I’ve sure missed this community the last two weeks. It seemed Monday was coming ’round far too quickly each week with company in town and our holiday preparations, so I just put it off while enjoying family. We had a wonderful time over Thanksgiving with my mom having flown in with my 11-year-old niece, from Texas. We played games, went swimming, cooked delicious foods, watched movies, decorated our tree, and went out to eat on our last night together. It was terribly sad to have to say goodbye! 😢
This year has unexpectedly provided some turbulence in my reading schedule. Nevertheless, I am firmly committed to finishing my #MustReadin2021 list. Over the last two weeks, I’ve been chipping away at my remaining books. So I’ll provide a visual update on my progress, below. Yep, just four more books to finish (and I’ve started all of them, thankfully)!
If this is your first visit to my blog, welcome! Today is Monday, and I regularly participate in a weekly #IMWAYR meme. 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!
I’m still mostly sharing book covers and short blurbs in an effort to juggle life, reading, and blogging during December. But perhaps you’ll still find something of interest to add to your reading list.
YA and MG Novels Finished:
Tigers Not Daughters – Such a sad story about loss with quite a bit of spiritual and paranormal mixed in. In the beginning, The Witching Hour by Anne Rice is discussed as a favorite book which tipped me off that I might want to listen up (I always loved Rice’s books and was saddened to learn she’d passed away this past weekend 😢).
Fortune’s Pawn – I don’t know why I don’t include more science fiction novels in my regular reading, because I almost always enjoy the setting and descriptive storylines. I believe Beth of Library Chicken is the one who first recommended this title. The story was complete with aliens, romance, battles/fights, a powerful female lead character, and wonderful world building. My only complaint is that I bought the audiobook along with the print book and I didn’t much care for the narration when I first started listening. Nevertheless, the story was fresh and the mystery really hooked me. Fortune’s Pawn is the first book in a trilogy and I’ll definitely be reading books #2 and #3 (I already purchased them, in fact).
The Westing Game – I couldn’t remember if I’d read this classic before, so I added it to my #MustReadin2021 list. There were so many unique characters to watch throughout this mystery. However, please don’t laugh, but… once I got a bit into the story, I realized that the book I meant to add to my list was Wuthering Heights. I know, pretty big mix-up. But I’ll plan to remedy this in 2022.
We Are Not Free – Really good YA historical fiction set in the Japanese internment camps during WWII. Watch out for some language in this one – probably not best for the middle grades.
In the Shadow of the Sun – This historical fiction story takes place in North Korea. There’s a turn near the beginning where the main characters must take off running and they never really looked back. There’s continual action, serious danger, they aren’t sure who to trust, they’re lost, hungry, have painful injuries, and much of the time it’s all “will we ever survive this day.” At the end, there’s a lengthy Author’s Note about the years the author spent in North Korea and a list of professional organizations to find out more.
Stealing Mt. Rushmore – And I finished yet another historical fiction this week. Talk about taking me back to my childhood! As a child of the 70s/80s, there were so many story details that reminded me of my pre-teen years – the 64 color box of crayons with sharpeners, soda pull tabs, playing hopscotch, blackboards with chalk, Kool-Aid, Nancy Drew books, reading the comics in the newspaper, tie-dye & bell-bottoms, Flintstones, Captain Kangaroo, I love Lucy, Walter Cronkite, Mr. Rogers, I Dream of Jeannie, The Roadrunner, Mr. Magog, Scooby Doo… I was pretty horrified at the lack of PARENTING happening in this story and it was clear that both mom and dad had mental issues, but I really enjoyed watching the siblings interactions and Nellie’s attempts to solve the family’s problems and work out her friendship issues. I originally bought this book because we live near Mt. Rushmore. But once I got into the story, I realized it had much less to do with this historical site than it did depression, mental instability, and family bonding.
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