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December Goals

Try to finish 100 books

I’m trying to hit 100, I’m at 78 as of the writing of the writing of this post. So that’s 22 books for December. I’ve read 9 books this month, so I don’t think I’m going to make it, however I have to try. Plus I have my 12 Days of Christmas Readathon plus the Reindeer readathon to direct my reading, plus some other readathons will probably pop up that I will join as well. So maybe? Hopefully? If I turn into a book goblin.

Post Regularly

I’ve been good about posting later in the month, but the the first part of the month I tend to neglect. I need to do better about this not only because I have content to post, but because it will help my website numbers. Maybe I should do more posting in advance at the end of the month. For example this November I’m going to try and post of the beginning on December.

Work on my readathons

I’d like to at least finish my readathon and maybe the Reindeer Readathon. I’m probably going to try and somewhat participate in a few others but those two will be my main focus.

Start making plans for the new year

I’m going to spend December thinking about what I what Readathons I want to do in the new year and my reading goals for next year. I’m thinking 100 books next year but could I go 125, can I be one of those people in a few years who reads 200-250 books a year. Can I be a super reader? Does anyone read that much and have tips.

I’m also thinking about Booktube, I’m still not sure if anyone would be interested though, or whether I should wait until I have a better set up for books. I want to get back on Instagram in the new year when I move and have a better set up.

Overall those are my goals for the end of the year, I’m really looking forward to December as it is one of my favorite months of the year and I can’t wait to see what I end up reading.

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Christmas Excitement: Reindeer Readathon TBR

I’m really excited start on the Reindeer Readathon. I wanted to post my TBR a few days before it started. I’m really getting excited for the Christmas season and trying to hit my reading goal for the end of the year. 100? Can I do it, maybe if not I’m still happy but it would be really nice. How many Christmas Readathons are you doing I have 12 Days of Christmas Readathon which is going to Twitter this year, wish me luck.

Dasher: A novella or a collection of short stories

I’m using a book that I wanted to start in November for IndigAThon, but didn’t get a chance to use.

The Sea Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas

Fifteen thousand years before Europeans stepped foot in the Americas, people had already spread from tip to tip and coast to coast. Like all humans, these Native Americans sought to understand their place in the universe, the nature of their relationship with the divine, and the origin of the world into which their ancestors had emerged. The answers lay in their sacred stories. While this may not be a Christmas book I want to make sure I continue to read native literature even after November.

Amazon: The Sea Ringed World

Dancer-A book by one of your favorite authors, re-reads count

I was planning on re-reading the Keeper of the Lost Cities Series anyway so this is a good chance to start.

The Keeper of The Lost Cities

Keeper of the Lost Cities by [Shannon Messenger]

Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She’s skipped multiple grades and doesn’t really connect with the older kids at school, but she’s not comfortable with her family, either. The reason? Sophie’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. No one knows her secret—at least, that’s what she thinks…

But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and adorable) boy, she learns she’s not alone. He’s a Telepath too, and it turns out the reason she has never felt at home is that, well…she isn’t. Fitz opens Sophie’s eyes to a shocking truth, and she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known.

But Sophie still has secrets, and they’re buried deep in her memory for good reason: The answers are dangerous and in high-demand. What is her true identity, and why was she hidden among humans? The truth could mean life or death—and time is running out.

Amazon: Keeper of the Lost Cities

Prancer-A book with a travel element (vacation, quest etc.)

Skin of the Sea

Skin of the Sea by [Natasha Bowen]

A way to survive.
A way to serve.
A way to save.
 
Simi prayed to the gods, once. Now she serves them as Mami Wata—a mermaid—collecting the souls of those who die at sea and blessing their journeys back home.
 
But when a living boy is thrown overboard, Simi goes against an ancient decree and does the unthinkable—she saves his life. And punishment awaits those who dare to defy the gods.


To protect the other Mami Wata, Simi must journey to the Supreme Creator to make amends. But all is not as it seems. There’s the boy she rescued, who knows more than he should. And something is shadowing Simi, something that would rather see her fail. . . .


Danger lurks at every turn, and as Simi draws closer, she must brave vengeful gods, treacherous lands, and legendary creatures. Because if she fails, she risks not only the fate of all Mami Wata, but also the world as she knows it.

Amazon: Skin of the Sea

Vixen-a book that caught your eye

Heartless Heirs (Blink) by [MarcyKate Connolly]

Aissa has never felt so trapped and alone even with her sister and friend by her side. Zandria—once her other half—has become cold and inflexible after her time in the Technocrats’ dungeon. Their friend Remy may still side with his father, a Magi leader who refuses to believe his spymaster has turned traitor. And Aissa herself is now an enemy of her Magi people after falling in love with—and binding her heart to—Aro, a Techno prince who puts all their lives at stake.

