Monday, March 11, 2019

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:

What About Nonfiction? (excellent YA nf)

Last Week:

Young Water Protectors: A Story About Standing Rock is a self published book I picked up at Birchbark Books in Minneapolis last weekend. It has a few random errors, but is a fantastic way to talk about activism, Native history, treaties, and sovereignty among other things. Students have lots of questions and opinions so we had lively discussion. With fifth grade I read the two hat stories to much laughter. A Morning with Grandpa was a great lead in to Emily Arrow's I am Yoga song with kindergarten. We had done the song before, but we re-visit it a lot. Third grade is getting ready for a museum field trip so we read Stories and discussed how art can tell stories. First grade planted lettuce under grow lights so The Curious Garden and Emily Arrow's song to go with were perfect.

Reading at Home

My wrist is much better so I am okay to type again. I'm so glad. Evicted: Poverty & Profit in the American City pulls back the curtain on evictions and poverty in Milwaukee specifically - and our country in general. It's heartbreaking & frustrating. It's well researched and everyone should be reading it to start to understand what's going on. I love Lucy Knisley's sense of humor and her graphic novels always make me smile. Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos is about her journey through pregnancy. It also contains a healthy dose of information about women's bodies and the difficulties and dangers or childbirth in our country. Spin is a very engaging YA thriller. I loved it way more than I expected. It's told in alternating perspectives and centers around a DJ who has died and the people closest to her. Blended is about families and what it's like to feel like you are straddling two lives. It takes a dramatic turn toward the end. Blended and Kid Gloves were both on my #MustReadin2019 list, so now I've finished 1/2 of those. Yay!

The Coming Week: 

These are the books I have ready at the library, so I will likely pick them up and get started. I really enjoyed the On Being podcast with Teju Cole so I wanted to read some of his writing and the other two were on my MustRead list. I'm not sure what children's and YA I will be reading though. That remains to be seen. I have some fantasy checked out, but I am just not in the mood for some reason. I've been drawn to nonfiction and adult more recently. Have a great week!

Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2019 - 82/550
Diversity on the Shelf 2019 - 54/275
#MustReadin2019 - 15/30


  1. Thank you so much for the chance to win a copy of The Bridge Home. I've read it, but don't have a copy of my own. I'm excited to read Kid Gloves -- my copy just arrived over the weekend. Have a wonderful reading week, Crystal!

  2. I am hoping to win this book give away. I adored Padma Venkatraman's A Time to Dance. I am hoping to get to Kid Gloves and Blended sometime this year.

  3. I've read about half of Evicted, then stopped because of some other obligations. I need to finish it. It is good, I agree. Really looking forward to Blended and put Spin on my list, too. Thanks, Crystal.

  4. Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged sounds intriguing! Been reading so many rave reviews about Blended, too! :)

  5. Evicted sounds like a powerful read - I'm not in the States, but we have similar cycles here of poverty, too. :(

  6. Man! I need to read Bridge Home--I own it, so I just need to move it up the TBR.
    So much stigma and falseness surrounds poverty--I hope Evicted helps discuss the underlying issues with the national epidemic.

    Happy reading this week :)