Sunday, November 25, 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 on Blogs: 

The Past Week in Books: 

It was a short week so just one new #classroombookaday title - We are Grateful Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell. It's a wonderful bilingual English/Cherokee book about gratefulness. It's beautiful.


Darius the Great is Not Okay (YA) was fabulous. I loved it tons. I expected to after I got to interview the author a while back and he recommended a tea I now love. Darius is depressed and that felt honest and real. Harbor Me was beautiful. It's a middle grade with six students finding each other and their voices in the midst of struggles. Here to Stay is a great YA with friendship, basketball, relationships, and a healthy dose of racism and bullying. The rest of my reading was what I could find in the local library's digital audio collection for my 18 hours on the road by myself getting to and from my mother's house for Thanksgiving. 

Minday Kaling had me laughing in Why Not Me? I had already enjoyed a previous book of hers. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie always has interesting things to say and I really enjoyed Dear Ijeawele or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions. I wish I had read this early in my parenting days. It's a letter to a friend who is questioning how to raise her daughter. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry was enlightening, if a bit difficult to understand at times. Also, I like Tyson's voice.

The Coming Week: I also started a novel, I Almost Forgot About You, also on audio and have a few more hours to finish it up. It's entertaining and was great for the drive back home. I still have Binti and Voices in the Air checked out.

Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2018 - 687/800
Diversity on the Shelf 2018 - 209/300
#MustReadin2018 - 22/30


  1. It was a huge treat to get to see Adichie speak at NCTE last week. I haven't yet read Dear Ijeawele but just put a hold on it at the library. I need some chasers for all the graphic novels I'm reading for the Cybils right now--and a short nonfiction title would be just the thing! I hadn't realized Here to Stay had basketball in it (now I see I should have looked more carefully at the cover!) and my son just asked me to find a new basketball book for him. This one sounds fascinating.

  2. I adored Harbor Me and can't wait to read Darius the Great is Not Okay. Looks like you've had a fantastic reading week, Crystal! I just checked out Sara Farizan's If You Could Be Mine and I hope to get to Here to Stay in the coming months. Thanks for all the shares this week!

  3. I loved Harbor Me, too, will look for Here to Stay, sounds good, & love hearing about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's feminist '15 suggestions', a great one for my daughter with two daughters! Glad you liked We Are Grateful, a beautiful book! Thanks & glad you made it back home!

  4. I am waiting for We are Grateful Otsaliheliga to arrive at my library and I have Harbor Me in a bag I recently picked up. I tried listening to Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, but couldn't follow along with it.

    1. I had to rewind a few times on the Astrophysics. Sometimes, I let the information slide sideways off of me because that's complicated stuff. :)

  5. We are Grateful is one of my favorites to read to my son. I have Darius and Here to Stay on my list! I am glad you loved them!

  6. Dear Ijeawale was featured, I think, by Iphigene, a few weeks back. But I really want to read it myself and share it again for our #WomenReadWomen2019 reading theme! :)