It's Monday! What are you reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. Jen Vincent over at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee Moye from Unleashing Readers decided to put a children's and YA spin on it and they invite anyone with an interest to join in. You can participate by creating your post then visit one of their sites to add your site. Finally, visit at least three participant blogs and comment to spread the love.
If you want to know more about what I am reading, visit me at my Goodreads shelf. Images via Goodreads unless otherwise noted.
Two of my favorites of the week were the middle-grade books The Secret Hum of a Daisy and The Grand Plan to Fix Everything. The Secret Hum deals with grief and family and the Grand Plan was friendship and humor so they were two opposites, but both kept me glued to the pages.
Three picture books really spoke to me - Bird, Hiromi's Hands (biography) and Jacob's New Dress. Bird was another book dealing with grief and family. Hiromi's Hands was a fantastic biography that highlights the immigrant experience and places value on maintaining heritage while learning to be part of the new culture. It also shows how gender roles can change. Jacob's New Dress was a great book that would be affirming for anyone who feels that they are different in some way, but especially if they are kids that don't conform to the mainstream gender norms. It would also be a great book for any student.
Yes! We Are Latinos doesn't easily fit into a category. It's another of those hybrid books with poetry and non-fiction text paired together. It was also history. I loved hearing from different voices that showed the diversity to be found within the Latino umbrella term.
The Coming Week:
I am less than an hour away from finishing A Lion Among Men so I will be finishing it soon. I think that is the last one that I will listen to from that series because they have become progressively boring. I enjoyed the character Yackle, but otherwise, I was not impressed. I started The Great Greene Heist and will be finishing it this week also. Have a great week filled with plenty of reading.
The Grand Plan to Fix Everything - LOVE this... Such a diverse array of books this week... Thanks, many to explore. :)ReplyDelete
I am excited to read the next book after Grand Plan. I think it is called The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic.Delete
With Wicked, which I love, I've been hesitant to read the other books in the series. It's kind of hard when the next books can ruin how good it was.ReplyDelete
I wouldn't venture into the next ones if I could do it over again. Nothing measures up to Wicked.Delete
I have wanted to read "The Surrender Tree", and so many of the books on your read list - my summer list is growing longer every Monday.ReplyDelete
Everything's Better With a Beard was not exactly one of my favorite books. Maybe if I was a Duck Dynasty fan it would have been better for me. ;) Most of the other books were pleasant to great though.Delete
I loved Yes, We Are Latinos, & learned a lot too, from it. Your list is always so good, Crystal. Thank you for the list. I'll definitely look for many of them.ReplyDelete
You're welcome! The beard book was a bizarre one, but I actually think many of my students would like it. Not my cup of tea though.Delete
So many titles here appeal. I am going to add many to GoodReads so I can keep them in mind. The Secret Hum of a Daisy is one I have heard lots of wonderful about.ReplyDelete
I have yet to read The grand plan to fix everything, but I am looking forward to finding it soon. I agree with Carrie, there are so many great titles here. Surrender Tree is a personal favourite. I am intrigued by The Secret Hum of Daisy.ReplyDelete
The Secret Hum of Daisy has been on my TBR list for so long. Reading your positive thoughts make me want to read it right now. Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a wonderful week this week!ReplyDelete