After a pleasant but busy holiday weekend, somehow we all ended up getting sick. I am currently fighting some sort of bug and feeling pretty miserable. I also hurt my dominant hand somehow, and it is making doing even the simplest things difficult at the moment.
Reading wise, I am enjoying Alma Katsu's The Deep at the moment. Since I shared excerpts from it last week, I thought I would share a bit of the book my daughter and I just finished tonight, Big News! (Emma is on the Air #1) by Ida Siegal with you this time around.
WNBC reporter Ida Siegal makes her debut as a chapter book author with a hilarious look at one girl's journey into journalism, mystery-solving, and fame -- or at least two out of those three!
This is Emma Perez, and I'm ON THE AIR!
"Today at lunch, my friend Javier found a slimy worm in his hamburger. It was extra gross! Now everyone wants to know how the worm got in there. Someone might even get in trouble! The school needs my famous reporter skills to solve the case!"
Emma Perez has been looking for some big news to help her become a famous reporter. Javier's wormburger is perfect-people need to know what happened! Emma is ready to find witnesses, gather clues, and file her report. [Goodreads Summary]
A weekly meme where readers share the first sentence of the book they are reading and say what they think. Hosted by the wonderful Gillion Dumas of Rose City Reader.
If you have to do a chore, you might as well set the table. That's my chore. It's better than cleaning your room, scrubbing the toilet, or worse . . . changing your baby sister's diaper trash can! Yuck. Plus, when you set the table, you can practice being famous.
My thoughts: She has a point. Not to mention setting the table can go pretty quickly as far as chores go. Of course, anything is better than scrubbing toilets. Or mopping floors. I hate mopping floors.
"Why aren't you girls eating your lunches?" she asked.
"Miss Thompson, there's no time to eat today," I said, panting a little.
My thoughts: Emma is in the middle of her investigation and doesn't have much time to question her witnesses. It is clear Emma has a one track mind when she's on a story.
My daughter really enjoyed reading Big News! and would like to read more in the series, which makes this book a winner in my mind. We both liked Emma as a character, and I appreciated the added bonus of having a character who speaks Spanish as well as English.
Have you read this book or one of the books in the series? If so, what did you think? What are you reading at the moment?
Every Friday Coffee Addicted Writer from Coffee Addicted Writer poses a question which participants respond on their own blogs within the week (Friday through Thursday). They then share their links at the main site and visit other participants blogs.
What is your go-to recommendation for someone who doesn’t read often? (submitted by Amanda @ Give Me Coffee and Books)
I honestly do not have a go-to recommendation in a situation like this. I try to find out what the person may like to read when they do read and come up with similar books they might like. Or if it is a person who does not really know what type of book they might like, I might try to match a book with their movie or television taste--or perhaps something that fits with an interest of theirs--and go from there. I would definitely recommend the person stop reading if they are not enjoying the book. There is nothing that kills enjoyment of reading like reading something one is not interested in! Especially for the reluctant or infrequent reader.
Do you have a go-to recommendation for someone who doesn't read often?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Each week, Carrie at The Butterfly Reads and Laura from Blue Eye Books ask participants to list what they like and don't like about that week's topic.
This week's topic is Favorite/Least Favorite Paranormal or Fantasy Novel of 2019
Who are some of the recent debut/ new to me authors that impressed you?
I began the year with Madeline Miller's The Song of Achilles, which I really enjoyed, and I am eager to read more of her work. Circe is high on my wish list.
But I have to say the real stand out for me so far this year is Nic Stone, another new to me author, whose Dear Martin won my February TBR List Poll. It has been compared to Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give, which I also loved, and is just as powerful. Both books involve police shootings of young black men, but each narrative tells its own story, touching on similar and also different themes that are very relevant today in the U.S. I wish everyone would read Dear Martin. It gives voice to a much needed perspective that is all too often silenced or ignored.
Who are some new to you authors that have impressed you recently?
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For the BBH, I do, too, don't have any recommendation, I wouldn't know what to suggest especially for non-reader people.ReplyDelete
Have a nice weekend!
Laura - Thank you for visiting!Delete
Emma sounds like a sweet character, and I like how she expresses herself. She sounds perfect for journalism! Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “DEAD TO HER”ReplyDelete
Laurel-Rain - I like Emma too. I look forward to reading more books with her in them. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I agree with you about finding out what the person likes and then try to recommend a book.ReplyDelete
Elizabeth - I think it makes it more likely the recommendation will be a good one! Thank you for visiting!Delete
Mouse's book sounds fun and Emma sounds like a great character. My least favorite chores are dusting and cleaning the bathroom.ReplyDelete
I don't have a go to recommendation either. Instead I try to find out what the person is interested in and go from there.
