Monday, August 20, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading?


It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It's a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent, of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

If you want to know more about what I've been reading, visit my Goodreads shelf.

The Past Weeks on the Blogs:
 


The Past Week in Books:
 
 
I have been reading picture books like mad, but it's for a book award so I feel a bit awkward talking about them online. So far this year, I've read more than 250 for the award. Aside from all of that, I've read books for Rich in Color (see above links) and then a few graphic novels. Active Voice is an interesting memoir style GN for older teens or adults. Molly Danger is a fun younger comic. Exquisite Corpse is for older teens and adults and was funny in a slightly twisted way.



The Coming Week: 
I'm starting An American Marriage and am already reading The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street. I'm not sure how much reading I will accomplish as I will be in Chicago for part of the week with my sister and will pick up our Korean exchange student on Saturday. It's an exciting week for us. Have a great week full of reading.

Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2018 - 402/800
Diversity on the Shelf 2018 - 132/300
#MustReadin2018 - 18/30

Monday, August 6, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading?


It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It's a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent, of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

If you want to know more about what I've been reading, visit my Goodreads shelf.

 The Past Week in Books:


Wishtree is a very different kind of middle grade since the narrator is actually the tree. It's what I'd call a quiet book as not a lot happens. 

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings is a fantastic short story collection. It's re-tellings of traditional stories from Asia. I loved the variety and many were written by favorite authors like Cindy Pon so it was fun to see their shorter work. I see lots of possibilities for use with students too. Like picture books, short stories are a great way to share literature with students without investing weeks of time on a novel and you can still have a common text everyone can experience. (We'll be discussing this book at Rich in Color next week - with spoilers so be warned.)

Children of Blood and Bone is amazing - and long. I loved it though it is difficult to read. Tomi Adeymi wrote this in response to violence on Black bodies in the present time. Even though it is set in another time and place, there are clear similarities.


The Coming Week: I'm still reading picture books for an award committee. I am also reading books for the librarian Battle of the Books coming up next month. My next book for that is An American Marriage. Wishtree and Children of Blood and Bone were both for that. Have a great week!

Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2018 - 345/800
Diversity on the Shelf 2018 - 126/300
#MustReadin2018 - 17/30

Monday, July 30, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading?


It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It's a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent, of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

If you want to know more about what I've been reading, visit my Goodreads shelf.
 The Past Week in Books: I didn't read much this week because I was taking a week-long grad class - Ho-Chunk Indigenous Arts & Sciences. I was driving over two hours a day in addition to an 8 hr class so I was zonked and only watched my K-drama at night (Jewel in the Palace).





On Saturday, I spent a good chunk of the afternoon on the back porch with Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and really enjoyed it. There was a lot to think about regarding adoption, colorblindness, family dynamics, meticulously planned lives and a bit of romance among other things. This one would be an excellent book for discussion. It was one of the books on my MustReadin2018 list. It's also on the Battle of the Books list for the local librarian battle in September. I need to get reading since there are nine more books on the list and it's the first one I have read for the battle. Eeek!


The Coming Week: I'm still reading Waking Up White and re-reading Braiding Sweetgrass. I'm about to start Children of Blood and Bone and will have more time to read this week so I may also read An American Marriage.

Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2018 - 342/800
Diversity on the Shelf 2018 - 123/300
#MustReadin2018 - 18/30

Monday, July 23, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading?


It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It's a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent, of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

If you want to know more about what I've been reading, visit my Goodreads shelf.

The Past Week on the Blog:

The Past Week in Books:
I read and enjoyed The Nature Fix by Florence Williams ahead of starting an outdoor class this week. It provides many reasons for getting out in nature. There are many health benefits. I'll be at an Earth Partnership class this week and wanted to get in the right frame of mind for it. Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring by Angela Cervantes was a fun middle grade mystery. I'm partial to anything related to Frida Kahlo. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse was a great sci-fi/fantasy. See my review above if interested. I've read about 60 picture books and will continue read many each week, but there are way too many to comment on them at this point.


The Coming Week: I'm re-reading Braiding Sweetgrass and am starting to read Waking up White. Have a great week!

Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2018 - 340/800
Diversity on the Shelf 2018 - 122/300
#MustReadin2018 - 17/30

Monday, July 16, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading?


It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It's a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent, of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

If you want to know more about what I've been reading, visit my Goodreads shelf.

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nErDCampMI








The Past Month in Life: I've been more than a little busy this past month. I traveled to South Korea and Japan, attended nErDcampMI, and visited family in Ohio. I have been reading throughout, but it's not been as focused and intentional as when life is a little more boring.
The Past Month in Books: Here are some of the books that stood out over the past month of reading.


 

I've been fortunate in getting my hands on some fantastic books. Many of the picture books were via Jillian Heise who again brought a ton of great picture books for us to look at during sessions at nErDcampMI. Do yourself a favor and get your hands on Yuyi Morales' Dreamers. It's gorgeous and the text is so relevant and lovely too. Zetta Elliott's books were amazing and wonderful. The two ARCs Zora & Me and Hearts Unbroken will get reviews later. Loved Unbroken. From Twinkle with Love was super fun.

The Coming Week: I'm reading Trail of Lightning and am loving it. I also have piles and piles of picture books to read. While I was gone many, many boxes came and I am swamped. Have a great week!

Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2018 - 271/800
Diversity on the Shelf 2018 - 111/300
#MustReadin2018 - 17/30

Monday, June 11, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading?

 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It's a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent, of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

If you want to know more about what I've been reading, visit my Goodreads shelf.

Last Week in Books:

My reading week did not go as planned. I didn't read any of the books I had expected, but I read quite a few anyway. I Was Born for This is a great YA contemporary fiction book and I'll be reviewing it at Rich in Color on Wed. It's one I'd recommend.

I am reading a ton of picture books so won't comment on all. The ones above that I will actually purchase for sure are Julián is a Mermaid, A Day with Yayah, The Brilliant Deep, and Drawn Together.


The Coming Week: I'll be reading Give Me Some Truth, but other than that, I'm not really making a plan. This week will be all about getting ready for my trip to Asia and working at a day camp so there's not a lot of free time.

Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2018 - 205/800
Diversity on the Shelf 2018 - 87/300
#MustReadin2018 - 14/30

Monday, June 4, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading?

 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It's a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent, of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

If you want to know more about what I've been reading, visit my Goodreads shelf.

Last Week in Books:

Meet Cute is a YA collection of fun short stories. I do love a good "meet cute" in romantic comedies. I also read a bunch of picture books. Some of them were underwhelming, but several were really cool and I'll be reading them with students for sure.

The Coming Week: I have the picture book Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code, How I Resist, My So-Called Bollywood Life and Love Sugar Magic checked out from the library. We'll see what I can get to in this very busy last week of school. I have dinner with colleagues tomorrow, a study group dinner at my house on Wed (I'll make much of the food Tues night), an outing with a cousin Thursday evening and then it is officially summer break for me. Whew.


Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2018 - 188/800
Diversity on the Shelf 2018 - 80/300
#MustReadin2018 - 14/30