It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!
Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and I decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them. -Teach Mentor Texts
Read/Reviewed Last Week
Gangsta v. 2 by Kohske
Currently Reading/Listening To
The moving memoir of an Inuit girl who emerges from a residential school with her spirit intact.
Eight-year-old Margaret Pokiak has set her sights on learning to read, even though it means leaving her village in the high Arctic. Faced with unceasing pressure, her father finally agrees to let her make the five-day journey to attend school, but he warns Margaret of the terrors of residential schools.
At school Margaret soon encounters the Raven, a black-cloaked nun with a hooked nose and bony fingers that resemble claws. She immediately dislikes the strong-willed young Margaret. Intending to humiliate her, the heartless Raven gives gray stockings to all the girls — all except Margaret, who gets red ones. In an instant Margaret is the laughingstock of the entire school.
In the face of such cruelty, Margaret refuses to be intimidated and bravely gets rid of the stockings. Although a sympathetic nun stands up for Margaret, in the end it is this brave young girl who gives the Raven a lesson in the power of human dignity.
Complemented by archival photos from Margaret Pokiak-Fenton’s collection and striking artwork from Liz Amini-Holmes, this inspiring first-person account of a plucky girl’s determination to confront her tormentor will linger with young readers.
I did so bad with my reading last week. It turned out I was a week off with my class schedule. I don’t have my weekend class until this coming Friday. I should have just read all my class reading anyway, but I’m a procrastinator. What can I say? Anyway, this is a really interesting book.
Kaya thought she had found the perfect job when she became the private secretary of Kyouhei Touma – the director of a tableware company of the same name. Kyouhei is a capable director, but his arrogance and sluttish behavior are almost legendary. Kaya is doing her best to prove that she is capable in her work, but one night, by accident, she discovers his secret… of him being a vampire!
I don’t think I ever reviewed the fourth one. I should go back and do that. Anyway, the review copy of this is about to expire so I’m squeezing it in today. Honestly, I never feel like I have much to say about this manga when I review it. In fact, there are parts of it that I don’t like because it feels a little sexist. I guess I’m just intrigued enough to keep reading. This might be a guilty pleasure read more than anything else.
I’m also still reading Beyond Magenta and I’m still listening to The Impossible Knife of Memory. I think I’ll finish up the audiobook this week since I have a good bit of driving to do. I’m hoping I can finish up Beyond Magenta on Sunday.
I’m actually going to read these this week because we’ll be discussing them in class this weekend.