Monday, November 25, 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 go to my Goodreads account, you can see what I have read recently & click on the books to learn more.

Most recent blog posts: 

Last week in books: 
I haven't done a post for a few weeks. I have been extremely busy. I was teaching on online class, taking an online class, teaching every day and getting ready for an author visit. Everything has calmed down a bit. I finished my class which was super fun. Here was our reading list and my syllabus for a continuing ed class What's New in Children's Books through UW Madison. It was a really great experience for me and it seemed that many of the resources and titles were new to people so it was helpful to them.

Me with Author Art Coulson 

What I enjoyed in the past few weeks:
Middle Grade - All the Ways Home by Elsie Chapman
Young Adult - Frankly in Love by David Yoon, Pet, A River of Royal Blood, and Aya: Life in Yop City (graphic novel)
Picture Books - The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Lorraine Hubbard illustrated by Oge Mora, Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment by Parker Curry & Jessica Curry illustrated by Brittany Jackson

The Coming Week:

I'm still reading several books at a time because a few are for chapter or a section at a time book clubs - Waking Up White, Mindful of Race, & Starting a Movement. I just started The Other F Word today and it's really great. I need to work on some of my #MustReadin2019 books. I have 30 on my list and I still have 9 to go.


I have Everyday People checked out from the library right now so will likely start that soon. I wish you some great reading this week.

Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2019 - 856/550
Diversity on the Shelf 2019 - 308/275
#MustReadin2019 - 21/30
Year of the Asian 2019 - 36/30

** Updated to add author photo


  1. I just read Pet as well, it was such an unique novel! I also loved Frankly in Love. Have a good week!

  2. Nice to hear what you've been doing, Crystal. I put some of these on my list; others are already there. I am especially interested in Pet & the picture book about Mary Walker and Parker Looks Up! Thanks!

  3. I'm reading Born a Crime. I can't believe I haven't done so before!

  4. I hope you get to Zadie Smith. I really enjoyed it.
    Thanks for that post about the adapted nonfiction titles. It's not an adaptation, but have you read What the Eagle Sees by Eldon Yellowhorn & Kathy Lowinger? I really appreciated their perspective of North American history.

  5. I really enjoyed your review of We Hunt the Flame. I clicked over and it brought the story back to me and made me remember all that I enjoyed about it. I also went through a period of time where I just wasn't interested in fantasy. Actually, I tend to do that every once in a while. But you're so right about that cover -- very enticing!