Thanks to Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts for this meme!

I can’t believe I’ve been consistently posting- and commenting on people’s blogs- again. I know I haven’t been sharing more than book reviews recently but I just appreciate the #IMWAYR community.

Anyway, I got to see Ruth Ozeki speak which you can read about here.

Leo's Lavender SkirtLeo’s Lavender Skirt by Irma Borges
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A nice story of not letting other people’s opinions affect the way you want to express yourself. I wish it leaned a bit more into the sections where men wore skirts and women weren’t allowed to wear pants.

Books by Horseback: A Librarian's Brave Journey to Deliver Books to ChildrenBooks by Horseback: A Librarian’s Brave Journey to Deliver Books to Children by Emma Carlson Berne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A literacy celebration and adventure based on the Pack Horse Librarian Project.

The Fantastic Bureau of ImaginationThe Fantastic Bureau of Imagination by Brad Montague
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A whimsical world where people can become agents of wonder and kindness.

This Is Not a Personal StatementThis Is Not a Personal Statement by Tracy Badua
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was bonkers in the best way possible. After not getting accepted to her dream college, “perfect Perla Perez” devices a plan to change their mind before her parents find out. Of course, it involves lying to them and everyone else she knows that she did get accepted, that she is living in the dorms, and that she is in fact a student. But, despite all the spreadsheets to keep her schemes straight, she knows one wrong move can jeopardize her entire life.

Perfect for teens who feel the pressue to have everything figured out once they graduate high school. Readers will be biting their nails in suspense seeing if the imperfect and relatable main character can get away with it.

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Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Reading!


4 thoughts on “My Reading Week #IMWAYR- March 20, 2023

  1. Well, I’m glad you’re posting, Earl! You often share ones I haven’t seen yet. I bookmarked each book today! Thanks, and here’s to a Happy Spring!

  2. These are all new to me, but they look like great reads. Especially “The Fantastic Bureau of Imagination.” A whimsical world where people are agents for wonder and kindness sounds like fun!

  3. These all sound great to me, Earl, and (even better) I haven’t heard of any of them! I’ll probably start with the wonderfully bonkers THIS IS NOT A PERSONAL STATEMENT, as I’m on a bit of a YA kick at the moment. Thank you for the reviews and suggestions!

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