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: http://a-semi-blogged-life.blogspot.com/
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
102- Nonfiction Picture Books (Goal: 104)
45- Audio Books
And, now for some book reviews…
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.
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. https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7247248-earl
Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Reading!