The Monster Report


Welcome to another edition of the Monster Report. The Monster Report explores the book happenings of Jessica and Kristen. Whether it be what we got in our mailboxes, what books we are currently hiding in, or fun stuff to look forward to this week at The Book Monsters, you can find it here. The Monster Report is inspired by Alea‘s This Week in Books, Tynga’s Stacking the Shelves, and Kathryn at the Book Date‘s It’s Monday, What are you Reading? Also, Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers also host a kidlit version of It’s Monday, What are you Reading?

Books added to TBR: None

Read this Week: 

Dumplin’ was actually a lot of fun to read, our main character is from a small town in Texas just like me so it was fun to see someone else going through that. I also loved all the talk about our bodies and knowing that our worth as humans isn’t defined by them. I gave it 4/5. So I had two buddy reads this week Circe and Kings of the Wyld. Circe was really interesting and I did really enjoy the story however I wasn’t as attached to the characters in this book as I was in The Song of Achilles so Circe got 4/5. Kings of Wyld was the kind of fantasy book that I love, it revolved around a band of mercenaries and it talked about friendships, magic, bravery, family, and glory. It had some of the best humor I have read in a while and I highly recommend. 5/5. I actually read The Hunger Games for the first time ever, there is a readalong happening for it on Twitter at the moment and I thought I would join in and see why everyone really seems to love this series. It was actually way different then what I thought and I ended up giving it 3.75/5.

Currently Reading: 


Books added to TBR:

Dragon Pearl The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1)

Read this Week:

Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #1) Mae Among the Stars If Sharks Disappeared I Walk with Vanessa: A Story about a Simple Act of Kindness

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles Hidden Figures Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre

25241547 Perfectly Norman The Dinosaur Expert The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

I’ve dived into my reading for our state award nominated books for K-3 grade levels. Of those above, I really enjoyed Mae Among the Stars and Ketzel the Cat who Composed. I was disappointed in Hidden Figures, it read so boring. As for my two YA books, I really enjoyed Masque of the Red Death – the last book I read in 2018 and it was a bit grim but also full of romance and twists and turns. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was an interesting audiobook, a bit of everything – romance, racism, bisexual themes, mystery, alchemy, and of course pirates! 🙂 I really enjoyed it and may look into getting the second one soon.

Currently Reading:

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1) Kings of the Wyld (The Band, #1) White Witch, Black Curse (The Hollows, #7)


This week at The Book Monsters, we…


Bout of Books 24 

Kristen’s End of Year Survey

Jessica’s End of Year Survey

That is all for us this week. So until next week, stay scary Monsters.


Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?

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