Summer reads


I am so behind on this! I read these in July and now I am writing about them. Well, this is another great collection! I really love my journey as a reader. I love the number of diverse books we have today. George is the sweetest book. I loved it! Thanks Alex Gino for giving us a glimpse into George becoming Melissa. I’m so glad this book got the attention it did because it is worth it.

I am also glad for Jason Reynold’s books–all of them. All American Boys did not disappoint. (Hey, I am also reading a lot of dual perspective books lately!) It’s a timely book and for me, I don’t normally get into the mind of a male teenager in America. (Basically, I never.) So to be able to see into the lives of *two* teenage boys is really eye-opening. Thank you for showing us that people are people. We aren’t heroes because we mean to be, but because other people make us out to be. Thank you for this book, Jason Reynolds and Brenda Kiely!

Meanwhile, I am also reading The Silver Moon of Summer. It’s wonderful and I loooooove Leila Howland! I love this whole series because of summer and sisterhood, and ocean and beach hijinks. It’s just the best getaway and the story is so engaging. There is a lot of action between 3 sisters and the plot clips right along. More, please!

I read Kimchi & Calamari and Looking for Alaska on a bus on a trip with my friend Sheryl. I loved both but Looking for Alaska made me upset. Sorry, but I would not like people like that in my life. My friend Britney would say They are not meant to be likeable! John Green is undeniably good at capturing teenage lives. To be a teenager again! What torture, drama, and angst.

Kimchi & Calamari, on the other hand, was sweet and a lovely book. I loved the adoption story and what it means to find your own roots. Thank you Rose Kent for showing us what it means to be a part of an Italian family! And what it might feel like to be a Korean kid in New Jersey. This is what I love about middle grade novels.

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.