#IMWAYR (It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?) – Nov. 2/20

Well, I decided NOT to follow my graphic for my reading from last week or became confused, and I switched my weeks. What I said I wanted to read last week is now my intentions for this week. With our provincial election and other family matters, this week was my slowest reading week to date. I managed to finish my picture books for the Shining Willows and the many holds from the library.  

Last Week

I have found myself that I am quite enjoying revisiting old friends by listening to the audiobooks of John Flanagan’s Brotherband Chronicles and am expecting I will continue listening to the series until finished (there are eight in total, the last two ones I have not read). If you have read Diane Magras’s Mad Wold’s Daughter books, although older I believe you will enjoy this series as well. 

  • Brotherband Chronicles #2: The Invaders by John Flanagan, narrated by John Keating. When the first book ended (Outcasts), Erak the Oberjarl ostracizes and blacklists the Heron Brotherband after allowing the prized artifact the Andomal is stolen under their watch. Knowing the only way to redeem themselves is to go after the thieves to retrieve it and bring it back to Skandia to return their honour to themselves. Full of action and humour, this series is well performed by Mr. Keating and is the perfect escape for me.
  • Brotherband Chronicles #3: The Hunters by John Flanagan, narrated by John Keating. In the third installment, Zavac, the pirate who stole the Andomal continues to outmaneuver the Heron Brotherband. Just when the Brotherband think they have the pirates trapped in a small town that he is raiding, Zavac once again manages to escape with the town’s precious emeralds. The Brotherband are joined by Lydia who lost her grandfather in the raid and together they go on the hunt to retrieve the stolen items and seek revenge. Fast-paced, with well-developed character this series continues to get stronger.
  • These Unlucky Stars by Gillian McDunn: This week you will get a more in-depth review. Annie Logan is struggling to find herself feeling like an outsider in all aspects of her life, feeling like she was born under an unlucky star – just like her mother told her. When a prank doesn’t go as planned, Annie is stuck checking in on a crotchety old woman and her ugly unusual dog Otto. A beautiful story about the importance of perspective, family and tender friendships where you least expect them.
  • This is Your Brain on Stereotypes: How Science is Tackling Unconscious Bias by Tanya Lloyd Kyi and Drew Shannon (Illustrator) Ms. Lloyd provides detailed information written so middle-grade readers will understand different terms related to stereotypes such as intergroup bias, dissociation and affective contagion. Throughout the book, there are historical and current examples that demonstrate how our brain has hidden biases against many minority groups (LGBTQ+, women, and BIPOC). Concrete ways to acknowledge privilege and to expand our circles with people of all ages, gender and race will help rewire our brains are in the final chapter and conclusion. A book that is long overdue and needs to be in schools and libraries. 

Up Next

I put off starting the Nevermoor series Hollowpox, despite purchasing and downloading it as I want to savour it rather than be interrupted. I became sidetracked with the Brotherband series, and so Lisa Moore Ramée Something to Say got put on hold. Now that I can concentrate a bit more, I am back to enjoying it and wondering how Jenae will find the courage to speak in the debate and not let her new friend Aubrey down. This will be another book you will want to add to your collection.

And yes I will be reading the Eric Water books again wanting to enjoy.

Down the Road

I am looking forward to continuing the journey with the Royal Rangers series, and the latest installment that is released this week The Missing Prince.

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 reading!

Laurie