Are You the Parent
of a Middle Schooler?

Hello! My name is Jen...

(aka MamaBookworm)

helping parents of middle schoolers navigate the tween years.

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Literacy & learning start at home. 

The middle school years can be tumultuous. Parenting tweens can be hard! During this time of rapid growth, relationships, experience, and positive reinforcement continue the foundation built over the elementary years.  

My goal is to equip parents of middle schoolers with research-based information and enrichment activities to spark creativity and generate interest in reading and writing to nurture tweens and unlock the potential that stems from the purposeful parenting of this age group. 


Ya, pass. I do what I want. 💁🏻‍♀️

Last night, I bought a book. The second I finished Rachel Harrison’s Black Sheep, I sourced a used copy of her backlist title Cackle. I am who I am. 

FYI, the actress in the video is Tallulah Bankhead. She was a feisty person known for her outrageous personality and sharp wit. She demanded attention & was catastrophically self-destructive—a celebrity before the phenomenon of celebrity had been identified.

What was the last thing you purchased for yourself, bookish or otherwise? 

#tallulahbankhead #oldhollywoodstars #buyingbooks #usedbooks #morebooksplease #readerforever

🤖No lie detected

Tweet by @dilemmalord—some books for real need to come with a “this is going to be your only personality trait when you finish it” warning. 

For me (and only for a time), I’ve got The Secret History, Recursion, All’s Well, Red Rising, and Outlander. I even joined some fandom accounts around here for Red Rising. What can I say? That shiz is gooood. 

Side note: Why does my voice sound so gross in videos? Is that what I sound like to other people? FML 

Challenge: What books became your entire personality for a time? I’d love to see some posts or reels in response to this. Tag me! If you’re not into books, what else was an obsession for you for a time?  

#bookishperson #bookchallenges #relatabletweets #booktweets #reelbook #funreels #currentlyreading📖 #booklifestyle #tweetreels


Except I’m not going to do that with Alice Hoffman’s The Invisible Hour because @meghan_readsbooks and I are hosting a buddy read chat on Sept 30–Oct 1. Here on Insta, rolling chat style, drop in and participate when you have a spare second. If you’re interested in joining us, shoot me a DM. 

 “A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.”

The Invisible Hour—in this story of a young woman’s attempt to control her destiny, Hoffman combines a tribute to reading and books—specifically The Scarlet Letter—with time-travel fantasy.

Love the tweet, @patrick__nathan 🖤

And this banger of an audio comes from @habz.fz on TT. You’ll get my version of the ‘Tube Girl’ trend in Barnes & Noble next week. I must muster up an IDGAF attitude to get it done today. People stare when you’re filming weird shit in public. 🤣

Have you read this book? Weekend plans? Last buddy read? Weirdest stuff you’ve done to get a solid pic or vid for this platform?

#tubegirl #alicehoffman #theinvisiblehour #timetraveling #buddyread #reelbook #reeltrend #contentcreatorlife #bookinfluencer #readmeastory #booktrend #booktweets

Trust me, guys. I got this. 

Before any therapists come after me (they have before), I’d like to add that I have been in therapy 2 or 12 times in my 45 years. I don’t have the energy to endure it at this juncture. 

If you need professional help, please seek it out. 


I’m OK (and not OK). I question how and if we are even real friends if you don’t know what it means to be OK and not OK simultaneously. 

Anyway, I will continue to escape into fictional worlds, specifically those of Alice Hoffman’s The Invisible Hour and Rachel Harrison’s Black Sheep. And I’m listening to Chanel Miller’s Know My Name when I cook and clean in the evenings. I think I’ll finish all three books by the end of the week. 

What do you complain about more than anything else? Which of your personality traits would you like to change? 

I complain most about fatigue (autoimmune disease sucks), and I’m actively working on being more decisive and less wishy-washy. 

#bookbuying #readingforlife #mentalhealthmonth #mentalhealthawarness #anxietyfighter #readinghabits #momswhoread #joyofreading #booksnotbullets #bekindtoyourmind #funnyreel #bookinsta #readersareleaders #beareader #bookladylife

🖤 𝐒𝐢𝐱 𝐒𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝐇𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐨𝐫 𝐑𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐬 🖤

Carissa Orlando’s 𝐒𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝐇𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞–a woman is determined to stay in her dream home even after it becomes a haunted nightmare.

Scott Leeds’s 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫’𝐬 𝐂𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐝–cursed vinyl records open a gateway to the land of the dead. 

Clay McLeod Chapman’s 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐊𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐌𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫–combines supernatural horror with domestic suspense into a visceral exploration of parental grief.

Alex Grecian’s 𝐑𝐞𝐝 𝐑𝐚𝐛𝐛𝐢𝐭–a ragtag posse must track down a witch through a wild west beset by demons and ghosts.

Rachel Harrison’s 𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐒𝐡𝐞𝐞𝐩–a cynical twentysomething must confront her unconventional family’s dark secrets.  

Chuck Wendig’s 𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐑𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐎𝐫𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐝–a small town is transformed by dark magic when a strange tree begins bearing magical apples.  

All of these sound epic, don’t they? Frankly, I’d read every single one of them. For more info, see stories today.

Any of these on your radar? Reading anything special for spooky season? Tell me about the MC of your CR, or craft a response to the text in my reel.

#septemberbooks #newhorror #villainera #euphoriaedit #euphoriacassie #spookyshit #halloween2023 #booksforever #spookyreads #bookreelsofinstagram

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In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.

– Mortimer J. Adler