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In 2023, I’ve read 173 books so far. The breakdown is: 5- Adult novel 4- Adult non-fiction 18- Graphic novels 35- Middle Grade novels 108- Picture Books and Board Books 3- Young Adult novels of which 29- Nonfiction Picture Books 18- Audio Books 12- Books by Filipino Authors and/or Illustrators 8- Book by LGBTQ+ Authors and/or Illustrators Grandad's Pride (Grandad's Camper)Grandad’s Pride by Harry Woodgate
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was pleasantly surprised when I saw there was going to be a follow-up to Grandad’s Camper- and a bit apprehensive since that one was really good. So, I’m pleased to say this was as sweet as the first one- celebrating the past and moving into the future with pride.

Grandad's CamperGrandad’s Camper by Harry Woodgate
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sweet and lovely picture book about loss and love and moving on. I loved seeing older LGBTQ representation and obviously the Grandad had lived a wonderful life with Gramps when they were together. This was like the relationship in Pixar’s Up and it’ll give you the same emotional reaction. You’d wish you had more time spent with these characters.

Only Only Marisol Rainey (Maybe Marisol, 3)Only Only Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve started looking forward to more adventures with Marisol Rainey. I’ve just been enchanted with her little escapades with her friends. I appreciate her thought processes. This time around, a neighborhood dog which she’s not particularly fond of goes missing and her friendship with her BFF seems a bit strained when they start teaching a classmate how to ride a bike.

The House That Wasn't ThereThe House That Wasn’t There by Elana K. Arnold
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was enjoying the story and then veered off into a different type of story which I then became fine with them the ending was sort of abrupt.

Muros: Within Magical Walls: The Case of the Cemetery GirlMuros: Within Magical Walls: The Case of the Cemetery Girl by Paolo Chikiamco
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think I would have liked this graphic novel more if I knew if it was a series or not and when the next book(s) will be out. It’s just too much for me to commit to an alternate world otherwise. It is an interesting premise, perfect for fans of Trese.

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5 thoughts on “My Reading Week #IMWAYR- May 1, 2023

  1. I have to catch up on the Marisol Rainey series. I’ve only read the first. Wonderful character and book.

  2. Hi Earl, thanks for all. I like the Marisol Rainey books, too, and will look for the Grandad books, new titles to me. Have a great week!

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