Thanks to Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts for this meme!

My mini theme for September was to Simplify by saying no to certain things allowing me to say yes to things that would be better for me and my mental health.

Unsurprisingly, a big mood lifter was going on my bookish travels to visit bookstores and libraries. I was able to visit 5 bookstores and 3 libraries in the past month. You can read about them on my other blog.

I’ve also been trying to not have expectations as to not get disappointed but I’m having a hard time with that since it sounds so pessimistic. Is this even something I should be working towards?

And, life just goes on doing its thing which is a lot to process. I know things have to change but it’s not something I can figure out on my own. After one of my super down days, I got so frustrated that I initiated a 2-week challenge to help me try and get back on track, which I’m happy to say was very effective. Yet, once it ended, I decided not to continue with it and I reverted back to bad habits.

To end on a positive note, I was able to volunteer again. I have my weekly shift for the library and, just last week, I had another volunteer shift at a different nonprofit so that made it feel like old times. Here’s to even better days ahead- but not me expecting that there will be!

So far this year, I’ve read 400 books. The breakdown is:

18- Adult novels

20- Adult non-fiction

29- Graphic novels

53- Middle Grade novels (Goal: 52)

270- Picture Books and Board Books

10- Young Adult novels

of which

73- Nonfiction Picture Books (Goal: 104)

41- Audio Books

And now for some reviews… Dessert Island

Dessert Island by Ben Zhu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Monkey lives on a dessert island. Fox lives on a desert island. In this deceptively simple story of friendship and fortune, readers will be treated to a story that can be enjoyed on multiple levels.

Room to Dream (Front Desk #3)Room to Dream by Kelly Yang
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mia Tang is back and fiercer than ever! From the front desk of the Calivista to China to visit family- and back again, her experiences continue to expand with both unexpected fulfillment of dreams and new challenges. Readers will continue to root for Mia and may be inspired themselves to go for their dreams!

PonyPony by R.J. Palacio
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just finished probably my favorite #mglit novel of the year. A story of enduring love, unbreakable friendship, and the resiliency of the human spirit to face challenges and overcome them.

Lightning-struck and friends with a ghost, twelve-year-old Silas already has an unusual life but now he has to out on a rescue mission to save his dad from a gang of crooks. R.J. Palacio has crafted another masterpiece full of adventure, heart, and- yes- wonder!

Spoiler alert: Definitely not one of those books you want to be reading in public. Unless you want to be sobbing even behind your mask.

You can go to my Goodreads page to see other books I’ve read which I’ve been too busy to review.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Reading!

3 thoughts on “My Reading Week #IMWAYR- October 4, 2021 / September Review

  1. Earl, I think it’s wonderful that you not only work but volunteer, too. Also it seems that everyone is having a tough time during these past months with the virus upending so many parts of our lives. Thanks for sharing. It feels good to know that you’re trying to figure things out, like I am, & I’m sure many others are, too. And, wow, you shared some books I want to read. Love hearing about the new Kelly Yang & Pony! Palacio is simply a good story-teller! Thanks for all!

  2. I’m looking forward to reading Room to Dream – in fact, I’ll read anything Kelly Yang writes as I think she’s a phenomenal writer! And I’ve been hearing such great things about Pony. I have it on audiobook, so fingers crossed I can get to it soon. I’m glad you’ve had great opportunities to volunteer and visit several different bookstores. Sadly, the closest bookstore to me is 100 miles away. * sniff, sniff* Thanks for the shares, Earl, and I hope you have a great week!

  3. I’m sorry things have been tough lately, with the bad habits coming back and the tough days and such—but it’s wonderful that you’ve gotten back into volunteering and done some saying “no” to things! About the expectations—that is an interesting question, since you’d obviously not want to always have negative expectations, but no expectations at all? Hmmm—I don’t know what the effect would be. I will say, I feel like so much during the pandemic involves having perfectly reasonable optimistic expectations (about virtual events, about people getting the vaccine, etc.) and then having them crushed—so I wouldn’t say your expectations are too high or anything! It’s a lot to deal with, but I do always appreciate you telling us about how it’s all going. (Sorry for the mini-rant!) Books-wise, I’ve heard so many good things about Pony already—I need to find a copy! And I need to read the Kelly Yang books—it’s just embarrassing at this point. Thank you so much for the great post, Earl!

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