Monday, January 3, 2022

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...

Group Hug by Jean Reidy and illustrated by Joey Chou

A slug, in need of a hug, gives one to a bug and gradually more and more animals join in a group hug. This is a warm and endearing story about kindness.

Millions of Maxes by Meg Wolitzer and illustrated by Micah Player

Max believes he is the "one and only Max" until a trip to the park where he discovers there are two other kids with his name, as well. The Maxes work together to find a missing pink pine cone which leads them to another Max. This is a fun read.

Winter Lullaby by Dianne White and illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki

Mama Bear convinces Small Bear that it's time for them to go inside and sleep. This sweet rhyming story is great for the winter season or bedtime. 

When Winter Robeson Came by Brenda Woods 

In August of 1965, Eden's cousin Winter is visiting her in Los Angeles. She is expecting to spend the time visiting Disneyland and the beach, but instead Winter reveals he wants to find his father. This is a heartfelt story about family, but also gives insight into the Watts Riots and the racial inequality of the time period. Written in verse, this is a quick and accessible read. Thank you to the publisher for sharing an advance readers copy with my book review group, #BookExcursion. The book publishes this month.

Adult Read

When You Are Mine by Michael Robotham

I read this over the holiday break in about two days. It's a compelling psychological thriller with some interesting twists. 


  1. I saw that you shared 'When Winter Robeson Came' on twitter & put it on my list, sounds nice. And Group Hug sounds like a fun read aloud. I loved Winter Lullaby, am a sucker for bear books! Thanks, Lisa, and Happy New Year!

  2. The cover of Winter Lullaby had me running to add it to my want to read list. When Winter Robeson Came sounds like an important book. I agree with Linda that Group Hug sounds like a fun read aloud. Happy New Year to you!

  3. All of these books look wonderful, Lisa! I made note of When Winter Robeson Came, and Group Hug and Winter Lullaby look like lovely stories as well! And Millions of Maxes sounds super-fun too, especially considering my name—I've known quite a few people who share it as well! Thanks so much for the wonderful post!

  4. Group Hug sounds like a good one for the library. When You Are Mine is the type of book I used to read more of, and should start reading again. Thanks for the shares.

  5. I'm adding Winter Lullaby to my list - this would be the perfect time to read it in our home! And stop tempting me with When You Are Mine. I get WAY too into psychological thrillers and find myself not wanting to sleep. LOL

  6. Winter Lullaby looks so so cute. Happy New Year!
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  7. Group Hug sounds adorable. Will seek that out.

  8. I loved Winter Lullaby and my kindergarten #classroombookaday class loved it too! Millions of Maxes sounds fun!