Aissa is determined to uncover the secrets of the Alchemist Alliance that created her and Zandria’s unique magical powers … as well as learn whether the Alliance’s research holds the key to healing the rift between the Magi and Technocrats after centuries of war. But with her people preparing for battle, it will take more than lost spells and hidden secrets to accomplish her goal. Especially as the bond between her and Aro grows deeper and threatens everything Aissa has ever believed.

Amazon: Heartless Heirs

These books so far don’t have much to do with Christmas itself but I’m going to try to include at least one Christmas centered story even though I’m fan of fantasy.

Comet-A 5 Star Prediction

Maren’s life has finally gone back to normal. Her sister, Hallie, is doing much better, she’s still allowed to work in her family’s dream shop, and there’s been no sign of Obscura, the evil nightmare thief.

But when Lishta, Maren’s grandmother, finds an ad for a sleepaway camp designed for dreamers, alarm bells start to ring. Lishta’s never heard of the camp directors, and she’s worried and wants to investigate. Maren and Hallie pose as campers with Lishta taking a job as the lunch lady.

Almost right away something seems off. Campers all wake up humming the same song, a whole bunk of girls does their hair the exact same way, and everyone seems to have had the same dream. And things go from bad to worse when Maren discovers most of the camp population has been sleepwalking.

As the girls investigate the camp, Maren and Hallie discover a nefarious plot that could affect the entire world. Maren will have to figure out who’s really behind the camp and stop them from turning more dreamers in sleepwalking zombies, before it’s too late.

I loved the first book in this series so I’m really excited for this one.

Amazon: The Dream Spies

Cupid-Take a Shot a New Author

The Two Wrong Halves of Ruby Taylor

The Two Wrong Halves of Ruby Taylor by [Amanda Panitch]

Of her two granddaughters, Grandma Yvette clearly prefers Ruby Taylor’s perfect—and perfectly Jewish—cousin, Sarah. They do everything together, including bake cookies and have secret sleep overs that Ruby isn’t invited to. Twelve-year-old Ruby suspects Grandma Yvette doesn’t think she’s Jewish enough. The Jewish religion is matrilineal, which means it’s passed down from mother to child, and unlike Sarah, Ruby’s mother isn’t Jewish.

But when Sarah starts acting out–trading in her skirts and cardigans for ripped jeans and stained t-shirts, getting in trouble at school–Ruby can’t help but be somewhat pleased. Then Sarah suddenly takes things too far, and Ruby is convinced Sarah is possessed by a dybbuk, an evil spirit… that Ruby may or may not have accidentally released from Grandma Yvette’s basement. Ruby is determined to save her cousin, but a dybbuk can only be expelled by a “pious Jew.” If Ruby isn’t Jewish enough for her own grandmother, how can she possibly be Jewish enough to fight a dybbuk?

Amanda Panitch writes with a humorous, irresistible, and authentic voice. This character-driven story with a magic twist about speaking up and finding your place in the world.

Amazon: The Two Wrong Halves of Ruby Taylor

Donner-Book with Red or Green as the Primary Color

Things Finley Hart doesn’t want to talk about:
-Her parents, who are having problems. (But they pretend like they’re not.)
-Being sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer.
-Never having met said grandparents.
-Her blue days—when life feels overwhelming, and it’s hard to keep her head up. (This happens a lot.)

Finley’s only retreat is the Everwood, a forest kingdom that exists in the pages of her notebook. Until she discovers the endless woods behind her grandparents’ house and realizes the Everwood is real—and holds more mysteries than she’d ever imagined, including a family of pirates that she isn’t allowed to talk to, trees covered in ash, and a strange old wizard living in a house made of bones.

With the help of her cousins, Finley sets out on a mission to save the dying Everwood and uncover its secrets. But as the mysteries pile up and the frightening sadness inside her grows, Finley realizes that if she wants to save the Everwood, she’ll first have to save herself.

Amazon: Some Kind of Happiness

Blitzen-Do book selection via, online poll, pets picking it etc)

You’ve Reached Sam

You've Reached Sam: A Novel by [Dustin Thao]

Apparently everyone thought I could read this and it is super popular.

Seventeen-year-old Julie has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city, spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail. And Sam picks up the phone.

What would you do if you had a second chance at goodbye?

Filled with a diverse cast of characters, the heartache of first love and loss, and the kind of friends that can get you through anything, plus a touch of magic, You’ve Reached Sam will make an instant connection with anyone looking for a big emotional romance of a read.

Amazon: You’ve Reached Sam

Rudolph A standalone book

Prairie Lotus

Prairie Lotus by [Linda Sue Park]

Prairie Lotus is a powerful, touching, multilayered book about a girl determined to fit in and realize her dreams: getting an education, becoming a dressmaker in her father’s shop, and making at least one friend. Acclaimed, award-winning author Linda Sue Park has placed a young half-Asian girl, Hanna, in a small town in America’s heartland, in 1880. Hanna’s adjustment to her new surroundings, which primarily means negotiating the townspeople’s almost unanimous prejudice against Asians, is at the heart of the story. Narrated by Hanna, the novel has poignant moments yet sparkles with humor, introducing a captivating heroine whose wry, observant voice will resonate with readers. 

