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Welcome to my corner of the internet!
My name is Afoma. I’m a twenty-something writer, editor, and voracious reader with an insatiable appetite for children’s literature, books by women, and articles about life and human relationships. In addition to my love affair with words, I dabble in photography, and also happen to have completed medical school.
Afoma Umesi, the website, has evolved over the years. It began as an online diary — as all blogs were, circa 2012 — and became fertile soil for my writing skills to bloom.
In 2021, Afoma Umesi, the website became Reading Middle Grade! You’ll find that I read mostly middle-grade and young adult novels. However, I also love picture books and chapter books. I adore graphic novels and audiobooks and believe that they count as reading too.
Reading Middle Grade is also proud to support authors with a variety of paid promotional opportunities. You can review these options here and see which ones best suit your needs. My lovely header and all other illustrations on this blog were done by Kat of Waffley Cute Designs.
I’m so glad you found your way here. Stay a while, will you?
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Our Curation Process
I get so many questions about how I compile book lists and whether I’ve read all the books on every list. The answer is: not always.
Here are some things to keep in mind while reading content on this site:
- I read and recommend every book I review and share my honest thoughts on it. I only review books I enjoyed and would recommend fully. In each review, I try to share major themes and any triggers to watch out for. This helps my readers know how to categorize and recommend the books to the young readers in their care.
- I create book lists based on my reading preferences. This means that I only include books based on whether I’ve read or would like to read them — as long as they match the specific theme. Reading is subjective and I choose to read or avoid certain reading material based on my personal preferences.
- Book lists feature books I’ve read and books I hope to read. The latter are chosen based on detailed reviews and recommendations from my tribe of readers. I recommend checking out books on Amazon, Bookshop, or Goodreads and reading more reviews to get a feel of whether a book would be a good fit for you.
I hope this helps you understand and get more out of my content. I’m happy to recommend books to you personally if you have specific needs. Reach out via my contact form or via email at [email protected] and I’ll respond as soon as I can.
In the Press
I was on episode #249 of WSIRN with Anne Bogel talking about how I discovered middle grade books as an adult and why I’m so obsessed with them.
I was a guest on episode #109 of The Reading Women podcast talking about two of my favorite middle grade books and why I love middle grade books so much.
I was featured on LitHub talking about why more adults should read middle grade books.
Support the Blog
I run this blog while working as a freelance writer and editor; it is truly a labor of love. If you value my work and can afford to, I would be so grateful to receive a donation of any amount at this link!