Monday, November 18, 2019

It's Monday! What are you reading? 11-18-19

It's Monday! What are you reading? Is a wonderful community of readers, teachers, and librarians. Hosted by Jen over at Teach Mentor Texts along with Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers, participants share their reading adventures from the past week along with their reading plans for the week ahead.

My Monday posts are generally just a highlight of what I've been reading during the week so if you'd like to see all that I've been reading, follow my Goodreads page.

I recently reviewed:

Beautiful on the Outside by Adam Rippon
Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness

I recently read and loved:

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
This book made my foodie heart so happy (and hungry).

Know My Name by Chanel Miller
If you're a high school English teacher I'm going to need you to be brave and consider replacing one of those dusty old books by a dead white guy with this book instead. It is a book that every teenage and college-age boy needs to read. It is a book that will start conversations and make them consider, understand, and even FEEL what it's like to lose your own bodily autonomy and therefore understand what consent REALLY means. Chanel Miller's gift of writing is like nothing I have ever experienced and I have read a lot of books in my lifetime. I listened to the audiobook of this but I feel like I have to go back and read the physical book too just to savor her lingering words.

The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh by Supriya Kelkar, illustrated by Alea Marley
A beautiful book that seamlessly weaves the story of a boy who practices Sikhism, but doesn't become didactic. It is the story of Harpreet Singh, a young boy who moves from California to a place that is cold and gets lots of snow. The colors he wears indicate his moods and feelings so when he moves to a new place and doesn't feel like he fits in, he no longer wears bright colors because he doesn't want to be noticed. I love the meaningful but brief note about Sikhism at the end to help better educate readers about Sikh identity and how that relates to their clothing.

Bob Ross and Peapod the Squirrel by Robb Pearlman, illustrated by Jason Kayser with Bob Ross
Bob Ross in a picture book? YES PLEASE!!!!

Currently Reading:

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

Currently reading with my ears:

Stress Less, Accomplish More: Meditation for Extraordinary Performance by Emily Fletcher


  1. I love the Many Colors of Harpreet Singh and I guess I need to check out Bob Ross -- it looks funny.

  2. Some are new to me and others I have on my list, Beth, like "Know My Name". I have "With the Fire on High", need to read it! And "The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh" sounds fascinating. Thank you!

  3. Frankly in Love is so good! Great characters, great humor, great storyline!

  4. What I love about Elizabeth Acevedo is her versatility - it seems like so many times authors books are the same book after book. I love the difference in her writing in these first two books.

  5. With the Fire on High is sitting on my shelf, I need to read it soon. I loved Frankly in Love, hope you enjoy it as well!

  6. I really enjoyed With the Fire on High and I'm excited to add Know My Name to my list after your words, here. I hope you've enjoyed Frankly in Love this week! :)