Monday, December 23, 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.

All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung - excellent memoir about Chung's family and transracial adoption and the complicated nature of that part of their lives.

Say Her Name by Zetta Elliott - powerful poetry collection inspired by the #SayHerName campaign. (I'll be reviewing it on Rich in Color in January)

Mindful of Race by Ruth King - King offers excellent suggestions for how to talk about race with one another in ways that can bring about change in ourselves. This was a book I was reading with a Racial Affinity Group (one of her suggestions).

If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim - while I did enjoy this historical fiction book set in Korea, what actually made it most memorable is the recipe I found while reading. The family was making hotteok. The ingredients sounded similar to the walnut cakes I ate in Korea which is a lovely combination of flavors. I sought out and found a wonderful recipe and enjoyed eating these sweet pancakes while I finished reading.

Akissi by Marguerite Abouet - a delightful romp with Akissi in and through her community in Ivory Coast. 

The Coming Week:

Right now I'm reading Feel Free by Zadie Smith on audio, White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo and Starting a Movement by Ken Williams. I also have a significant pile of books checked out from the public library to read over school vacation. Most likely I will read the majority of those. Have a great week filled with reading and much joy.

Reading Challenge Updates: 
Goodreads Challenge 2019 - 907/550
Diversity on the Shelf 2019 - 341/275
#MustReadin2019 - 25/30


  1. Happy holidays! I've added If You Leave Me to my list. I just finished Frankly in Love by David Yoon. I had an interesting conversation about Korean culture in North America with my Korean daughter in law. I hope you are enjoying Zadie Smith. I really appreciated the audio.

  2. I've had Like a Love Story on my list for quite a while, but just didn't get around to it in 2019. Better luck next year -- especially since I see it on your list of favorites from Rich in Color. I'm posting super late this week and the link-up closed before I could add my link, but I'm here. Barely. LOL Thanks for all your shares, Crystal. I hope you're having a lovely vacation!