Sunday, February 12, 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:

by Adam Silvera at Rich in Color

Last Week in Books:

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen (WI Author!!) is so fabulous. I will be re-reading my copy multiple times. I love that there are 44 different voices shared in this work and it's super accessible. And it's intersectional. And glorious. And there is a playlist. And comics. Have I sold you yet? Get it.

Since The Hammer of Thor won a Stonewall and I've been working my way through that list, I picked it up and had an entertaining time reading. I appreciate how Rick Riordan creates unique and diverse characters and packs humor and action in there too. Fun stuff.

Unbecoming was a Stonewall honor book this year. It's a wonderful multi-generational book. I love that there is a grandmother involved as my grandmother is also aging and I could connect to much that was happening. I would call it a lovely book.

Dear Pope Francis is a nice collection of letters from children along with the Pope's answers. It's a book we have in my school library that quite a few children have checked out so I wanted to give it a go. He gave very thoughtful answers to some simple and complex questions.

Pedro for President is a cute early chapter book and I enjoyed learning about slinkys in The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring

The Coming Week:
I'm about to start Juliet Takes a Breath and Wonders of the Invisible World, but other than that I don't have many plans. We will see what comes my way. Have a great week!

Reading Challenge Updates:
Goodreads Challenge 2017 - 56/550
Diversity on the Shelf 2017 - 26/225 (goal = 50% of my books by and/or about POC)
ReadPOC Challenge - 16/125


  1. I am always looking for good early chapter books so I'm glad to learn about Pedro. The Marvelous Spring is one that's been on my list for a while. I loved slinkys as a child!

  2. I was so glad that Riordan won a Stonewall. I was worried that people would attack him for including a character that wasn't a reflection of his own personality!

  3. I've put the Riordan book on my list, plus Unbecoming and Pedro, Crystal. Thanks for these!

  4. Great selection. I enjoyed Silvera's previous book and am curious about this one. The Magnus Chase series is on my list too. Thanks for sharing your picks!

  5. I just picked up History Is All You Left Me from the library. I'm looking forward to it, but there are books that I have to get back in just a few days so it will probably have to wait. Like Bill, I really enjoyed More Happy Than Not.

  6. Oh, I'm so looking forward to Here We Are - having been raised to see feminism as a way of life, I'm so glad to see a collection that makes feminism approachable and relatable for young people.

  7. I read The Lightning Thief, but that's it for the Rick Riordan books! I know they are popular, but they are above my students level, so just haven't gotten to them!

  8. I still need to get The Marvelous Things ...