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 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


  1. I need to read Piecing Me Together. Many have shared it! And The Neighborhood Sing Along sounds lovely. I loved and shared Town Is ByThe Sea today, too. Your books all sound good, Crystal! Thanks!

  2. I love The Neighborhood Sing-Along! My 20-month-old loves books that can be sung. Now that you've reminded me of it, I'll have to borrow it from the library for her.

  3. I need to find The Book of Mistakes - it's so important to turn mistakes into something not to be feared, but embraced as learning opportunities!

    I was never a comic book reader as a child either, so it's a bit of a mysterious world for me, but I have been trying to dip my toes in now and then!

  4. Lots of great picture books!
    You have several novels on your list that are in my summer pile - Piecing Me Together, When Dimple Met Rishi and Saints and Misfits.

  5. I just put a hold on When Dimple Met Rishi. Piecing Me together is another on my list. These picture books look just fabulous!

  6. I have When Dimple Met Rishi on hold at the library. Can't wait! (I LOVED Piecing Me Together.)

  7. Oddly, the one comic book I had as a child was Wonder Woman! Picked it up at a gas station in Breezewood, PA. Long gone now, but I remember the story well. Don't have plans to see the movie, but am glad it's doing well!

  8. I wish I'd know about the Wonder Woman comics! And I cannot wait to see the movie--I've heard it is phenomenal!

    Love the Art in YA post <3

    Happy reading this week :)

  9. I definitely want to check out The Story Orchestra. I'm always intrigued by kids introducing kids to a somewhat inaccessible (at least to me) subject like classical music.