Monday, July 27, 2020

It's Monday! What are you reading? 7-27-2020

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.

My anxiety has been sky high this past week. The thought of returning to school in a few weeks just makes me completely despondent. So, if you're feeling like me, I thought I would share with you a couple things I watched that are book-related that made me feel less anxious

Both The Baby-Sitters Club and Timmy Failure were exactly what I needed this past week. The character-driven stories and low-conflict plots were easy to watch and made me feel like I was wearing a comfortable pair of pajamas. I highly recommend both, but especially The Baby-Sitters Club. It has a lovely 90s aesthetic and nostalgia and yet it is updated for 2020 by including poignant feminist, identity, and social justice themes. I'm really hoping another season is in the works. 

Last week I finished reading:

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone 

I loved that the sequel to Dear Martin is told from Quan's perspective, a character we were introduced to in the first book, but made a lot of assumptions about. Dear Justyce gives him his own voice and his own story.

I also read and loved:

I Yoga You by Genevieve Santos
This is a beautiful rhyming board book that uses yoga poses to talk about the ways parents love their children.

Currently Reading:

Beauty Mark: A Verse Novel of Marilyn Monroe by Carole Boston Weatherford 

Currently Reading with My Ears:

Democracy in One Book or Less: How It Works, Why It Doesn't, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think by David Litt


  1. I didn't know that Timmy Failure was made into a movie. It looks like a lot of fun!

  2. I'm glad you found some fun movie/TV adaptations to help with your stress! Dear Justyce sounds like a great novel! I actually used to do yoga as a little kid to deal with stress, so little-kid me would have loved I Yoga You! Thanks for the great post!

  3. As a retired teacher, I can only imagine what kinds of pressure and stress educators are feeling about returning to school this fall! Reading and watching movies are always good ways to wind down. I love the idea of the 'I Yoga You' board book! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :0}

  4. I too took refuge in The Babysitter's Club this week. It's like a warm blanket or holding a cuddly stuffed animal. I am wide-eyed about the Marilyn Monroe book. She's super interesting, I typically love novels in verse and of course, Carole Boston Weatherford is fabulous so it seems like one for me.