Sunday, March 5, 2017

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 on the Blogs:

Last Week in Books:

There were too many books this past week for me to talk about all of them. If you want to know more about a specific title, visit my Goodreads shelf. The standout biographies were the ones about Keith Haring, Leontyne Price, Lena Horne, and Jesse Owens. I also enjoyed the two memoirs I read that were young readers editions, The Distance Between Us and Misty Copeland.

Nikko Draws a Feeling was a cool one and I loved Nope! I think we have all been in a position of fear when trying something new at some point and this book illustrates it well. Cat Knit was super cute and of course I picked it because I knit.

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin is a powerful book (not kidlit) and one I wish I had read before reading Between the World and Me. I will need to read that again now that I have read the book Ta-Nehisi Coates was referencing. I will be looking for more books by Baldwin and am hoping to eventually watch the documentary I Am Not Your Negro at some point. It hasn't been showing anywhere near me yet.

The Coming Week:
I'll be reading the graphic novel version of Kindred and finishing The New Jim Crow. I hope to start Bad Feminist also. Beyond those, I am not sure what will come my way.

Reading Challenge Updates:
Goodreads Challenge 2017 - 117/550
Diversity on the Shelf 2017 - 60/225 (goal = 50% of my books by and/or about POC)
#OwnVoices Challenge - 38/125


  1. OMG, there is a picturebook about Lena Horne. This is amazing.

    I want to see I Am Not Your Negro, but it's so hard for me to get to the movies. I hope it makes its way to you soon.

  2. I need to find the bios of several you've mentioned, especially Keith Haring and Lena Horne ( a favorite of mine growing up). I'm also seeing others talk about the PB Life on Mars, another to find. Thanks for all, Crystal.

  3. Ha, I've seen the cover for "Nope", and it looks hilarious! I know that feeling all too well... ;-)

  4. After reading your comments about James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time, I put a hold on the audiobook version from my library. After reading Between the World and Me, I ended up adding a number of Baldwin's books to my want to read list, but never actually read any. I just discovered that I Am Not Your Negro is on order, so I put a hold on that too. Thanks for the motivation Crystal.

  5. I can see you were busy catching up at books at the Zolotow presentation! My jazz history husband was really impressed with the talk.

  6. You were a busy reader! I have the Keith Haring book from the library. I just put Life on Mars on hold!

  7. So much to look at!
    I want to read the Keith Haring book so badly. I was obsessed with his art when I was younger (and he is actually how I learned about AIDS when I was a kid).
    I own Ms. Marvel 1 & 2, but I haven't read them yet--I need to fix that.
    And I LOVED Life on Mars :)

    Happy reading this week :)

  8. I am loving the look of all those picturebooks there. I've placed Niko Draws A Feeling in my to-be-read shelf in Goodreads.