Sunday, October 22, 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 Blog:

Review: You Bring the Distant Near
by Mitali Perkins

Last Week in Books:

Passionate Readers is fabulous and all teachers should read it. It really gets at what we need to be focusing on with our students if we really want to produce readers. Pernille Ripp also asks questions that can help us reflect on what we are doing in our classrooms and why.

All's Faire in Middle School was a fun middle grade graphic novel by the author of Roller Girl. I loved having a book set in a Renaissance Faire. 

The stand out picture book of the week was Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos. I enjoyed learning more about Frida Kahlo from this fun perspective.

Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen was a fun early chapter book that revolved around food and family. Now I want to try making mochi.

I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter was compelling. Families are so complicated and with grief added into the picture, Julia has a hard time with her parental relationships.

I enjoyed Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy. I have only read Lumberjanes so the other characters were new to me, but it was still fun. They are always filled with plenty of action and interesting interactions.

The Coming Week: I'm still listening to They Both Die at the End, but will probably finish up this week. I have quite a stack waiting for me, but I'm not sure which one to grab next.

Reading Challenge Updates:
Goodreads Challenge 2017 - 576/550
Diversity on the Shelf 2017 - 207/225 (goal = 50% of my books by and/or about POC)
#OwnVoices Challenge - 116/125
#MustReadin2017 - 21/24


  1. I really liked Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos; I like how her love for her animals inspired her art.

  2. All's Faire is my fave kidlit graphic novel of 2017!

  3. I'm on a wait list for All's Faire. I just finished They Both Die at the End. Adam Silvera never lets me down!

  4. I love mochi! I'm really looking forward to my library getting Jasmine Toguchi, we have a number of Japanese families in my community, I'm so excited to be able to share her with them!

  5. I have You Bring the Distance Near from the library, but I don't think I'll be able to get to it before its due date. Will probably be a winter read instead.
    Jasmine Toguchi is one of my favorite characters. Love her spunk!

  6. I still want to read I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, and you're the 2nd one to mention They Both Die In The End. Thanks, Crystal, I have the Frida Kahlo book on my list, loved the Bader Ginsberg book, & others about her too.

  7. I would love to get a copy of Passionate Readers. I love Pernille's voice and wisdom. I would like to get the Jasmine Toguchi series for my classroom.

  8. Passionate Readers just went on my TBR list. Lumberjanes is a big hit with my guys.