Monday, April 3, 2023

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...

Friends Beyond Measure by Lalena Fisher

Ana and Harwin have differences and disagreements, but they are great friends. Their friendship is put to the test when Harwin moves away. This heart-warming story is also an introduction to infographics as a variety of charts help to tell about Ana and Harwin's friendship.

Jump In! by Shadra Strickland

A game of Double Dutch begins and several kids and adults in the community join in. This is a joyful and fun book with some surprising parts told through rhythmic text and lively illustrations.

Lost Cat! by Jacqueline K. Rayner

The narrator of the book calls Fred for dinner, but the cat does not come. A search for the cat doesn't seem to be successful, but the illustrations clue readers in to where the cat is. This story of a lost cat has a fun and imaginative twist. 

Make More S'mores by Cathy Ballou Mealey and illustrated by Ariel Landy

This is a sweet story about s'mores and sharing. The illustrations are delightful. 

Elena Rides by Juana Medina

Elena models perseverance and resilience in this beginning reader as she learns to ride a bike and is encouraged by a friend. A cute and fun read.

Adult Reading Recommendation

Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Set in San Francisco, Vera Wong walks into her tea shop and finds a man dead on the floor. Because she believes the police are not doing their job adequately and that the man has been murdered, she becomes an amateur sleuth trying to find the murderer. I listened to the audiobook and was very entertained. It's both quirky and fun. 


  1. I liked Jump In very much, will look for Lost Cat & Make Some S'Mores, hard to resist that one! The mystery sounds great, too. Thanks, Lisa!

  2. Lost Cat sounds so much fun.. need to look for it, and I have Vera Wang on my TBR (for too long now) but will get to it for the San Francisco connections at least..
    My IMWAYR post for this week is here

  3. Lost Cat! sounds like a fun book to read with my grandkids. I've put a hold on Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers, because I love a good cosy mystery!

  4. I think I need to lean in on my cozy mystery preference and check out Vera Wong.