Monday, September 21, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/21/15

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. (Don't you love the updated logo?)

Last Week's Posts

  • Kid Lit Blog Hop. The Kid Lit Blog Hop is a great community of kidlit bloggers, authors, and publishers. Come share a post or find some new posts to check out!
Also, my exciting news of the week is that I have been named a Round 2 judge for the 2015 Cybils Picture Book Award! I am delighted to continue to delve into the amazing picture books of this past year and to join this talented commitee in picking the eventual winner! You can read the full announcement here. Book nominations will be open Oct. 1-15th, so please share your favorites.

Picture Books

The Hunter's Promise: an Abenaki Tale (2015) by Joseph Bruchac and illustrated by Bill Farnsworth. I was excited to hear of a new tale from master Native American storyteller Joseph Bruchac. The story opens with a full page author's note about the origins and earlier versions of the tale and its links to Wabanaki culture. It is an interesting story and well-told. I love the focus of Wisdom Press and their books, but something about the layout decisions and the text make this edition seem unprofessional. (The text seems too large and the margins around it too small in places.) Curious if anyone else has this same gut reaction to these books.

Middle Grade / Young Adult

The Shepherd's Crown (2015) by Terry Pratchett, book four in the Tiffany Aching series and number 41 of the Discworld series. This posthumous release by Terry Pratchett features the death and departure of a beloved Discworld character, the powerful Granny Weatherwax, whom Death himself regrets having to take. A fitting tribute to a beloved author.

Adult Books

The Martian (2014) by Andy Weir. This was an enjoyable read, but one where I actually think the (upcoming) movie might be better than the book. The changing narration and point-of-view shifts really did not work smoothly for me, though I understand why the author couldn't make only the first-person logs work for the whole book. (Read via Kindle.)


Award-Winning Books Reading Challenge update: 13 books, 2 dedicated posts

Dive into Diversity Challenge update: 175 books, 35 dedicated posts

Happy Reading!


  1. I'm planning to listen to The Martian on audio, as I've read several very good reviews of it in that format. Seems like it might be challenging to listen to and really comprehend, but I trust the reviewers who say audio is the way to go, so I'm going to give it a try. Hopefully before the movie comes out, though that means I need to get cracking! So excited for the final Tiffany Aching book. Thanks for reviewing it!

  2. Congratulations on being a Round 2 judge for the 2015 Cybils Picture Book Award - Such wonderful news. We will definitely take a look at The Hunter's Promise and let you know what we think.

  3. I'm very much looking forward to picking up The Shepherd's Crown - I've long loved the Tiffany Aching books, though it will be a bittersweet read I am sure - I do miss Terry Pratchett, and it's hard to believe there won't be any more Disc World books! :(

  4. I loved The Martian, but I think the movie will be really great, too!


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