Sunday, September 18, 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. Cover images via Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

Last Two Weeks On the Blogs: 
 Review of Rani Patel in Full Effect at Rich in Color

Last Two Weeks in Books:
Since I live in an area with many dairies and farms, I think Moo is a mandatory purchase. I typically enjoy Creech's novels-in-verse anyway, but the topic is one that will work fabulously in WI. I already had students and teachers in mind for it as I read. Of course there is plenty of humor because - cows.

Victoria Goes to Brazil was interesting to me since we're hosting a student from Brazil right now. She confirmed that the photos and info seemed to represent her country. Some of the pictures of food were almost taunting her since it will be a long time before she gets to partake again.

The Boring Book is pretty clever - maybe even too clever, but I enjoyed it.

Chick Chak Shabbat is a wonderful story of neighbors and community. I will need to try the cholent recipe sometime. 

The Drummer Boy of John John tells a story of a boy, Winston "Spree" Simon creating steel drums. It would be a nice inclusion in a music lesson.

Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story is a tough, but helpful telling of the events of September 11 through the eyes of four children.

Granddaddy's Turn: A Journey to the Ballet Box tells of a boy and his grandfather going to vote for the first time and being turned away. Readers learn about voter suppression.

I re-visited Harold and the Purple Crayon as part of Dot Day. I think I'll follow up with Journey by Aaron Becker.

Finally, I read Girl's Dance Boys Fiddle. I really enjoyed this community story that deals with gender roles.

What Can't Wait is a coming of age novel that I appreciated. Marisa has many family obligations, but wants to do well in school. She's juggling responsibilities and relationships. She makes mistakes and has doubts, but keeps trying.

The Coming Week:
I may start reading Shame the Stars for a later review, but other than that, I am not really sure what will happen this week.

Reading Challenge Updates:
Goodreads Challenge - 441/550
Diversity on the Shelf 2016 - 201/225 (goal = 50% of my books by and/or about POC)
LGBTQIA Challenge - 28/31
ReadPOC Challenge - 140/125
#MustReadin2016 - 23/54
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge - 80/100
Around the World with Books 2016


  1. Phillippe Diederich's book sounds like a powerful and disturbing read. I just put a hold on it at my local library. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. So many that look good, Crystal. I noted most, and will look especially for The Drummer Boy of John John. I love seeing performances of steel drums, and will like reading about them. Can't wait to read Moo and you know I liked Nine, Ten. . . Congrats again on your half-marathon!

  3. I read What Can't Wait when it first came out and really enjoyed it. I am glad you liked it, too. She is a fantastic author!

  4. Oh, I haven't thought about Harold and the Purple Crayon in years, thank you for reminding me of this classic, I need to have another look at it!

  5. I enjoyed The Boring Book - great to see Harold here, too.