Top 5 Tuesday #11: P – Q – R – S – T

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm.

This week’s topic:

P – Q – R – S – T

(books with titles that start with the featured letters)

P is for…

Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn

So P is for the book I’m currently reading and hoping to complete by July 28 because the author will be visiting a bookstore in my area around that time and I’d like to be able to engage in discussions about the book. I’m liking what I’m reading so far. I’m hooked but have been too busy to really dedicate time to the book.

Q is for…

Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile

I was so happy for this book when I received it and excited to read it when I head the TV show was coming out, but I lost interest in it over the years and recently unhauled it. I still love the cover, though.

R is for…

The River by Alessandro Sanna (illus.)

The River is an illustrated book by Italian painter and illustrator Alessandro Sanna that’s filled with beautiful watercolor paintings that show what happens at a town that is situated by a river. I really enjoyed reading this book. The story is mostly told without words, which makes the paintings the focus of the book. I love it for showing how changing seasons affect the town and the river over time. (See my review here to sample the artwork.) 

S is for…

The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

This book came to mind today when I returned to northeast U.S. and realized how unbearably hot it is. I know the area was experiencing a heat wave, but what I had in mind was nothing like what I felt. It was as if I’d been thrown into an oven. The Summer that Melted Everything is a historical fiction novel set in 1984 in Ohio and is about a small town that supposedly receives a visit from the devil.

T is for…

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer

This is such a sweet middle-grade contemporary novel about two girls whose dads are dating each other. The dads send the girls to the same summer camp hoping they’d get along, but the girls vow never to do so. It’s such a fun read told entirely in email messages. I had fun reading it and I think it’s a good one for the beach. Definitely a summer read.

That’s it for me.
Let me know if you’ve read any of these.

15 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday #11: P – Q – R – S – T

  1. Patsy, The Summer That Melted Everything, and The River – all look interesting to me. Looking forward to you writing about the author event with Nicole Dennis-Benn. I read Queen Sugar many years before the TV series adaptation came out (- the two barely resemble!!). Even though it was slow in places and the timeline got weird, I liked it because [in the book] Charley was trying to adjust to appreciating and understanding an agricultural way of life, and that was refreshing to me.

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    1. “adjust to appreciating and understanding an agricultural way of life” < that bit does appeal to me, so I'll consider giving Queen Sugar a try again. I can borrow it from the library.
      Lol! I thought of you today as I was reading Patsy because of this passage:
      "Instead of the red peas soup, chicken foot soup, or cow foot soup that any Jamaican matriarch worth her salt cooks every Saturday evening, Cicely decides to make pumpkin soup with a touch of cinnamon."

      This book is so steeped in Jamaican culture that I'm having fun reading it. The author is Jamaican so this is obvious but I read so much fantasy that Patsy feels like a treat right now. I highly recommend it, btw.
      Oh! And the River is also a great one to try too.

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    1. It’s great so far, so I HIGHLY recommend it (although I’m only 143 pages in). I love how Dennis-Benn writes and lulls me into the story. Also love how steeped it is in Jamaican culture. I can relate and am familiar with much of what I’ve read so far.


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