Amazon: Prairie Lotus

BONUS POINTS

You do these concurrent with reading the other books.

Christmas Star-Read a 500+ page book

Christmas Lights-Read an ebook

Christmas Carols-Read an audiobook

Sleignin It

The final prompt worth the most points if you’ve done everything else you can redo one prompt.

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12 Days of Christmas Readathon

This year I’m attempting to turn my usual 12 Days of Christmas Tag into a Readathon, I just wanted to give it a try. So this is my second Readathon for December, expect a TBR soon.

Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas Readathon! Please be kind as this is my first year doing a readathon so there might be some hiccups.

Here is the sign up form 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeiKjskbsVeLybCrTdydkC_AUN2UOO11WxyKRioPNIrYGq44Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

And here is the book adding form

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe4P5G2NgweiCLASv0630bnFb0YCNuxfMt5xQZpxxLIq7BaXg/viewform?usp=sf_link

There are 12 basic prompts as shown below, 

Most of these are pretty easy; you can also double up, so one book can count for two prompts. 

I’ll go over the prompts anyway

The Prompts 

A Partridge in a Pear Tree: A standalone book, a book about someone being alone. 

Two Turtle Doves: This does not have to be romantic, it can be, but just a pair of friends, a hero and an enemy. Or you can read a book that is part of a duology.

Three French Hens: Does the book have a trio? A love triangle? Is it part of a trilogy? Some way that fits in three that I’m not thinking about? Count it. 

Four Calling Birds:This one is a little more abstract but this is a book with secrets or a mystery, because we all know those calling birds will be gossiping about it soon. 

Five Golden Rings: This book is just pretty, pick the shiniest metallic or glittery book you have. 

Six Geese a Laying: Did this goose lay a golden egg? Read your five star prediction. 

Seven Swans a Swimming:  A book you can’t wait to dive into. 

Eight Ladies Dancing: Strong Female or Non Binary Lead, any book where you thought the lead was cool, strength  can come in any form, not just combat. 

Nine Lords a Leaping: Strong Male or Non Binary Lead, any book where you thought the lead was cool again strength doesn’t have to be combat. 

Ten Ships a Sailing: A book you DNFed but are willing to give another shot.

Eleven Pipers Piping: Great ensemble cast, fun group of side characters, found family. 

Twelve Bells a Ringing: A book you’ve been looking forward to or a book you’ve been avoiding. 

The Bonus Prompts 

Now if you want to make things extra hard for yourself I’ve come up with some alternative prompts you can fill these while filling the regular prompts. Basically these are just for fun you can do other meaning of the 12 Days of Christmas.

A Partridge in A Pear Tear-I want there to be an actual bird somewhere in the book, a familiar, a magic bird anything works.

Two Turtle Doves-Find a living married couple that still accepts their child. (Much tougher than you think) 

Three French Hens-A book with some kind of French influence or based on a French story (ie Cinderella) 

Four Calling Birds– A book where gossip gets someone in trouble or killed. 

Five Golden Rings-Someone (not required to be the main character) gets married.

Six Geese A Laying– Someone lays a egg and makes a mistake leading them on a kooky adventure (Think most contemporary rom-coms) 

Seven Swans A Swimming-The ocean or water is involved in any way. 

Eight Ladies Dancing– Our lead has to dance at some point. This is interchangeable with Nine Lord a Leaping because yeah gender norms. 

Nine Lords a Leaping– Our lead has to have a sword fight. This is interchangeable with Eight Ladies Dancing for example Lord has to dance/lady is in sword fight. 

Ten Ships A Sailing-Pirates are involved in some way. 

Eleven Pipers Piping-Deals with Music somehow. 

Twelve Bells a Ringing-Involves Religion somehow. 

Finally the rules of which there are few

The Rules 

Honestly just have fun, I not picky if you’re using a book for multiple prompts but lets say max four prompts per book. If you have a convincing reason why it needs more shoot me a DM @plaid_reader or @12DaysReadaton. Again I’m just really lookinh for people to read and have fun.

Help each other out. 

Remember you can double up on the prompts and add bonus prompts into your reading.

We will have reading sprints throughout the month of December.

You can have any of these books be re-reads. It’s December we’re all tired.

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Reindeer Readathon

One of the Readathon’s I’m doing in December is the Reindeer Readathon. The prompts have things to with Santa and Reindeer and Christmas in general. Below is some of the important information for signing up and for the readathon.

