Monday, June 20, 2022

It's Monday! What are you reading?

It's Monday! What are You Reading? information on this image is in the first paragraph on the blog.

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

What I've been up to:

There are log cabin type buildings in grassland with bluffs behind them that are various heights and are striated with different colors in layers. There's a blue sky with puffy clouds.

We have been preparing to move for about a year and this month we finally drove across the country and are now living in California. We drove through Nebraska and saw some amazing hills. The Tetons were also gorgeous especially when we saw them at the lake. It was a 2,000+ mile drive. I had also been visiting Ohio multiple times for family matters. Those trips actually added up to about 5,000 miles over Feb through May. Altogether, that's a lot of hours on the road. It's been a very busy and stressful time and we are happy to be getting settled. All boxes are unpacked and all that is left to do is get some more pictures on the walls, but that can wait. I'm also on the hunt for a job.

Otherwise, it's just a regular summer. :)

In all of this, I haven't been reading as much as usual and haven't been writing blog posts much. I don't think I've participated in the It's Monday! group since January. Yikes.

Here are some of the great books I've been reading this year:

Picture Book:
The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones & Renée Watson illustrated by Nikkolas Smith
Looking for a Jumbie by Tracey Baptiste
Powwow Day by Traci Sorell illustrated by Madelyn Goodnight
Korean and Spanish versions of Elephant and Piggie and a variety of picture books

Middle Grade:
The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat
Troublemaker by John Cho
Moonwalking by Zetta Elliott and Lyn Miller-Lachmann

Young Adult
Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Now that I'm in California, it's a lot easier to get picture books to read that are in Korean and Spanish so I've been having fun doing that. I started a new Instagram account at book.worm2006 for my studying in case you want to see some of those titles. They're not always listed on Goodreads since some of them are only published in a language other than English.

I am reading Ace of Spades for a book club and will also continue reading Korean and Spanish picture books for language practice. It's fun. 

I hope you have a great week and wish me luck at my next interview today. 


  1. Wow—it doesn't feel like you haven't been on #IMWAYR since January! To be fair, I was a bit of a flake during the spring, so I might have just assumed you were posting, but still. It's wonderful to have you back! It sounds like you've been up to a lot of busy traveling, and I'm so glad you've finally settled at your new home in California! And good luck at your job interview later today!

    As for books, I agree that Born on the Water is absolutely gorgeous, and I've heard great things about the other books you've listed as well. And I'm hoping to read Today Tonight Tomorrow soon, since a friend of mine enjoyed it as well. Thanks so much for the wonderful post, Crystal!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and for the welcome. :)

  2. I'm glad to read that you are finally there, Crystal, & probably have had your interview. Hope it went just as you wished! I've read & loved all those picture books, admire that you're reading others in different languages, too. I have picked up a few short books in French at the used bookstore where I work & am struggling through them, trying to re-coup some of the language. It is fun! Thanks for the other titles. I enjoyed The Last Mapmaker & have put the others on my list. Happy to see you here!

    1. I'm so happy to see you again and thanks for the good wishes. The interview went well and I now have something that is very part-time, but should get me out a bit over the summer. It may help me meet a few people since I don't know many folks here.

  3. Hurrah that your move is over. You sure travelled through some magnificent landscapes! I enjoyed Powwow Day and Maizy Chen's Last Chance. I am very excited that Elephant and Piggie are available in Korean. Now I just have to track some down for my bilingual granddaughters. I am still learning the Korean alphabet!

    1. Yay for learning 한글. :) And yes, Elephant & Piggie, Pigeon, and Cat the Cat seem to be translated. I don't know how the public library got them, but they do exist.

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