Monday, January 23, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading?

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It's a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent, of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

Last Week on the Blog:
Celebrating Book Communities and #DiverseAThon

Last Week in Books:

Dorothy Must Die was a book from my MustReadin2016 list. I'm still kind of chipping away at that list. It was a fun twist on the Oz story and I enjoyed it, but I'm not sure if I will continue the series right away since I have so many other books to read. This is always a challenge with series books.

Auggie & Me is a companion book to Wonder. I found it interesting because you get the backstories for other characters, but it wasn't a favorite for me. I read it because it's on our statewide Battle of the Books list.

How to Build a Museum: Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture is a middle grade nonfiction text that shares how the museum came to be. It was definitely a long process, but so worth it. The text is a bit dry at times, but it has quality content and the photographs are excellent. This is an important book and I think it would be great to pair portions of it with Zetta Elliott's picture book Milo's Museum.

A Child of Books is clever and is a nice celebration of books. 10 Little Ninjas is a counting book that made me smile. My favorite picture book of the week though was Samson in the Snow. I too love the color yellow and the page that features that color is gorgeous. Many other illustrations are fabulous too. This book honors friendship and caring. It warmed my heart.

Violent Ends, on the other hand, chilled my heart. It's about a high school shooting. The story is delivered by 17 different authors. It's essentially a short story collection that revolves around one specific event. I have to applaud them for keeping the stories so tight. It's difficult to read though due to the content.

This Week in Books:
I'm participating in #DiversAThon and these four books are the ones I chose to read. I will also finish Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World, which I am loving and savoring. I wish you a wonderful week full of reading.


  1. I really need to get a copy of Here We Are. I might even get my own copy, but I will definitely recommend my library purchase it. Thanks for the reminder about 10 Little Ninjas. I'm heading off Birthday book shopping this week for a toddler.

  2. I am still working on my 2016 list too! Glad I'm not the only one :)

  3. Love A Child of Books, Crystal, a sweet book. I'll note How To Build A Museum, new to me and it sounds interesting.

  4. I've been wondering about Auggie & Me--thanks for the honest info (it's way down on my To Read list). I have a ninja-lover at home, so I'll have to check out 10 Little Ninjas for him. Also added Violent Ends to my To Read list--sounds like a tough but worthwhile read.

  5. I didn't realize what the Museum book about and now that I do, I want to read it. While I can't visit the actual museum yet, I might as well read about it.