Monday, November 8, 2021

It's Monday! What are you reading? 11-8-21


t'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'm having tons of fun making book-related content over on TikTok. Here is my favorite one from the past few weeks:

I recently reviewed:
Niki Nakayama: A Chef's Tale in 13 Bites by Jamie Michalak and Debbie Michiko Florence, illustrated by Yuko Jones

I recently read and loved:
Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy
When Huda Fahmy moves to Dearborn, Michigan, a city that has the highest percentage of Arab Americans in the nation, she’s suddenly not the only hijab-wearing Muslim at her school, which leads her to question her own identity and what makes her special.

Huda F Are You? is compelling and page-turning while also dealing with serious and sometimes heavy issues like identity, family, and Islamaphobia.

Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography by Laurie Woolever
Anthony Bourdain contained multitudes. He was equal parts
Sensitive and badass
Quiet and brash
Introverted and confrontational
Narcissistic and empathetic

His life was full of contradictions. Which is what made him such a compelling writer and TV personality.

This biography is a collection of interviews of people who knew him well to help readers gain insight into the parts of Bourdain that his fans didn't know or didn't see.

The People Remember by Ibi Zoboi, illustrated by Loveis Wise
This collection of poetry in a chronological narrative of the history of African Americans is absolutely stunning. 

The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renee Watson, illustrated by Nikkolas Smith
A beautiful and important book

Currently reading: 

In the Weeds: Around the World and Behind the Scenes with Anthony Bourdain by Tom Vitale 

Currently reading with my ears: 

The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl


  1. Niki Nakayama sounds fantastic. Two great authors!

  2. I enjoyed the book about Niki Nakayama, too, Beth, & will love reading more about Anthony Bourdain. Born on the Water is new to me - want to read! Thanks!

  3. I'm borrowing Huda Fahmy as we speak from my local library. Thanks for including graphic novels!

  4. I used to live close to where Huda F. was set! I think my readers will find it interesting.

  5. I'm making sure to add The 1619 Project: Born on the Water to my list. Hoping we can get it ordered soon. Love that you're enjoying creating TikTok videos. Definitely a crier here! *raises hand*

  6. Beth, thank you for sharing so many cool books in one post!! Huda F Are You? is one I will be immediately adding to my Christmas wish list—one of the things that gets me aggravated is how little #ownvoices racial diversity there is in the graphic novel world, and this will be the first graphic novel by a Muslim author I've ever found. I also looked at your review of Niki Nakayama, and it sounds fantastic! And I was actually just learning in class about the 1619 Project today, so I wrote down their picture book on my list too. And I know people who might enjoy the Anthony Bourdain books too!

    Also, your TikTok is quite funny, so thanks for sharing it—and I know that song, so I love the line you chose! Thanks so much for the great post!