SIGN UP FORMS

Sign Up Form: https://forms.gle/VQ9SiXCj3KbCMejVA…

Submit Your Points Form: https://forms.gle/BqENcxUQ3sygt4pw7…

Discord to chat with team: https://discord.gg/tnYEFAS8Us

Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/ReindeerReadat1

Buy a Reindeer Readathon Bookmark: https://breakevenbooks.com/about-us/

READATHON HOSTS

Erik (Team Mistletoe) – https://www.youtube.com/c/BreakevenBooks

Noelle (Team Snowflake) – https://www.youtube.com/c/ceiyr

Steff (Team Nutcracker) – https://www.youtube.com/c/CoffeeOverA…

Savy (Team Stocking) – https://www.youtube.com/c/SAVYLEISER

Amanda (Team Candy Cane) – https://www.instagram.com/her.pnw_wa….

The prompts are below

I’m really excited for this Readathon and can’t wait to put up my TBR as soon as possible.

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PokemonAThon Wrap Up

PokemonAThon was fun even though I came in about half way though I managed to get some badges and get to the first evolution of my Pokemon. So what did I read for the badges?

Since some can count twice I’ll show you the books I used and the badges I got as well as any other bonuses I used.

Luminous

Luminous by [Mara Rutherford]

Summary

Liora has spent her life in hiding, knowing discovery could mean falling prey to the king’s warlock, Darius, who uses mages’ magic to grow his own power. But when her worst nightmare comes to pass, Darius doesn’t take her. Instead, he demands that her younger sister return to the capital with him. To make matters worse, Evran, Liora’s childhood friend and the only one who knows her secret, goes missing following Darius’s visit, leaving her without anyone to turn to.

To find Evran and to save her sister, Liora must embrace the power she has always feared. But the greatest danger she’ll face is yet to come, for Darius has plans in motion that will cause the world to fall into chaos—and Liora and Evran may be the only ones who can stop him.

I know close to 400 might not be a heavy book for everyone but it too me awhile to get through, so I thought it fit the the prompt for PokemonAThon. There were spooky and supernatural themes in Luminous so it worked for that prompt. There were also creepy animal companions so I go a great ball for that and a Pokeball for the blue cover.

Amazon: Luminous

Violets are Blue

Violets Are Blue by [Barbara Dee]

Another blue book which got me a bonus for color. This one I used for the ebook for PokemonAThon prompt

Summary

Twelve-year-old Wren loves makeup—special effect makeup, to be exact. When she is experimenting with new looks, Wren can create a different version of herself. A girl who isn’t in a sort-of-best friendship with someone who seems like she hates her. A girl whose parents aren’t divorced and doesn’t have to learn to like her new stepmom.

So, when Wren and her mom move to a new town for a fresh start, she is cautiously optimistic. And things seem to fall into place when Wren meets potential friends and gets selected as the makeup artist for her school’s upcoming production of Wicked.

Only, Wren’s mom isn’t doing so well. She’s taking a lot of naps, starts snapping at Wren for no reason, and always seems to be sick. And what’s worse, Wren keeps getting hints that things aren’t going well at her new job at the hospital, where her mom is a nurse. And after an opening night disaster leads to a heartbreaking discovery, Wren realizes that her mother has a serious problem—a problem that can’t be wiped away or covered up.

After all the progress she’s made, can Wren start over again with her devastating new normal? And will she ever be able to heal the broken trust with her mom?

Amazon: Violets Are Blue

Manu: A Graphic Novel

Summary

A funny and heartwarming middle-grade graphic novel adventure about friendship, defying expectations, and finding your place.Manu and her best friend, Josefina, live at a magical school for girls, and Manu is always getting into trouble. The headmistress believes that Manu has the potential to help people with her magic, but Manu would rather have fun than fall in line. One day, a prank goes seriously wrong, and Josefina gets angry and wishes for Manu’s magic to disappear… and it does. Manu uses a dangerous spell to restore it, but it makes her magic too powerful and nearly impossible to control. Great power comes at a cost, and it may be a price that Manu isn’t able to pay!

This one I used for the PokemonAThon prompt Light Book or a book with nature on the cover.

Overall I think I did pretty well coming in a week late, I’m happy with progress and I think this helped keep me reading it’s over today so I’ll have other readathons to focus on but I really enjoyed this one and would love to do another Pokemon themed one in the future.

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Progress on IndigAThon

Hey you all just wanted to tell you my progress on IndigAThon. I’m really enjoying it and it is the readathon I’m most focused on. I’ve mostly read all the prompts save for Land Acknowledgement and Group Book, and a poetry book which I might have to wait till next month to buy because none of my libraries have it. Any way I wanted to show you how my progress is going.

Indigenous Joy “Powwow Day”

I got a chance to have an eArc of Powwow Day.

River wants so badly to dance at powwow day as she does every year. In this uplifting and contemporary picture book perfect for beginning readers, follow River’s progress from feeling isolated after an illness to learning the healing power of community.

