Monday, June 6, 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...

Kesar and the Lullaby Birds by Aditi Oza and illustrated by Debasmita Dasgupta

Kesar's sister will not fall asleep at night in spite of her family's efforts to get her to do so. When Kesar's ba visits, she shares a story that gives Kesar an idea to help her sister sleep. Set in the Rann of Kutch, this book gives insight into Indian culture. The author's note at the end provides more information about the setting and the folk art and craft that inspired the story. This is a sweet story about sisters with beautiful illustrations. Thanks to the publisher, Yali Books, for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with a review copy.

Poopsie by Hannah E. Harrison

Poopsie is an indoor cat who spends her time sleeping, eating, and looking fluffy until the narrator of the book urges her to go outside and have an adventure. The narrator guides Poopsie out of her yard and right into a jungle filled with danger including crocodiles, snakes, and tigers. Even in the face of fear, Poopsie shows the narrator how daring and adventurous she really is. This is a clever and humorous story.

The Do-Over by Jennifer Torres

Twins, Raquel and Lucinda, live with their mother, but when the pandemic begins they all go to stay with their father. Even though their father has a new girlfriend who is also living with him, the sisters want their parents to have a do-over and get back together. This is a heartwarming story about sisters and blended families. Thanks to the publisher for providing my book review group with an advanced reader's copy. 

Adult Reading Recommendation

The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark

Similar to the author's previous book, The Last Flight, this is one I couldn't put down. The book alternates between the perspective of two women, one a con artist, and both having been betrayed by others. It's a story of lies, deceit, and revenge that kept me wanting to know how everything tied together. An interesting tidbit about the author is that she is a fifth grade teacher (in this interview with Maria Shriver, she talks about the challenges of being a teacher right now). I am amazed that she can find the time and energy to teach and write novels!


  1. Poopsie Gets Lost does sound adorable! And I'll need to keep an eye out for The Do-Over as well. Have a great reading week!

  2. Thanks for each one, Lisa, again, all new to me. The Do-Over sounds so intriguing, folks trying hard to make things right!

  3. It looks like you had a wonderful reading week! I too am impressed that Julie Clark has time to write!

  4. What a wonderful set of books, Lisa! I'm intrigued by all of them, particularly Kesar and the Lullaby Birds, which I made note of—I love the illustrations on the cover. Thanks so much for the great post!