Monday, November 16, 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:

Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots is a light-hearted way to have a discussion around facts & opinions. I will be buying this one because it's pretty fun. 

Ready to Fly: How Sylvia Townsend Became the Bookmobile Ballerina is a quick picture book biography of a young Black girl who wanted to dance so badly, that she began to teach herself how using books from the bookmobile. 

The House at the End of the Road is a lovely story of some young people and their relationship with an elderly gentleman down the road. 

Zero Local is a wordless book and shows some people spreading kindness in their community.

Where is the Sun? is a cute Eric Carle book, but once again the science isn't quite right and that annoys me a bit. It speaks of the sun moving in the sky. I guess I don't need a book to teach science, but the sentences that imply that the sun is doing all of the moving didn't have to be in the book. It wasn't necessary for the story, so why have incorrect things in there? The Hungry Caterpillar had a cocoon (moths) instead of a chrysalis (butterflies) and it seems minor, but un-teaching things is almost harder than teaching them. Sorry about the rant.

The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane was a nice middle grade about friendship and family. What makes it stick in my memory is that there is a road trip. I tend to like road trip books. 

Raybearer is the beginning book in a fantasy series. It was unique and fun and was a distraction from general life stress.

Suggested Reading is a book about some students in a private high school that are trying to get around the censorship of certain books. One of the characters even starts a subversive hidden library of banned books. 

Born to Fly was a winner for me for a few reasons. I always had a fascination with flight as a child. We had flown commercially multiple times when I was in elementary school and then I got to have a ride in a private plane several times too. I remember writing my first major biography report on Amelia Earhardt. I have also loved every single book Sheinkin has written. His narrative nonfiction is excellent. 

Recipe for Persuasion is an adult romance that was loosely based on Austen's Persuasion. It was a nice read, but I enjoyed the first in the series more. It had been based on Pride and Prejudice

A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow was a delightful YA romance. I love books involving food and tea was a bonus. With 2020 being what it is, I have been on the hunt for books that make me smile and this one sure did.

I finally finished How to Be Remy Cameron. It was digital and I was reading it on my phone, but I am not a fan of that format so I read it in bite sized pieces over two weeks. It was a humorous YA with some romance and a young man trying to figure himself out.

The Coming Week: I'm still reading Freedom is a Constant Struggle. I'm not sure what else I will be picking up. Fortunately, there is nothing that I have to read for any particular task this week so I am free to choose something fun and I'll likely look for romances. Happy reading!

Reading Challenge Updates: 
#MustReadin2020 - 27/36
#YARC2020 - 64/55
Muslimshelfspace - 26/30


  1. Loved Born to Fly and A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow. Any book that takes me to London or England right now is a good one. Looks like you had a good reading week.

  2. I'm so impressed by how many books you read in one week! It took me two weeks to read the four MG novels on my current blog post. And I get bleary-eyed if I try to read too many digital ARCs on my laptop (no Kindle). And I totally agree with your Eric Carle rant! It's always bothered me that he didn't use the word chrysalis in THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR!

  3. The House at the End of the Road has been on my TBR for awhile. Thanks for sharing all these great books!

  4. Love hearing about Ready to Fly, Crystal & A Cuban Girl's Guide... plus the new Sheinkin book. I love his books, too. And I adored Zero Local, wish everyone would spread some kindness! Thanks for all!

  5. It's been a while since I read The House at the End of the Road, but what I especially remember was thinking it so funny when the kids first thought they saw a ghost. Heehee! And I'm glad to hear your thoughts on Raybearer. I've been considering this one and need to make sure it's on my list (Goodreads is down tonight, so I'll have to make my own list for now). Thanks for all these shares, Crystal!

  6. These books sound great! That's frustrating that Eric Carle's books are somewhat inaccurate. I've heard about The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane, and it sounds great! How to Be Remy Cameron and A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow also sound excellent! Thanks for the great post!

  7. Thanks for all these. I enjoyed The House at the End of the Road. Robert climbed into my heart. He reminded me of many students I taught. I wasn't crazy about the APPEARANCES ARE DECEIVING message at the end.
    I've added Born to Fly to my list so thanks for the heads up.