Monday, January 1, 2018

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.

Past Weeks on the Blogs:

Last Week in Books:

I read almost 30 picture books this week, but none of them were wowing me, so I won't share them here. Goodreads says I read about 870 books this year. That sounds like a ridiculous amount of books, but only about 125 of them were chapter books meaning 845 were picture books. I've never been on an award committee before, but I'm glad I started with picture books. I can't imagine reading that many chapter books. Yikes!

I really enjoyed the novels I read this week. Two were middle grade. The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora was a great book about family and community. Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus was about friendship, being yourself, and family. It also had a healthy dose of humor. Little & Lion was a wonderful YA that focused in on a sibling relationship. Little & Lion was more serious than the MG books. I loved it.

Update on Korean Dramas:
In order of preference, here are the K-Dramas I've watched since reading Maureen Goo's book I Believe in a Thing Called Love in August.

Goblin (Guardian)
While You Were Sleeping
Oh My Ghostess
Strong Woman Do Bong-soon
Coffee Prince
Stranger (Secret Forest)
Because This is My First Life
Reply 1997
You're Beautiful
Boys Over Flowers

I would've read more books this fall if not for K-Dramas, but I guess I am making up for the many years I haven't been watching television. Except for Dr. Who and Downton Abbey, I haven't really watched tv in the past 20 years so I had a lot of catching up to do. Like Dr. Who, K-dramas make me smile, laugh, and cry a lot. I've been trying to figure out why I like them so much and I think it's that mix of happy/sad moments. I say I don't like sad stuff, but as long as there are some funny and happy times too, I am okay with some crying. That must be why I continue reading Adam Silvera's books even though he is killing me with every single one. Ack!

If you have K-drama recommendations, let me know.

The Coming Week: I'm almost finished with The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World. I'm reading it for the neighborhood book club. It's slow going, but I find a lot of inspiring ideas. Tomorrow I'll post my #MustReadin2018 list and maybe I will get started with some of those titles.

Reading Challenge Updates:
Goodreads Challenge 2017 - 879/550  (125 were chapter books and the rest were picture books - when I made my goal, I didn't know I'd be on a picture book award committee - eek!)
Diversity on the Shelf 2017 - 262/225 (goal = 50% of my books by and/or about POC)
#OwnVoices Challenge - 159/125
#MustReadin2017 - 23/24


  1. That is a lot of picture book reading. I enjoyed The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora. Love the setting and wishing I could be in Miami right now (only 8 where I am!). Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus was one of my favorite reads from last summer.

  2. I enjoyed Insignificant Events. . . too, will put The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora on the list, Crystal. I know you read a lot, but your picture book reading really is amazing! Have a wonderful new year!

  3. My reading number was down from previous years. Have a great reading year ahead!

  4. Boys over Flowers was my very first K-Drama! I've now seen more than I care to count....I LOVED Goblin, definitely one of my all-time faves.

  5. You did so great on your reading goals! I need to add Little & Lion to my must read list. I've heard so many good things about it.

  6. Little & Lion is a new-to-me title - thanks for sharing! And such an awesome list of Korean Drama - my teenage daughter is very much into K-pop these days. I've read The Book of Joy last year and really enjoyed it. My first 2017 read, if I remember correctly. :)

  7. I like to read picture books, but it does swell my goodreads number. I want to track what I read, but then I feel a bit as if I'm cheating. It's not a race, people!

    Enjoy your K-Dramas -- all stories are good, books and screens!