Sunday, March 13, 2016

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.

Last Week on the Blogs:

Last Week in Books:

These are some of the books I enjoyed this week. I loved Olinguito and will highlight it for Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge on Wednesday. Secret Coders was super fun and I wrote about it for my Celebrate post (see above). Counting Coup and Between the Deep Blue Sea and Me were both winners of the American Indian Youth Literature Award. They are both very interesting. Counting Coup is a memoir by Joseph Medicine Crow and tells about how he became a chief. Between the Deep Blue Sea and Me is about a young woman who is questioning what she wants in her life and what her culture really means to her.

The Amazing Discoveries of Ibn Sina was fascinating. I will be highlighting it next week for the  NFPB Challenge. The man was highly intelligent and made some incredible discoveries in medicine. Another intelligent person was the focus of Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine. Some people have an amazing capacity for learning and doing math. I am not one of them so Ada Byron Lovelace impressed me. It is so cool that it was a woman who wrote the first computer program - and that she did it in the early 1800s before there was even a computer to run it.

The Typewriter is all that I imagined it would be. I have read Chalk, but haven't seen Fossil, the one that came between these two. This is another imaginative nearly wordless book. I was especially excited to get it because we have an old-fashioned typewriter in our library this year.

Drown was a book that I bought the night I got to hear Junot Diaz last month. I enjoyed it and will always say yes to reading one of his books. He has a wonderful way with words.

The Coming Week in Books:
I'm reading with my ears a Langston Hughes memoir, I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey. I'm also reading An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States. Beyond that, I am still working on reading books by authors that will be on the panels I'm moderating at WEMTA next month. I also picked up Pink is for Blobfish at the library since my copy hasn't arrived yet. Sometimes it's hard to wait for my big orders. I get too impatient. I wish you a great week filled with amazing books.

Reading Challenge Updates:
Goodreads Challenge - 153/550
Diversity on the Shelf 2016 - 84/225 (goal = 50% of my books by and/or about POC)
LGBTQIA Challenge - 6/31
ReadPOC Challenge - 56/125
#MustReadin2016 - 12/54
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge - 33/100
Around the World with Books 2016


  1. I enjoyed the Ada Lovelace book, too, Crystal, thought it fascinating that her father was so hard on her, but she persisted with her mother's support. I'll look for Between The Deep Blue Sea and Me, and Typewriter. Lots of good things are being written about Typewriter! Thanks!

  2. Love those glasses, Crystal!
    I am picking up The Typewriter at the library today. Glad it looks to be a good one!

  3. My library finally got a copy of Ada Lovelace, so I'm very excited to finally get a chance to read it, after hearing so many good things about it on book blogs!

  4. Thanks for these! Ibn Sina has come up multiple times for me, and our library still doesn't have it. Must request. I loved Secret Coders too. My students are learning a similar type of coding in computer class, so I know they will enjoy this one!

  5. Between the Deep Blue Sea and Me looks lovely I am intrigued

  6. A Langston Hughes memoir? Yes, please. I can't wait to hear what you think about it!!
    Hoops to Hippos also looks great. I have a strange obsession with hippos, and I always learn a lot from the National Geographic books. I think my son would like this one.