It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

You can view all of my June Reads here, but below is a list of the books I read this past week and my thoughts. Comment below if you’ve read some of these or want to know more.

Books I Finished between June 20-June 26

This week I finished 6 books! 2 Young Adult, 2 Adult, and 2 Middle Grade reads. (Very balanced!) Here are my reviews for the Middle Grade and Young Adult books I read.

Middle Grade

Skandar and the Unicorn Thief (Skandar #1)Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by A.F. Steadman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you to Simon Schuster for sharing a copy of this book for a review. I was initially drawn by the cover and the title-I mean, UNICORNS? But also…look at those unicorns! And…the unicorns are bloodthirsty and not the cute cuddly ones, which is a really fun concept.

I see young readers gravitating towards this book and connecting with the characters. There were many characters for students to identify with and they were all described pretty well and all had growth. I think kids will enjoy the different elements the unicorns and their riders have and the way that the races are central to the lives of the people.

It’s a fast-paced adventure full of family love and friendship. Definitely a must read and can’t wait for the rest of the series.

View all my reviews The Golden Swift (The Silver Arrow #2)The Golden Swift by Lev Grossman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun sequel to the Silver Arrow! I really enjoyed getting back into the world of the Silver Arrow and meeting new animals. Of course I was laughing and crying throughout this book and think the message about climate change and the impact of humans on earth is an important one. It is a book that makes you think at the same time as entertaining you.

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Young Adult

All Boys Aren't BlueAll Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. It’s honest. It’s raw. It’s open. It’s inspiring. I loved how it was written-like you were right there with George talking with him. And oh my gosh-Nanny! ❤️ I think this book is a must read. Trigger warning for sexual assault and also mature content.

View all my reviews She Gets the GirlShe Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book so much! It made me dream of my college days-lecture halls really because I miss classes. I enjoyed the dual perspective and even though I knew what the ending would be, I liked the journey there. Amazing book and a fun read.

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Option Pile-Books I May Pick Up This Week

Challenges

30 books in 3 months

I am participating in Jessica Brody’s 30 books in 3 months challenge. I have decided to adapt it to 30 ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) to help me stay focused on the books I NEED to read. I have so many ARCs, I need to be making a bigger dent than I have been. (I am a very distracted and moody reader!)

30 Arcs in 3 months by Alexis Ennis

Summer Book-A-Day

Each summer, I challenge myself to a book a day-inspired by Donalyn Miller (The Book Whisperer). This year, it is 74 days/74 books! I will update as often as I can! 🙂

2022 Summer Book-A-Day by Alexis Ennis

Library Summer Reading Challenge

I am also participating in our local library’s summer book challenge. They have awesome prizes and I love being able to log my minutes that I read!

12 Books in 12 Months

These books were all recommended to me by other reading friends.

Add a little bit of body text by Alexis Ennis

Are you doing any challenges?

Legit KidLit

I also have a YouTube Channel and check out our last 3 episodes!

I hope you are having a great summer of reading!

Take care.

I am a middle school teacher who loves to read. I am part of the ARC-sharing group LitReviewCrew and a creator for the YouTube Channel Legit KidLit.

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