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Monday, May 13, 2024

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...


Piper Chen Sings by Phillipa Soo and Maris Pasquale Doran and illustrated by Qin Leng

Piper Chen is always singing, but when she is asked to sing a solo at a school performance she is worried that she will mess up. Her grandmother shares advice to help Piper understand her stage fright and how to overcome it. 

The Walk of the Field Mouse by Nadine Robert and illstrated by Valerio Vidali

A field mouse is determined to roll a robin's egg back up to its nest. Because of the mouse's size, the other creatures think this is a ridiculous idea. The mouse's story is a life lesson about facing obstacles and persistence. 

Puggleton Park by Deanna Kizis and illustrated by Hannah Peck

A pug named Penelope gets lost after chasing a squirrel and is on her own until being rescued by Lady Diggleton who is interested in helping her find her home. This is an adventurous and sweet illustrated chapter book about finding a forever home. It's the first in a series.

Adult Reading Recommendations


Daughter of Mine by Megan Miranda

I picked this book up after hearing the author speak at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore when I was in Scottsdale, Arizona a few weeks ago. I was intrigued by her descriptions of the small town setting she chose for the book and the real-life events which inspired her to center a mystery around cars being discovered in a lake when the water levels subside. It was a compelling mystery and a quick read. 

If Something Happens to Me by Alex Finlay 

This is another book in the mystery, thriller genre which, coincidentally, also involves a crime connected to a car being discovered in a lake. It was also a compelling and quick read. I enjoyed the characters, the various settings, and there were some interesting twists. 

Monday, May 6, 2024

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...

Hello, Sun by Julie Downing

Simple rhyming verse and gorgeous illustrations show what happens out in the natural world, starting with sunrise until the moon comes out. A lovely book.

One Day This Tree Will Fall by Leslie Barnard Booth and illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman

This is a wonderful book about a tree that survives despite obstacles. This book shows the life cycle of a tree and also explains the importance of trees even when they have aged and fallen. Lyrical and informative.

The Spice Box By Meera Sriram and illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat

A spice box has been passed from one generation to the next in Rishi's family and he is eager for his chance to use it. A heart-warming story about family and tradition. 

Adult Reading Recommendation

Funny Story by Emily Henry

Daphne's fiancĂ© has broken up with her after deciding he wants to pursue a relationship with the best friend he has known since childhood. Since she has no place to live and the ex of this childhood friend has a spare room, she moves in with him. Even though they seem to have little in common with each other (except for the break-ups) and don't interact much, she accidentally tells her ex that they are dating. What was simply a convenient and temporary living arrangement becomes more complicated. Like a few other books by Emily Henry, this was a quick and enjoyable read.