Another busy week of shovelling as we received more snow and my poor dog got “fixed” as they say, so lots of time devoted to him as adjusted to life with the dreaded cone and therefore not a lot of reading accomplished. Despite that, oh how the books were EXCEPTIONAL!
- Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow #3 by Jessica Townsend, narrated by Gemma Whelan. Ms. Townsend has down it again. Although darker and hitting a little too close to home with a mysterious disease attacking the Wunimals, this series is phenomenal and can stand right alongside Harry Potter. In the third installment, Morrigan Crow, the only Wundersmith in Wunsoc is learning the Wretched Arts. As Morrigan learns more about her abilities and the past Wundersmiths, readers see more of the political side of Nevermoor and how many people have something to gain by using Morrigan. I hope we do not have long to wait for the next book in the series.
- Dear Justyce by Nic Stone, narrated by Dion Graham: Dear Martin was so incredibly strong, but Nic Stone has raised her game to another level with this book. Written in a similar format to Dear Justyce, we meet Quan, incarcerated for the murder of a police officer. Pleading not guilty, Quan writes to Justyce (the protagonist of Dear Martin) and details just how systemic racism has landed him where he is in this cell. This was gut-wrenching to read because it is sadly too accurate. Quan will stay with me for a long time. This is a must-read.
- All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat: I am so so glad that this book #ownvoice author Christina Soontornvat shared this story and provided the details from the Thai perspective. Learning about the Thai Navy SEALS and the work that Thanet and Colonel Singhanat did to divert the water out of the cave and seeing the photos of what they accomplished was incredible. Soontornvat expertly intertwines the expository information as it comes up in the exploration of the cave by the boys or the rescue. Well researched and a personal author note make this a favourite nonfiction read for me this year.
- Skyhunter by Marie Lu narrated by Natalie Naudus: I have enjoyed other books by Ms. Lu, so I was happy that the audiobook came in from the library. Looks to be another dystopian type book – a genre I haven’t read for a while.
- Double the Danger and Zero Zucchini by Betsy Uhrig: I started this one based on a conversation during the #MGBookChat by @aslan_magic, who was reading it and finding it funny. I wanted something light, and yes, it is quite humorous. Reluctant reader Alex has been asked to help his aunt review a book she has written. It is incredibly dull, so Alex and his friends are providing suggestions with the help of a ghostwriter. Funny and a mystery to solve – a welcome combo.
- Genius Jolene by Sara Cassidy, illustrations by Charlene Chua: This is a Shining Book nominee, and I am looking forward to reading this one as there are not many chapter books that include LGBTQ+ characters.
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Royal Rangers #4 The Missing Prince by John Flanagan: well, I have moved up in the queue for this book but still waiting.
I want to acknowledge the two that started this all. It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? has changed from becoming a meme for adults to the sharing of children’s’ lit. This idea to include #kidlit came from Unleashing Reader blogger Kellee Moye and Jen Vincent, from the Teach Mentor Texts, blog. They thought there should be a children’s lit focus too and hence a version for #kidlit began! So every Monday, join in on the fun by sharing what you just finished reading, currently are reading, or are anticipating reading. Use the hashtag #IMWAYR on your social media sites to share, follow what others are reading and to show support for #kidlit bloggers by reading and commenting.