Sunday, October 2, 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. Cover images via Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

Last Week On the Blogs: 

Last Week with Books:
I found This is Not a Book really odd, but fun. It is wordless and as you turn pages, you see spreads that are clearly not books. Like one spread looks like you have just opened a laptop. Another is a bare backside. Strange book, but engaging for sure. Bringing in the New Year is a book I had read before,  but I picked up the board book this time. Really bright and interesting pictures show what it's like to prepare for and celebrate the lunar new year. El Barrio is a warm and friendly look into a community. Wonderfall is based on some word play - changing words that end in -ful to -fall. The poems sometimes feel a little forced, but it's cute and the illustrations are cute.

Middle grade won the week for me. Towers Falling and Full of Beans were both excellent stories sharing history, but also the ability of children to work through tough situations.

The Vast Fields of Ordinary was just that for me - average. I don't think I'll remember much of it later. It was a Stonewall book and was on my MustReadin2016 list. It wasn't horrible, but just didn't keep my interest all the way through.

The Coming Week: I am listening to The Souls of Black Folk and have started to read A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America. I just got a big order in at school so I will likely be reading some of those books. One of them is the new Duncan Tonatiuh book, The Princess and the Warrior. I am hoping to see him at the end of the week at the Sheboygan Children's Book Festival. Another is Best Man by Peck and I've been eager to read that one too. Have a great week!

Reading Challenge Updates:
Goodreads Challenge - 454/550
Diversity on the Shelf 2016 - 209/225 (goal = 50% of my books by and/or about POC)
LGBTQIA Challenge - 30/31
ReadPOC Challenge - 146/125
#MustReadin2016 - 25/54
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge - 80/100
Around the World with Books 2016


  1. I have Full of Beans, will read it soon, & still need to find Towers Falling to complete reading the three recent books about 9/11. Another Brooklyn is certainly on my list, know it will be good. Thanks, Crystal!

  2. I feel like that about a lot of books - not terrible, but not particularly memorable. Just kind of meh. But, sometimes that's just what we need as readers, right? Something that just helps us pass the time, and doesn't linger too much after that. :)

  3. Looks like Another Brooklyn is another huge hit by Woodson - really looking forward to finding it.

  4. Full of Beans is on my list - I loved reading about the Diaper Gang in Turtle.