Sunday, May 29, 2016

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 Blog: 
The Seven Princesses by Smiljana Čoh

 The Little Linebacker by Steven Tulloch and Maria Desmondy

Last Week in Books: 
This week we celebrated the high school graduation of our youngest child so there wasn't a whole lot of reading happening. What I got to was great though.

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown was one I had requested after hearing Laverne Cox speak in Madison earlier in the month. She spoke highly of Brown's work around shame. I appreciated this quick read and am going to go back through to make note of some of the things I want to specifically focus on in my life.

Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie/illustrated by Yuyi Morales was one I read the week before, but I forgot to include it in last week's post. This is my review from Goodreads - "I loved the playfulness of this book. The illustrations are energetic and very child centered. The issue of names and how we feel about our own name is one that many children could likely understand. I think it will be popular with children. Debbie Reese has some concerns here that I do not want to ignore though. I agree that an author's note may be helpful."

The other three picture books were fun ones I picked up at the bookstore the other day while waiting for someone at the mall. What Do You Do with a Problem? encourages readers to see challenges as opportunities. It's a positive book that models resilience. The blobfish book is super cute nonfiction with a little humor. Barnacle is Bored would pair well with I'm Bored, but is also a hoot by itself. 

Reading Challenge Updates:
Goodreads Challenge - 283/550
Diversity on the Shelf 2016 - 141/225 (goal = 50% of my books by and/or about POC)
LGBTQIA Challenge - 13/31
ReadPOC Challenge - 101/125
#MustReadin2016 - 20/54
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge - 62/10
Around the World with Books 2016

The Coming Week: 
I'm still listening to Daring Greatly in my car and Olive's Ocean on my phone. I want to work on a few of my #MustReadin2016 books this week, but which ones will depend on library availability. I hope you have a great week filled with wonderful reading adventures.


  1. I read Thunder Boy Jr. last week too, but didn't include it yet, & I read Debbie Reese's concerns, interesting that she thought Alexie forgot to consider certain things. Brene Brown's book has been shared several times, sounds like one to read and ponder. Thanks, Crystal.

  2. I've order The Seven Princesses from my library. It looks like a good book. Lots of my students like princess books, too. I'm looking forward to seeing The Little Linebacker. It looks cute and sports books are always popular in my classroom library. Hope you have a great week!

  3. I've been reading about so many graduations on blogs recently, makes me all nostalgic - it's been two years since my most recent (and probably last) graduation ceremony - such an exciting time of hope, excitement and anticipation as you move on to a new stage in your life. :)

  4. So many blobfish books! Who knew this would be it's time to shine?

  5. Glad you enjoyed The Gifts of Imperfection. I loved Daring Greatly but couldn't get into I Thought It Was Just Me. I'm waiting for the audiobook of The Gifts of Imperfection to come in at my library.

  6. I appreciate the link to Debbie Reese's comments. I have been wondering about sharing this title and how I will and this helps.

  7. I need to read Daring Greatly. I wish Brene Brown narrated the audiobook--I enjoy listening to her present and read. Olive's Ocean is a favorite of mine. One of those quiet books that crept up on me.

  8. Thank you for the link to the Debbie Reese blogposts.
    I love Thunder Boy Jr. and have made it my new go-to baby gift. I think it touches on the universality of issues around names--something my friends having babies are struggling with whether they're Native or not.

  9. Gifts of Imperfection seems like a good book. I may pick it up.