Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!
Thanks to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

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#NFPB2019- September 4, 2019

Once again, I’ve been slacking off in terms of blogging. But I really do appreciate the #IMWAYR and #NFPB communities. I love when people want to read a book I recommend. And I love getting recommendations from others, as well.

Some book related events I went to were Happier Hour with Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft. I’ve been a fan of Gretchen since The Happiness Project and I love everything about happiness and habits! And listening to their Happier Podcast is part of my weekly routine. I don’t know why I expected Liz to sound different in person but she sounded the same!

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I knew it was going to be a wonderful time when the first thing was a two-minute Try This Now where people cleared their bags of trash. I’d been wondering why our seats had those pooper scooper bags. I think any self-help and productivity event should have this interactive and productive component! I also loved the 19 for 2019 segment because goals.

I was definitely surrounded by my people. It did feel like a cult or a super bad pick up line when I would ask, “What’s your tendency?” Overall, it was a great evening.

The other event I went to was Pinyx All Stars Literaoke. It featured poetry readings (centering around Michelle Penaloza’s latest collection, Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire) followed by them singing karaoke like David Bowie’s Modern Love, Sharon Cuneta’s Mr. DJ, Lizzo’s Coconut Oil, and Bjork’s It’s So Quiet. I thought it was such a unique event and I loved it was a showcase of Filipino talents.


And now for the books…

The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's GardenThe Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota’s Garden by Heather Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Based on a true story, this heartwarming story deals with loss in a beautiful way.

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The Proudest BlueThe Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An absolutely beautiful book about a girl who worries about her older sister who is finally wearing a hijab at the start of a new school year. When schoolmates tease, point, and stare, she wants to do everything to make sure it won’t affect her sister. But she learns her sister may be strong enough for both of them especially when she’s wearing a hijab of the proudest blue.

The Not-So Great OutdoorsThe Not-So Great Outdoors by Madeline Kloepper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I could relate to the main character since I’m not really into being outdoors- unless it’s on my way to being indoors. But I loved the story and how the text contrasts with the beautiful illustrations.

Great Job, Dad!Great Job, Dad! by Holman Wang
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the Cozy Classics series and this was a new book to me. Felt illustrations are paired with a sweet text about the different jobs a parent has. A behind the scenes look on how he creates his books is included at the back.

I enjoyed the Dad one more.

The Ugly VegetablesThe Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Absolutely delightful. I can see why this story is still going strong after all these years. Great to include in garden-themed collections.

What You Know FirstWhat You Know First by Patricia MacLachlan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of the most beautiful lyrical book I’ve ever read. It was so dreamy tinged with nostalgia about leaving a first home.

Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever HomeStormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home by Guojing
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While I’m probably not the target demographic of this picture book since I don’t like animals and I hate emotional manipulations, I can see why people would love this story. The art is gorgeous. The story is sweet.

The Fate of FaustoThe Fate of Fausto by Oliver Jeffers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book. I enjoyed this fable about a man who thinks everything belongs to him. For some reason, it reminded me a bit of The Little Prince. And while I liked it, I think it’s a picture book aimed more for adults rather than kids.

The I Wonder BookstoreThe I Wonder Bookstore by Shinsuke Yoshitake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A cute little (slightly longer than a) picture book about a bookstore that has all the books about books once can dream of and wonder about.

Review Notes
***= Liked It
****= Recommended
*****= Favorite

You can view all the books I’ve read at my Goodreads page.

It’s that time to nominate a bookseller who you think deserves a holiday bonus! James Patterson is once again awarding independent booksellers bonuses totaling $250,000. I encourage you to visit your favorite independent bookstore and get to know the staff. And nominate the one that has gone above and beyond your expectation! Deadline is October 12th. For complete rules and the nomination form, click here or the image below. And, why not give them a shout-out in the comments!


Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Reading!

8 thoughts on “My Reading Week #IMWAYR- September 23, 2019

  1. I’m really looking forward to The Proudest Blue and The Not-So Great Outdoors. I keep meaning to read some of Gretchen Rubin’s works. In fact, I believe I have at least two of her books saved on my Kindle. Everything I’ve heard is just wonderful! Oh, and I was not familiar with her Happier Podcast, so I’m off to check that out. Thanks for the shares, Earl!

  2. I just had a closer look at the Holman Wang series and those look pretty interesting in terms of the art and the story. Your last two do look really interesting, but probably more for older pic book readers. My grade 6s love to read the odd one.

  3. Your events sound great, Earl. I have The Proudest Blue, will look for The Phonebooth in Mr. Hirota’s Garden &The Fate of Fausto. Thanks

  4. Thank you for sharing your love of The Happiness Project. I started looking into it out of interest and have even followed the podcast! I honestly have never heard of any of these books on your list but am interested in almost all of them! I have a love/dislike relationship with outside so I think I would really enjoy “The Not-So Great Outdoors.” Great post, happy reading!

  5. It looks like you read some fabulous picture books this week Earl. I adore the cover of The Proudest Blue and hope my library brings it in soon. I met Holman Wang at an event here in Vancouver a number of years ago. He brought in some of his starwars characters. Somewhere I have a photograph of me with them.

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