Kathy - I am not a fan of cleaning bathrooms either. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I hope you feel better soon.ReplyDelete
Mary - Thank you!Delete
I loved CIRCE so I should read SONG OF ACHILLES. My Friday QuotesReplyDelete
Anne - I hope you enjoy Song of Achilles if you read it! Thank you for visiting!Delete
I had no idea Ida Siegal had written a book. What a great example for young girls! Hope you're feeling better by the weekend, Wendy.ReplyDelete
Catherine - Thank you!Delete
I hope you feel better quickly! This sounds a like such a fun book. Check out my featured book at https://lisaksbookthoughts.blogspot.com/2020/02/its-cozy-food-friday-that-means-its_21.htmlReplyDelete
Lisa - Thank you!Delete
great post. hope your hand gets better and you are feeling better soonReplyDelete
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Sherry - Thank you!Delete
Feel better soon! Happy weekend!ReplyDelete
Freda - Thank you!Delete
Big News sounds absolutely adorable! The snippets you chose really give the sense that Emma is a fantastic main character. I hope that you feel better soon. :)ReplyDelete
Lori - It was such a cute read. We loved it. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I hope you are feeling better. Emma looks like a great book.ReplyDelete
Yvonne - It is! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I had similar thoughts to you on matching a book to the person's TV/film tastes if they are not usually a reader.ReplyDelete
Nicki - It makes sense there might be a correlation between the two, doesn't it? Thank you for visiting!Delete
Big News sounds like a super cute read. I hope you feel better quick! Have a great weekend! :)ReplyDelete
Ashley - Thank you!Delete
Oh no- I hope you feel better soon. Circe looks awesome to me too. :)ReplyDelete
Greg - Thank you!Delete
Alix E. Harrow's book was so awesome. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Lauren @ Always Me
Lauren - It was my favorite read last year. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Emma looks so cute and like such a fun read! I'll have to add it to our library list.ReplyDelete
Katherine - I hope you enjoy it if you read it! Thank you for stopping by.Delete
Yeah, like everyone else has already said, I'd need to know what sort of genres the person enjoys first before I would recommend anything.ReplyDelete
I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, Wendy.
Here's my BBH Post
Flora - Thank you for visiting!Delete
I can't wait for my copy of The Ten Thousand Doors of January to come in! Everyone raves about that book and I've never heard one bad review!ReplyDelete
Thanks for linking up and have a great weekend!
Carrie - I hope you love The Ten Thousand Doors of January when you read it. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
This book looks super cute! I love the art on the cover. I love Emma's voice! And she's definitely right about setting the table. I love that she speaks Spanish and English, too! Will definitely have to look into this one for my daughter. Sounds like something she'd really enjoy (and she's been on a Spanish kick lately).ReplyDelete
Here's my Friday post.
Sammie - I hope you and your daughter enjoy the Emma books if you give them a try. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I'm like you, I don't have a go-to book to recommend to people either. I read too widely and have too many favorites. And who am I to presume to tell anyone else what they should read? ;DReplyDelete
Lark - Exactly! Thank you for stopping by.Delete
Thanks for joining in on BBOF. And for your nice note.ReplyDelete
I hope you enjoy Circe -- I loved it! I liked Song of Achilles, but I LOVED Circe. That and The Power by Naomi Alderman were my two favorite books I read in 2019. Alderman is a new to me author who impressed me. Such imagination and ferocious energy!
Gillion - I hope I love Circe too. The subject matter alone is more interesting to me than Song of Achilles, although I did enjoy that one quite a bit. I will have to look up Alderman's book. Thank you for the recommendation!Delete
I hope you feel better soon, Wendy.ReplyDelete
I've to add The Ten Thousand Doors of January to my wishlist. And I hope you'll enjoy reading Circe as much as I did if you get to it.
Melody - Thank you! I hope you enjoy The Ten Thousand Doors of January when you read it. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Emma is on the Air sounds so much fun! I'll have to check it out. Sorry I've been absent quite a bit. I just read one of your previous posts where you mentioned not having much time to spend online with the blogs - yep, that's me too. Hopefully, things lighten up soon! :-)ReplyDelete
Athira - I do recommend Emma is on the Air! I haven't been online much lately at all. I spent much of today trying to catch up on comments and I'm still behind. Maybe I should just cut my losses. Haha, Thank you for stopping by!Delete
The Emma book sounds like something I would have loved when I was a kid. I still haven't read The Hate You Give but I still want to read it and now I also have Dear Martin to add to my list.ReplyDelete
Iliana - I recommend both The Hate U Give and Dear Martin! Thank you for visiting.Delete