Sunday, October 14, 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 finished There There by Tommy Orange. It was an interesting novel about urban Natives in the Oakland area. They had intertwining stories that all led to one powwow. I definitely think it's worth a read. I started How I Resist today and am really appreciating the variety of voices. 

I did read a few picture books, but life was very busy this week as I was one of the presenters at the Zolotow award ceremony in Madison this weekend. It was so cool to hand the award to Bao Phi for his book A Different Pond. It was also very nerve-wracking to speak in front of so many people with an audience containing authors and editors along with teachers, librarians, and others. The Zolotow Symposium was the following day so it was an excellent weekend. Here are some highlights:

Zolotow Lecture - Benjamin Alire-S
Erin Entrada Kelly

Gaia Cornwall

Bao Phi
It was an amazing time and I'm thankful to the CCBC for hosting and providing such great events.

The Coming Week: I'll finish How I Resist and will get to read a few more from a pile I have checked out.


Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2018 - 527800
Diversity on the Shelf 2018 - 158/300
#MustReadin2018 - 19/30

Monday, October 8, 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:

Where To? (A post about YA books involving travel)

The Past Week in Books: 
Kindergarten - Second Grade:  My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith illustrated by Julie Flett (for Global Read Aloud)
Kindergarten - Tougi the Toad Finds His Smile by Gaonou Thao illustrated by Sally Johnson

Third grade -  The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet by Carmen Agra Deedy illustrated by Eugen Yelchin
Fourth grade - The Raven and the Loon by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley illustrated by Kim Smith
Fifth grade - The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle

 
I finished reading Bruja Born (sequel to Labyrinth Lost) by Zoraida Córdova in preparation for seeing her at a local library. She had a wonderful presentation and was great with the young people. 


I really enjoy watching Trevor Noah and finally got his book Born a Crime. I'd been on the waiting list for quite a while. It was funny and eye-opening about some aspects of South Africa.


I was happy to discover some names that were new to me in Brazen. This is an interesting collection of women. I'm not sure that I always liked the way the stories were presented, but I was happy to meet new people that haven't had as much said about them as some others in the world.
The Coming Week: I just started reading There There by Tommy Orange. It's certainly intriguing so far. I have quite a few books on my shelf this week, but will be most likely to read How I Resist and This Will Be My Undoing.


Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2018 - 513/800
Diversity on the Shelf 2018 - 156/300
#MustReadin2018 - 19/30

Sunday, September 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 on the Blog:
The Past Week in Books: 
 #Classroombookaday books


 

Kindergarten - The Great and Mighty Nikko! by Xavier Garza & Marta Big & Small by Jen Arena illustrated by Angela Dominguez
First grade - Nine in One Grr Grr! by Blia Xiong illustrated by Nancy Hom
Second grade - Walter the Baker by Eric Carle

Third grade - The Snow Lion by Jim Helmore and Richard Jones

Fourth grade - I am a Story by Dan Yaccarino
Fifth grade - Fairy Spell: How Two Girls Convinced the World That Fairies Are Real by Marc Tyler Nobleman illustrated by Eliza Wheeler

I didn't finish anything else except a pile of 2018 picture books - and I finished watching the drama Mr. Sunshine. If you were watching too, you can imagine my feelings right now.

 
The Coming Week: 

One of the reasons I didn't finish any books is that I am simultaneously reading four of them. Eek! I'm enjoying three of them immensely and keep switching back and forth between them. The other is more work, but it still good. It's just better in small amounts to think about. I will likely finish all of these pictured and a few more. Happy reading!


Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2018 - 505/800
Diversity on the Shelf 2018 - 152/300
#MustReadin2018 - 19/30

Monday, September 24, 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: 
Kinders - Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel
First grade - I am a Cat by Galia Bernstein & Uno, dos, tres by Pat Mora
Second Third & Fifth grade - Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
Fourth grade - Neymar by Mina Javaherbin


I read an excellent adult memoir, The Song Poet, by the author of The Latehomecomer. She's the author that came to a nearby university earlier this month. Her writing is beautiful. She had me crying again.

The other three books were much more lighthearted and I thoroughly enjoyed them. You Know Me Well and My So Called Bollywood Life (on my #MustReadin2018 list) were both sort of romantic comedies. Drum Roll, Please was a great middle grade summer music camp story.

 
The Coming Week: I'm reading Bruja Born in preparation for Zoraida Córdova's author visit in a neighboring town next week. I also have ten more books checked out from the library, but I'm not sure which ones I'll get to next. Happy reading!!

Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2018 - 495/800
Diversity on the Shelf 2018 - 151/300
#MustReadin2018 - 19/30

Monday, September 17, 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: 
Pre-K - Hello, Baby Animals by Lorinda Bryan Cauley & My Friends Make Me Happy by Jan   Thomas
Kinders - Teddy's Favorite Toy by Christian Trimmer illustrated by Madeline Valentine
First grade - Love by Matt de la Peña illustrated by Loren Long
Second grade - Leaves & Honey by David Ezra Stein
Third grade - All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman and Drawn Together by Minh Lê illustrated by Dan Santat
Fourth grade - A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
Fifth grade - Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal & Run Wild by David Covell
 
It was especially fun to integrate outdoor learning with many of our #classroombookaday books this week. Several grades went outside after reading. Fifth grade went out to name some plants after reading Alma.
 
 
I also managed to fit in some adult and YA reads.

 
On Thursday night, Kao Kalia Yang spoke at Viterbo University. It was wonderful to hear her and get to meet her too. For that event, I re-read The Latehomecomer which is an excellent memoir. I was excited to find out that she has picture books coming out too.
 
We had our librarian Battle of the Books this past Friday. For that, I finished re-reading and giggling through American Panda.

American Road Trip [via Netgaelley] was intense, but also fun. See my review above for more info.


The Coming Week: After hearing Kao Kalia speak, I started reading her book The Song Poet about her father. I will likely finish that. I may also start the graphic novel Pashmina since it's on my #MustReadin2018 list and it just came back to the library on Friday. I might also grab This Will Be My Undoing. Happy reading!

Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2018 - 481/800
Diversity on the Shelf 2018 - 145/300
#MustReadin2018 - 18/30

Monday, September 10, 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: 
What If... by Samantha Berger, illuatrated by Mike Curato
We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson illustrated by Rafael L
The Big Umbrella co-written by Amy June Bates and Juniper Bates

I finally finished An American Marriage. The audio was a little annoying, but it was my only option if I wanted to read it for our Battle of the Books competition coming up at the end of the week. The story is intense and a heart-breaker. It's one I'm glad I read though. The 57 Bus is also intense. These were both on our Battle list and both worth the read. 
Another book I read (as a re-read) for Battle was The Birchbark House. I love this book of family and survival. 

Finally, I read the Digital ARC (via Netgalley) of American Road Trip (another #MustReadin2018 book) which comes out next week. I loved Patrick Scott-Flores' book Jumped In, so I was really looking forward to this one. It did not disappoint. I'll review it later this week for Rich in Color.




The Coming Week: I'm re-reading The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang because she will be in town later this week and it's also the monthly pick for our neighborhood book club. I have her book The Song Poet too, so may get to that. I'm also re-reading American Panda for our battle on Friday. I hope you have a great week!

Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2018 - 455/800
Diversity on the Shelf 2018 - 143/300
#MustReadin2018 - 19/30

Friday, September 7, 2018

#MustReadin2018 Fall Update


This is my fifth year participating in Carrie Gelson's #MustRead challenge. I love it. This is a way to encourage myself to read books I have wanted to read, but never quite get to. It's also a way to keep certain books on my radar that haven't been released yet. Carrie does a great job encouraging us and reminding us to post about our progress.


This year I chose 30 books. In the spring, I posted about the first nine books I had finished. Since then, I have finished another nine for a total of eighteen. Yay!!

 
I loved a lot of these books. I reviewed the Our Stories, Our Voices and recommended it. The stories are inspirational and remind readers that we are not alone. Convenience Store Woman was an adult novel and was perfect for reading while on my trip to Japan this summer. We went to so many, many convenience stores. Also, the main character is unique and has a fabulous voice. From Twinkle, With Love was funny and fabulous. The Way You Make Me Feel also had me in laughter. Dread Nation was intense. We did a discussion about it at Rich in Color. There were also some Native representation issues that were brought up by Debbie Reese. I enjoyed the action and adventure, but it wasn't my favorite. Pemmican Wars is a YA graphic novel and was an interesting way to read about Native history. Give Me Some Truth was awesome as I expected. It was a sequel or companion to If I Ever Get Out of Here. The author does a fantastic job with place and characters. I reviewed it hereNot the Girls You're Looking For is another super fun read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I reviewed it here. Amal Unbound is a gorgeous book of family and how strong some young women prove to be. I reviewed it here.

I'm looking forward to reading more on my list. Thanks for stopping by!