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Stacey's Book Nook: May Wrap-Up

Reflecting on my May book choices, it seems as if this will truly be the year of classics for me!

Another surprise- not one Gary D. Schmidt book was read. But I'm not abandoning my quest to read his backlist. Just Like That is on hold (Thank you, Libby).

Best of all, I didn't have a stinker in the bunch! So, let's dive in & see if you're tempted to read any of them!

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess was recommended to me by a young, enthusiastic bookstagrammer. She was adamant I give this book a read and I'm glad I did.

Little Sara Crewe is used to a life of privilege, but when it's all ripped away from her in a cruel twist of fate, she discovers who she really is at heart.

This is a heartwarming classic with themes of kindness, self-discovery, and resilience. It would make a wonderful bedtime story to share with the kids in your life.

New Kid by Jerry Craft

I listened to this book on Audible, but I highly recommend reading it in its intended form since it's a graphic novel. I know I missed out on some fun!

Jordan Banks is a talented artist with dreams of art school. His mom, however, has other plans for her son.

Jordan is enrolled in a prestigious private school to learn more worldly skills and make connections. Being one of the few African American kids at the school, Jordan struggles with fitting in and learning when to speak up.

This is a Newbery winner for a reason- it's good! (Another backlist goal- read all the Newbery winners.)

The Vanderbeekers on the Road by Karina Yan Glaser

If you're in the market for a fun series for kids, give The Vanderbeekers a whirl. It centers around a big, loving family living in NYC who often find themselves in humorous predicaments. Not to mention, these books look gorgeous on your shelf!

The Vanderbeeker kids are determined to surprise their dad with a Birthday trip across the country. On their journey, the kids discover members of their clan are on the cusp of changing in ways they aren't quite ready for and will do almost anything to keep things just the way they are.

This story reminds us that although families change, the love always remains.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

My second classic of the month did not disappoint. I discovered this gem on Bookstagram and it must be said- the fandom for this book is legit!

Cassandra along with her prettier sister and fun-loving brother scheme to save their family castle. It has disintegrated down to bare bones thanks to their father's 12-year bout with writer's block.

But their luck is about to change when two American boys move in next door. The only problem is both sisters vie for the attention of one.

This is a story of unrequited love with unexpected twists and turns that make it an unforgettable story. (That was a lot of "un" words in one sentence!)

I listened to the full-cast audiobook and highly recommend this version. (Libby is your friend!)

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

This book checked so many boxes for me. Historical Fiction- Check

Newbery Honor- Check

A story of courage- Check

Interesting discoveries- Check

This story takes place in 1947 when India was freed from British rule and was divided into Pakistan and India.

With a Muslim father and Hindu mother, Nisha doesn't know where she fits in or who she is supposed to hate. What she must do, however, is leave her home and make a perilous journey to a new land.

So many important and relevant things to discuss in this book! What a wonderful opportunity for a classroom read.

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

This classic had been on my TBR for too long and I'm so thankful I finally made my way to it. I loved it so much; I am now doing a corresponding Bible study.

C.S. Lewis does an exceptional job of cutting through all the misconceptions of Christianity and stripping it down to its very essence- following Jesus.

This book is written for those exploring a life in Christ, but as a life-long Christian, I found it to be invaluable. It will help you dig deeper into your faith and examine your life as a believer.

That's a Wrap!

It was a month of classics, indeed! I hope you found a few to sprinkle into your summer reading plans. Here's an overview graphic to download in case you find yourself lost in a bookstore debating your next purchase.

And Finally...

If you love books and haven't found your book people, join the 24 in 2024 Book Challenge. It's my online book club where we chat all things books. Each month I post a BOTM and share interesting tidbits I dig up about the story or author. You can read along with me and email me your thoughts- or not (no pressure). There is also a list of 24 prompts to challenge you to read a few new-to-you authors & genres. Plus, it's always satisfying checking off those boxes.

How do you join? Sign up for my email or download the prompts and do the challenge solo.

Wishing you a summer full of good books!

Stacey Faubion


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