Monday, May 11, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 5-11-2020

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.

Today is an exciting day because ALAN announced the winner of the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award. Go check out my post to find out who the winner is... 

2020 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Winner 

Last week I finished reading:

I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening): A Guide to Grace-filled Political Conversations by Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers
The wrong-headed platitude that you should never talk politics or religion in polite company has done so much damage to our democracy. What we actually do is just talk politics with people who reinforce our worldview. The truth is, we NEED to talk about politics, and especially with those we don't agree. We just need to learn HOW. Otherwise our country will never heal. And we are at an incredibly divisive and contentious time right now that we just can't ignore by burying our heads in the sand. While we're busy burying our heads in the sand, why don't we also work on digging out the roots of the anger, hurt, and contention that we are feeling and talk to each other like human beings worthy of grace and love instead of "walking ideologies." This book can help move us forward. It's not going to give you all the answers. It's not a magic wand. But it's a good outline and roadmap for how to start the journey. 

Currently reading:

Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder

Currently reading with my ears: 

The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais


  1. I Think You're Wrong looks like an excellent book for these troubled times. There are so many who believe that if you disagree with someone, you can't still love them or be friends or talk about it. I'll definitely look for this book. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week!

  2. I've been meaning to order Dancing at the Pity Party. Thanks for sharing the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award results. I always enjoy those book lists and need to get reading now!

  3. I hope that we (people) can begin talking with one another, but agree that it isn't easy. That's a new title to me along with Dancing at the Pity Party. Thanks, Beth. I'll share about the new awards!

  4. I've been wanting to read I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening) -- such an important discussion for what we're currently experiencing in the US! And now I'm off to examine the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award results. Thanks!

  5. Thanks for this list Beth. I just put a hold on Lovely War so thanks for that post.
    I've added I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening) to my list. Things are not as far gone here in Canada as they are in the USA, but we are too far down that path for my liking. Personally I try to be friends with many people who have seemingly different perspectives than I do.

  6. YAY Walden!!!!! :) :) :) We're going to share the award next Tuesday.
    Enjoy Silence Between Us--that was our Schneider winner :)

    Happy reading this week :)

  7. I really enjoyed I Think You're Wrong and have since listened to some of their podcast episodes. Pantsuit Politics is really a nice way to keep up with current political information. I just am doing a little avoidance at the moment so haven't listened for a while.