Monday, December 7, 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.

Recent Blog Posts:

Last Week in Books:

Rent a Boyfriend was a fun romp. I've always been a sucker for fake relationship stories. I listened to it since the audio was available sooner than the hardcover at my library. 

I was excited to get my hands on The Thirty Names of Night since it is by the author of The Map of Salt and Stars which I loved. Like Zeyn Joukhadar's first book, this one flips back and forth from one time to another. There is also a touch of the magical to it. The main character is in his upper twenties so it isn't YA, but it felt a little bit like a young adult story to me and I really enjoyed it.

Pride was a little bit of a re-read. Robin Stevenson has put out a revised edition of a middle grade nonfiction history of Pride that had been published in 2016. This version has more voices from young people and while the previous edition was inclusive, this one was even more so. It's an excellent overview for young people. 

I listened to the audiobook The Fountains of Silence. Ruta Sepetys is so good at telling a story. I have given every single one of her books five stars. Most of this story happens in Madrid while Franco was in power. It's a part of history that doesn't get much attention in US high schools so many people don't know much about it and how the US was involved. Historical fiction is a great way to learn more about our past. 

I spent most of today reading An Ember in the Ashes. It was a heart-wrenching, but satisfying conclusion to the four book fantasy series. Sabaa Tahir certainly knows how to get tears out of me. 

The Coming Week: 
I am currently reading Healing Rage by Ruth King and Together Apart (YA collection of love stories in the time of COVID-19). I have a few ARCs I need to get to, but I may just keep reading books that strike my fancy. I wish you a week filled with excellent reading!

Reading Challenge Updates: 
#MustReadin2020 - 28/36
#YARC2020 - 70/55
Muslimshelfspace - 27/30


  1. You've totally slam dunked your reading challenges! With a month left, I'm sure you can finish the few you haven't/ I'm also impressed with the amount of YA you've read. I have such little patience with some of it. Interesting that you like fake boyfriend books. We all have things that we just really like, don't we! Hope your week is a good one!

  2. I loved Fountains of Silence. I learned so much.

  3. I definitely agree with many of the Rich in Color recommendations! The books you mention this week sound excellent, especially Pride. Congrats on your reading challenges! Thanks for the wonderful post!

  4. I, too, loved The Fountains of Silence and noted others, Crystal. Lots of love here for my list! Thanks for sharing so many great titles.