Sunday, December 11, 2016

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.

Last Week in Books:

Hidden Roots (MustReadin2016) is the story of a boy who is finding out about his family history. Bruchac introduces readers to the often ignored and/or unknown history of forced sterilization of Native Americans. This is a middle grade novel and he handles the whole topic well. Groovy Joe was popular with my kindergarten students. I thought it was okay, but it wasn't a favorite for me. Rebellion of Thieves was highly entertaining and enjoyable. It's the second in a series of a modern Robin Hood tale. I found some of the government leaders to sound eerily like some of ours. It made me pause a few times. Myra over at Gathering Books wrote an intriguing review of The Da Vinci Cod and Other Illustrations for Unwritten Books so I had to check it out. He took books that exist and played with the title to create a humorous offshoot. I missed some of the jokes and found some to not be funny, but several definitely made me laugh. It's not designed for kids. Soul Enchilada (MustReadin2016) was another humorous book. It's YA and the main character, Bug, is one I won't easily forget.  Yaks Yak was a collection of animal word pairs - animals acting out their name. It was a lot of fun and readers who enjoy word-play will love it.

This isn't a book, but I finally watched Selma. I had read March: Book 3 recently and so I wanted to see this to go with it. It's a powerful movie and well worth watching.

Next Week: I'm reading another of my MustReadin2016 books, With or Without You. I have a few more on hold or requested via ILL, so I'll read whatever hits the hold shelf next. I just got the ARCs of History is All You Left Me and The Hate U Give I'm hoping to save them for next week, but I'm not sure I can wait that long now that they are in my possession. Have a great week filled with wonderful reading.

Reading Challenge Updates:
Goodreads Challenge - 555/550
Diversity on the Shelf 2016 - 250/225 (goal = 50% of my books by and/or about POC)
ReadPOC Challenge - 173/125
#MustReadin2016 - 35/54


  1. Will look for Soul Enchilada and Hidden Roots, Crystal. Those titles are new to me. Thanks, and have a great week!

  2. I'm definitely curious about Soul Enchilada as well. I haven't heard of that one. The cover looks interesing. I'm jealous that you got the ARC of History is All You Left Me. I cannot wait to read that one.

  3. The Hate U Give is amazing. I'm getting through it slowly since I only read it 2x/week, but it's such a powerful read!
    I may need to put the Robin Hood books on my #mustreadin2017 list. I'd like to get to them!

  4. I need to see Selma, for sure. Really enjoyed March Book 3 as well. (I also really appreciated your Nerdy post today too!)

  5. Hidden Roots looks like a powerful read. I read Groovy Joe this week too, and wasn't really impressed. I've got to get busy finishing up my must read list!

  6. Ah! I didn't know about Hidden Roots. It is going to the top of my list. Thank you!

  7. So glad you found and enjoyed some parts of Da Vinci Cod - I thought the visual puns were really amusing. Soul Enchilada made me crave for mexican food. huhuhu.