GoodReads Monday

This weekly meme was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. It is now being hosted by Budget Tales Book Blog. To participate, choose a random book from your GoodReads TBR and show it off. Which sounds easy enough until you have to decide how to choose that book! I think I will use a different way each week, like picking a color or number of pages. I will let you know each week how I chose the book and then something interesting about it, like how it ended up on the list or why I want to read it. Got it? Okay let’s get started.

I was thinking today that I don’t feature middle grade books on GoodReads Monday very often and it is high time I did something about that. I think part of that is I don’t add middle grade books to my Goodreads list, so I tend to forget about them.

The book I chose to highlight today is one that has been on my list since January when it was announced as the Newbery winner for this year. The author is local and this is only her second published book! I have only heard really good things about it, so I am really looking forward to picking this one up. I finally got a copy of the audiobook from the library so will be picking that one up as soon as I am done with my current one.

The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

Publication Date: October 12, 2021

Summary from GoodReads:

There lived a girl named Petra Peña, who wanted nothing more than to be a storyteller, like her abuelita.

But Petra’s world is ending. Earth has been destroyed by a comet, and only a few hundred scientists and their children – among them Petra and her family – have been chosen to journey to a new planet. They are the ones who must carry on the human race.

Hundreds of years later, Petra wakes to this new planet – and the discovery that she is the only person who remembers Earth. A sinister Collective has taken over the ship during its journey, bent on erasing the sins of humanity’s past. They have systematically purged the memories of all aboard – or purged them altogether.

Petra alone now carries the stories of our past, and with them, any hope for our future. Can she make them live again?

Isn’t that cover just gorgeous? I just love the blue and the orange and all of the imagery.

I will try to be more mindful of highlighting middle grade books that I want to read. There are a lot to choose from, lol. So many books, so little time!

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