be the key to restoring the balance between good and evil. Will the curious girls ever find a way back to their families, or will they be forever trapped in this wondrous world?

My Thoughts: The Crowded Kingdom is the story of two sisters, Jada and Jinny, who find themselves shrunk to the size of dandelions and immersed in a world of fairies, elves, brownies, and other small folk in New York City. With their two new friends Aress and Kiwi, they embark on a journey to find out how to return to their normal size – and get caught up in a magical war instead.

I bought this book at the Brooklyn Book Festival, where I had a chance to talk to Louella Dizon San Juan herself about the book before committing to buy it. Her enthusiasm for the story, as well as the story’s premise, and the wonderful illustrations she drew to go along with the story, convinced me to buy it, and I am so very glad I did. I have always been interested in stories featuring the “wee folk,” and grew up watching the animated movies Thumbelina and FernGully, so I am no stranger to the idea of a small person doing incredible things, or a human being shrunk down to the same size as a fairy.

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