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#NFPB2019- March 20, 2019

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What Was Stonewall?What Was Stonewall? by Nico Medina
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

With the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, there are going to be lots of books commemorating the event. And, I’m glad it’s getting covered in this popular series. While this is a good introduction, it is a bit over the place and tackles subjects that don’t really do justice in just a page or two.

Away with Words: The Daring Story of Isabella BirdAway with Words: The Daring Story of Isabella Bird by Lori Mortensen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Curiosity was the cure for Isabella Bird who ended up traveling the world in spite of the limited and limiting life her time had for women.

She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the WorldShe Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World by Kathy MacMillan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love this picture book that features 14 female changemakers and includes soundbites for each one. Includes a short biography and details about the words they spoke. My favorite part is probably the section where they ask the readers questions relating to that person and their life.

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My Reading Week #IMWAYR- March 18, 2019

I changed the name for my “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” posts to “My Reading Week.”

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#NFPB2019- March 13, 2019

We had a therapy llama at the bookstore on St. Patrick’s Day!

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You Are NewYou Are New by Lucy Knisley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A celebration of all the new things one experiences through life.

BirdsBirds by Carme Lemniscates
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A quiet meditative book about birds and the things they represent in our lives.

B Is for BabyB Is for Baby by Atinuke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A beautiful book following a day in the life of a baby and her brother and all the things they encounter that starts with B.

One Is a Piñata: A Book of NumbersOne Is a Piñata: A Book of Numbers by Roseanne Thong
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun counting book in English and Spanish with a glossary at the back. This vibrantly illustrated picture book is the third in a series that includes Green Is a Chile Pepper and Round as a Tortilla.

A Potty for Me!A Potty for Me! by Karen Katz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A fun lift the flap book for those in the potty training stage.

The Truth as Told by Mason ButtleThe Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was highly recommended to me and after winning an award I decided to read it. While it wasn’t for me, I can see why people like it.

The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical StoryThe Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story by Marie Kondō
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A cute quick read for anyone who wants to brush up a bit with the KonMarie book.

Endless NightEndless Night by Agatha Christie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of the cool things about my Agatha Christie Reading Challenge is getting to read books of her I normally wouldn’t have. Endless Night is quite different from her other books but then again that can be said with the ones when wrote later on in her career. An interesting read.

Review Notes
***= Liked It
****= Recommended
*****= Favorite

You can view all the books I’ve read at my Goodreads page.

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

Thanks to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

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#NFPB2019- March 13, 2019

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ABC for Me: ABC What Can She Be?: Girls can be anything they want to be, from A to ZABC for Me: ABC What Can She Be?: Girls can be anything they want to be, from A to Z by Sugar Snap Studio
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An ABC book about occupations with a focus on what girls can be.

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My Reading Week #IMWAYR- March 11, 2019

I changed the name for my “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” posts to “My Reading Week.”

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Nonfiction Picture Book Reviews

The Full House and the Empty HouseThe Full House and the Empty House by LK James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A sweet story about thinking the grass is greener on the other side but also being okay with what you are.

The Bear, the Piano, the Dog, and the FiddleThe Bear, the Piano, the Dog, and the Fiddle by David Litchfield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved The Bear and the Piano and was pleased to learn there was a sequel. An old man quits playing the fiddle after being discouraged at not making it big. His dog picks up the instrument and becomes a musical sensation. Jealousy soon tears them apart. A sweet story about friendship and following your dreams.

Monkey TimeMonkey Time by Michael Hall
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A fun book to introduce the concept of time as a monkey chases minutes. Lots of visual things to entertain readers.

In the Small, Small PondIn the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fun rhythmic read following a frog through the seasons.

First ClassFirst Class by Jamie Mae
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A fun early chapter book series about a motley crew of mythological creatures. In the first installment, a small gargoyles meets new friends and enemies in a school where they have to learn about teamwork in order to go on future adventures.

Mansfield ParkMansfield Park by Jane Austen
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

For some reason, I thought this was the source inspiration for the Barbra Streisand movie Funny Girl but it wasn’t. The main characters have different names. And I made the mistake of looking at the Wikipedia entry for it and I was given a major spoiler for something that happened towards the end of the book.

I didn’t enjoy Mansfield Park at all. Fanny wasn’t a strong and interesting enough character to be the lead.

Take Joy: A Writer's Guide to Loving the CraftTake Joy: A Writer’s Guide to Loving the Craft by Jane Yolen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If anyone wants to learn about the craft of writing, who better than such a prolific and successful author than Jane Yolen to learn from?

Review Notes
***= Liked It
****= Recommended
*****= Favorite

You can view all the books I’ve read at my Goodreads page.