Additional information explains the history and functions of powwows, which are commonplace across the United States and Canada and are open to both Native Americans and non-Native visitors. Author Traci Sorell is a member of the Cherokee Nation, and illustrator Madelyn Goodnight is a member of the Chickasaw Nation.

Amazon: Powwow Day

Host Recommendation “In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse”

I’m currently making progress on this one I think I’m about 50% done and expect to finish it today.

Jimmy McClean is a Lakota boy, though you wouldn’t guess it by his name. His mother is Lakota, and his father is half white and half Lakota. Over summer break, Jimmy embarks on a journey with his grandfather, Nyles High Eagle. While on the road, his grandfather tells him the story of Crazy Horse, one of the most important figures in Lakota, and American, history.

Expertly intertwining fiction and nonfiction, celebrated Brulé Lakota author Joseph Marshall III chronicles the many heroic deeds of Crazy Horse, especially his taking up arms against the U.S. government. He fiercely fought against encroachments on the territories and way of life of the Lakota people, including leading a war party to victory at the Battle of the Greasy Grass (the Battle of the Little Bighorn) and playing a major and dangerous role as decoy at the Battle of the Hundred in the Hands (the Fetterman Battle). With Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse was the last of the Lakota to surrender his people to the U.S. Army. Through his grandfather’s tales about the famous warrior, Jimmy learns about his Lakota heritage and, ultimately, himself.

Drawing references and inspiration from the oral stories of the Lakota tradition, Marshall gives readers an insider’s perspective on the life of Tasunke Witko, better known as Crazy Horse.

Amazon: In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

Non Fiction “We are Still Here”

I learned a lot from this picture book about the history of Native Nations in the United States and Canada. Though it’s written for children I think everyone should read it.

Twelve Native American kids present historical and contemporary laws, policies, struggles, and victories in Native life, each with a powerful refrain: We are still here!

Too often, Native American history is treated as a finished chapter instead of relevant and ongoing. This companion book to the award-winning We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga offers readers everything they never learned in school about Native American people’s past, present, and future. Precise, lyrical writing presents topics including: forced assimilation (such as boarding schools), land allotment and Native tribal reorganization, termination (the US government not recognizing tribes as nations), Native urban relocation (from reservations), self-determination (tribal self-empowerment), Native civil rights, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), religious freedom, economic development (including casino development), Native language revival efforts, cultural persistence, and nationhood.

Amazon: We Are Still Here

Favorite Color on the Cover “Jo Jo Makoons”

Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend by [Dawn Quigley, Tara Audibert]

Hello/Boozhoo—meet Jo Jo Makoons! Full of pride, joy, and plenty of humor, this first book in an all-new chapter book series by Dawn Quigley celebrates a spunky young Ojibwe girl who loves who she is.

Jo Jo Makoons Azure is a spirited seven-year-old who moves through the world a little differently than anyone else on her Ojibwe reservation. It always seems like her mom, her kokum (grandma), and her teacher have a lot to learn—about how good Jo Jo is at cleaning up, what makes a good rhyme, and what it means to be friendly.

Even though Jo Jo loves her #1 best friend Mimi (who is a cat), she’s worried that she needs to figure out how to make more friends. Because Fern, her best friend at school, may not want to be friends anymore…as she makes progress throughout the book we get to learn Ojibwe words and see Jo Jo unique personality.

Amazon: Jojo Makoons

Book with an Elder Protagonist

Indian Shoes by [Cynthia Leitich Smith, MaryBeth Timothy]

What do Indian shoes look like, anyway? Like beautiful beaded moccasins… or hightops with bright orange shoelaces?

Ray Halfmoon prefers hightops, but he gladly trades them for a nice pair of moccasins for his grampa. After all, it’s Grampa Halfmoon who’s always there to help Ray get in and out of scrapes—like the time they teamed up to pet sit for the whole block during a holiday blizzard!

Award-winning author Cynthia Leitich Smith writes with wit and candor about a boy and his grandfather, sharing all their love, joy, and humor.

In partnership with We Need Diverse Books

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Pokemon A Thon

I know all my followers out there are going like really how many readathons are they going to join this month. The answer is more, and the reasoning is some of the books cross count, and I just found this one today and we all hopefully remember my Pokemon series and it was the last day of registration. Yeah I wasn’t going to turn it down.

Anyway here are the rules. The readathon started the first and runs through the 18th. You pick a Team.

I’ve decided on the Piplup/Water team. I used Piplup a lot when I was playing Pokemon cards so they have always been a favorite of mine even though I usually choose grass starters. Anyway there are several ways to gain points the challenge.

They have their main prompts which are gym badges like the ones from the series. I’ll post them below, instead of going by points they go by Pokeballs. and lucky for me you can double up which I like with a Readathon.

