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

This blog is turning 10 next year! While it’s not a big deal for anyone else, I’m quite pleased with the upcoming milestone.

Throughout the year, I’ve been reading the She Persisted chapter books. They’re great biographies to learn about some amazing women. I liked the section in the end of each book sharing ways the readers can emulate who they just read about. I enjoyed the ones about who I wasn’t aware of like Virginia Apgar and about who I wanted to learn more about like Nellie Bly. I’ll definitely continue reading the series.

As you probably know by now, I’m a completist when it comes to series. Another one I decided to complete was Storytelling Math. I was first introduced to them with Grace Lin’s board books. And like with the picture books that came after from other authors and illustrators, I loved that they incorporated math skills and concepts with engaging stories featuring diverse characters of different backgrounds. I’ll definitely continue reading the series as more books come out.



The FarmThe Farm by Joanne Ramos
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

With its evocative cover, this debut novel wasn’t really on my reading radar until I came across it on some list. I was thinking it would be a mix of Crazy Rich Asians and The Handmaid’s Tale. While the story is largely motivated by money (what the people who have them can do with it just because they can and what the people who don’t have them will do for it just to survive) and the surrogates for the mysterious wealthy people they’re carrying life for discover the restrictive yet posh surrogacy center they’re staying in has secrets of its own, ultimately it’s an immigrant story- what is the American Dream and who can attain it and the lengths people will do to get through life. I wish it leaned more heavily in the psychological thriller aspect of it as the ending left me a bit wanting.




Letters to a Young Brown GirlLetters to a Young Brown Girl by Barbara Jane Reyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s a short but powerful collection of contradictions- being seen (for being different) and being invisible (for being different), being included (for being the token other) and being excluded (for being too much of the other)- that’s sadly too familiar. It’s also being fed up with how the system is rigged and deciding to not play by the unfair rules. It’s about finding your voice and learning to love yourself.


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 27, 2021

  1. Congrats on 10 years of blogging—that’s such an impressive accomplishment! It takes a ton of dedication to stay with it for so long—I hope I can make it to 10 years as well (I’m a little over 5 years right now). The She Persisted biographies sound great—I was actually learning about Virginia Apgar in a child development course recently, so I imagine reading that biography would be quite fascinating. The Storytelling Math books sound great as well—I had seen the Grace Lin books and Bracelets for Bina’s Brothers, but I hadn’t made the connection that they were all part of the same series. The Farm sounds like a fascinating read, although it’s a shame the ending wasn’t as thrilling or satisfying as it could have been. And Letters to a Young Brown Girl sounds really powerful as well—those contradictions you mention are really impactful and frustrating. Thanks so much for the wonderful post, Earl, and happy new year!

  2. Hi. Congrats on the ten years. It’s a long time to be sharing. I’m glad you mentioned it because it made me check and apparently I have already missed my ten year mark. It was in August of 2021, but I hadn’t noticed.

    The Grace Lin books are cute and it’s nice to have more math focused books for younger readers with a diverse set of characters. I have purchased a few of the She Persisted series, but haven’t yet read them. I’ll have to pick them up sometime soon.


  3. Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary, Earl! I’ve been curious about The Farm because the premise sounds quite intriguing. Just haven’t yet felt compelled to read it, yet. #catchinguponcomments

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