Monday, December 21, 2015

It's Monday! What are you reading? #20

It's Monday! What are you reading? is the original weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, but is now hosted by Kathryn at Book Date It's Monday! What are you reading? - from Picture Books to YA is a kidlit focused meme just like the original and is hosted weekly by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers .  The purpose is the same: to recap what you have read and/or reviewed and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week.

Christmas is almost here and my Kiddos will be arriving from California tomorrow, so I've been busy decorating and baking.  Their anniversary is December 26th; they were married here, right in front of the Christmas tree a few years ago, in a small ceremony.  Last summer, they had a second much larger wedding in China for his family, but I couldn't go because I have bad asthma and the air there was too smoggy.    
My Kiddos at Christmas
Despite all the excitement, I did manage to get some reading and posting done last week:

on Monday, I wrapped up my #Readukkah week with The Spotted Pony: A Collection of Hunukkah Stories, edited by Eric A. Kimmel;

on Tuesday, I reviewed The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson as part of a blog tour; 

and on Friday, I posted a roundup of board books for Christmas, sure to please the youngest of readers.

I also read some picture books, but haven't reviewed them yet:

Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! written by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by David Ercolini
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski, illustrated by P. J. Lynch

This week, I'm reading:

Miracle on 133rd Street by Sonia Manzano, illustrated by Majorie Priceman.  This is a wonderful story of community.  Full review coming soon!

I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, a Flavia de Luce mystery by Alan Bradley, a nice holiday offering to indulge my love of cozy mysteries.  Flavia is an 11 year old who has a penchant for chemistry, complete with lab in a wing of her family's old, rambling estate house.  Flavia uses her knowledge of chemistry to help solve mysteries;

in the spirit of the forthcoming Newbery awards, I am also reading A Newbery Christmas: Fourteen stories of Christmas by Newbery Award-winning Authors, selected by Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh.  I bought this book, along with A Newbery Halloween, ages ago at a book sale, but never got around to reading it until now.  




  1. Oh what a wonderful group of holiday books. I love A Newbery Christmas, and now you've reminded me to find it to re-read. I will look for the The Spotted Pony and Dream Snow for next year, plus I like those cozy mysteries too, and will find Half-Sick of Shadows! Sounds fun. Happy Anniversary to your children. Mine who are out of state are driving in on Wednesday. Merry Christmas to you and your family, and Happy New Year too! Thanks for all the books new to me, Alex!

  2. I Am Half-Sick of Shadows sounds good to me. The phrase is familiar, not because of the poem, but because of the song by Enya. Here is what I read last week. Happy holidays and happy reading!

  3. I picked up Click Clack Ho Ho Ho, because I like Cronin's work, and while it was OK I wasn't particularly enamored with it. I am a huge Allen Bradley fan and feel heartbroken having to wait for a new Flavia book.


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