Monday, April 11, 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 Blog:

Last Week in Books:

Open Veins of Latin America was quite a difficult read. Many of the things that have happened in Latin America read like a dystopian novel. I appreciated seeing this perspective on Latin American history. It answered a lot of questions I had about economics and colonialism. 

Homemade Love is a beautiful book of family and of course love. I wish it was still in print. I had to get it through ILL.

Mountain Dog was a nice novel in verse that would be great for dog loving middle grade readers. I read it because it was one of the only Margarita Engle books I hadn't read and I was getting ready to see her this weekend.

Counting Thyme was an ARC and I will review it later, but it was a nicely done middle grade novel about family, friends, and getting through difficult times.

Speak to Me is a school story told in brief poems. Each child in the book shares snippets of their school day. I think it would work as a mentor text for poetry writing. 

Healthy Kids was meant to be for my Nonfiction Picture Book post, but my week was too busy. It was made by The Global Fund for Children and shows how children can live healthy lives around the world. The photographs are really well done and show children from many countries. 

The Coming Week: 

I'm still reading a few books and will hope to finish them. I probably won't read many new books this week because I'll be re-reading some ARCs for reviews. I wish you a wonderful week of reading!


  1. Nice variety of books. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  2. I never had time to get to Counting Thyme. Figured it was this close, I'd wait until this week when it comes out! I'm looking forward to it!

  3. Counting Thyme sounds good & is on my list, Crystal. And, I requested Homemade Love from the library-they have it! Thanks for all you shared, all sound worth reading!

  4. Thought I saw you at CCBC, but I was in a bit of a fog. Caught up by reading Enchanted Air this week, but haven't blogged about it. I'm interested in the Latin America book, as I'm going to be changing grade levels next year to 7th with a focus on LA.

    1. I didn't see you at CCBC. I am sorry I didn't get to connect with you again, but maybe next time I'm there. The Latin America book might be good background knowledge for you, but is definitely an adult book.

  5. Open Veins of Latin America is some book title! I think I would like to read it. I just wonder what new atrocities it might include since it was published in 1997. My daughter-in-law tells stories of living in Guatamala in her teen years that make me weep.

  6. I really have to find Mountain Dog too - it must be her only book that I haven't read yet! :)

  7. I haven't read any of these titles - so much reading to catch up on!

  8. Don't you hate how re-reading books sometimes feels like it is lesser in value, blog-wise. I love re-reading, and I always feel guilty as a blogger when I do it. I don't know why! Maybe you disagree with this post, but that is my feeling!

  9. I really liked Healthy Kids. Children respond so well to photographs of other children from all over the world.

  10. Next to Mountain Dog, I haven't heard of any of the others. Looking forward to hearing about Counting Thyme.