Sunday, April 4, 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 on the Blog

Cover image of Sisters of the Neversea which shows the siblings in the story. There are two sisters and one much smaller brother.
Review: Sisters of the Neversea

Last Week in Books:
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We had a five day weekend for what we call our spring break, that happens to coincide with Easter, so I had a little extra time for reading. My young adult choices this week were pretty good. Superman Smashes the Klan was an excellent graphic novel. I had heard Gene Luen Yang speak about this when he visited our local library before COVID and had been looking forward to it. It has very interesting information in the back matter. He also included a lot of factual information about the KKK within the story. It really reminded me of a podcast I had listened to called The Birth of the Ku Klux Klan.

The two in the middle, Once upon a Quinceañera and Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous, were both rom-coms and strangely enough they both involved tech. One is about a family preparing for a quince and the other was an ARC and is about a girl going to tech detox summer camp. Both were fairly lighthearted and had a lot to laugh about. 

When We Were Infinite, much like Kelly Loy Gilbert's previous books, was an emotional read. I won't be forgetting it any time soon. It's very well written and was painful to read.

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The Trouble with Hating You, Girl Gone Viral, The Marriage Clock, and How Sweet It Is are all adult rom-coms. They all made me laugh and smile, but none of them will likely remain in my memory for a lengthy amount of time. They were fun to read though. 

Two cover images. One has an adorable baby polar bear and the other has a line of burnt out matches.

I also got to read two adult nonfiction books. The Loneliest Polar Bear: A True Story of Survival and Peril on the Edge of a Warming World tells of an orphaned polar bear that was raised in zoos. It includes information about climate change and the effect that has on the Indigenous folks in the arctic along with a lot of other considerations beyond just the rescue of the bear and how that went. It was pretty enthralling. Burn it Down: Women Writing About Anger was pretty amazing. I enjoyed hearing from a wide variety of people sharing their thoughts and experiences around anger. 

The Coming Week: 
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I've started an adult novel called Real Life that takes place in a midwest college town and since we live in such a town, it makes it appealing. I've also started the third book in the Nina Soni early chapter book series. I'm still listenening to This Way Madness Lies, and of course I am still reading a poetry collection by Audre Lorde. I wish you the very best in reading this week. 


  1. The Loneliest Polar Bear sounds interesting.

  2. I have Superman Smashes the Klan & will read it soon, Crystal. I've bookmarked a few, like Lisa, The loneliest Polar Bear is one. It is heartbreaking to see the news that comes about the Arctic! Have a nice week!

  3. Whew. That's a lot of books. I'm looking forward to the newest Nina Soni as well.

  4. I really wanted to read Yang Warriors after reading your review, but my library doesn't even have it on order. In the meantime, I put a hold on one of Kao Kalia Yang's earlier books. Sisters of the Neversea was already on my list. I read Superman Smashes the Klan a couple of times (one for the cybils) and loved it more the second go round. Thanks for sharing all these reads this week.

  5. What a great set of books! When We Were Infinite sounds like a very powerful read, and I'm also very intrigued by Superman Smashes the Klan—I had seen it before, but I didn't know what it was about until now. Thanks for the great post!

  6. I'm going to have to hunt down the quince book. I know some readers who will appreciate it. Have a great week!

  7. GLY is my fave graphic novelist. And this was a fascinating read- even the backmatter.