Happy Sunday everyone! I hope everyone's been staying healthy and happy. Needless to say, November has certainly been something else. Anyway, I've now completed 22 out of 24 books for Book Riot's 2020 Read Harder Challenge! The tasks I completed required me to read a picture book with a human main character from a marginalized community and to read a middle grade book that doesn’t take place in the U.S. or the UK and I selected Grandmother's Pigeon by Louise Erdrich and the Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus respectively. Read on to see my mini reviews and what's next for December:
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Louise Erdrich is one of my favorites and it had been way too long since I read any thing new to me from her. I didn't even realize that she wrote picture books for the longest time. The art of Grandmother's Pigeon is beautiful. I didn't realize just how much I needed this story. It reminds me very much of the movie Big Fish and that really worked for me. I'm going to have to see if she has released any more picture books.
My choice: Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai - I've had this Vietnam War MG book on my tbr for a few years now, so it's time I tackle it.
Read a book with a main character or protagonist with a disability (fiction or non)
My choice: El Deafo by Cece Bell - Another one I've been eyeing for ages. This graphic memoir is perfect for this choice.