Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give Kathryn’s (at Book Date) “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” meme a kidlit focus, reviewing books in children’s literature (picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, or anything in the world of kidlit). If you enjoy this type of reading, join us every Monday to share what you’ve been reading!
Like so many others, I was horrified by the spa shooting in Georgia this past week, killing 8 people, most of which were Asian-Americans. To raise awareness, I’m so pleased to see that a fellow #IMWAYR blogger of Completely Full Bookshelf is hosting a 2021 Books by Asian-American Voices Giveaway, today. Even better, they’ve included a host of links to organizations, articles, resources, as well as places to help support the families of victims. Please click over and scroll to the very bottom of today’s post to see how you can get involved and/or to participate in the book giveaway!
In happier news, I was absolutely STUNNED to learn that my widdle alma mater from dusty West Texas beat University of Texas on Saturday evening. WOW! I’m not a huge sports fanatic, but since this has to do with tiny ole Abilene Christian University (where my family has attended since shortly after it opened in 1906 and where hubby and I met), pardon me just a moment while I save links to document this memory for my future self (HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE). 😁 Go Wildcats!
It’s been a crazy busy weekend with my just-turned-seven year old’s birthday and slumber party, so I’m taking the easy route this Monday and will skip meaningful reviews and simply share book covers of the books I read this week.
Adults & YA Books
Both of these were fantastic and unputdownable! As a nonfiction book, Radium Girls felt more like a horror story. Absolutely terrible treatment of these women for years and years (and probably the worst deaths I could imagine)! And Amelia Unabridged was such a pleasant surprise from debut author, Ashley Schumacher. It wasn’t on my TBR list and I knew nothing about it, but once I started I didn’t EVER want to stop. So beautifully intricately woven and heartbreaking!!
These picture books are stories I watched as virtual read alouds this past week. I enjoyed them all and can’t wait to get my hands on the print copies!
I’m still reading The Jumbies to my kiddos each morning. I’m listening to Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything as an audiobook. And I’m reading an e-ARC of When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Peach Pie from Netgalley.