#IMWAYR – July 25, 2016

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date, and adapted by Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts with a children’s/YA focus. The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. These weekly roundups are a great way to discover new blogs and bloggers, share titles, and add to your ever-growing to-read list.

I’ve got another great selection of picture book reviews coming up on the blog this week:

Zak’s Safari

A very sweet where-did-I-come-from? picture book about a donor-conceived child in a same-sex family.

Bears in a Band 

Cute! So cute! Look at those bears! Cuteness levels at maximum!!

A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting

A hilarious tongue-in-cheek story that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but has a bit of a surprising edge.

Tulip Fever

My library had a sidewalk book sale recently, and I kind of made off like a bandit – $0.50 per book, how could I possible resist?!? You’ll probably be seeing a few of the (many….) purchases I made at the sale on the blog in the coming weeks.

As for Tulip Fever, I’d heard that it was being made into a film, and I read a lot of historical fiction, so I was intrigued. It tells the story of a wealthy merchant, his much younger wife, and the handsome painter she falls in love with. It’s a quick read, and I have to agree with the very mixed reviews it’s received on Amazon. It’s not a bad novel, and I breezed through it pretty quickly, but it didn’t really wow me in any way. The characters are pretty standard, and I’m not a big fan of insta-love, which these characters experience in an almost laughable way. There’s a review on Amazon that pretty much sums up my feelings exactly – “Because this novel is plot led, it is easy to get the story simply by reading three words on every page.” It’s not terrible read, and it’s very quick to flip through, but I’ve read better. I would definitely recommend borrowing it from the library if you’re interested (or buying it for $.50) rather than buying it, as I don’t think it’s worth a full-price purchase.

That’s it for now, hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend, and check back in for picture book reviews throughout the week!