Saturday, January 23, 2021

Sunday Post #53/Sunday Salon #27


Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly Sunday Post link-up, and Deb at ReaderBuzz expanded Sunday Salon from a FB group to a link-up as well.

What I Read

These were all read either for choosing next year's middle grade OBOB titles (Oregon Battle of the Books) or for round 2 judging for Cybils for YA fiction. As such, they were all good. One was my first "all the stars" book of 2021, but I'll tell you which one later. :) 

I will say, however, that I love this cover, done by Fabio Consoli. 

What I'm Reading/What's Next
 I've started reading my final two Cybils books. I'm listening to Furia on Overdrive and just started Sia Martinez and the Moonlight Beginning of Everything. They both seem good so far, but there are some AMAZING books on the list already so I'll have to see what I think.

I also have a bunch of OBOB books to keep reading this month, and picked up several at the library the other day, with more coming soon. I am kind of looking forward next month when both of these duties are done and I can read whatever I want. I've gotta say, for all that I've read some terrific middle grade books for OBOB, I hope I can shift to the high school group next year.

Three Things

  1.  My sister and I spent about four hours this afternoon/evening sitting by a fire in my backyard, bundled up in blankets. We started with tea and moved on to wine, and it was wonderful. 
  2. My family got an Echo Dot for Christmas, and my favorite thing to do with it this week is to ask it every day, "Alexa, who's the president?" It makes me happy every time she tells me. 
  3. All my book orders came in at once, and I processed about 35 new books for my classroom. I get to share them with my students next week, and I hope they'll be excited!
Have a good week! 


  1. That is a fabulous cover. And sitting by a fire w/ tea and/ or wine sounds great! :)

    ""Alexa, who's the president?"" lol

  2. Cozy by the fire. How nice! I loved Furia. Hope you enjoy it.

  3. That cover is indeed gorgeous, and I feel a bit envious of your evening with your sister ! Enjoy your battle of books and have a great week :)

  4. I can't wait to see your thoughts about your Cybils reading. You're making great progress. I imagine you are very busy reading books for both the Cybils and OBOB.

    I wonder how the Oregon Battle of the Books is organized. I have a friend who has done the New Mexico version of that for many years and they pull books from many years back for that one. Here in Texas, in our version, we only include books from the past three years. In my opinion (and this is just my opinion) there isn't enough nonfiction on those lists.

    Won't your students be delighted with all the new books?! And you, too, of course.

    I got myself in a mind funk yesterday, missing my real-life friends and this gray weather. I know it won't be long and we can social distance again. Spring starts early. I can hold out until then.

  5. Ok, Wendy, how did I not connect that you are the Wendy on my CYBILS spreadsheet?! I have 2 more books to go for our reading as well: Red Hood and Burn. There have been some amazing reads this round and I can't wait to talk about them!

  6. Lol, what a novel use for Alexa!
    How lovely to enjoy the warmth of a fire and wine with your sister.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  7. The Cybil awards are something new to me and we don't take part in it here in SA. I'm a primary school librarian and teach kids with special needs on the learning and reading front.

    We hardly ever get new books in at the library and I can just imagine how excited you all must be for the new books!

    That cover is amazing yes.

    Hope you will have a really super great week!

    Elza Reads

  8. I miss having a fire pit. We had one when I was in high school. We’d make s’mores on it. I hope your students enjoy the new books. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  9. What category are you judging Cybils for? I am judging all the nonfiction categories. It has been a lot. I still have four books to read. Eek!


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