Monday, January 10, 2022

It's Monday! What are you reading?

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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 want to see more of my reading, visit my Goodreads shelves here

Last Week's Reading: 
Book covers of the four books listed below.

May Your Life Be Deliciosa is a lovely story of family, Christmas, and cooking traditions that are passed through generations. It reminded me of our own family traditions. It also brought back memories from when we lived in Ft. Worth. Our next door neighbor would bring over hot tamales to share during the holidays. A teacher at my school would also bring in a whole roaster full of them and walking into the staff room to that was such a treat. 

I was happy to get a copy of a National Geographic biography about Stacey Abrams. I have been on the lookout for quality biographies that are accessible to beginning readers and this is one that fits the bill. It's current, easy to understand, and of course has great images. 

The other two books were written for adult readers. That Can Be Arranged: A Muslim Love Story was a delightful graphic novel memoir by the same person who wrote another book I read recently - Huda F Are You?

Finally, as a reward for finishing and passing my Spanish final exam, I read The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang. It's loosely connected to The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test. It was a nice romance and again had many aspects that mirror the author's life. She makes me laugh--and blush. Anna is dealing with a lot and there's plenty to think about beyond the bedroom scenes. 

Reading for Next Week: I am just finishing up the audio of the Artistotle and Dante sequel. Be warned, I have had tears rolling. I also just started a book that will take a while--My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of Our Bodies and Hearts. There are activities that are required that make you pause in the reading and that is sometimes for days so I think it will be a slow read. I have a book or two to read for book clubs and I will still be doing a lot of language study since my next class starts up at the end of the week. If any of you speak Spanish, I'd love to have a few opportunities to practice what I am learning. I am very slow though and I listen in slow speed too. Happy reading!


  1. Thanks for all, Crystal. I've seen about the Stacey Abrams book which sounds great for young readers. I noted the others too. I am intrigued also by your future reading, My Grandmother's Hands. I will keep it on my list! Good for you for the Spanish. French is my only other language. I've lost the speaking but can still read it fairly well. Hope you find someone to "visit" with!

  2. I wish my library had a copy of May Your Life Be Deliciosa. I would like to read the Stacey Abrams biography, although I'm not sure she would be as popular or acknowledged here in Canada. I'm taking my time reading Doughnut Economics. It's so much that I am reading it in bits and pieces.

  3. Crystal, all of these books look excellent! I'm still super-excited to read Huda F Are You?, so it's good to know that Fahmy's other book is great too! May Your Life Be Deliciosa is one I made note of as well. And I'm glad The Heart Principle was a fun reward—relatedly, congratulations on passing your Spanish final exam! I'm afraid I never learned how to speak Spanish—I took three years of it, and it's already completely gone (it didn't help that the curriculum was...subpar). Thank you so much for the wonderful post, Crystal!