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In July,

I was able to go to Las Vegas to be with my brothers and sisters and see other family members. The recap can be read here.

I was also able to go on a library hop and visit new bookstores which you can read on my other blog.

And, I finished my Season of Baldwin Reading Challenge which I’ll post about next week.

I had named this time the No Bummer Summer and while it hasn’t been the case, I know there’s still plenty of time left to turn things around or to add no bummer elements to the rest of the summer.

So far this year, I’ve read 312 books.

The breakdown is:

17- Adult novels

19- Adult non-fiction

22- Graphic novels

45- Middle Grade novels (Goal: 52)

201- Picture Books and Board Books

8- Young Adult novels

of which

65- Nonfiction Picture Books (Goal: 104)

35- Audio Books

And, now for the book reviews…

Becoming VanessaBecoming Vanessa by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Based on the author/illustrator’s own childhood experiences, Vanessa wants to make a good first impression with her classmates. But when her outfit is deemed too much and her name too long, she starts second guessing her approach until her parents remind Vanessa to just be herself and people will see what makes her special that way.

Bird BoyBird Boy by Matthew Burgess
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Being the new kid in school is never easy especially when you get teased and nicknamed “Bird Boy.” But even though Nico wants to fit in, he can’t help his flights of fancy and, soon, his classmates are drawn by inner confidence and want to become his friend!

El Cucuy Is Scared, Too!El Cucuy Is Scared, Too! by Donna Barba Higuera
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ramon is nervous about his first day of school- and so is his boogeyman friend El Cucuy. In a hilarious turn of events, Ramon ends up comforting El Cucuy that he is scary enough despite all the changes happening in their lives. The sweet story of facing one’s fears incorporates Spanish words into the text.

Sounds Like School SpiritSounds Like School Spirit by Meg Fleming
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Build up excitement for the upcoming school year with this fun picture book. Chant along in celebration of meeting cool teachers and making new friends.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Reading!

2 thoughts on “My Reading Week #IMWAYR- August 2, 2021 / July Review

  1. I’m glad you were able to get some fun things done last month! And your reading progress is quite impressive—I have definitely not read nearly as many books! I’m intrigued by Becoming Vanessa—the author, Vanessa Brantley-Newton, illustrated a book I read a long time ago called Ruby Goldberg’s Bright Idea, and her illustrations were great! El Cucuy Is Scared, Too! sounds great as well. Thanks so much for the great post!

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