Monday, March 15, 2021

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 Storygraph account, you can see what I have read recently & click on the books to learn more.

Last Week in Books:
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One Summer Up North is an almost wordless book about a family spending time in the Boundary Waters. It's lovely and is especially nice for those who live in Minnesota, Canada, or the Midwest.

It was funny that I found the picture book Listening with My Heart: A Story of Kindness & Self-Compassion since I had recently watched a TedTalk about this subject. It's a great book that reminds us to treat ourselves with gentleness and offer the compassion to ourselves that we would offer to a loved one. 

The All-Together Quilt shares the story of an intergenerational community group bonding over the creation of quilts. 

You're Invited to a Moth Ball is a nonfiction picture book that gives step-by-step instructions for having an  evening party featuring moths. It's a way to be scientists in a really fun way. 

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Starfish is a middle grade novel in verse that features a fat girl who doesn't see being fat as a problem, but rather sees how people treat her because she's fat as a much larger problem. She's really trying to maintain a positive relationship with her body, but outside forces seem to want to keep her small in more ways than one. 

Chlorine Sky is a young adult novel in verse that is also about a young girl who has people in her life who seem to be trying to keep her from taking up space. She has to find out how to be herself and take up the space she deserves. 

We Are Not Free is a young adult novel about the Japanese incarceration during WWII. It's told through many different perspectives and is quite moving. 

When the Emperor Was Divine is an adult novel that is also about the Japanese incarceration. It is much shorter than the young adult novel, but also packs an emotional punch. 

Straight from the Horse's Mouth is an adult novel that takes place in Morocco and is the story of a sex worker there. It is a translated novel and was definitely very interesting. 

The Coming Week: 
I'm listening to Dahlia Adler's new anthology That Way Madness Lies via Librofm. I'm still reading an ARC of Cynthia Leitich Smith's Sisters of the Neversea and I'm also still working on Cultivating Genius. Have a great week!


  1. Oh, I just finished reading STARFISH. It's so good and so important! I'm impressed by how many books you can read in one week.

  2. I loved You're Invited to a Moth Ball, so informative & entertaining, too. And thanks for sharing about Chlorine, new to me. I have the quilt book & Starfish is on its way from the library. I bookmarked others, too, Crystal. Thanks!

  3. These books look excellent! I'm particularly intrigued by Starfish and Chlorine Sky—I'm starting to see more and more praise of those books. Thanks for the great post!

  4. Starfish was already on my list. I'm reading My Body in Pieces
    by Marie-Noëlle Hébert, a graphic novel that connects to this issue. I've got The All-Together Quilt on my list. Thanks for the reminder about it. I discovered that one of my libraries has an ebook of it. As a quilter I grieve a bit for the changing, almost consumer, culture of quilting.

  5. I enjoyed The All-Together Quilt and I’m adding One Summer Up North and You’re Invited to a Moth Ball to my list. I have We Are Not Free on my #MustReadin2021 list, so I hope to get to that by this summer. Really does sound moving! Thanks for these shares, Crystal!