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. 


  1. Piper Chen Sings sounds wonderful for students who need to find courage to give some kind of performance. The Walk of the Field Mouse looks great, too, Lisa. Thanks for adding both to the mystery list! Wishing you a nice week this week!

  2. The cover of Puggleton Park is so cute! My mom really likes mysteries, so I'm going to recommend Daughter of Mine to her. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Piper Chen sounds like a really cute and inspirational story!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  4. How cool (a) that both the adult books you read have a similar mystery premise (cars in lakes), and (b) that you got to go to an author event while traveling! I want to visit more bookstores while I'm traveling, because it's just so much fun.

    And for kids' books, Piper Chen Sings looks so lovely—I adore that Piper gravitates so instinctively towards singing, even if she's nervous to do it in front of others. And The Walk of the Field Mouse reminds me a little bit of Frederick by Leo Lionni—something about the mouse, the flat illustrations, and the other characters judging the protagonist's actions. And then Puggleton Park looks so adorable!

    Thanks so much for all the wonderful picks, Lisa, and enjoy your week!

  5. I do enjoy Qin Leng's illustrations so I may give Piper Chen Sings a chance.