I’m not quite sure how I felt about this book. I laughed at certain parts. There was an overall feel of things not quite meshing. But I think kids who enjoyed The 13-Story Treehouse will enjoy this series also from Australia where snack time or recess is called “little lunch.”
Powerful. Moving. I didn’t really know about Japanese internment camps until a few years ago and I think more people need to learn about them. There’s so many good things about this book that I can’t really process it all yet but I love the grandparents. I wish there’ll be a sequel to this. One of my Newbery picks for 2019.
Bilingual English/Spanish. A boy feels embarrassed about his mom’s partner, Leslie, who his classmates make fun of for looking like a guy and dresses in messy paint-splattered overalls. When Mother’s Day comes, will he be too embarrassed to show the two women in his life how important they are to him?
More people need to know about Bayard Rustin, a gay African-American activist who played a role in practically every major Civil Rights Movement events. Through his correspondences, we learn about his beliefs. A great example of a flawed individual who did great good things.
***= Liked It
I can’t believe we’re halfway through the year. There’s been good days and bad days, for sure. And, I’m grateful for all the good things. And, I’ve been taking comfort in the saying that “This, too, shall pass.”
Of course, June was all about Pride. While I didn’t go to the Parade, I did try and support LGBTQ owned businesses. The big thing was doing the Reading the Rainbow BINGO with my friend. And I was glad to have completed it! I read some great books, watched some great shows and documentaries, and attended wonderful events.
I’m up to 185 hours of volunteering including helping out Write Around Portland at Oregon Public House again. And I reached my goal of folding 1,000 boxes for the Soul Box Project. I’m thinking of going for 2,000 including the ones I made last year and I’m currently at 1475 boxes.
I also visited The Bookmobile Babe, an up and coming literacy nonprofit in Portland, Oregon. They set up at a park to give books to kids- from babies to teens. I donated a couple of picture books because I’m always excited when people want to make the world better with books!
Speaking of donating books, I finally dropped off the books from my Birthday Book Drive to the Children’s Book Bank!
I also reached 200 likes on this blog’s Facebook page!
I’m up to 345 books read for 2019.
Reading Challenges Update:
-Agatha Christie titles- 20 out of 26
-Nonfiction Picture Books- 60 out of 104
-Middle Grade & Early Chapter- 28 out of 104
I’m looking forward to do a Mid-Year Review. I’m hoping it’ll give me a necessary kick in the pants since I like lists and I like being productive. I created a process for the journaling crowd that I’m excited to implement.
Some other things I’m looking forward to is that I booked a mini vacation during Fourth of July weekend and my work is celebrating 10 years!
Sometimes poetry puts me off but this one was very approachable. From becoming a single mother to finding new love with another woman and trying to have another child, these poems offer a personal insight to her life.
This was an interesting- and surprisingly funny- memoir of surviving Nazi Germany. Some things sounded a bit made up like he was some sort of gay James Bond. It was amazing how bad things escalated and eerie how similar certain situations are now to back then. I wonder if there’s a hidden second part to this memoir about life after their freedom.
***= Liked It
The must read graphic novel of the summer starts off like with a realistic premise of a group of boys out to see whether a fantastical story they’ve heard all their lives is true or not and then veers off into Miyazaki/ Studio Ghibli territory! What I also liked is that this was pretty substantial text-wise.
If you need a pick me up, make sure to have a copy of this book- a collection of insights from everyone’s favorite and friendliest neighbor. The audiobook has sound clips of some of his words and otherwise read by a few celebrities.
I’m glad I finally picked up this middle grade novel about a character transitioning from the body he was born with to the person he was meant to be. Portrays realistic struggles of the process. In addition to that, someone is outing him in school. A compelling read that’s not sensationalized or anything.
I’ve put off reading this graphic novel because I wasn’t a fan of the artwork. And I admit as much as I try to read lots of LGBTQ books, I tend to mostly read books with gay stories. But for my Reading the Rainbow Reading Challenge, I wanted to make sure I read not only a variety of styles but also various viewpoints within the LGBTQ spectrum. This coming of age story is sweet and funny perfect for fans of Telgemeier’s Drama and Brosgol’s Be Prepared.
At first, I thought this was based on a show on Cartoon Network because of the animation. This wild ride of a graphic novel features a trans main character living in a Dollywood-inspired theme park that’s also a portal to the many levels of Heaven and Hell. It’s a time of changes for Barney when he develops a crush on his fellow co-worker and has to take care of his currently possessed dog while battling the underworld.
I was familiar with Snagglepuss from the Saturday morning cartoons I grew up watching. This sort of works as a reimagined prequel where he’s gay and being accused of being a Communist. I’m kind of curious to read Mark Russell’s take on the Flinstones.
This was a delightful find- a lesbian love story featuring people of color in their later years. The edition includes other comics contribution featuring other aspects of the characters’ lives. Plus, there’s a preview of the next volume that comes out next year.
I was glad to find this graphic novel for my LGBTQ Reading Challenge since it’s an anthology about the bi experiences by bi people. It was interesting to see the backlash they get from straight and gay communities. While I appreciated this collection, there were some works which didn’t seem to fit and some that could have been proofread first.
***= Liked It
Hello World! is a board book series that introduces the youngest readers to nature and science concepts. Colorful images and question prompts are mixed in with the story text. This one is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.