Monday, January 13, 2020

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.

On the Blog:

Last week in books:
My top reads of the week (5 stars):

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin - Loved this one so much I stayed up until 2 am to finish it - on a school night no less. A modern re-telling of Pride & Prejudice featuring Muslim main characters. It's sweet and funny. This was one of my #MustReadin2020 choices.

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams - this was an amazing middle grade and was one of my #MustReadin2020 choices.

Dancing Hands by Margarita Engle illustrated by Rafael López - lovely picture book biography of the pianist Teresa Carreño.

Smell My Foot! by Cece Bell - absolutely hilarious early reader in graphic novel format.

Stormy by Guojing - wordless book about a dog and person finding each other (I cried)

Octopus Stew by Eric Velásquez - hilarious picture book about a family tall tale involving an octopus.

4 stars
The Return by Natalia Chernysheva - picture book that adults will love - nostalgic  

Sweet Dreams, Zaza by Mylo Freeman - sweet bedtime story for littles

The Battle by Karuna Riazi - middle grade sequel to The Gauntlet. Fun and fast moving adventure within a game.

Ice Breaker by Rose Viña illustrated by Claire Almon - great NF picture book biography of Mabel Fairbanks and how she changed figure skating by breaking the racial barriers in skating. I found a video that shares about her figure skating career and her influence on young skaters.

How to Give Your Cat a Bath by Nicola Winstanley illustrated by John Martz - cute and humorous picture book that tells you how to and how not to give your cat a bath.

Where is Mommy? by Pat Cummings - picture book for early readers. A young girl is looking for her mother throughout the house and finding clues.

3 stars
If Monet Painted a Monster
 by Amy Newbold illustrated by Greg Newbold - NF picture book featuring monsters in the style of a variety of artists

The ABCs of What I Can Be by Caitlin McDonagh - picture book featuring a wide variety of careers.

P is for Poppadoms!: An Indian Alphabet Book by Kabir Sehgal illustrated by Sehgal, Hazel Ito

The Coming Week:
I'm listening to Viva Durant and the Secret of the Silver Buttons. I'm also reading The Library Book for book club which is very interesting. I have a pile of chapter books checked out from the library so I might grab a few of those too.

Reading Challenge Updates: 
#MustReadin2020 - 3/36
#YARC2020 - 6/55


  1. Genesis Begins Again has been popular in my library. Looks like you had a great reading week.

  2. I enjoyed The Library Book very much, had never heard of that fire before. Thanks for so many, Crystal. Ayesha At Last is certainly one I'd like to read among several others, like The Return which sounds lovely.

  3. These are ALL new to me!! My reading has fallen so much since welcoming baby, my TBR is just overflowing... ;-)

  4. I loved Stormy and kids love Smell My Feet!

  5. Ayesha at Last sounds interesting. I really like Pride by by Ibi Zoboi.
    My granddaughter and I adored How to Give Your Cat a Bath, even though she knows nothing really about cats. I've added Octopus Stew to my for later shelf on my library's website, but I fear I am going to have to week that pretty soon too.

  6. Wow! So many books to add to my TBR. Octopus Stew and Smell My Foot sound like they're right up my alley. Thank you!

  7. Believe it or not, I don't believe I've read any of the books you shared this week, but I have many on my list. I'm especially looking forward to reading Genesis Begins Again this year. Hope you've had a wonderful reading week so far, Crystal. And my apologies for being so tardy to #imwayr -- I hope to be caught up by next week. I guess we'll see. LOL