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July was chock full of summer activities. But in between them all I managed to read a few YA books, some graphic novels and a whole bunch of picture books. In fact, my daughter and I did a mini Picture Book Marathon in order to read all of the library books we had checked out that are due soon. It was pretty fun! I think we will try it again soon.
I’m currently experimenting with techniques for writing reviews. This month I decided to try and keep reading if I was on a groove to avoid any possible slumps and then batch write my reviews. So you will see a few “review to come” statements scattered through my list. But don’t worry! They are coming!
- Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land by Leah Penniman – I absolutely loved this book! She shares so much great advice for those who want to start farming and living a sustainable life. True Inspiration! Review to come!
- Two Meals a Day Cookbook by Mark Sisson – Review: Two Meals A Day Cookbook I picked this up because my husband and I are debating Keto and eating healthier. This book had his core requirement of having lots of meat-centered dishes.
- The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi – I can’t wait to try out her tips and apply her advice. I bought my own copy because I was reading a digital version and I couldn’t take notes the way I wanted to. It is a great book for Moms of young kids!
Young Adult Novels
- What Souls Are Made Of by Tasha Suri – Great retelling of Wuthering Heights story. I actually prefer this version and it’s less depressing. Review: What Souls Are Made Of by Tasha Suri (🎧Audiobook is definitely recommended)
- Love Times Infinity by Lane Clarke – Amazing story of finding and trusting your own self-worth. Loved it! Review to Come! Pub Date: July 26, 2022
I read some phenomenal graphic novels this month! Two of them won’t release until this fall so make sure you pre-order them!!!
- Seen & Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams’s Photographs Reveal about the Japanese American Incarceration – A moving historical account told in photographs, artifacts and drawings of the experience of Americans in Internment Camps in WWII. Pub Date: October 2022
- Victory. Stand! by Tommie Smith, Derrick Barnes and Dawud Anyabwile – Excellent autobiographical work. Reminded me of John Lewis’ March series. Pub Date: Sept. 2022
- Long Way Down (Graphic Novel) by Jason Reynolds – I read the original version of the book and I love that version and this graphic novel version! Such a great opportunity to capture multiple types of readers! Review to come!
The following is a list of picture books, most of which we read in one day during our Picture Book Marathon. Check my Picture Book Roundup: Animals, Adventures and Good Eats for my thoughts on each one.
- Black Boy, Black Boy by Ali Kamanda and Jorge Redmond
- Bodega Cat by Louie Chin
- Ninja Nickels by Leah Cupps
- Frog vs Toad by Ben Mantle
- A is for Bee: an alphabet book in translation by Ellen Heck Review: A is for Bee
- Kapaemahu by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson 🎧 (Audiobook is awesome!)
- Soul Food Sunday by Winsome Bingham
- It’s an Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall
- Oona by Kelly DiPucchio
- Three Billy Goats Gruff Retold by Mac Barnett
- Solitary Animals: Introverts of the Wild
- Ba-Chan: The Ninja Grandma by Sanae Ishida
- Kalamata’s Kitchen: Tastebuds in Harmony by Sarah Thomas