It's Monday! What are you reading? was started by Sheila at Book Journey and was adapted for children's books from picture books through YA by Jen of Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee of Unleashing Readers. You can visit either site for a round up of blogs sharing their weekly readings and thoughts or search Twitter for #IMWAYR.
Last Week's Posts
After having no new posts for last week's IMWAYR, this week I've overcompensated by joining the Slice of Life Challenge!
- New Book Alert: Celebrate Holi with Me! I share a review of the newest entrant in the From the Toddler Diaries series - just in time for Holi.
- #diversekidlit: Changing Seasons. Come celebrate books about spring (or fall, hemisphere-dependent) for this month's Diverse Children's Book Linkup!
The Sun is Also a Star (2016) by Nicola Yoon [Printz Honor book]. (I listened to the first two-thirds as the audio book.) I thoroughly enjoyed this witty circadian novel by Nicola Yoon. This was my first attempt to start listening to more audio books during my commute, but eventually my impatience to find out what happened in the story got the best of me! (I had to beg and borrow the school's copy of the book from one of my students, but it was worth it.)
Natasha and Daniel alternate narratives within the book (with the occasional side note from an omniscient narrator), and I loved how the audio version added so much to their individual characters (yes, even the narrator's). Theirs is a story about the universe, about love, about fate, but mostly about the crazy interconnectedness between everything that happens - whether we can see those connections or not. Young adult me would have also thoroughly enjoyed this story, especially as a I struggled with feeling both trapped and uncertain about what the future might hold.
Everything Everything (2015) by Nicola Yoon. Inspired, I then immediately turned around and checked out her first novel, Everything Everything, which revolves around a girl named Maddy who has "bubble boy" syndrome. This one I did not like as much, perhaps because I enjoyed The Sun is Also a Star so much, perhaps because it seemed at times too much like A Fault in Our Stars, perhaps because I just hard a harder time connecting with the characters. I'd be curious to hear from those who gush about this one.