1. Slider by Pete Hautman – I loved this book! ๐Ÿ”๐ŸŒญ๐Ÿ• I definitely have never read a book about competitive eating before. I found myself cheering for David as a middle child who is not good at anything except eating. I loved the relationship with his sister and brother too. The competitive eating part is a little bit unsettling but the story is awesome.

2. The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng – This whole series is basically my story. I love books, babies, and fortune cookies. I love going to China. I loved all the references to books! It’s so cozy and reminds me ofPacy Lin’s stories too. And the illustrations are lovely. This year has been the year of the book for me as well.

3. The Year of the Baby by Andrea Cheng – Basically a book about me and Isla. I loved the science project about babies! I am a baby lover and it is so sweet to read about a new baby sister <3.

4. The Year of the Fortune Cookie by Andrea Cheng – I loved this book because of the friendships and Anna going to China for the first time. I loved that her teacher adopted a baby!

(The 5th book being there because it fits into the cozy yellow covers of the other ones <3)

History and fantasy


img_09801. Jedi Academy: The Phantom Bully by Jeffrey Brown – I think the Star Wars character are adorable, and I love the illustrations too. Middle school sure is tough whatever planet you are on -_- and bullies are always lurking around the corner! :O

2. When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park – Linda Sue Park is one of my favorite historical fiction authors for kids, and I really do learn history from her novels. I was interested in the Japanese occupation of Korea because I watched a drama on the same period called Chicago Typewriter, which I loved. I like the fear of being caught and quiet patriotism that people under occupation show every day. It stood out to me that their uncle can only be a revolutionary because he is single and has no family, just like the resistance leader in the drama. A man cannot risk his life fighting for his country if he has to also provide and be there for his family. More books about resistance please!

3. The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata – This is my favorite book! I loooved it. I love stories about farmers, apparently. It was just so awesome to read about Summer and her summer ๐Ÿ˜› If I had to spend my summer cooking for farm workers, taking care of my brother and grandparents, and end up having to drive a combine myself, I would probably go crazy but I would still do it. It is not too different from my life and basically Summer’s story is super relatable to me โค .

4. Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist by Liz Kessler – Mermaid stories are my guilty pleasure ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ . Neptune and Aurora were in love! One of the things I like about this series is the twist, where it’s a merman and a human woman instead of a mermaid and a man. Hehe.

5. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin – I did not finish this book even though I really wanted to. It was ever referred to in a Japanese manga 5 centimeters Per Second! I just could not get through it. Maybe I need to read a graphic novel version of this book. I think it would be a lot more exciting.

Lost & found

1. Pax by Sara Pennypacker – It reminds me of The Wild Robot because both are like really long picture books. It’s like a fable in an imaginary world. Very nice choice for a novel study in the elementary grades because the characters and plot lend themselves to prediction and analysis.

2. Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff – I am so glad I finished this book! It was really good. Fallon Little is my favorite character. Who cares if someone calls you Scarface or the “Bride of Frankenstein”? You are still yourself. I loved the teacher with the plants too. I’m going to be that teacher in the future, the one with a bunch of plants that need watering in her classroom.

3. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue – I read this for a book club and I’m glad I read this too. The plot kept moving forward and I wanted to find out what happened. In a way I think the Jongas did achieve their dream, even though they returned to Cameroon instead of staying in the U.S. The American dream isn’t what people think it is. People who have achieved that dream can still have it all fall apart in something like the market crash. It’s a relevant book especially now.

4. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green – I loved this book a lot! I think it’s my favorite John Green novel so far. I loved Aza, Davis, and Daisy because they are flawed but good friends to each other. It’s so realistic and I like that a place like Indiana can be very charming if you have the right friends and look for adventure wherever you are. I will cheer for the main characters.

5. A Year in Coal Harbor by Polly Horvath – Polly Horvath is becoming one of my favorite authors. I loved the recipes and I love British Canada as described in her books. It’s just so cozy and not everything goes the way you expect them too, and that is fine because no one is perfect and we just make do with what we have. I wonder if I can narrate my year like Primrose did. It just might be as exciting with all the hardships I go through, ha.