Monday, July 30, 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.
 The Past Week in Books: I didn't read much this week because I was taking a week-long grad class - Ho-Chunk Indigenous Arts & Sciences. I was driving over two hours a day in addition to an 8 hr class so I was zonked and only watched my K-drama at night (Jewel in the Palace).

On Saturday, I spent a good chunk of the afternoon on the back porch with Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and really enjoyed it. There was a lot to think about regarding adoption, colorblindness, family dynamics, meticulously planned lives and a bit of romance among other things. This one would be an excellent book for discussion. It was one of the books on my MustReadin2018 list. It's also on the Battle of the Books list for the local librarian battle in September. I need to get reading since there are nine more books on the list and it's the first one I have read for the battle. Eeek!

The Coming Week: I'm still reading Waking Up White and re-reading Braiding Sweetgrass. I'm about to start Children of Blood and Bone and will have more time to read this week so I may also read An American Marriage.

Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2018 - 342/800
Diversity on the Shelf 2018 - 123/300
#MustReadin2018 - 18/30


  1. Oh my, I've heard SO many good things about Little Fires Everywhere. And I hope you enjoy Children of Blood and Bone! I did that one as an audiobook and I just have to say that Bahni Turpin is such a gifted narrator!! She spoke the words I didn't know how to pronounce and even read in the other languages, so it all left so authentic. I'm excited for book #2!! Have a great week, Crystal!

  2. Since the Ng book is set in Cleveland, I should read it, but since it's not middle grade, I probably won't. The last adult book I read was Hillbilly Elegy so I can have conversations with other grown ups!

  3. I finished Little Fires Everywhere a little while ago. You are right that there is a lot to unpack in that novel.

  4. I am always attracted to the cover of Little Fires Everywhere but never seem to get to reading it. Children of Blood and Bone as well. Teaching 5/6, I don't seem to make as much time for YA as I would like. Great post!

  5. Wow! That is a lot of driving and class--I'm impressed that you read anything at all!

    Happy reading this week :)