Sunday, June 18, 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 now...you 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.

If you want to know more about what I've been reading, visit my Goodreads shelf.


Last Week in Books:
 
 
 Jane Steele was my first book of the week. It's written with a dry and sometimes morbid humor. I laughed many times throughout this tale of a Jane who kills many men and even a boy over the span of her life.  Next, I read Dog Songs. Mary Oliver clearly dotes on her dogs. She devotes the entire book to poetry starring dogs in general and specific dogs. It made me look at my dog in a new way.

I also read a couple of middle grade graphic novels. Fred Korematsu Speaks Up is a great way to learn about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII. It's wonderful to learn about the way Fred Korematsu stood up against unjust laws. The other one was the third book in the Secret Coders series, Secrets & Sequences.

Last week I found out about the #RamadanReadathon on Twitter. This reminded me about Laughing All the Way to the Mosque, a book I had put on my #MustReadin2017 list after seeing it on the #MuslimShelfSpace tag at the beginning of the year. I got it from the library and it was a humorous memoir written by a Muslim woman in Canada. After that, I started looking at the #RamadanReadathon suggestions and picked up Alif the Unseen. It's a fabulous contemporary book that had me on the edge of my seat with jinns, cyber attacks, love, and intrigue. The final book I finished for this challenge is Saints and Misfits. This was a great book though not quite what I was expecting. I thought it would be more about the photography based on the cover, but I really enjoyed the story anyway.

The Coming Week: 
Currently Reading
I'm still making my way through a few ARCs and hope to finish those this week. I started the audio book about noodles last week and will keep listening. I'm loving Ten Things I Hate About Me which also works for #RamadanReadathon. I have a whole pile of library books checked out and I'm likely to read That Thing We Call a Heart and Star Crossed next. I wish you an amazing week filled with tons of reading.

Reading Challenge Updates:
Goodreads Challenge 2017 - 286/550
Diversity on the Shelf 2017 - 132/225 (goal = 50% of my books by and/or about POC)
#OwnVoices Challenge - 77/125
#MustReadin2017 - 18/24

Sunday, June 11, 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 now...you 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.

If you want to know more about what I've been reading, visit my Goodreads shelf.

Last Week in Books:
Keep a Pocket in Your Poem will be a great mentor text for poetry. It reminds me of the way Sharon Creech used models of famous poems along with students then creating poems inspired by those poets. It would be great to use with Love that Dog and even the new collection Out of Wonder though those poems "in the style of..." tend to be a little more serious and aren't really parodies. That just reminded me though that there are several collections surrounding William Carlos Williams' poem "This is Just to Say." Those are This is Just to Say by Sidman and Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems by Levine. It would be fun to use a combination of poems from all of these texts in a poetry unit. 

I also found the poem Tony this week. It's a lovely and quiet poem about the horse Tony. It made me smile. 

Another one that brought smiles was Ossiri and the Bala Mengro. I had to laugh at the humor of this one. It has one of those twisty slightly dark endings. It's a great way to counter some of the beliefs about the Romani people who are also called Travellers. 

Still Life with Tornado is another slightly bizarre book by A.S. King. I enjoy her books, but they are generally a little outside the norm. That's part of what I like about them, but this one wasn't my favorite. It was just okay.

I adore Jacqueline Woodson's writing and found The House You Pass on the Way to be another lovely look into the heart and mind of a young girl coming of age. My only major complaint is that it ended too soon. It is more like a novella than a novel and I wanted to stay with the character a little longer.

The Coming Week:

I'm still reading two ARCs: Miles Morales (really good so far) and #NotYourPrincess (also fantastic). I'm taking my time since my official reviews won't be posted until August. I am also still reading a book about digital photography. I finished school on Friday and so it was a pretty busy week and had a fair amount of stress. I have just about recovered and have a busy week coming up with an outing to a farm tomorrow with my exchange student followed by dinner out with friends. On Tuesday I am finally getting to see Hamilton in Chicago. We got the tickets in November so this has been quite a wait. I'm pretty much beside myself. I'll likely do some reading on the bus on that trip. I just started Jane Steele and can't hardly put it down. Another book I've got is Laughing All the Way to the Mosque. I also started listening to On the Noodle Road. I hope you have a great week filled with wonderful reading.

Reading Challenge Updates:
Goodreads Challenge 2017 - 279/550
Diversity on the Shelf 2017 - 127/225 (goal = 50% of my books by and/or about POC)
#OwnVoices Challenge - 73/125
#MustReadin2017 - 16/24

Sunday, June 4, 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 now...you 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.

If you want to know more about what I've been reading, visit my Goodreads shelf.


Recent Blog Posts: 
Review at Rich in Color: Radius of Us

Last Week in Books:
When Dimple Met Rishi (a #MustReadin2017 book) was released this week. I've been anxiously awaiting it since last year and was not disappointed. I really appreciated this sweet romantic comedy about two Indian American teens whose parents are trying to arrange a marriage between them. We'll be discussing it over at Rich in Color later this month. I may read it once more before then just for fun.

Flame in the Mist was intense with bandits, a dangerous forest, revenge & romance. I am not sure about the Japanese representation, but it was definitely a page turner.

 

 
I read many picture books this past week and these are some of the best. I enjoyed The Neighborhood Sing-Along and it made me want to sing more in my library classes. What's Your Favorite Color? is a lovely book filled with answers from some of the best illustrators out there including two of my favorites Lauren Castillo and Yuyi Morales.  Town is by the Sea is a beautiful book about a family in a coal mining town. It is a peaceful and honest kind of book. The Book of Mistakes is a imaginative story that highlights mistakes as something to learn from and/or something to celebrate. The Story Orchestra: Four Seasons in One Day is a great introduction to Vivaldi's Four Seasons. There are spots in the book to press to hear parts of the piece.

 
It was Wonder Woman Day this weekend so the comic store was giving away free copies of a great comic. I got it when I picked up America #2. Both were wonderful ways to celebrate women. That brings my personal comic collection total to four. They weren't something I read as a child aside from the Sunday comics which is not the same animal, but I'm beginning to love them.

The Coming Week: I'm still reading two ARCs: Miles Morales (really good so far), #NotYourPrincess (also fantastic). I am also reading a book about digital photography. In addition, I've started Still Life with Tornado. This is my last week of school so I will likely read quite a bit at the end of the week in celebration and to really kick off #Bookaday. I just checked out Jane Steele and it's one of my #MustReadin2017 books so I will try to get to that one too. Happy reading!

Reading Challenge Updates:
Goodreads Challenge 2017 - 274/550
Diversity on the Shelf 2017 - 125/225 (goal = 50% of my books by and/or about POC)
#OwnVoices Challenge - 71/125
#MustReadin2017 - 15/24