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

Thanks to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

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#NFPB2019- March 6, 2019

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Mary Walker Wears the Pants: The True Story of the Doctor, Reformer, and Civil War HeroMary Walker Wears the Pants: The True Story of the Doctor, Reformer, and Civil War Hero by Cheryl Harness
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s still mind boggling the things women weren’t allowed to be and do. Defying expectations of what she was expected to wear and proving she could do things men were able to, Mary Walker was truly a trailblazer and I’m glad I got to know about her.

Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, RebelBrave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel by Lisa Pliscou
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been reading Jane Austen’s novels recently and this was a nice read to know about her life and what may have inspired her to write her stories.

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My Reading Week #IMWAYR- March 4, 2019

I changed the name for my “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” posts to “My Reading Week.”

It’s been awhile. I can’t believe this is my first #IMWAYR post of 2019. I’m reviewing most of the books I read these past two months and hopefully will be just reviewing currently read books (from the past week) again starting next week.

Recent Posts:
Looking Forward in 2019
January Update
February Update
#MustReadIn2019
#NFPB2019- February 20, 2019
#NFPB2019- February 27, 2019

Ms. Rapscott's GirlsMs. Rapscott’s Girls by Elise Primavera
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think this would make for a great readaloud- lots of humor and plenty of action. Ms. Rapscott reminds me of cross between Mary Poppins and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. Ms. Rapscott runs a school for girls of busy parents but the lessons aren’t confined within the classroom or within textbooks. But they are lessons that will change the girls forever and will leave a mark with readers.

Making Mistakes on Purpose (Ms. Rapscott's Girls Book 2)Making Mistakes on Purpose by Elise Primavera
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The magic and hilarity of the first book continues in this sequel featuring the return of favorite characters and the introduction of new ones with equally entertaining adventures. The ending leaves room for plenty more and I can’t wait!

The Night DiaryThe Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fans of historical fiction like The War that Saved My Life will enjoy The Night Diary. A half-Hindu, half-Muslim girl keeps a diary during the Indian Partition writing to her dead mother about her family life and her country being torn apart. Moving and powerful. I was glad this won an award!

Pablo and BirdyPablo and Birdy by Alison McGhee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great read aloud in the vein of Kate DiCamillo full of interesting characters (like an Elephant Ears stealing dog) and a heartwrenching story of trying to find’s one place in the world.

My Father's WordsMy Father’s Words by Patricia MacLachlan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After their father suddenly dies, a brother and sister tries to move on with their lives. I just love the message that we help ourselves when we help others when they end up helping out at a local dog shelter. A slim book that does feel a bit emotionally manipulative at times but a good read nonetheless.

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her MonsterSweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I fell in love with this story about a girl chimney sweeper who’s life gets saved by a golem. A historical fantasy that feels like a modern fairy tale.

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the WorldIvy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A coming of age story as well as a coming out that starts off with a tornado scene that was so intense to read. Ivy Aberdeen’s world is turned upside down and picking up the pieces proves to be harder than she thought it would be with conflicting emotions, a complicated family dynamic, and someone who is trying to out her before she’s ready.

Hurricane ChildHurricane Child by Kheryn Callender
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Started out strong and intriguing about a bullied girl trying to find her mother. And then it goes off on a weird tangent that would have been okay if they stuck with it.

To Night Owl from DogfishTo Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you’re looking for your next great mglit read, look no further than To Night Owl From Dogfish, an epistolary novel that starts out like a reverse Parent Trap when two girls are forced to spend time together when their dads fall in love with one another. Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer combine their talents as they explore the meaning of friendship and family in hilarious and heartwarming ways.

Tiger vs. NightmareTiger vs. Nightmare by Emily Tetri
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A cute graphic novel about what happens when your protector needs protecting.

Fake BloodFake Blood by Whitney Gardner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Something is obviously wrong when your first crush ends up trying to kill you after you pretend to be a vampire and she turns out to be a slayer in training. Cute.

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ClickClick by Kayla Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Drama will enjoy this graphic novel about a girl wanting to be in the school talent show only to find out her friends have formed their own groups already. I was pleased that this is going to be a series.

Hilo Book 5: Then Everything Went WrongHilo Book 5: Then Everything Went Wrong by Judd Winick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another installment in the Hilo series that readers will gobble up. I hate waiting so long for the next book!

New Super-Man and the Justice League China, Vol. 4New Super-Man and the Justice League China, Vol. 4 by Gene Luen Yang
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gene Luen Yang’s New Super-Man series concludes in this volume with another member joining the Justice League China. World peace is at stake and they have to face their biggest fears.

BloomBloom by Kevin Panetta
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Even though the intended readers for this graphic novel may be too young to know what I’m talking about, I like to say this book is like Call Me By Your Name that takes place in a bakery. Although I can say it’s like Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe that takes place in a bakery. It’s an LGBTQ love story.

The Poet XThe Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Told in verse, this is a story of a girl growing up in a strict household, trying to find her voice in a world that is only too happy to have her be silent.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, #1)The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun romp that starts one place and goes on wildly crazy unexpected paths. It’s like a road trip in historical time thrown in with a bit of Da Vinci Code.

