#IMWAYR (It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?) – Oct. 12/20

Last Week…

  • The Van Gogh Deception by Deron Hick, Narrated by P. J. Ochlan: I am enjoying the discovery of perhaps lesser-known titles. This art mystery also is a bit of an action-adventure as a boy is found in an art museum and has no recollection of how he got there or who he is. Placed in a foster home with a girl Camille who is closed to his age, the two begin to unravel who he is and how he connects to the art museum. I enjoyed the action and the friendship that developed between Camille and the boy appropriately named Art. The Rembrandt Conspiracy is another stand-alone with these two characters released next year and now is on my list to read.
  • The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley, Narrated by Bahni Tarpin: Another art mystery, where three strangers become a trio looking for missing masterpieces. Jin is a girl who lives with her grandparents, Alex, the loner, busy assisting those in need and Elvin, living on the streets after his grandfather ends up in the hospital after being beaten. Again I liked how the three worked together to figure out clues and to their next steps and provided a window into the Harlem community and culture. 
  • Siha Tooskins Know Series by Charlene Bearhead, Wilson Bearhead and illustrator Chloe Bluebird Mustooch – this was a fantastic find, and I will have a post about this series this week, so stay tuned.
  • Breathing Underwater by Sarah Allen: Olivia is taking a road trip back to where they used to live with her aunt, uncle and older sister Ruth. Olivia is hoping to recreate the joy of the treasure hunts they did on their way to their new home. Ruth would provide the theme words, and Olivia would take the photos while Ruth would find the song lists. This time though, things are different as Ruth has been struggling and often falls into what Olivia calls The Pit. I loved the relationships created with the two girls and the aunt and uncle and how Olivia wanted so badly to help her sister. Another strong sibling relationship book, I look forward to Sarah Allen’s third book.
  • Atomic Habits by James Clear read by the author: This was a fascinating and surprisingly uplifting read about establishing “good” habits and eliminating “bad” ones. I learned a lot from this audiobook and highly recommend it.

Up Next…

  • Skrypuch’s Sky of Bombs Sky by Marsha Forchuk – I got derailed this past week trying to complete year work, and so I still have a few chapters to read, and then I am looking forward to watching the video chat I missed.
  • This is Your Brain on Stereotypes: How Science Is Tackling Unconscious Bias by Tanya Lloyd Kyi and illustrated by Drew Shannon. I heard about this book during the middle-grade online book club hosted by Kathie and author Colleen Nelson and thought it was an important and relevant book to read.
  • Burn by Patrick Ness: I have started listening to the audiobook and am halfway through – set back in time, the reader sees how parallel worlds, dragons and the launch of Sputnik all intertwine.
  • Shining Willow Book Nominees and Picture Books: My weekly escape with picture books.

Down the Road…

I am so excited for the release of the final instalment of the Dragon Assassin by local author Arthur Slade released Oct. 20th. I have already spent time revisiting Carmen and Brax by listening to the first two audiobooks and excited for the conclusion! Also equally excited to enjoy Gillian McDunn’s These Unlucky Stars after enjoying her previous two books. 

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.

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Canadians celebrating and hope you all had some time to rest and read. We are almost at the midway point of #MGBooktober and I have been getting some great book titles to add to my Options/TBR pile. Hope you are enjoying it as well.

Laurie