Monday, November 2, 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 in Books:

Picture Books

Shubh Diwali is a beautiful book about a family and how they celebrate Diwali.

Bunbun & Bonbon: Fancy Friends is a super fun and silly brief graphic novel about a bunny and a piece of candy and the beginning of their friendship. 

Early chapter books & Middle Grade

Lost in the Tunnel of Time is an early chapter book series. I didn't realize that at the time so I will need to go back and read the first one in the series. It was a fun adventure that involved the history of the underground railroad in the children's community. 

Twins is a fantastic graphic novel about twins who are beginning to spread their wings (willingly and unwillingly) and seem to be growing apart. It's great realistic fiction and I know many readers will love it. 

Three Keys was just as enthralling as the first book Kelly Yang wrote about a family with a motel. This book dealt even more with immigration and activism. 

Young Adult

Flamer is an excellent and powerful graphic novel about a young man at camp who is learning about himself and moving towards acceptance. 

Shine is a rom-com about a rising k-pop star and is written by the former lead of a k-pop group called Girls Generation. 

The Coming Week: 
This past week was quite an interesting one. We went back to face-to-face learning on Monday. On Wed. afternoon, we were informed that we would be back to completely virtual learning on the following Monday. That experiment lasted one week. Our community numbers are rising and we also had students and/or student family members test positive during this week of in person learning. It was nice to see students in person, but it sure didn't last long. 

Because we had our "first" day of school and our "last" day of school all in one week and had to adjust to the new schedule it was quite stressful. This week, academic stress should be less, but election stress is amping up. 

I will likely be looking for books that will make me smile. I just started How to Be Remy Cameron and am reading Freedom is a Constant Struggle. I wish you all a great week!

Reading Challenge Updates: 
#MustReadin2020 - 27/36
#YARC2020 - 63/55
Muslimshelfspace - 26/30


  1. Teaching sounds like a stressful crazy world these days. I have had to take a break from subbing because I am older, and have underlying conditions. I miss the kids and camaraderie.
    I am waiting for Three Keys. I'm looking forward to Flamer which I already have a hold on. Unfortunately Shine isn't available yet.

  2. The same scheduling & re-scheduling happened with my younger granddaughter who is so disappointed. I am sorry we can't seem to get this right! Best wishes, Crystal, & thanks for the books new to me. I had Flamer from the library & had to return it before I got to it. I'll get to it & Three Keys someday, know they will be good. Thanks!

  3. I'm glad to learn about Shine, specifically because one of my daughter's best friends will be turning 16 soon and she's a HUGE K-pop fan. I will have to see if I can find a copy to review to see if this might be an appropriate gift for her. Really enjoyed Three Keys and I hope to get my hands on Shubh Diwali! Thanks for the shares, Crystal!

  4. What a mess with school! At least they went virtual again before a big outbreak, but still, I don't know how teachers or students are supposed to function in such an unstable environment! These books sound great, though, especially Twins, Three Keys, and Flamer! Thanks for the excellent post!