Monday, February 5, 2018

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.

Past Week on the Blog:

Last Week in Books: 

Ashes to Asheville is a middle grade novel about family and you should be warned, it made me cry. See You in the Cosmos is another middle grade novel. I liked it enough, but thought it might be one that adults will like more than young readers. Break an Egg! is a cute early chapter book about girls in a fine arts elementary school who are in a musical.

Like Water was a unique contemporary YA.  

Two of the books I read are from my #MustReadin2018 list. Hunger is an adult memoir that was difficult to read. Roxane shares some very painful parts of her life. I am a big Star Wars fan so The Princess Diarist was interesting. I thought it would be more about the making of the movie and was surprised to find it really mostly focused on 19 year old Carrie Fisher's affair with Harrison Ford. Yikes. 

Finally, Candlewick sent me a copy of The Secret Kingdom. It is an fabulous picture book biography of Nek Chand, an incredible artist in India (originally from the area where Pakistan is located now). He spent years making art on a neglected piece of land. I read it with 4th grade students and they were in awe.

The Coming Week: It looks like a YA week. I just started Symptoms of Being Human. I also checked out Shadowhouse Fall and Calling My Name.  Happy reading to you!

Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2018 - 32/800
Diversity on the Shelf 2018 - 21/300
#MustReadin2018 - 4/30


  1. Now I have to go find The Secret Kingdom. And thank you for the need-for-kleenex warning. Happy reading to you, too!

  2. I put Ashes to Asheville and The Secret Kingdom on my list, Crystal. Thanks!

  3. I've heard quite a bit about Hunger, Roxane Gay has quite a unique writing voice, I'm looking forward to reading that one.

  4. I know I'll end up reading Roxanne Gay eventually.

  5. Like Water--I am intrigued! Thanks for sharing it. The cover is neat!

  6. Many of these are on my list. Hunger is one of these that like Earl and others previously have said, I know I will get to one of these days.
    I'm a bit heartbroken about having to wait for The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art. I

  7. I've heard and read about See you in the Cosmos - and I really am looking forward to finding it. I've stacked The Secret Kingdom in my Goodreads - this one I will definitely have to find. :)