Monday, June 5, 2023

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...

Summer is For Cousins by Rajani LaRocca and illustrated by Abhi Alwar

A family, including seven cousins, spend a summer vacation together at a house near the water. This heart-warming book shows the joys of being together with family and the fun of summer. 

Take a Chance by Sujean Rim

Bob loves to fly, but is afraid to do the cool things the other birds are doing. He makes excuses so that he doesn't have to try until he meets an eagle who helps him realize he needs to take a chance. A sweet book with a nice message about not being afraid to try new things.

Nothing's Wrong: A Hare, a Bear, and Some Pie to Share by Jory John and illustrated by Erin Kraan

Anders wants to surprise his friend Jeff with a pie, but it gets ruined in the rain. Anders doesn't tell his friend what's wrong, but Jeff, knowing that something is not right, persists in being a good friend. A cute book about friendship.

Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson

Having won the Newberry Medal, I was knew this book was going to be amazing and I wasn't disappointed. It's about a fictional community, but it's based on the real "maroon communities" which some enslaved people escaped to in order to be free. It's a great story and great writing.

Adult Reading Recommendation

Bad Summer People by Emma Rosenblum

Gossip, lies, deception, backstabbing, and lots of drama surround a group of friends summering on Fire Island. The book opens with a dead body, but this is more of a domestic drama than a thriller. Although everyone single one of the characters, with the terrible choices they make, fit the description in the title of the book and are pretty unlikeable, the book was highly entertaining. I loved the setting and it was the perfect book to read on a weekend that was warm and sunny. It really got me in a summer mood!


  1. Thanks for all, Lisa. I loved Freewater, too, and Summer is For Cousins takes me back because I grew up with cousins all around me. We had so much fun! Have a nice week coming up!

  2. What a wonderful set of books, Lisa! Summer Is for Cousins sounds delightful, especially since Rajani LaRocca has definitely made a name for herself (and seems to be churning out picture books!). And Freewater sounds like such a powerful read as well. Thanks so much for the thoughtful reviews!

  3. Looks like some great books for you this week. Freewater sounds amazing - I hadn't heard of maroon communities before. Enjoy your books this week -

    (P.S. I am unable to comment on your blog in Firefox - had to copy the link into Safari to leave a comment)
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  4. I am excited that my local library has a copy of Freewater. Take a Chance sounds like a book with an important message.

  5. I really love the look of Freewater - hopefully I get my hands on this one soonest. :)

  6. Summer is for Cousins sounds fun. I love "big families" stories.

  7. My kids grew up with their cousins -- I should grab that one to relive the glory days. Thanks for sharing!