Happy Friday, friends! I finally got some news about work and the upcoming school year. I have to go into work one day next week, but there remains plenty of summer days to enjoy before we welcome back students. Enough time to get as much reading done as possible.
This weekend I’m continuing to read Carefree Black Girls and Blade of Secrets. I made good progress this week and hope that continues throughout the weekend.
It was a long week and didn’t get much done because I was distracted books not on my tbr (again 😂), so this weekend is all about getting stuff done. I have a project to work on and need to finish one of my current reads. A simple but manageable to-do list.
I hope you’re enjoying whatever you are currently reading! Have a safe, relaxing weekend!
Today I wanted to compile a list of beach reads because the beach has been on my mind a lot lately.
Fun (sad) fact: I haven’t been to the beach yet this summer. Haven’t been in a long time. There just hasn’t been the right time to go. But I’m still hoping to make it there this summer, especially since it’s been a hotter than usual season.
Books are a must have for any trip to the beach (in my humble, bookish opinion). So I tried to come up with a list of beach-read worthy books that I think others may enjoy while they soak up some of that bright summer sun to the background music of crashing waves.
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Unplugged by Gordon Korman
Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris & Shelly Brown
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Float Plan by Trish Doller
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala
Breath Like Water by Anna Jarzab
Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin
Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman
A Dance Through Time by Lynn Kurland
The Very Thought of You by Lynn Kurland
Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
Sandry’s Book by Tamora Pierce
The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Midnight Pearls by Debbie Viguié
The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill
Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
For a beach trip, I’d likely bring whatever I’m currently reading or something short and fun. A graphic novel, manga, middle grade, a contemporary romance, or a book under 250 pages seem ideal reads for me for the occasion.
Let me know if you have any recommendations for books to take to the beach.
Have a great day and enjoy the rest of your summer!
School is out for the summer, which means no more work for a long while. I can’t even begin to tell you how profoundly excited and relieved I am.
Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy my job and helping students of diverse abilities to succeed. But a mental health break is sorely needed, especially before the next big transition in the coming fall.
It has been a challenging school year full of constant change and learning to quickly adapt on the go for both staff and students. I’d also like to commend students for rising to such an unusual and difficult occasion. You did your best, and that was all we could ask for.
The amazing teachers in my building who I get to work with every day went above and beyond to make this an academically successful year and close some of the gap lost learning created by the pandemic. There were wins, losses, and moments of frustration, but ultimately they got the job done. Cheers and much gratitude to them!
So what’s next?
Resting. Relaxing. Reading. Recharging. And repeat.
Summer is going to be different for all of us but we have books that will take us anywhere and everywhere. They’re magical like that.
One thing I’d like to do is go to beach and read provided it’s not crowded. So maybe at an obscure time and location. Beaches are open where I live but they want safe social distancing. I already like to enjoy a nice large bubble of space around me so that wouldn’t be a problem.
Even if I don’t make it to the beach I would also like to just relax and read just for the fun of it (of course, which I already do). But I mean like reading just because. No need to blog or review or whatever. I did make a summer reading list and it has a lot of books on it to choose from so such aforementioned plans is possible.
Those are the only two bookish plans I have currently. But who knows? Maybe there will be more virtual bookish events to tune into!
Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel Series: Sunny #1 Rating: 4 out of 5 Recommend to Others?: Yes
ABOUT: Sunny Lewin has been packed off to Florida to live with her grandfather for the summer. At first she thought Florida might be fun — it is the home of Disney World, after all. But the place where Gramps lives is no amusement park. It’s full of . . . old people. Really old people.
Luckily, Sunny isn’t the only kid around. She meets Buzz, a boy who is completely obsessed with comic books, and soon they’re having adventures of their own: facing off against golfball-eating alligators, runaway cats, and mysteriously disappearing neighbors. But the question remains — why is Sunny down in Florida in the first place? The answer lies in a family secret that won’t be secret to Sunny much longer. . .
My Review: Sunny Side Up was a cute, adventurous story set in 1976. The juxtaposition of the past and present was cool. Secretes are being kept with the same ferocity as a superhero. And, as superheroes come to learn, they cannot save everyone. I found that to be such a powerful theme for a middle grade book.
What I loved most about this book was the old comic art style. It was a nostalgic reminder of the kind of art you’d see in newspaper comic strips. And the addition of watercolor over the pages was aesthetically pleasing.
I rather liked the panels that had no words because they spoke louder than the one’s that did and I always admire people who can depict something without words.
Overall, a wonderful story I’d recommend for a fun, light bit of reading.
Genre: Picture Books, Children’s Fiction Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Recommend to Others?: Yes
ABOUT: As trees sway in the cool breeze, blue jays head south, and leaves change their colors, everyone knows–autumn is on its way!
Join a young girl as she takes a walk through forest and town, greeting all the signs of the coming season. In a series of conversations with every flower and creature and gust of wind, she says good-bye to summer and welcomes autumn.
I liked Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn. It’s quaint story and beautiful art sweeps across the pages like an autumn breeze. There is so much to marvel on every page. The reader goes on a gentle, quiet walk as the world transitions from summer to autumn. I like how this teaches kids the signs of a season and what it means when seasons change.