Monday, January 4, 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...

Bunheads by Misty Copeland

Readers with an interest in dance will be charmed by this story about ballet and following one's passion. At her first class, young Misty learns about the ballet Coppélia and is determined to learn the steps and get a starring role. 

Mr. Brown's Bad Day by Lou Peacock and illustrated by Alison Friend

Mr. Brown has a very important briefcase with very important things inside. One day while eating lunch, his briefcase is accidentally taken and Mr. Brown ends up chasing all over town. This is a very cute story with a sweet and surprising ending. 

Pugtato Finds a Thing by Sophie Corrigan

Pugtato finds a shiny, round thing while digging in the mud and, to figure out what it is, goes around the garden asking his friends. The cast of animal/vegetable characters will intrigue and amuse young readers.

Katie the Catsitter by Colleen AF Venable and illustrated by Stephanie Yue

Katie is trying to raise money to attend a summer camp so she takes a job catsitting for a neighbor. After one night with the 217 cats, Katie realizes they are smarter and more evil than ordinary felines. While Katie tries to manage catsitting she also begins to suspect her neighbor is a super villain. Cat lovers, especially, will enjoy this fun and adventurous graphic novel.

The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm

Eleven-year old Bell is an ordinary kid except for the fact that he has grown up living in a settlement on Mars. One of the rules is that no one is allowed to leave to visit the other colonies. When the adults become sick with a mysterious illness, Bell has no choice but to go in search of help from neighbors who he is not sure he can trust. This is a compelling and imaginative sci-fi adventure that explores themes relevant to our world today.

An Adult Read I Loved

The Push by Ashley Audrain

This psychological thriller is one that I couldn't put down. It's dark and disturbing, but also a story that will make you think. It explores themes related to motherhood, nature versus nurture, and mental illness. 


  1. I only recognize Bunheads, and hopefully I can read it soon. Pugtato sounds fun & I will definitely put the others on my list, Lisa. Happy New Year! Wishing you a good week, too!

  2. I really enjoyed the message of Bunheads. And I'm adding The Lion of Mars to my reading list. Looks like it's being released tomorrow, so hopefully I can get my hands on it soon. Thanks for the shares, Lisa!

    1. Yes, it does publish tomorrow. I think you'll enjoy it.

  3. Can't wait to read Katie the Catsitter and The Lion of Mars. Thanks for sharing these titles.

    1. I hope you enjoy both when you get to read them!

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    1. I definitely think that will be the reaction kids will have, too!

  5. I really enjoyed Katie the Catsitter and already know readers that will love it. So glad it is a series. Pugtato looks like a fun read so definitely have to see if my library has it available.

  6. These books look wonderful! I've seen a lot of praise for Bunheads, and Pugtato Finds a Thing looks adorable! The Lion of Mars sounds excellent—I imagine Jennifer L. Holm could pull off a story about Mars quite well! I actually just saw The Push recommended in a magazine recently. Thanks for the wonderful post!

  7. Bunheads is on my #MustReadPictureBooks for this year. I'm falling behind on reading Jennifer L. Holm's books. She sure is prolific!

  8. I am waiting for CatSitters and Mars to be delivered. Looking forward to both of them!
    Haven't read much at all this week. I don't think I'll even have anything to blog about for next week. It's definitely been a long week!!

  9. Looks like some good books for you last week! I'm a little behind in my visits :)

    My sons are in their 20's now, but I do still enjoy some middle-grade books on my own. The Push sounds dark and creepy!

    Hope you've been enjoying another good reading week!


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