Monday, June 22, 2015

It's Monday! What are you reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. Jen Vincent over at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee Moye from Unleashing Readers decided to put a children's and YA spin on it and they invite anyone with an interest to join in. You can participate by creating your post then visit one of their sites to add your site. Finally, visit at least three participant blogs and comment to spread the love.

If you want to know more about what I am reading, visit me at my Goodreads shelf. Images via Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

The Past Week:
Picture Books

The Monkey King, Have You Seen My Dragon? and The New Small Person were my favorites, but all of these picture books were good. 

Middle Grade

90 Miles to Havana and I Lived on Butterfly Hill are historical fiction and both were Pura Belpré award books. Both tell about leaving a homeland for the United States. The Screaming Staircase is an excellent fantasy. I look forward to the rest of the series.

Young Adult

I got The Summer of Chasing Mermaids as a digital ARC from Edelweiss. It's an excellent romance. I'll review it soon. Another review book is I Will Always Write Back. I will share it over at Rich in Color soon. I won it in a giveaway that the author shared on Twitter. Here in Harlem was a download from and shared poems in different voices. Each voice is a personality from Harlem. Anne Frank was a re-read for me in preparation for a visit to the museum. This time I was struck by how well Anne wrote. I had not remembered that she wanted to be a writer. She observed so much around her and was able to share that through her writing. The world lost an amazing voice.

Young Adult/Adult
These aren't marketed as Young Adult books, but they seem like they would appeal to young adults. The nonfiction book, Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures, was a great companion to her diary.  I appreciated having both to read together. Signal to Noise is a coming of age novel, but it has another component. The book is set up with a woman coming back to her hometown, Mexico City, when her father dies. The book flashes back and forth between her teenage years and her present life showing how the past has influenced her future. The book is filled with music references and I loved that aspect. I heard about the book through Rincey's video. I'm glad she recommended this one or I never would have found it since I had to request it via ILL.

The Coming Week: 
I'm reading Circus Mirandus and am starting Boarding School Blues. I have another audio book, Anne Frank Remembered that I may finish before we visit the museum. I have quite a few ARCs that I'm may start, Another Kind of Hurricane, Goodbye Stranger and Fuzzy Mud. 

Reaching Challenge Updates:
Diversity on the Shelf/Diverse Books - 111/100
Goodreads - 239/520
#MustRead2015 - 30/53
Diversity Reading Challenge - 10/12
Around the World With Books 2015



  1. I just ordered Circus Mirandus, and will be curious to read your thoughts when you are done. Loved 90 Miles to Havana - I had a student of Cuban descent this year and he absolutely devoured it.

  2. You have been a reading machine!
    I can't wait to hear what you think about Circus Mirandus :)
    I'm waiting for approval on the Hurricane book from NetGalley, but I do have the other 2. Some point this summer....

  3. I LOVED LOCKWOOD! Anxiously awaiting book three. And also in the middle of Circus Mirandus and loving it. The preview excerpt on Netgalley got me hooked and then voila! Audible credit came through. #itwaslikebookdestiny

  4. Circus Mirandus is our next book club chat on Twitter!! You should join--July 23rd at 9PM ET :)

    Loved hearing about all of your reads--I am going to save your post and explore them more on Goodreads.

    Happy reading this week! :)

  5. I've heard 90 Miles to Havana is wonderful. I haven't read it, but I want to! I am thinking about asking my book club if they want to read Circus Mirandus now that everyone is commenting about it!

    I hope you have a great reading week!

  6. Glad you enjoyed Lockwood & Co. The sequel is even better! I've got Circus Mirandus on my list, but am adding 90 Miles to Havana and I Lived on Butterfly Hill.

  7. I'm planning on reading The New Small Person this week. I'm debating on whether to read Butterfly Hill. I may end up reading it though. Circus Mirandus is my latest favorite book.

  8. Hi there Crystal! I just got myself a copy of Circus Mirandus - I have too many books and too litle time sadly. Great to hear how much you enjoyed Stroud's series - I LOVED his Bartimaeus trilogy years back.