Monday, May 15, 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...

The Hospital Book by Lisa Brown

The narrator of this book goes to the hospital with appendicitis and tells about the times she cried and did not cry. This book explains what a hospital visit can be like in an engaging way and can help to ease anxieties of a child who has is having such an experience. 

The Perfect Sushi by Emily Satoko Seo and illustrated by Mique Moriuchi

A young girl wants to make the perfect sushi for her grandmother's birthday, but is frustrated when it turns out lopsided rather than just right. When she orders a platter of sushi for the celebration, she learns a lesson about perfection.  

You Rule! by Rilla Alexander

This is an interesting book about feelings with great vocabulary. The ending is sweet.

Two Friends, One Dog, and a Very Unusual Week by Sarah L. Thomson and illustrated by Vin Vogel

Emily has a new neighbor living on the top floor of her apartment building. Although they are the same age, the new girl is very different from her, as she doesn't seem to want to follow any rules. As Emily begins a new friendship she is also trying to keep them both out of trouble and not having a lot of success. This is a quirky and fun book about friendship.

Adult Reading 

Happy Place by Emily Henry

Not my favorite novel by this author, but it's a quick, light, and touching read. If you haven't read Emily Henry yet and are planning, too, I'd recommend starting with Book Lovers or People We Meet on Vacation. Her books make great beach or pool-side reading. 


  1. All new ones to me, Lisa. The "Two Friends, One Dog. . ." sounds like a different kind of story. Thanks!

  2. It looks like you've been reading some great books lately, Lisa! Like Linda, I'm intrigued by Two Friends, One Dog, and a Very Unusual Week. And The Hospital Book is much-needed as well, since those kinds of situations can be so common and so frightening for kids. I appreciate your thoughtful reviews!

  3. I'm curious about You Rule. Thanks for sharing that. Happy Reading!