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

November seemed to have gone by so quickly. On one hand, where did it go? On the other hand, hurry up and let’s be done with 2021 already.

The biggest thing that happened was that I got my booster shot and just recovered from a sore arm and slight fever the day of Thanksgiving.

I also added another volunteer shift to my weekly schedule and I’m glad to be able to help this other non-profit which I’ve been part of on and off for over a decade!

I did another one of my two-week challenges to instill good habits. For the most part, it worked but once it ended I kind of fell of the wagon- again!

I updated one of my other sites to keep up with all my Whimsy and Wonder posts. I love that I’ll have a record of a year of that to look at. You can read about them here:

I was trying hard to make progress on my Nonfiction Picture Book (or any Kids Book, really) Challenge and I’m pleased to say I’m only two titles away from reaching that goal.

So far this year, I’ve read 481 books. The breakdown is:
19- Adult novels
23- Adult non-fiction
31- Graphic novels
63- Middle Grade novels (Goal: 52)
331- Picture Books and Board Books
14- Young Adult novels
of which
102- Nonfiction Picture Books (Goal: 104)
45- Audio Books
And, now for some book reviews…

Sugar and SpiteSugar and Spite by Gail D. Villanueva
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Jolina moves from the big city to a small island village, she doesn’t feel like she belongs. It doesn’t help there’s a girl not making things any easier for her. But because she comes from a family who knows how to create magical potions, she feels she can come up with a potion to make her bully her best friend. However, she realizes that she should have been careful what she wished for.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask: Young Readers EditionEverything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask: Young Readers Edition by Anton Treuer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a perfect book to read during National Native American Heritage Month. In a quick and accessible Q&A format, through the author’s lens, we get to see things in a historical perspective, learn about current issues that are being struggled with, and provides some things we can all do to create a better future.

It’s amazing all the things we were taught and not taught in school. Silence, distortion of facts, and erasure from the narrative seem to be some tactics to keep any minority groups oppressed. The more we learn about each other will only make us stronger.

And I do prefer a Young Readers Edition since I actually feel they’re better having had to be gone over again and only the important things are included. And they (the good ones, at least) aren’t dumbed down.

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- December 6, 2021 / November Review

  1. Hi Earl, good for you for more volunteering. You know the used bookstore where I work is run entirely by volunteers. I’d love to have you! Thanks for these two books, both new to me. My class, several years ago, visited the Wampanoag people who live near Plimoth Plantation. We got a healthy dose of what was true & what misinformation they fought daily. It was a special experience. I’ll look for that “Everything You Wanted…” book especially. Thanks!

  2. I’m sorry your booster shot made you feel a bit sick over Thanksgiving—I think they’ve definitely had a few side effects (although none nearly as bad as COVID!). And it’s great that you’re getting involved in more volunteering! Also, your reading progress this year is amazing—I cannot fathom cramming that many books in!

    Sugar and Spite is a book I keep hearing good things about, and it sounds excellent, so I appreciate the recommendation! And the book on Native Americans sounds really eye-opening and valuable—and I appreciate your point about young readers’ editions being less bloated. Thanks so much for the wonderful post, Earl!

  3. Hi Earl, I’m playing catch-up on our #IMWAYR community’s blog posts from December. But I’m glad to learn of Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask: Young Readers Edition. I’ll have to see if we have a local copy. Thanks for sharing!

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