Monday, July 4, 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

The Past Week on the Blog:
YA Book Review: If You, Then Me

(at school I recently left in WI)

The Past Week in Books: 
Photo of The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog translated into Korean, Yasmin la exploradora, and a Korean storybook with an older lady on the cover sipping a drink through a straw. You can only see her from the shoulders up, but she is nude since the story takes place in a bath house or spa.

I am studying both Korean and Spanish and have been devoting the majority of my free time to that so aside from books for review or for book clubs, I am only reading picture books in those languages. It's a struggle and it takes way more time that I would have hoped after studying for almost a year. I am seeing progress though. The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog was funny in Korean too and I appreciated Yasmin la exploradora. My Spanish is more advanced than my Korean and I was excited to read something with chapters. I feel like I can relate a bit better to my students as they get to move on to short chapter books. The other picture book is taking me a long time since there are simply too many words that I don't yet know. 

I also watched the movie that was made based on the book I read last year Kim Ji-Young Born 1982. It was quite good and I'm glad I could finally see it. My libraries in WI didn't have access to any copies, but here in CA it was right on the shelf at the local library. Yay! That's part of the reason I am studying Korean though. There are many people in our community that speak Korean.

I did also read The Weather Girl which is a fun adult rom-com.

The Coming Week: I'm really not sure what I'll be reading this coming week, but probably need to start reading some of my book club books. One of those books is Midnight at the Electric (YA) and another is Before the Coffee Gets Cold (Adult). I wish you a great week full of reading.  


  1. I really admire you for taking on two languages. That is a big challenge! We do have a few picture books & chapter books in Spanish at the used bookstore where I work but I haven't seen any Korean. "The Pigeon Finds A Hotdog" is great for today, that hotdog-eating contest! Hope your new home & move is going well, Crystal!

  2. I'm so impressed that you've been reading books in Korean and Spanish, even if it's tougher than you expected! All of those look delightful, and I'm glad to hear that the movie for Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 was good as well. Thanks so much for the wonderful post, Crystal!

  3. I'm going to echo those who are impressed about the languages. Especially to be able to read in those languages. Wow. I love seeing the book covers, too.

  4. I must ditto the language awe. I’ve been saying for years I need to learn Spanish, but I chicken out.

    If You, Then Me looks like a book I definitely have some readers for! I put it on my list to get my readers’ opinions on.

    Happy reading this week!

  5. I didn't know that Kim Ji-Young Born 1982 was turned into a movie. The book is waiting for me at the library to pick up.
    I am still just really struggling to learn the Korean alphabet!

  6. I love using picture books to read to practice learning a different language.