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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

We are joining the blog trend of Monday posts about what we have read during the last week (3/23/20-3/29/20).

Annamarie’s Reading

Annamarie Top Titles include:

Note: I powered through a hodgepodge of picture books and readers this week, available through Hoopla’s new Bonus Borrows programs–titles you can check out without counting toward your monthly limit (and without costing the owning library any money).

Michala’s Reading

Unfortunately, Michala is currently under the weather. She will return with her weekly reads when she is feeling better!

Get better Michala! (And stop reading this, and go back to sleep!)

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

We are joining the blog trend of Monday posts about what we have read during the last week (3/16/20-3/22/20).

Annamarie’s Reading

Annamarie Top Titles include:

Note: Some new graphic novels this week. Expecting reading to pick up as I adjust to work-from-home life.

Michala’s Reading

3/9/2020 – 3/15/2020

Michala’s top titles include:

3/16/2020 – 3/22/2020

Michala’s top titles include:

Note: So I apologize that last week I missed updating my reads and you got the same book 2 weeks in a row from me. I got all caught up in the covid-19 news and work updates that I completely flaked on these updates.so this week you get both week’s reads in one!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

We are joining the blog trend of Monday posts about what we have read during the last week (3/9/20-3/15/20).

Annamarie’s Reading

Annamarie Top Titles include:

Note: I was planning to catch up on my stacks of books this week…and now with everyone essentially in quarantine, I imagine I will be able to keep pushing through titles for a while.

Michala’s Reading

Michala’s top titles include:

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Note: I rolled heavy on illustrated books this week trying to quickly cut down the stack of books at my desk…..it sort of worked.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

We are joining the blog trend of Monday posts about what we have read during the last week (3/2/20-3/8/20).

Annamarie’s Reading

Annamarie Top Titles include:

Note: I watched Runaways this week, so my reading is still down. I should get through my own massive stack of new release picture books next week though.

Michala’s Reading

Michala’s top titles include:

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Note: I rolled heavy on illustrated books this week trying to quickly cut down the stack of books at my desk…..it sort of worked.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

We are joining the blog trend of Monday posts about what we have read during the last week (2/24/20-3/1/20).

Annamarie’s Reading

Annamarie Top Titles include:

Note: I knew my reading would slow down–spent a lot of this week adjusting vacation plans for the next year (coronavirus!), so not so much time buried in books.

Michala’s Reading

Michala’s top titles include:

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Note: I was on vacation most of this week and really fell behind on my reading.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

We are joining the blog trend of Monday posts about what we have read during the last week (2/17/20-2/23/20).

Annamarie’s Reading

Annamarie Top Titles include:

Note: My reading is slowing down a bit…I think I’m going to have to look for some quick, light reads soon. I’ve been reading a lot of books with heavy topics or focusing on murder lately, and I need to balance out my brain.

Michala’s Reading

Michala’s top titles include:

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Note: Next week will be super light on titles from me as I was on vacay for most of the week.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

We are joining the blog trend of Monday posts about what we have read during the last week (2/3/20-2/9/20).

Annamarie’s Reading

Annamarie Top Titles include:

Note: Slowly listening to an audiobook over three weeks was kind of amazing. Sadie is just as outstanding as everyone had told me. (I also completely understand why it didn’t come to discussion for our age 0-14 list a few years back.)

Michala’s Reading

Michala’s top titles include:

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Note: Fan favorite of the week was Little Heroes of Color: 50 Who Made a BIG Difference. So much information from a board book and now I get to research amazing POCs I never learned about until finding thins read.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

We are joining the blog trend of Monday posts about what we have read during the last week (2/3/20-2/9/20).

Annamarie’s Reading

Annamarie Top Titles include:

Note: I’ve been pushing through many of the ARCs I got at ALA Midwinter, so we can get them into the hands of our patrons. I have a bad habit of holding onto those longer than I should. Lots of graphic novels this week. This Book is Anti-Racist was an excellent read that I’ve been recommending to coworkers.

Michala’s Reading

Michala’s top titles include:

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Note: Woot woot books! I just got all the ARCs to read for next week……now to wonder if I count them here.

ALA Midwinter Book Haul

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the ALA Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia. This was my last required conference as chair of the 2020 Notable Children’s Recordings Committee. I spent most of the conference in long meetings, but during my few hours of free time I wandered the exhibit floor.

I love books–they are what started me down the library path, even if my love of helping people kept me there. I wander the exhibit floor with committee members who talk about how they are over the free books, and my brain isn’t able to process that (even if my back understands preferring a lighter suitcase). The books ultimately go to our patrons, but I want to read them too (and first darn it because my back is the one that lugged them home). I am also the person who has approximately 150 holds at any given moment–because I am genuinely excited to read the books and to be able to regularly recommend new, exciting, awesome books to my patrons. I read about 600 books a year–and maybe a fifth of those come from conferences.

I am thrilled to share the load I brought back with all of you! All titles are linked below the pictures, roughly sorted by age.

Picture Books

I tend to not pick up that many picture books as the ARCs are typically quite flimsy, making it hard to give them to patrons. Everything I picked up this round were already released titles (plus the Golden Girls book).

Non-Fiction

There typically aren’t too many non-fiction titles at conferences, but I was surprised that I only picked up two.

Beginning Readers & First Chapter

These lean much more “first chapter” age than “beginning reader” age. I’m particularly excited for Pizza and Taco and Fox & Rabbit.

Kids Graphic Novels

My favorite finds! I was hoping for an ARC of When Stars Are Scattered, but I am also quite excited for Doodleville (by the same author as Cardboard Kingdom) and Primer.

Kids Chapter Books – Upcoming Releases

Lots of middle grade at this conference! Especially pumped for the Twinchantment sequel, Something to Say, and Fly on the Wall.

Kids Chapter Books – Already Released

I love the last conference day, when the publishers pack up the exhibit floor, and attendees get a chance to get their hands on some fantastic brand new hardbacks of amazing upcoming and recent releases. I scored my personal copy of New Kid that way at Midwinter 2019.

Middle School Titles

Those books are listed as “10+” inside the cover and are bordering between elementary school and middle school readers.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

We are joining the blog trend of Monday posts about what we have read during the last week (1/27/20-2/2/20).

Annamarie’s Reading

Annamarie Top Titles include:

Note: NO MORE AUDIOBOOKS! But really, I’m already halfway through listening to Sadie, because who am I kidding, I wasn’t going to stop with audiobooks now that I’m hooked. It is nice to not feel pressured to listen all the time though. I’m catching up on a lot of books post-conference, and I am looking forward to my ALA Midwinter book haul post later this week. Also, New Kid won the Newbery and therefore all is right in the world.

Michala’s Reading

Michala’s top titles include:

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Note: Back in the swing of things! Although I leaned heavier on the kids stuff this week for favorites, there were just too many cute books.

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