Monday, December 14, 2020

It's Monday! What are you reading?

#IMWAYR It's Monday! What are you reading? Sharing picture books, early readers, middle grade books, and young adult books for readers of all ages. Hosted by and This text is centered over a background of bookshelves.
 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.

Blog Information:
portions of six book covers - Dark & Deepest Red, Silence of Bones, The Never Tilting World, Felix Ever After, Of Curses & Kisses, and punching the air.

Last Week in Books:

Picture books this week were great. I read I Talk Like a River via audio. From the cover image it looks like the illustrations are wonderful. I appreciated the audio because it is narrated by the author and the book is about the way his stutter is part of him.

Perdu is about a lonely and lost dog that is wandering and looking for a place to belong. 

Pokko and the Drum is really unique and is very celebratory and fun as the main character goes on a drumming adventure. 

Tiara's Hat Parade is a lovely book about a mother and daughter and the hat shop they adore. They have to close the shop due to finances. It strikes me that this is a timely book. 

I read three middle grade novels. The Sea in Winter was beautiful. A young dancer has an injury that has changed her life drastically. Her parents are Native and through the story, she learns more of the history of where she lives. The book is focused in closely on how she is dealing with loss and how her ancestors did too.

Ciel is about an nonbinary trans person beginning freshman year of high school. It's a story of self-identity, friendship, changing relationships and daily life as a young person. 

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant is one of just a few books I've read that is set in Sri Lanka. It's a fun adventure type book. I will likely do a longer review later on Goodreads. It's a bit of a Robin Hood type of story so the ethics are something to think about. 

This Train is Being Held is a contemporary YA romance that was on the serious side. I think they were going for a Romeo & Juliet type of story. 

The Perfect Escape was also a contemporary YA romance, but had a lot more humor and light-heartedness--also zombies. 

Healing Rage is an interesting look at rage and offers many practical options for healing. I read all the way through first and now and going back through and doing the journal activities.

I also read two adult romances. Boyfriend Material was a page turner. It was also hilarious and was simply a lot of fun. I stayed up way to late reading. 

The Princess Theory was another rom-com and it was cute.

The Coming Week: 
I started reading Women, Race & Class, which is on my MustReadin2020 list, and a friend gave me Star Wars: The Jedi Mind so I'll work on those. I will likely do some re-reading this week. I wish you great reading ahead.

Reading Challenge Updates: 
#MustReadin2020 - 28/36
#YARC2020 - 71/55
Muslimshelfspace - 27/30


  1. Thanks for sharing all these titles this week. The Sea in Winter was already on my list, but now I'm even more interested in reading it.
    I hope you have a wonder filled winter break and find time to relax and read lots of great literature.

  2. It looks like you got a lot of neat books read! I heard about Ciel, and I should definitely take a look at it—I've seen very little nonbinary representation in MG or YA. The Sea in Winter sounds excellent as well! Thanks for the wonderful post!

  3. Yes, I Talk Like a River is wonderful & the illustrations really special, Crystal. I noted a few more from your shares. Have a special holiday and break.

  4. My Romance book club did the sequel to A Princess in Theory and had a lot of fun with it. It's probably one of the more intellectual book clubs I'm in, which is a bit hilarious.