It’s Monday! What are you reading? (4/4/16)

April 4, 2016

This past week, I finished:

Silver SparrowSilver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great book. Well-drawn and sympathetic characters…even when I didn’t want them to be.

3/31/16: I got to pick for book club (finally!) and picked this one. I feel the exact same way about the book that I did the first time, so yay for that. These characters break my heart.
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A Tangle of Gold (The Colours of Madeleine, #3)A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is really, really, REALLY hard for books or movies or TV shows to surprise me, and this book did. Also, Princess Ko is the absolute best. I 100% love her, and she has entered the pantheon of my favorite female characters, the likes of which include Ella from Ella Enchanted.

Overall, I give the entire series five stars, and The Cracks in the Kingdom is my favorite in the trilogy.

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Last month, I read:

This past month I finished seven books, two of which were rereads and two that fulfilled categories in the Read Harder challenge (book about religion, historical fiction). I’m at 12 books out of 31 for Diversity on the Shelf, which means I still haven’t achieved 50% of the books I’ve read being by or about people of color. I definitely need to do better there. Oh, and Goodreads tells me I am three books ahead of schedule for their reading challenge.


Last week, I posted:

I signed up for the A to Z reading challenge, which means there’s quite a bit of activity here for the next month. Here are the posts I’ve made for the challenge so far:

[wrap-up-posts week=”13″ year=”2016″ category=”Blogging A to Z” listtype=”ul”]


As of today, I’m reading:

Yep, I’m still making my way through Necessary Endings. I started The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks (it started as a webcomic) on the suggestion of a coworker. We were having a prof dev session on building a web presence, and I showed him this blog. Apparently, we read a lot of the same things, so he thought I might like ASG. It’s pretty cute so far, so he wasn’t wrong.

I was traveling this weekend and checked out The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin for my Kindle. I’m only about five or so pages in, so I have no idea how I feel about it quite yet. We’ll see how it goes the rest of the week.

Original now hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date. Children's lit version hosted by Jen Vincent @ Teach Mentor Texts & Kellee Moye @ Unleashing Readers.

Original now hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date. Children’s lit version hosted by Jen Vincent @ Teach Mentor Texts & Kellee Moye @ Unleashing Readers.

Happy reading, everyone!

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  1. Lindsey

    Aj Fikry is a lovely read. I hope you enjoy it!

  2. Patty

    Oh my! Do you love the Gabrielle Zevin book?

    • Akilah

      I just started it! The opening was a little slow, but it has started to pick up. I’m going to give it a bit more time before I decide.

  3. Kay McGriff

    Tangle of Gold sounds good–and there’s a whole series. I will be looking for them! I love it when a book holds up for a second (or more) reading. Hope your book club enjoys it, too. Happy reading!

  4. Heather Fineisen

    I haven’t read AN Fikry yet but it seems to be a favorite. Silver Parrow looks good and I love the cover.

  5. Kellee @ Unleashing Readers

    I have AJ Fikry to read, and I loved Zevin’s other books, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet–I hope to soon!

    Happy reading this week :)

  6. Elisabeth Ellington

    I really enjoyed Adventures of Superhero Girl. I’ve been wanting to read something by Tayari Jones for awhile–will look for this one.

  7. Crystal

    I’ve read some of Faith Erin Hicks’ work before. I want to take a look at the Superhero Girl.


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