Saturday, April 30, 2022

What's Coming in May?

Oh wow, is it May already? This month, the school year wraps up, and I'm hoping to schedule a few days of vacation to head out and explore something...anything! How about hiking a section of the Appalachian Trail (something which has been on my bucket list since I was a teen) or showing the kids Craters of the Moon National Park and some other sights? Both would mean huge road trips. So, we'll see what we do. 

Anyway, on the reading front, I'm starting the month with quite a few picture books, sliding in the middle with middle grade (doesn't that work out nicely?), and ending with a wave of young adult reads. There are some fantasy reads, several with characters from other cultures, a few romances, and even winks towards nature. Let's not forget a mystery or two and humor as well. In other words, this month is as colorful as the flowers blooming outside. 

Ready to take a peek?




WHAT DO YOU SEE?

How many of you knew that Jamie Lee Curtis is a picture book author? She actually has been for some time, but this one caught my attention thanks to its creativity. It takes a photo and sees where the imagination leads. I could see this as a winner if it's done properly. So I'm going to take a glance and find out on the 4th.

Picture Book


THE MAKER-MAN OF MERRYVILLE

While 'portal' tales were cliche a few years ago, it's been a bit since I've read one and decided it was time to give it a go again. And nope, my decision had nothing to do with the intriguing cover (don't believe that!). It involves a toy store, imaginative creatures, saving a world, and friendship. Explore it with me on the 7th.

Middle Grade Fantasy 


EMMA'S SUNFLOWER

I saw this one and simply smiled. The ladybugs on a bright, bold flower make me want to head outside. This one accompanies a little girls as she watches nature through her window and discovers the variety of seasons and everything that holds. Let's experience the outdoor together on the 10th!

Picture Book




THE FRIENDLY MOUSE

One glance at this cover, and I knew this would be a wonderful way to launch off the month. I want to head off into adventure and smile at the world right along with this little guy. I did a shout-out on its release not long ago but am now going to really dive in on the 2nd.

Picture Book


VIOLET YORKE, GILDED GIRL: GHOSTS IN THE CLOSET

I was lucky to get my fingers on this ARC. It's a middle grade novel with a ton going on—the Titanic, paranormal moments, a jewel thief, and fitting in. I'm hoping it's as well woven as it could be...because it promises to be an amazing read. Let's jaunt into a ghost-filled past on the 13th.


Middle Grade Paranormal / Historic



ROCK STAR RECESS

My kids were huge fans of both Fancy Nancy and School of Rock, and this book is supposed to be just right for fans of both. So, of course, I wanted to take a look at it and see if this hits such an awesome mix. Find whether or not it meets both of these on the 16th.


Middle Grade Humor



THREE KISSES, ONE MIDNIGHT

Three best-selling authors have gotten together to write a tale of magic, love, and a Halloween night. It has something to do with love potions, and I have no doubt it mixes with surprises, twists, and tension before the last page hits. I'm expecting this one to be one I won't want to put down...if that will happen? Find out on the 18th.

Young Adult Fantasy


ALL-STAR LOVE

Since we're on the romance end of things, we might as well continue on, but this time, in a slightly different direction. Sport books are always a lot of fun. This one hits the tennis scene and shoves it into an academy setting. Since I haven't run across this mix before, I decided to give it a go. I'm serving this one on the 25th!

Young Adult Sport Romance


THE GIRL AND THE GLIM

I found the cover intriguing, and I can never pass up on an interesting graphic novel. This one is about a new girl at a school, who suffers from bullying...until a magical creature takes notice. Since it sounds so promising, I couldn't pass up taking a peek. Check it out with me on the 27th!


Middle Grade Fantasy / Graphic Novel
THE OMEN OF CROWS NEST

This one comes from an author friend, whose works I love to get lost in. It promises a dark, haunting setting with a girl, who watched her father butchered and eaten by crows...or maybe, she did. Her history of insanity makes it more than questionable. Or is she truly insane? Crawl under the blanket and read this one with me on the 29th.

Young Adult Thriller








Every month, I have more books in the pile than I have days to review them. Since things change quite often in the publishing world (it's worse than a rollercoaster ride, at times!), I always have to make a couple last-minute changes. That's where I get my chance to work in a book...or two or three...that I've been excited to read but am too booked to schedule it in. One of those, which is waiting in the starting gates for this month is...


STEALING INFINITY

The second I saw this cover, I was hooked. Luckily, I got my hands on an ARC and can't wait to dive in. It's all about time travel, adventure, and romance. Now, I just have to find the time to squeeze it in, which shouldn't be a problem, since I have time travel on my side. Oh, and it's said to be one of the highly-anticipated novels this year! 


Young Adult Time Travel



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