Monday, October 12, 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.

Last week on the blogs:
Rich in Color
Rich in Color

Last Week in Books:

I had the good fortune to see Mitali Perkins read Between Us and Abuela online Monday evening for a library event. The following night, I was able to attend Mike Jung's launch party for The Boys in the Back Row. It was a fantastic experience and you can enjoy a taste of it by watching the music video that we got to see. 

My favorite of the week was Take the Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance. Many of the stories were awesome and the one by editor Bethany Morrow just keeps bouncing around in my head. 

I shared Yasmin the Soccer Star with 5th grade because we are going to be meeting virtually with Saadia Faruqi later this month. I have just finished reading her two middle grade books myself and will share portions of A Thousand Questions with my students over the next few class meetings so they can ask some good questions when they see her.

The Wrong Mr. Darcy was an adult rom-com, but it was just meh so if you're looking for a rom-com, I'd recommend the YA above Super Fake Love Song instead.

The Boy with the Butterfly Mind was very interesting, but stressful. It was a dual perspective, but it was difficult being in their minds since they were going through a lot.

Unpresidented is a biography of Donald Trump. It didn't give me a whole lot of new information, but I did learn a few things and was reminded of some things. It was not a terribly enjoyable read, but that was simply because of the topic, not the writing.

I Believe I Can is a nice gentle and inspirational picture book that brought a smile to my face.

Here are the books I've been sharing with students in Sept. and Oct.

The Coming Week: 
I have finally started The Barren Grounds and am really enjoying it. Have a great week filled with reading.

Reading Challenge Updates: 
#MustReadin2020 - 28/36
#YARC2020 - 59/55
Muslimshelfspace - 26/30


  1. Oooh, The Barren Grounds! I'll look forward to hearing what you think of this one. It's on my radar, but I don't have a copy yet. I had to look up Unpresidented and, much to my surprise, I found it was on my list. I guess I'd forgotten it. Right now I'm not in a good place to read it, but maybe on down the road. Thanks for all your shares, Crystal!

  2. I have an e-copy of Super Fake Love Song in my tbr pile. I could definitely use some humor in my life!

  3. Ooh, I need Barren Grounds and Punching the Air. I already told Kathy at the bookstore to save copies for me! Have a great week!

  4. These books sound excellent! It's so neat that your class will be meeting Saadia Faruqi virtually! I heard about The Boy with the Butterfly Mind, so thanks for sharing your thoughts on it. Thanks for the great post!

  5. Punching the Air is very powerful. I'll look for Take the Mic - know it will be good & inspiring! Thanks, Crystal!