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I wasn’t even going to post this week but I figured if I just kept it short and simple, I’d have done it and I could move on.

May has been full of walks exploring wish trees, labyrinths, and bridges. You can check out my other blog for some of these adventures.

So far this year, I’ve read 236 books. The breakdown is:

7- Adult novels

17- Adult non-fiction

14- Graphic novels

36- Middle Grade novels (Goal: 52)

158- Picture Books and Board Books

4- Young Adult novels of which

56- Nonfiction Picture Books (Goal: 104)

25- Audio Books

Now, for the book reviews…

Skate for Your LifeSkate for Your Life by Leo Baker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am such a huge fan of the Pocket Change Collective series and I think every middle school and high school libraries should carry them. They’re basically long essays about experiences specific to the person writing about it. In Skate for Your Life, Leo Baker shares their story falling in love with skateboarding at a young age, pursuing it as a career and the obstacles it presented to them as gender-queer nonbinary person.

ContinuumContinuum by Chella Man
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am such a huge fan of the Pocket Change Collective series and I think every middle school and high school libraries should carry them. They’re basically long essays about experiences specific to the person writing about it. In Continuum, Chella Man shares his story living in the intersections of his multiple identities as a Deaf, genderqueer, trans-masculine, Chinese, and Jewish person.

ParachutesParachutes by Kelly Yang
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been a Kelly Yang fan since Front Desk and this has been on my radar since it came out last year but admittedly I’m not that much of a YA reader. I did want to intentionally read another AAPI book since it seemed I started my LGBTQ reading challenge a bit early.

Parachutes is Crazy Rich Asians meets Speak. It is engrossing and nerve wracking. It is powerful, inspiring, and infuriating. I loved the diversity not only of the characters but the situations and the topics tackled.

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

Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Reading!

5 thoughts on “My Reading Week #IMWAYR- June 7, 2021 / May Review

  1. I’m glad you posted this week—even a short post is still fun for everyone to read! The Pocket Change Collective books look like great reads, and Parachutes is absolutely fantastic, I agree—I read it a while back. Thanks so much for the great post!

  2. Wow, Earl, I’ve never heard of Pocket Change Collective series, will bookmark them for sure. I have heard of Parachutes & hope I can get to reading it sometime this summer. Thanks!

  3. I was stunned by Parachutes by Kelly Yang. And, of course, the author’s note was very helpful and made me want to sit at Yang’s feet and ask question after question. Just wow. Continuum has caught my attention. I hope we get a copy in my area because it sounds very helpful and important. Thanks, Earl!

  4. I’m glad you enjoyed Parachutes by Kelly Yang. It’s a pretty intense read. I liked that it was told from the two different girls perspectives. Happy reading this week.

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