5.04.2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

[The original It's Monday! What Are You Reading?hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey]

People! I'm branching out with my reading! Can you believe it? Joining a "grown-up" book club and participating in a reading challenge has slowly but surely expanded my choices in reading material. At first it was a bit uncomfortable, but everything I've read so far has been wonderful. 

WHAT I READ LAST WEEK:

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

WHAT I'M READING NOW:

Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break, With Recipes for Pastries, Breads, and Other Treats by Anna Brones and Johanna Kindvall

The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food by Charles Phan

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA


[To rehash the concept :: post what you read last week, what you're reading now, and what you plan to read this week. If you have a review of the book(s), great! If you have a picture of the book(s), wonderful! If you have a book giveaway, fantastic! If you just list the title(s) of the book(s), not a problem! Make it as simple or as complex as you need it to be. At least, that's the message I got. This version of the meme is hosted by Jen and Kellee of Teach Mentor Text, which, in turn, was inspired by Sheila over at Book Journey, who hosts the original It's Monday! What Are You Reading?]

WHAT I READ LAST WEEK:



Farewell Floppy by Benjamin Chaud, translated by Taylor Norman

Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Jamey Christoph

Hair for Mama by Kelly A. Tinkham, illustrated by Amy June Bates

In Mary's Garden by Tina & Carson Kügler

Meet the Dullards by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre

Sona and the Wedding Game by Kashmira Sheth, illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi 

Ten Thank-You Letters by Daniel Kirk

There's No Such Thing as Little by LeUyen Pham

Where Bear? by Sophy Henn

Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni

WHAT I'M READING NOW:


Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome by Robby Novak and Brad Montague

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

WHAT'S ON HOLD RIGHT NOW:


Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks (aka Heather Rose and Danielle Wood)

5.03.2015

The Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge

For the last few years I've taken part in the Goodreads annual Reading Challenge. There have been some arguments for and against reading challenges, but I find it beneficial to participate. I've met (and exceeded) my goals, but I've also fallen short of my goal. In the end, though, having a challenge goal keeps me motivated, encourages me when I've fallen behind, and gives me an additional sense of satisfaction when I keep on reading. My goal for the coming year will be the same as this year's, to read a book a day (as you may have noticed, I read a lot of picture books and graphic novels, which makes this goal "easier").

Not increasing my goal this year, in some sense, defeats the purpose of a challenge. According to dictionary.com, a challenge is a "difficulty in a job or undertaking that is stimulating to one engaged in it." Reading as I always do is not a difficulty, nor is it stimulating. I recently saw a challenge on Book Riot that could help me with this: the 2015 Read Harder Challenge. My main reading interests are children's literature, fantasy, and graphic novels. I occasionally dabble in "grown up" nonfiction and mystery. It's easy to fall into a reading rut and I think it would be challenging to read outside of my comfort zone.

There are 24 tasks for this challenge, and as much as I would like to fulfill each task with a separate book, there may be some tasks that will be checked off with the same book (these are denoted with an asterisk *):

A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25
A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65
  • As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Flavia de Luce #7) 
    by Alan Bradley (January)*
A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)
A book published by an indie press
A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ
A book by a person whose gender is different from your own
A book that takes place in Asia
A book by an author from Africa
A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.)
A microhistory
  • The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin (February)
A YA novel
A sci-fi novel
A romance novel
A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade

  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (2014 Man Booker Prize nominee) (April)

A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)
An audiobook
A collection of poetry
A book that someone else has recommended to you
A book that was originally published in another language
  • Mikis and the Donkey by Bibi Dumon Tak (January)
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō, translated by Cathy Hirano (February)*
  • The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami, translated by Ted Goossen (February)
  • Vango: Between Sky and Earth by Timothée de Fombelle (April)
A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind
A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over)
A book published before 1850
A book published this year
  • As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Flavia de Luce #7) by Alan Bradley (January)*
  • American Ghost: A Family's Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest by Hannah Nordhaus (April)
A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō, translated by Cathy Hirano (February)
As you can see, I got off to a head start and finished a few of these tasks over the weekend. I'll endeavor to keep updating this post as I fulfill a task. Book Riot began a Goodreads page for the challenge, which links to the original post, lists the tasks and reading suggestions for the tasks, and allows for participants to share what they're reading. They encourage people to use the hashtag #ReadHarder on social media.

4.27.2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA


[To rehash the concept :: post what you read last week, what you're reading now, and what you plan to read this week. If you have a review of the book(s), great! If you have a picture of the book(s), wonderful! If you have a book giveaway, fantastic! If you just list the title(s) of the book(s), not a problem! Make it as simple or as complex as you need it to be. At least, that's the message I got. This version of the meme is hosted by Jen and Kellee of Teach Mentor Text, which, in turn, was inspired by Sheila over at Book Journey, who hosts the original It's Monday! What Are You Reading?]

WHAT I READ LAST WEEK:



The Chiru of High Tibet: A True Story by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Linda Wingerter

Feeling Great! Just Like Me! by Jess Stockham

Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley

Happy Hippo, Angry Duck: A Book of Moods by Sandra Boynton

How Are You Peeling? Foods with Moods by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers

Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney

Mean Soup by Betsy Everitt

My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems

My Grandfather's Coat retold by Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Barbara McClintock

No, David! by David Shannon

The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too! by Mo Willems

Sometimes by Keith Baker

Sometimes I'm Bombaloo by Rachel Vail, illustrated by Yumi Heo

Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis, illustrated by Laura Cornell

The Way I Feel by Janan Cain

We Dig Worms! by Kevin McCloskey

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Yesterday I Had the Blues by Jeron Ashfrod Frame, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

WHAT I'M READING NOW:


Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome by Robby Novak and Brad Montague

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni

WHAT'S ON HOLD RIGHT NOW:


Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks (aka Heather Rose and Danielle Wood)

4.20.2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA


[To rehash the concept :: post what you read last week, what you're reading now, and what you plan to read this week. If you have a review of the book(s), great! If you have a picture of the book(s), wonderful! If you have a book giveaway, fantastic! If you just list the title(s) of the book(s), not a problem! Make it as simple or as complex as you need it to be. At least, that's the message I got. This version of the meme is hosted by Jen and Kellee of Teach Mentor Text, which, in turn, was inspired by Sheila over at Book Journey, who hosts the original It's Monday! What Are You Reading?]

WHAT I READ LAST WEEK:



Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea (publication date: May 5, 2015)

If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond

I Really Want a Dog by Susan Breslow and Sally Blakmore, illustrated by True Kelley

Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper

One Pup's Up by Marsha Wilson Chall, illustrated by Henry Cole

乙嫁語り 7巻 (Otoyomegatari, or A Bride's Story, Volume 7) by 森 薫 (Kaoru Mori)

Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula by Andi Watson

Whale Trails, Before and Now by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker, illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss

WHAT I'M READING NOW:


Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome by Robby Novak and Brad Montague

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

WHAT'S ON HOLD RIGHT NOW:


Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks (aka Heather Rose and Danielle Wood)