They also have a bonus animal prompt where if an animal is involved in the book you get extra points, this prompt can be reused as many times times as possible for all the books. Their other prompt is specifically about each team and the titles having relating aspects, For example since I was on the Water Team, and I read Violets are Blue I was able to count the blue in the title as an extra.

I think I’m going to have fun with this though I’m sorry I’m late to the party as you guys know how much I love all things Pokemon. I’m having a lot of fun with a couple YAs that will fit the bill for a lot of these badge and a few middle grades and comics that will fit the bill for the animal sidekick bonus prompt.

Expect another TBR but a lot of my same books will be featured on this readathon, because I mean I’m going to try to read 15 books this month but holiday mania is starting to get to me.

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IndigAThon TBR 2021

I said a few days back I was participating in IndigAThon so I thought I’d post my TBR for challenge

1) Group Book “Apple in the Middle”

This is the group book for IdigAThon the year I’m glad it’s YA, The group book last year from what I remember was an adult piece which I don’t read, so I’m glad this is in my wheelhouse.

Summary

Apple Starkington turned her back on her Native American heritage the moment she was called a racial slur for someone of white and Indian descent, not that she really even knew how to be an Indian in the first place. Too bad the white world doesnt accept her either. And so begins her quirky habits to gain acceptance.


Apple’s name, chosen by her Indian mother on her deathbed, has a double meaning: treasured apple of my eye, but also the negative connotation a person who is red, or Indian, on the outside, but white on the inside.


After her wealthy father gives her the boot one summer, Apple reluctantly agrees to visit her Native American relatives on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in northern North Dakota for the first time. Apple learns to deal with the culture shock of Indian customs and the Native Michif language, while she tries to find a connection to her dead mother. She also has to deal with a vengeful Indian man who loved her mother in high school but now hates Apple because her mom married a white man.


Bouncing in the middle of two cultures, Apple meets her Indian relatives, shatters Indian stereotypes, and learns what it means to find her place in a world divided by color. This book has been honored many times including

2020 American Indian Youth Literature Young Adult Book Honors Award


2019 WILLA (Women Writing the West) Finalist


2019 Independent Publisher Award, Gold Medal, Multicultural Young Adult


2019 Independent Press Award for Young Adult Fiction


2018 Winner of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Young Adult Fiction General

So it’s a perfect fit for the IndigAThon group book.

Amazon: Apple in the Middle

2) Read a book with a Indignous Joy “Healer of the Water Monster”

Maybe not what everyone thinks to when they go to joy but I also find a good adventure book to be joyous.

When Nathan goes to visit his grandma, Nali, at her mobile summer home on the Navajo reservation, he knows he’s in for a pretty uneventful summer, with no electricity or cell service. Still, he loves spending time with Nali and with his uncle Jet, though it’s clear when Jet arrives that he brings his problems with him.

One night, while lost in the nearby desert, Nathan finds someone extraordinary: a Holy Being from the Navajo Creation Story—a Water Monster—in need of help.

Now Nathan must summon all his courage to save his new friend. With the help of other Navajo Holy Beings, Nathan is determined to save the Water Monster, and to support Uncle Jet in healing from his own pain.

Amazon: Healer of the Water Monster

3) Host Recommendations “In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse”

This book could have fit the IndigAThon Elder prompt but I decided to use it for this one since I’d read all the other host kidlit host recommendations.

Jimmy McClean is a Lakota boy, though you wouldn’t guess it by his name. His mother is Lakota, and his father is half white and half Lakota. Over summer break, Jimmy embarks on a journey with his grandfather, Nyles High Eagle. While on the road, his grandfather tells him the story of Crazy Horse, one of the most important figures in Lakota, and American, history.

Expertly intertwining fiction and nonfiction, celebrated Brulé Lakota author Joseph Marshall III chronicles the many heroic deeds of Crazy Horse, especially his taking up arms against the U.S. government. He fiercely fought against encroachments on the territories and way of life of the Lakota people, including leading a war party to victory at the Battle of the Greasy Grass (the Battle of the Little Bighorn) and playing a major and dangerous role as decoy at the Battle of the Hundred in the Hands (the Fetterman Battle). With Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse was the last of the Lakota to surrender his people to the U.S. Army. Through his grandfather’s tales about the famous warrior, Jimmy learns about his Lakota heritage and, ultimately, himself.

Drawing references and inspiration from the oral stories of the Lakota tradition, Marshall gives readers an insider’s perspective on the life of Tasunke Witko, better known as Crazy Horse.

Amazon: In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

4) Non Fiction”The Sea Ringed World”

I’ve been meaning to read this book since last year but this prompt for IndigAThon gave me the perfect reason. I’m looking forward to reading more about the stories that make up the origin stories of the tribes of North and South American

Fifteen thousand years before Europeans stepped foot in the Americas, people had already spread from tip to tip and coast to coast. Like all humans, these Native Americans sought to understand their place in the universe, the nature of their relationship with the divine, and the origin of the world into which their ancestors had emerged. The answers lay in their sacred stories.

