Monday, May 15, 2023

It's Monday! What are you reading?

An image of books has another image on top that explains what It's Monday is all about. You may find the same information in the first two sentences on the post.
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 lists of the books in the images below may be found at Goodreads. 

Recent Posts at Rich in Color:

Review of Gloria Buenrostro is Not My Girlfriend by Brandon Hoàng

Shining a Light on Some Early 2023 Books - HarperCollins books we skipped during the strike

Review of Men of the 65th: The Boriqueneers of the Korean War by Talia Aikens Nuñez

Muslim Voices 2023

Beach with water gently rolling in. In the distance the very top of the Golden Gate bridge is peeking out above fog. There is a blue sky and it's sunny.

My hand is holding a golden library card that features a young Black girl holding an open book and smiling. There is a full book shelf behind her.

Personal Update: It's been quite a while since I posted anything here on the blog. I've been reading less this year too. Having moved across the country last summer, being new at three different jobs (one I just started in Feb), and having a seriously ill mom in another state, my productivity has taken a hit. Taking days one at a time is the only way to function well at this point. 

Yesterday was a good day. We figured out a nice (free parking) place to catch a ferry to San Francisco. We also found the free shuttle bus to the National Park at the Presidio. It was lovely to walk on the beach and see the bridge and also the many, many dogs that were frolicking. We also stopped by the library that I've popped into many times when we've been visiting. This time, I knew to sign up for a library card! CA residents can sign up for cards in any city and then have access to the digital collections. It's also fun to see the cards from different places anyway. These little joys really make life beautiful in spite of difficulties. 

Last weekend was another fun time when we got to go the Bay Area Book Festival. Seeing and meeting many authors was a treat. 

Recent Reads I'd Recommend

Graphic Novel
A First Time for Everything by Dan Santat - such a great memoir of middle school age explorations happening during a trip to Europe

Picture Books
What Your Ribbon Skirt Means to Me: Deb Haaland's Historical Inauguration by Alexis C. Bunten with illustrations by Nicole Neidhardt - beautiful current day Indigenous story 

Night Market Rescue by Charlotte Cheng with illustrations by Amber Ren - takes you right into the Night Market in Taiwan and the art is gorgeously lit up in spite of it happening at night

Endlessly Ever After by Laurel Snyder with illustrations by Dan Santat - so many interesting results in this choose your own adventure style picture book

Adult Fiction
Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Sutanto - such a twisty and hilarious murdery book

Currently: I watched a panel at the book festival that had Ellen Oh and some of the other writers from You Are Here: Connecting Flights and have started listening to in with I am also eager to get started on Grounded after hearing a panel of all of the authors for this middle grade that also takes place in an airport. Have a great week of reading!