Monday, April 29, 2024

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...

Ahoy! by Sophie Blackall 

This is a delightful book about a parent and child using their imagination to sail the seas. Vacuuming the rug has never seemed so fun! The illustrations are great. 

Awe-Samosas! by Marzieh Abbas and illustrated by Bhagya Madanasinghe

Noor wants to make samosas like her Dadijaan's for her friends, but when she discovers there are no peas she has to get creative. This is a sweet story about creativity, problem-solving, and family. It also shows the sweet relationship between a child and grandmother even though they live far apart from each other. 

Lucky Scramble by Peter Raymundo

This is a fun book that will give readers insight into the experience of cubing tournaments. The book alternates between a graphic novel format and traditional text with illustrations. Tyler is a twelve-year old cuber competing in the national championships in Las Vegas. He has some interesting competition. Thanks to the publisher for a review copy. 

Adult Reading Recommendation

Just For the Summer by Abby Jimenez

Justin and Emma both think they're cursed. Whenever they break up with someone that person goes on to find their soulmate. They decide that they are going to date each other and break up so they can each find their own soulmate. This was partly a light breezy read, but each of the characters are dealing with some heavy family issues which added some emotion to it. Overall it a was a quick enjoyable read.


  1. I was just looking at that Abby Jimenez this weekend to see if it's one I should buy for my classroom library. Sounds like one my students would really enjoy (and maybe me too!) Thank you for sharing.

  2. Lucky Scramble will be SO popular with my students. I enjoyed all of the drama with the quirky competitors!

  3. I didn't realize Lucky Scramble is both graphic novel and prose - I love books like that because they're perfect for those in-between readers.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  4. Well, like the 'Chapatis' I shared, I will look for "Awe-Samosas!", Lisa, also Ahoy! Blackall's books are always terrific. Thanks for Just for the Summer, too, sounds like another of the romances that are becoming so popular.

  5. I find myself more and more intrigued by the romance premises I see, and the premise of Just for the Summer is so brilliant—I love that!! And so many other great books here too—the title of Awe-Samosas is irresistible, and Ahoy! looks like a delight. Thanks so much for the thoughtful picks, Lisa, and have a great week!

  6. Ahoy is on my TBR. Everyone seems to have enjoyed it and I have enjoyed Blackall's other books so I can't wait to read this one.

  7. Mmmm ... samosas! I've heard good things about Anna Jimenez, but I haven't read any of her novels yet.

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