Amazon: The Sea Ringed World

5) Land Acknowledgement “Long Ago Stories of the Eastern Cherokee”

I loved this new category of Land Acknowledgement, and was glad there was a book on Kindle Unlimted that fit this prompt for IndigAThon. I’m looking forward to learning a lot of native stories this year.

In this priceless and engaging collection, native Cherokee and professional storyteller Lloyd Arneach recounts tales such as how the bear lost his long bushy tail and how the first strawberry came to be.

Amazon: Long Ago Stories of the Eastern Cherokee

6) Favorite Color on the Cover “Jo Jo Makoons”

Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend by [Dawn Quigley, Tara Audibert]

Hello/Boozhoo—meet Jo Jo Makoons! Full of pride, joy, and plenty of humor, this first book in an all-new chapter book series by Dawn Quigley celebrates a spunky young Ojibwe girl who loves who she is.

Jo Jo Makoons Azure is a spirited seven-year-old who moves through the world a little differently than anyone else on her Ojibwe reservation. It always seems like her mom, her kokum (grandma), and her teacher have a lot to learn—about how good Jo Jo is at cleaning up, what makes a good rhyme, and what it means to be friendly.

Even though Jo Jo loves her #1 best friend Mimi (who is a cat), she’s worried that she needs to figure out how to make more friends. Because Fern, her best friend at school, may not want to be friends anymore…

Amazon: Jojo Makoons

7) Book of Poetry “Fry Bread: “A Native American Family Story”

I’ve thought this book was cute for ages, plus I really want to try fry bread some day, because after reading about it, sound yummy. So when this prompt for Indigathon came up I knew I had to read this book.

Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by Pura Belpre Award winner and Caldecott Honoree Juana Martinez-Neal.

Fry bread is food
.
It is warm and delicious, piled high on a plate.

Fry bread is time.
It brings families together for meals and new memories.

Fry bread is nation.
It is shared by many, from coast to coast and beyond.

Fry bread is us.
It is a celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similarity and difference.

Amazon: Fry Bread

8) A book with an Elder protagonist “Indian Shoes”

I love anything Cynthia Leitch Smith puts her hands on but I hadn’t read this classic. So for IndigAThon this fit the prompt and I decided to pick it up.

Indian Shoes by [Cynthia Leitich Smith, MaryBeth Timothy]

The beloved chapter book by New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith about the love and adventures shared by a Cherokee-Seminole boy and his Grampa now has brand-new illustrations! A perfect pick for new readers.

What do Indian shoes look like, anyway? Like beautiful beaded moccasins… or hightops with bright orange shoelaces?

Ray Halfmoon prefers hightops, but he gladly trades them for a nice pair of moccasins for his grampa. After all, it’s Grampa Halfmoon who’s always there to help Ray get in and out of scrapes—like the time they teamed up to pet sit for the whole block during a holiday blizzard!

Award-winning author Cynthia Leitich Smith writes with wit and candor about a boy and his grandfather, sharing all their love, joy, and humor.

Amazon: Indian Shoes

Check out some Indigenous literature this November even if you aren’t taking part in the challenge! There is a whole lot to offer in all genres. And think about joining IndigAThon, these prompts are flexible enough to fit any reading style/ age range.

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Celebrating Indigenous Peoples with IndigAThon

Just like last year I’m making sure I take some time in November to focus on reading and celebrating Indigenous works of fiction. In American November is Native American Heritage Month. But too often Indigenous and Native and stories are recused to this month and forgotten about the rest of the year.

So I’m going to point out some of my favorite other Native literature I’ve encountered throughout the year, as well as following the prompts set out by the head of the challenge. Here are the prompts below:

On the Instagram you can also find recommendations for the prompts though they are not all children’s and YA, which I plan to focus this challenge on. You’ll see my TBR later in the week and though we’ve long established I’m a mood reader, I’ll try and at least keep to most of the books.

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Royal Readathon Fairies TBR

So the Royal Readathon is doing Fairies for it’s November prompt there are six prompts but I’m only doing five.

The prompts are

Flora-Book with a beautiful cover

Isn’t this cover lovely? I love the shade of purple that’s all over the cover.

The Troubled Girls of Dragonmir Academy.

The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy by [Anne Ursu]

If no one notices Marya Lupu, is likely because of her brother, Luka. And that’s because of what everyone knows: that Luka is destined to become a sorcerer.

The Lupus might be from a small village far from the capital city of Illyria, but that doesn’t matter. Every young boy born in in the kingdom holds the potential for the rare ability to wield magic, to protect the country from the terrifying force known only as the Dread. 