SiddharthaSiddhartha by Hermann Hesse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’d been meaning to read this for years now. A guy goes out to find enlightenment but goes astray when he was so close to it. Naturally very relatable for anyone trying to discover the secret of life.

Everybody Reads Reading Challenge
There were two selections for this year’s Everybody Reads program- Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists both by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

AmericanahAmericanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While the writing was fine, I hated the structure of the novel. There would be a flashback and then another flashback so all the time jumping annoyed me. The characters weren’t that likable to me, either, which I understand stories don’t always need to have likable characters but I didn’t really care for what happened to them. Some of the cultural insights were relatable and interesting to think about that. Ultimately, I was disappointed with this.

(from 2016)
We Should All Be FeministsWe Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’d been hearing a lot about this book recently. Adapted from her Tedx Talk, this is a call to action to change the way women are being treated and mistreated. By simply allowing things to continue as they are, we unknowingly promote outdated and harmful and disrespectful behavior. We should indeed all be feminists because it’s just an extension of fighting for human rights.

Agatha Christie Reading Challenge
Dead Man’s Folly
4.50 from Paddington
Ordeal by Innocence
Cat Among the Pigeons
The Mousetrap and Other Plays
Double Sin and Other Sins
The Pale Horse
The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side
The Clocks
A Caribbean Mystery
At Bertram’s Hotel
Stars Over Bethlehem

It’s been an interesting string of Agatha Christie’s works from mystery novels (starring Hercule Poirot whom I enjoy and Miss Marple whom I don’t) to short stories, plays, and poems. Some of the works seem to have such a modern touch which isn’t surprising since these were written in her later years.

Jane Austen Reading Challenge

(from 2012)
Pride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Everyone seemed to be talking about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies when it first came out. A classic novel now with zombies? So, naturally, I wanted to read it. But, first, I decided to check out Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice as I figured I’d be able to appreciate the mash-up more. I was hesitant to get into that book in the beginning but it has become one of my favorites. Austen’s original had plenty enough humor to make the zombiefied version of it seem unnecessary.

Sense and SensibilitySense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite novels of all time when I first read it a few years ago. I decided to read Sense and Sensibility since a local theater company was putting on a modern adaptation of it. (Unfortunately, I didn’t end up seeing it.) This was another entertaining foray into Jane Austen’s works which made me decide to read all her books. I would have liked this more but it suffered the same problem as Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women which was it focused too much on the sister that I didn’t particularly like. I can see why Jane Austen is still so beloved after all these years.

EmmaEmma by Jane Austen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I watched the film Clueless way back when it was released and I was curious to read the original source of it. It was so interesting how they had modernized it. The characters and circumstances are so intriguing and the romantic entanglements keeps one entertained.

Review Notes
***= Liked It
****= Recommended
*****= Favorite

You can view all the books I’ve read at my Goodreads page.

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

Thanks to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

If you’re on Twitter, don’t forget to use the hashtag #IMWAYR when sharing your link!

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February Update

From my 19 for 2019 list, I was able to cross off two items!

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First, I donated $100 to Q Center, an LGBTQ+ nonprofit in Portland. About a year and a half ago, I decided to donate $1 for every book sold during a weekend shift at the bookstore to Q Center. I liked the idea but it wasn’t well executed. Plus, I didn’t have funds to actually see my philanthropic pursuits through. The total was $118 and I donated $18 last year. I had been paying membership dues to a co-op which didn’t, to use a popular phrase of the moment, “spark joy” so I got a refund and used that to pay the rest.

Second, I also started therapy. I really don’t mind sharing certain things about myself on social media if it helps start conversations about topics like finance and mental health that we’ve grown to learn to not talk about when silence creates more harm than not.

I love when people leave reviews of the store especially when they’re positive. They don’t even have to include anything good about me so these were a nice surprise.

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I’m up to 123 books read for 2019.

Reading Challenges Update:
-Agatha Christie titles- 12 out of 13
-Nonfiction Picture Books- 16 out of 104
-Middle Grade & Early Chapter- 13 out of 104

From my Must Read in 2019 list, I read
We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Part of my Everybody Reads Reading Challenge)
New Super-Man and the Justice League China, Vol. 4 by Gene Luen Yang

Some titles I enjoyed were:
Making Mistakes on Purpose by Elise Primavera
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Bloom by Kevin Panetta, Savanna Ganucheau
Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices by Thich Nhat Hanh
Siddartha by Hermann Hesse
To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer

I’m up to 55.75 volunteer hours for 2019 with the goal of 200 hours. I’ve done 356 out of 1000 boxes for the Soul Box Project. And if you want to see what they do, click here. Maybe it’ll inspire you to take part.

February was kind of tough for me but I’m glad to have made progress on things. I am looking forward to March and spring!