It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.
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- Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller: On the surface, I really wanted to dig this book: swashbuckling adventure with a kick butt female lead! But there were some things that I just couldn’t ignore that made me just not be able to sing its praises: 1) the one LGBTQIAP+ character’s part in the story—he was just a plot point bait!; 2) potential rape/rape threats; 3) captive romance—blech! If there has to be kidnapping, it shouldn’t turn into a romance; 3) fantastical elements out of the blue! Why can’t she just be kick butt without these secret powers?!?! These inclusions took away the joy of this book for me… 🙁
- Shirley and Jamila Save the Summer by Gillian Goerz: This graphic novel is on Trent’s grade 3-5 state reading list, and he shared with me, when he finished, how much he thought I would like it, and I did! I loved the mystery as well as the dynamic between the two characters.
- American Royals by Katharine McGee: I am so glad I picked up this book! I know some reviews said they wanted more, but I loved the story–it is like reading the tabloids (though of a fake royal family). Moved directly onto the second one!
- Inheritance Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: I can see why this book is so popular! I mean, billionaire will mystery and four handsome brothers?! Win-win! The reveal at the end was surprising, too, which is always lovely for a good mystery. Moved directly onto the second one of this series, too!
- During Hurricane Ian (yes, we’re doing okay! Our city and surrounding areas had a ton of flooding, but most have receded by now. There is one elementary school that was completely flooded, and they have to meet in a high school until it is safe to go back to their school, so that is devastating, but we overall were so much luckier than southwest Florida.), I read rom coms to keep myself busy. These three were my favorites:
- The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood: I guess this is a Rey and Kylo Ren fanfic or some say it is, and I guess I can see the comparison. The “bad guy” professor with the young up and coming student (from a different department!)… all leads to conflict and romance!
- String of Hearts by Roxie Clarke: Such a cute story of love around a plant store and a radio show with the help of a daughter.
- The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon: Another story about radio, but a very different concept. Opposites attract and supposed enemies to lovers tropes, so lots of fun!
I am off this week–I’ll be back another week!
- Reading: Majesty (American Royals #2) by Katharine McGee
- Listening: The Hawthorne Legacy (The Inheritance Games #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Tuesday: Unbreakable: The Spies Who Cracked the Nazis’ Secret Code by Rebecca E.F. Barone
Sunday: Author Guest Post by Stephen Savage, Author of Moonlight
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