For all the hopes the family has for Luka, no one has any for Marya, who can never seem to do anything right. But even so, no one is prepared for the day that the royal sorcerers finally arrive to test Luka for magical ability, and Marya makes a terrible mistake. Nor the day after, when the Lupus receive a letter from a place called Dragomir Academy—a mysterious school for wayward young girls. Girls like Marya.

Soon she is a hundred miles from home, in a strange and unfamiliar place, surrounded by girls she’s never met. Dragomir Academy promises Marya and her classmates a chance to make something of themselves in service to one of the country’s powerful sorcerers. But as they learn how to fit into a world with no place for them, they begin to discover things about the magic the men of their country wield, as well as the Dread itself—things that threaten the precarious balance upon which Illyria is built.

Amazon: The Troubled Girls of Dragonmir Academy

Fauna-Read a book with a fixer-upper

Wren has some issues in the book that make this one a fixer upper. But so far it looks very cute.

Violets are Blue

Twelve-year-old Wren loves makeup—special effect makeup, to be exact. When she is experimenting with new looks, Wren can create a different version of herself. A girl who isn’t in a sort-of-best friendship with someone who seems like she hates her. A girl whose parents aren’t divorced and doesn’t have to learn to like her new stepmom.

So, when Wren and her mom move to a new town for a fresh start, she is cautiously optimistic. And things seem to fall into place when Wren meets potential friends and gets selected as the makeup artist for her school’s upcoming production of Wicked.

Only, Wren’s mom isn’t doing so well. She’s taking a lot of naps, starts snapping at Wren for no reason, and always seems to be sick. And what’s worse, Wren keeps getting hints that things aren’t going well at her new job at the hospital, where her mom is a nurse. But when opening night doesn’t have the royal glimmer of the Emerald City and a disaster leads to a heartbreaking discovery, Wren realizes that her mother has a serious problem—a problem that can’t be wiped away or covered up.

After all the progress she’s made, can Wren start over again with her devastating new normal? And will she ever be able to heal the broken trust with her mom?

Amazon:Violets are Blue

Merriweather: A book with a disagreement

There is a big disagreement in this book over what to do with a magical tapestry and a royal kingdom under siege from an evil sorcerer.

Luminous

Luminous by [Mara Rutherford]

Liora has spent her life in hiding, knowing discovery could mean falling prey to the king’s royal warlock, Darius, who uses mages’ magic to grow his own power. But when her worst nightmare comes to pass, Darius doesn’t take her. Instead, he demands that her younger sister return to the capital with him. To make matters worse, Evran, Liora’s childhood friend and the only one who knows her secret, goes missing following Darius’s visit, leaving her without anyone to turn to.

To find Evran and to save her sister, Liora must embrace the power she has always feared. But the greatest danger she’ll face is yet to come, for Darius has plans in motion that will cause the world to fall into chaos—and Liora and Evran may be the only ones who can stop him.

Amazon: Luminous

Genie: Found Family

In this sequel to Goddess in the Machine, the characters who have become found family deal with the problems from book one.

Devil in the Device

Zhade’s power might be going to his head.
 
Newly on the throne, he’s still getting used to wearing Maret’s face, but being a royal, he can’t deny that the influence it affords him has its perks. So when the magic of Eerensed starts to turn deadly, Zhade must master the Crown if he’s going to save his people, and Tsurina’s destructive plans for Eerensed aren’t going to make that easy. Worse, he’s starting to see her point.
 
Andra is underground.
 
Assumed dead by the people of Eerensed, she must stay hidden in the city’s depths if she’s going to live long enough to build the rocket that will finally save the colonists from this dying planet. But when Andra hears voices urging her to destroy everything, she starts to dig deeper into her subconcious. What she discovers leads her to question whether she’s destined to be a savior after all.
 
Battling the dangerous forces buried within their minds, Andra and Zhade will have to find a way to work together before two power-hungry leaders and a deadly swarm of rogue technology destroy humanity for good.

Amazon: Devil in the Device

Fairy Godmother: Book with a classic story line.

This is a classic adventure story.

A Pinch of Magic

All Betty Widdershins wants is an adventure—one that takes her far away from Crowstone, the gloomy island where she’s always lived. But instead of an adventure, Betty and her sisters, Fliss and Charlie, are given of a set of magical objects, each with its own powers: a scruffy carpet bag, a set of wooden nesting dolls, and a gilt-framed mirror. And these magical objects come with their own terrible secret: the sisters’ family is haunted by a generations-long curse that prevents them from ever leaving their island—at the cost of death.

The sisters set out to break the curse and free their family forever. But after stumbling upon a mysterious prisoner who claims to be able to help them, they find themselves in great danger. And in order to break the curse—and stay alive—they must unravel a mystery that goes back centuries, one that involves shipwrecks, smugglers, and sorcery of the most perilous kind.

Amazon: A Pinch of Magic