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 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


  1. I hadn't heard of the #RamadanReadathon, but I love the idea behind it, a great way to discover fantastic new books!

    I could use a good laugh, so Jane Steele sounds right up my alley at the moment. ;-)

  2. Love hearing about the Ramadan readathon, and noted some titles, Crystal. Thanks!

  3. I haven't yet read any of the books in the Secret Coders series, but I need to. Students are beginning to learn about coding in my elementary school so I think this series will interest some.

  4. I bought Saints and Misfits. Hoping to get to it sometime this summer. I've seen a few positive reviews now!

  5. These books from #RamadanReadathon are intriguing. I'm especially looking forward to Saints and Misfits.

  6. I took Alif the Unseen out of the library and didn't get to it before my time was up. I should have renewed it! I am doing a research study on Muslim literature in the classroom, and I've found some really great ones. :)

  7. I am behind on my Secret Coders reading--I need to catch up! I love that series :)

    Happy reading this week!