Sunday, April 30, 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.

If you want to know more about what I've been reading, visit my Goodreads shelf.

Last Week on the Blogs:

 Words from my spine poems

Kelly Jensen (veronikellymars) had the idea to do spine poems every day for Poetry Month and I'm glad she challenged people to join in the fun. It's been a great addition to my daily routine. I may have to continue the habit.

Last Week in Books: 

Highlights: I really enjoyed Sweet Words so Brave. It's a history of African American literature. I appreciated learning about many excellent authors. A Dime a Dozen was a collection of poems by Nikki Grimes and was a sort of memoir. It was very good. I also had a nice time read Juan Felipe Herrera's verse novel Cinnamon Girl.

The Coming Week:
I'm still reading Miles Morales (A Spider-Man Novel) by Jason Reynolds from NetGalley and am enjoying it so far. I'm still reading Emotional Agility - an adult nonfiction book, but haven't made much progress. I started Goodbye Days too. I'm listening to Afterworlds and am about half-way through. I'm re-reading some books for a committee I'm on so I'm not sure how many new books I'll get to this week.

Reading Challenge Updates:
Goodreads Challenge 2017 - 197/550
Diversity on the Shelf 2017 - 102/225 (goal = 50% of my books by and/or about POC)
#OwnVoices Challenge - 58/125
#MustReadin2017 - 14/24


  1. It sounds like you had a lovely reading week Crystal. Thanks for your responses to my tweet asking about reviewing books.

  2. Spine poetry sounds like fun. I'll have to give it a try!

  3. I love the representation of your spine poetry. I will be interested to see your reaction to Afterworlds.

  4. I just finished The Hate U Give. I thought it was excellent--better and better as it unfolded.

  5. I've been seeing Feminist Baby show up on a few lists lately. I'll have to check that out!

  6. Sweet Words, so Brave sounds like a powerful read, looking forward to getting my hands on a copy.

  7. I loved Piecing Me Together! Several of my students were rooting for The Cat from Hunger Mt for the Caldecott.

  8. I am super liking the look of It's raining laughter! I've hardly celebrated poetry month last April, and now it's May! Life moves so quickly.