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This upcoming Thursday, May 5th, will mark the completion of my first year of grad school! I can't believe how fast it has gone by. I have learned so much and yet there's so much more to know. It's hard to believe the journey is halfway over. It feel like I'm just getting started. Time is strange like that.

Well, since today marks the start of a new month I thought it was about time to announce a new Reading Challenge. Now that classes are wrapping up I will have time to read for pleasure again. I decided that this summer's reading challenge would have a theme: I want to read non-fiction books about amazing women who have done amazing things. Right now I have about six books in mind that I plan on devouring over the next three months, starting with The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. If you have any book suggestions, your recommendations are always welcome.
Ruby Reinvented
My Rating: 5 out of 5  


Speaking of amazing women, my friend Ronni Arno is a young adult author who published her first novel last year and she's got a new book coming this fall! Ruby Reinvented is a charming middle grade novel that is thoroughly enjoyable for kids of all ages, even those of us pushing 30. Its fall debut was a welcomed reprieve from the intensive scholarly reading of my coursework last year and I was so engrossed in the sweet story that I finished it in a weekend.

Ruby is the 12-year-old daughter of famous celebrities. When she finds out that her friends only pretend to like her so they can meet her parents, she decides to move as far away from Hollywood as possible and heads to a boarding school in Maine. There she finds real friends and the courage to showcase her talents as a budding fashion designer. But a fib might ruin everything great about Ruby's new "normal" life and she struggles to keep the secret about her parents from her best friend and the boy she is developing a crush on. The dialogue in "Ruby Reinvented" is masterfully done and will reconnect you with your inner 12-year-old. This fun novel is full of humor, well-developed and relatable characters and important lessons about friendship, family and personal identity. It's a great story for 9 to 13-year-olds or more mature readers who are young at heart! I highly recommend it.

CHALLENGE: Read 6 books in three months (May, June, July)
DEADLINE: July 31, 2016
BOOK #1: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

As always, I invite you to create your own reading challenge. Just pick a book (or quantity of books) and a deadline. Share your books or reading suggestions with me on Facebook or Twitter @KeishaLBrown! Check out my last Reading Challenge here