Weekly Review: May 28th – June 3rd

June has arrived,

and it’s starting to feel like summer. This week, I’ve been busy trying to figure out a priority list for all the library holds and NetGalley approvals that came in at once. My top 10 TBR list for June is more like a top 20 this month, but here are a few of the titles that have made it on my list (I finished Carve the Mark yesterday, and really enjoyed it!)

I’m excited to tackle Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide. This week, I finished The Dry by Jane Harper (5/5 stars, this one was SO good) and Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro (3/5 stars). And I also added to Anne’s beautiful sign with some of my scrapbook supplies to make a poster for my wall so I chart my progress (notice the little yellow dots in some of the top right hand corners of books).

 

I am also participating in two June photo challenges, #raisingreadersjune (you can followBecky and her and the challenge on Instagram at @beckys_bookshelf) and #AlltheBooksJune (co-hosted by Christy from http://www.thereaderbee.com and Lori from http://www.pureimaginationblog.com). You can follow me on Instagram to see how I make out.

 

This week I plan to finish The Fall of Lisa Bellows, and also read Beartown for the MMD bookclub next week. We’ll see how the week goes and if I might be able to squeeze The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball, an upcoming release I got through NetGalley by which I’m really intrigued.

Happy Reading!

 

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson, Bloomsbury (February 2017).

I’m a huge fan of Anne Bogel from Modern Mrs. Darcy. When I discovered her back in the early winter, I felt like I had finally found a kindred spirit. I joined the Modern Mrs. Darcy (MMD) Book Club in January, and since then, I’ve read some of the most enjoyable books (This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel was our February selection, and is my favorite book this year…so far). I was almost counting sleeps until her Summer Reading Guide came out last week, and I have yet to be disappointed by one of her picks.

Our May selection is the YA novel Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson. I just finished it last night, and I was so impressed. It tell the story of Jade, a Black teenager, who attends a predominantly white high school. Jade comes from a poor neighborhood, with a mom who does her best to provide while working long hours, but wants more for Jade than she had. Jade is a smart girl, and wants desperately to have an opportunity to be part of the study abroad program at school. But instead, Jade gets an selected for the Woman to Woman, an organization that provide mentorship for African American girls.

There’s been a lot of talk this year about The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, a book I loved and often recommend, which also deals with racial issues confronting American teenagers. What I enjoyed about Piecing Me Together was the positive role models and opportunities offered Jade. I love that she was able to find someone who cared and wanted to help her, although her mentor, Maxine, often didn’t know how to go about providing it. It felt honest, and realistic, and I felt I learned something when I finished it.

I highly recommend the MMD Bookclub if you’re looking to join an online group of book lovers, and I’d definitely suggest you check out the Summer Reading Guide, (because, as Anne says, summer is too short to read bad books).

2017 Summer Reading Guide

I look forward to our discussion of this book later this week.

4/5 stars