Monday, December 28, 2015

It's Monday! What are you reading?

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.

Last Week on the Blogs:

Last Week with Books: 

It is winter break so I've been able to read a lot more books (and longer ones) than normal. Since there are so many, I am not going to give a review for all of them. Airborn by Kenneth Oppell was definitely my favorite of the bunch. I really loved this amazing adventure. Princeless by Jeremy Whitley & M. Goodwin (illustrator) was a lot of fun and so was Millicent Min Girl Genius by Lisa Yee. Another lighthearted book was Reposessed. I appreciated this one because humor is not terribly common in the Printz Award and Honor books. Postcards from No Man's Land was interesting, but maybe more so because I visited Amsterdam this summer for the first time and much of the book happens in the Netherlands.

If I have counted correctly, there are 77 Printz Award and Honor books. I realized that I was getting rather close to finishing them so I checked out quite a few in preparation for winter break. I have enjoyed many of them, but have also found some of them to be bizarre or seriously dark. I now have six more to finish. It would be great to finish them over break, but if not, it would be good to at least finish them before the new ones are announced.

The Coming Week: 
I just started Kingdom of Little Wounds. I may get to the other five Printz books too as long as the library holds show up in the next few days. I am also aiming to read a few ARCs - Stacey Lee's book Outrun the Moon, and Meg Medina's Burn Baby Burn. I wish you happy reading!

Reading Challenge Updates:
Diversity on the Shelf/Diverse Books - 232/100
Goodreads - 615/520
#MustRead2015 - 49/53
Diversity Reading Challenge - 12/12
Pura Belpré Challenge -86/86 (53 were read prior to this year)
Printz Challenge 71/77 (51 were read prior to this year)
Around the World with Books Map


  1. You are getting close to finishing. So many good ones here. I really like, and purchased, 8, An Animal Alphabet and Flutter & Hum. Will look for the Oppel book, glad to hear you say it was good. Happy Reading, Crystal! And Happy New Year, too!

  2. I need to check out 8: An Animal Alphabet. That always sells well t the store.

  3. Burn Baby Burn is going on my Must Read in 2016 list. So pleased that you liked Airborn - I read this aloud to my children!

  4. I've read many PBs on your list, but not as many of the longer books. Burn Baby Burn sounds good, I added that to my March release list!

  5. I have the ARC for Burn Baby Burn and need to get to it. However, I agree that winter break gives me more time to read a variety of things and catch up on books that I missed.

  6. I love your Diverse Books percentage. You rocked it!! I read Burn Baby Burn and was delighted (and honored) to introduce Meg Medina in a panel. My heart thumped a bit while reading that one. :)

  7. We are thinking of going to Amsterdam next year - I have to remember to bring my copy of Postcards from No Man's Land to read while I am there! :) Great to see many familiar titles in your list - that's a whole LOT of reading, well done! Enjoy what's left of 2015!

  8. I'm always bringing Kenneth Oppel books with me to school book talks - they're perfect for kids who complain that books are too "slow" or "boring", because his adventures are typically anything but!

  9. Princeless and Airborn are two books I LOVE, and I really don't think get the love they deserve. Thank you for loving them as well :)

    Happy new year!