We’re so close to summer reading, I can almost taste it (the 2022 Summer Reading Guide releases next week!) and all I want to do is put my feet up and read on our back porch all afternoon.
It’s harder to make that happen during the flurry of end-of-school activities, but I’m slipping in as much reading as I possibly can until the days of real summer reading arrive!
5 Books I’m Reading Right Now (+ 3 Bonus Titles!)
The Book of Cold Cases by This was one of my recent Book of the Month picks and on our Nashville trip, I started reading this story of a woman obsessed with true crime who gets invited to hear the story of an older woman who was accused of two unsolved murders decades earlier. I’ve been on something of a thriller kick this year and I couldn’t resist this one!
Pennyroyal Academy by I was looking at books for Harry Potter lovers a few months ago and saw this one recommended several places. I’d never even heard of it, but since I have a houseful of Harry Potter lovers, I picked up a copy from the library for our latest read aloud. To be honest, I’m not sure we’ll make it through this one – it’s been fairly slow and I don’t think any of us are super into it.
I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet: Discovering New Ways of Living When the Old Ways Stop Working by I’ve read several of her books (Bread and Wine is far and away my favorite) and when I kept hearing raves about this one, I looked it up and was delighted to find it included in my Scribd subscription! Plus, you can’t beat a book read by the author!
Love, Decoded by I won’t lie – any book that says “for fans of Jenny Han,” I can’t resist. Honestly, no book has yet lived up to that description, but I’ll keep trying anyway and so far this is a fun young adult romance.
The Lazy Genius Kitchen: Have What You Need, Use What You Have, and Enjoy It Like Never Before by I read and loved her first book, The Lazy Genius Way, a couple of years ago (it snagged a spot on the Summer Reading Guide!) so of course I wasn’t going to miss out on the chance to read her newest release, all about making your kitchen work for you. Spoiler: it’s not a cookbook!
And I thought it’d be fun to include a book that each of my three assistants are reading too – there’s no such thing as too many book recommendations!
The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer
I love a good historical fiction book. This one had amazing reviews and is living up to the hype. It has a duel storyline, jumping back and forth between different times in history and modern day life. The story follows Alina as she grows up with her family in a Nazi occupied Poland, along with her childhood love, Tomasz. The other side of the story is Alice, a stay-at-home mom, with an autistic son, an incredibly intelligent daughter and a husband who is struggling to come to terms with their son’s diagnosis. This book had me gripped from the first few chapters.
Violet Mackerel’s Remarkable Recovery by Anna Branford
It isn’t very often that I find a winner of a book by quickly perusing the library shelves, but this beginner chapter book series was a surprisingly wonderful exception. I have read the first three of eight books out loud to my four year old daughter and we have both been delighted! They have a very similar feel and charm to Beverly Cleary’s beloved Ramona books (think endearing mischief maker). In Violet Mackerel’s Remarkable Recovery, seven year old Violet has to have her tonsils removed. Her imaginative and charismatic attitude help her to have a truly remarkable recovery- and make an unlikely friend from the hospital waiting room. This was just such an unexpectedly sweet story, and I actually got a little choked up at the very end (to the annoyance of my four year old).
What are you reading right now? I’d love to hear!