Monday, October 21, 2019

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...

Bad Dog by Mike Boldt

Rocky is not behaving like other dogs. She is indeed a cat, but the narrator insists she is a dog. This is an amusing book and sweet, as well, as the narrator comes to a realization about Rocky that the reader has been aware of all along. The book publishes in November.

Chapter Two is Missing by Josh Lieb

This is a clever and humorous whodunit about a boy in a bowtie searching for the thief who stole chapter two, a suspicious janitor, and a not-very-skilled detective. It's very entertaining. Thanks to the publisher, Penguin Young Readers, for a review copy.

The Love Letter by Anika Aldamuy Denise

This is a sweet story about how one letter brightens the day of three animals, helping them to be more carefree and cheerful and realize they are loved. You can read more of my thoughts here.

This is Not That Kind of Book by Christopher Healy

What starts out as an alphabet book turns into a book about friends trying to figure out what type of book they are in. The characters which include the letter a, Little Red Riding Hood, an apple, a hedgehog, a banana named Captain, a pirate, and a detective are all very amusing. A creative and humorous book.

A Tale of Magic... by Chris Colfer

This is the prequel to The Land of Stories that can be read as a stand alone. Brystal loves to read, but in the Southern Kingdom girls are forbidden to do so. Magic is also outlawed. When Brystal reads a banned book and realizes she has magical abilities, she is sent to a correctional facility where the conditions are dreadful. She's not there for long before Madame Weatherberry arrives to take her away to her academy of magic. Brystal and the friends she makes at the academy, not only learn magic, but soon are on an adventure to save the kingdom from evil. This is a captivating and imaginative story with themes of friendship, acceptance, and equality.


  1. I read Chapter Two is missing this weekend, too. Funny, but I think it will appeal to kid readers more than adult.
    I'm interested in A Tale of Magic. I'll have to look for it after the NCTE craziness is done!

  2. It looks like you had a wonderful reading week Lisa. Bad Dog sounds hilarious!

  3. Fun to see that Chris Colfer has another one out about that fantasy world. The Love Letter sounds lovely, Lisa. Thanks!

  4. Chapter 2 is Missing sounds like a lot of fun, as well as Bad Dog! I'll have to find copies for my daughter. Have a great week!

  5. This Is Not That Kind of Book is new to me -- looks really cute and I'm adding it to my list. Thanks for sharing, Lisa!

  6. Bad Dog looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

  7. A few of these are in my TBR pile -- I added This is Not That Kind of Book to my library request stack. Thanks for the recommendations.

  8. Bad Dog sounds like a fun read. Also a great book to read to in my classroom. I think my students would love this book. Happy reading to you.
    Nina@Adventurous Reader