Monday, June 21, 2021

Recent Reads

Every Monday, I share books I have recently read. I also participate in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading. To find out what other bloggers are reading, check out the host blogs, Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers, or follow on Twitter at #imwayr.

Recent Reads...

To Carnival!: A Celebration in Saint Lucia by Baptiste Paul and illustrated by Jana Glatt

Melba is excited for Carnival, but she wakes up late and misses her ride to town. As she makes her way to town on foot, she meets friends and the journey itself becomes part of the fun. The illustrations are bright and detailed, capturing the festiveness of a community celebration. The back matter gives further insight into St. Lucia and Carnival.

Full Moon by Camilla Pintonato

Rabbits plan a secret full moon celebration and invite their forest friends to attend. This is a very sweet and magical story highlighting the beauty and wonder of the natural world. 

Something Stinks! by Jonathan Fenske

There is a terrible stench and skunk invites readers along to figure out where the smell is coming from. Readers will be amused that they can see the cloud of stench trailing behind Skunk, but Skunk does not. The book includes lots of humor that will appeal to kids and the illustrations are really entertaining.

Linked by Gordon Korman

Like other books by Gordon Korman, this is an engaging read with realistic middle grade characters. A school community comes together after a swastika is discovered on the wall of the middle school. The book explores important and relevant themes related to tolerance and forgiveness. Thanks to the publisher for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with an advanced reader's copy. The book publishes in July.

Summer Reading Recommendation

The Therapist by B. A. Paris

I was intrigued by this psychological thriller and read the book in one day while at the beach. There were secrets and twists and it had me guessing up until the end. I read a digital review copy and the book publishes in July.


  1. What a fun set of books! Full Moon looks like a beautiful picture book, and Linked sounds great as well—pretty much anything by Gordon Korman is a great read! The Therapist sounds interesting as well. Thanks so much for the great post!

  2. I'm glad to read about another Gordon Korman book & it sounds great, Lisa. Thanks for the others, too!

  3. I loved To Carnival. Look forward to Linked - thanks for the heads up on that one.

  4. How does Korman keep doing it?! Did you know he wrote his first book when he was 12?! And now 50+ books later, they are all so good! Excited for this new one.

    Happy reading this week :)

  5. I don't think I could ever read an adult book in a day! I'm impressed with your speed :)
    Just put To Carnival on hold! I enjoy Baptiste Paul's books so this one I am sure will be fun too!

  6. Sounds like a great day on the beach. And I'ma big fan of Korman, from his kid books (I mean, the ones he wrote as a kid) to his current more complex ones.