Read: May 2019


The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

Reading this had two-fold purpose: 1.) It had spent decades on my unread shelf of children’s books, 2.) It was the perfect accompaniment to prepare for our trip to New York City.

Told from the perspective of Tucker the mouse, Harry the cat, and Chester the cricket, this was reminiscent to me of Charlotte’s Web in how animals protect one another and also plot ways to bring about situations that captivate the attention of humans. So if you enjoy this style of writing, you will be just as charmed by this middle-grade classic.

Read via: home library


From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

This was another book I wanted to (re)read to prepare me for our trip to NYC. I remembered loving this childhood classic, but all I remembered from the plot were the broad strokes (pun intended): how siblings Claudia and Jamie pack their instrument cases with clothing and run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I had forgotten how much the art of the Renaissance played a role in the plot. Since reading this as a 5th grader, I’ve now seen actual works by Michelangelo and have now been to The Met, where I, of course, thought about places to hide if I were to have spent the night there, as they did.

Read via: home library


Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

In an attempt to stir up more interest in our academic library’s youth collection and promote literacy over the summer, I “made my own fun” and created a virtual summer book club, with this being our first selection.

It was my first time reading this Newbery Award winning book that includes themes of loss, hope, friendships, and the journey of how we learn, love, and grieve. Our book club discussion only added to the depth of how I saw our protagonist Salamanca Tree Hiddle, her family, and friends.

Read via: academic library youth collection


Here is New York by E.B. White

This brief essay is a little gem, to which I listened on the airplane between DFW and JFK. This, along with the score of You’ve Got Mail, was a perfect welcome to New York City; White’s account in 1948 of how the city had changed in his lifetime and was sure to change more in the years to come.

Read via: Hoopla audio

Due to our NYC trip, I haven’t had as much time to read anything else in its entirity, but I’m currently reading four books simultaneously, all of which should easily be completed in June:

  • A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
  • Recursion by Blake Crouch (read-aloud with The Optometrist)

What’s on your TBR for June?

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