Sunday, April 17, 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:

I have to make this brief today, so will just highlight one young adult and one elementary level book. Salt to the Sea was phenomenal. Ruta Sepetys does historical fiction so well. I felt like I was there and it wasn't a place anyone would want to be quite honestly. It's a reminder of how awful war can be. Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope and in a New Land is a photo essay about immigration. It was created by two people from the midwest so it felt very familiar. I want to read the text again. It was very simple typically with only a sentence at a time on the pages. The photos, by Wing Young Huie, were fantastic.

The Coming Week:
I'm still working on these three books, Born Confused, Furiously Happy and Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism. I also got an ARC, Lily and Dunkin, from Mr. Schu at the WEMTA conference last week and I want to start it soon. Booked should be in my hands sometime this week too. I'm guessing with Poem in Your Pocket Day this week, I'll be reading some poetry also. It should be a great week of reading.

Reading Challenge Updates:
Goodreads Challenge - 215/550
Diversity on the Shelf 2016 - 112/225 (goal = 50% of my books by and/or about POC)
LGBTQIA Challenge - 8/31
ReadPOC Challenge - 80/125
#MustReadin2016 - 14/54
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge - 47/10
Around the World with Books 2016


  1. Salt to the Sea is next up for me. Can't wait to read it!

  2. Salt to the Sea has been on my nightstand, as well. I'll pick it up next. You've inspired me to go look at Colonize This--I wish I could weave something like this into our social studies curriculum. Have a great week!

  3. I loved Salt To The Sea, too, Crystal, was sorry to see it end! And I have No Matter The Wreckage, will try to get to it soon! Thanks for the Rich In Color links!

  4. I loved Salt to the Sea, too! A lot to discuss with this book!

  5. Quite a week! I'm hoping to get Booked this week too (or next).

  6. I'm waiting for Salt to the Sea as an audiobook from the local library. The more I read about it, the more I want it. Since I just finished Steinem's My Life on the Road, I mostly want to read Colonize This.

  7. I bought Salt to the Sea for my son to read. I think I will have to borrow back that copy and read it .

  8. I loved Salt to the Sea, too - a great read!

  9. I loved Salt to the Sea, too! What a great book that really touched me. Thanks for sharing these books!

  10. I love the look of Leaf - will have to check that one out. I just checked whether we have Salt to the Sea - practically all our 50+ copies are out! Wow! So popular!

  11. We are both raving about Salt to the Sea this week. What a book!