Monday, October 19, 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:

Last Week in Books:

My Brother the Duck is a humorous story, but the illustrations weren't my favorite. Best Friend in the Whole World is sweet and teaches a bit about empathy along with friendship. Not 'til Tomorrow Phoebe is a cute story about how hard it is to wait. Those three were nice, but the stand-outs were definitely All Because You Matter and Evelyn del Ray is Moving Away. All Because You Matter is simply beautiful and Evelyn is a book about friendship that will make folks smile. Besides, I haven't met a Meg Medina book that I haven't liked.

The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson was a treat. It is obviously giving nods to Narnia, but is still distinct as a portal fantasy. The main characters are Indigenous with one who is in touch with his culture and the other who has been cut off from her family and history so long she doesn't know her past. It's beautiful and I can't wait for the rest of the series.

Chirp by Kate Messner is a fantastic middle grade book. It deals with quite a few things, but the thing that really makes it stand out is how it deals with consent. I really appreciated the book and so wish that it had been around when I was in elementary school. It may have helped me. 

The Boys in the Back Row was a delight. The boys are band geeks and Mike Jung made me laugh and cry.

I was also excited to have a Jasmine Guillory book for Friday night. Her books always make me laugh and smile and Party of Two was no exception. Her romances are hilarious and a bit steamy. 

The Coming Week: 
I started listening to Charming as a Verb. I'm also reading The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde. Have a great week!

Reading Challenge Updates: 
#MustReadin2020 - 28/36
#YARC2020 - 60/55
Muslimshelfspace - 26/30


  1. Best Friend in the Whole Word sounds sweet.

  2. It's so hard to find good books for boys. Boys in the Backrow sounds so good and funny. I know my middle grade reading boy would love it!

  3. These books sound wonderful! I've heard about Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away, and Chirp sounds like a very meaningful MG novel! (I really enjoyed another book by Messner, All the Answers). The Boys in the Back Row sounds great as well! Thanks for the great post!

  4. I'm so glad you enjoyed The Barren Grounds! I just picked up Ghosts, the third in David Alexander Robertson Reckoner trilogy. Have you read it?

  5. I just got Charming as A Verb, looking forward to it! And The Barren Grounds is on my list, loved Evelyn del Ray & All Because You Matter! Thanks for the others, too, Crystal, noted!

  6. Ooooh, Not ’Til Tomorrow, Phoebe is new to me. Adding that one right now. And I was so happy when I read Chirp. I was surprised with out how much I loved it because I wasn't too crazy about the cover. Thank you for all your shares, Crystal!