What We’ve Been Reading This Week

We’ve picked up several fun picture books at the library these last couple of weeks and I finally read two kidlit novels that have been parked on my “To Read” list for far too long.  Here’s a quick review.  For even more book reviews, follow me on Instagram- @kidlitconcierge.

We’re in the Wrong Book!
by Richard Byrne

This clever book tells the tale of two kids who find themselves in the wrong book.  They wind their way through a variety of typical kid lit genres trying to get back to the place they started.  A fun and creative picture book that appeals to a variety of aged readers.

Finding Winnie 
by Lindsay Mattick
Illustrated by Sophie Blackall

I loved reading this book about the real bear that was the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh.  If you have a Pooh fan in your family, check this one out.

… and Nick
by Emily Gore
Illustrated by Leonia Gore

I’ll admit, I picked this book up because the title featured an ellipsis, but I found a sweet story inside about Nick, a little bit of a late bloomer compared to his boisterous big brothers, but when he does bloom, boy does he bloom bright.   

Max the Brave
by Ed Vere

I found myself laughing out loud (in public) reading this book in the kid’s section of Left Bank Books last weekend.  Max is a cat who fancies himself rather brave.  Max is on the hunt for a mouse, but there’s only one problem:  he’s not exactly sure what a mouse is.

Counting by 7s
by Holly Goldberg Sloan

This middle grade novel has been on my list to read for awhile now and I’m so glad I finally got around to it.  Willow Chance is a twelve year old girl who faces a horrible tragedy and finds her already unusual world turned upside down.   What follows is a story of the tremendous capacity of the human heart to grow and make room for futures it never dreamed of.  Tissues required.  My eleven year old son also loved this book.   

Fan Girl
by Rainbow Rowell

This young adult novel has also been on my list for awhile, and when Rainbow Rowell’s sort of sequel (Carry On) was released this year I decided it was time to read this one first.  As soon as I finished I ordered a copy for my niece who is a freshman in college (like the novel’s protagonist and her twin sister) and a copy of Carry On for myself.  Fangirl is about a girl named Cath, a freshman writing student with a large following online where she writes fan fiction for magical book series, Simon Snow.   Cath wrestles with life without her twin sister in the same room (though they are on the same campus, there is growing distance between them), worries about her single father back home, and struggles with a fiction writing class that calls into question everything she thinks she knows and loves about writing.  The book was great on its on, but what I found wildly creative is that the follow-up book, Carry On, is Cath’s final piece of Simon Snow fan fiction.  It’s the kind of thing you would wish existed when you finish a book like this, and usually it doesn’t…but in this case it does.  I can’t wait to read it.

2 thoughts on “What We’ve Been Reading This Week

  1. What a great selection! I'm a huge Rainbow Rowell fangirl myself, so that of course made me smile. I've been meaning to get WE're In The Wrong Book for my littlest, who recently declared that This Book Ate My Dog “is on Samta's permanent naughty list.”


  2. Santa's permanent naughty list! She sounds like a creative little girl!

    This was only the second Rowell book I've read (the other being Eleanor and Park), and I Iove her voice. I imagine I'll be working my way through her titles.


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