#BookADayMay 2021

Book a Day May at Middle Grade Carousel. Learn more at Elymnifoquent.com.

It’s become something of a tradition for me and my mom, CJ, to host our very own #BookADayMay reading challenge via our book blog, Middle Grade Carousel. This is a fun way to get a jump on those year-long reading goals and get a little extra reading in before the summer heat hits!

Book a Day May at Middle Grade Carousel. Learn more at Elymnifoquent.com.

Want to play? Learn more about #BookADayMay and download our handy graphics over at Middle Grade Carousel.

  • Photograph features the book VIOLET MACKEREL'S BRILLIANT PLOT by Anna Branford
  • Photograph features the book SNAPDRAGON by Kat Leyh
  • Photograph features the book TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING by Judy Blume
  • Photograph features the book MORNING GIRL by Michael Dorris
  • Photograph features the book MIGHTY JACK AND THE GOBLIN KING by Ben Hatke
  • Photograph features the book THE YEAR OF THE BOOK by Andrea Cheng
  • Photograph features the book THE WITCH BOY by Molly Knox Ostertag
  • Photograph features the book THE LAST HOLIDAY CONCERT by Andrew Clements
  • Photograph features the book YORICK AND BONES by Jeremy Tankard & Hermione Tankard
  • Photograph of the book A GRAIN OF RICE by Helena Clare Pittman
  • Photograph features the book UNGIFTED by Gordon Korman
  • Photograph features the book WHEN THE CIRCUS CAME TO TOWN by Laurence Yep
  • Photograph features the book CLICK by Kayla Miller
  • Photograph features the book MASTERS OF DISASTER by Gary Paulsen
  • Photograph features the book TUNE IT OUT by Jamie Sumner
  • Photograph features the book SPACE BOY by Stephen McCranie
  • Photograph features the book A DOG CALLED HOMELESS by Sarah Lean
  • Photograph features the book JACK AND THE GENIUSES: AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD by Bill Nye & Gregory Mone
  • Photograph features the book YORICK AND BONES: FRIENDS BY ANY OTHER NAME by Jeremy Tankard & Hermione Tankard
  • Photograph features the book CHOCOLATE FEVER by Robert Kimmel Smith
  • Photograph features the book THE DEEP AND DARK BLUE by Niki Smith
  • Photograph features the book THE SLEEPING SWORD by Michael Morpurgo
  • Photograph features the book SPACE BOY: VOL. 2 by Stephen McCranie
  • Photograph features the book MIGHTY JACK AND ZITA THE SPACEGIRL by Ben Hatke
  • Photograph featuring the book CATWINGS by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Photograph featuring the book SWING IT, SUNNY by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm
  • Photograph featuring the book NO TALKING by Andrew Clements
  • Photograph featuring the book THE HIDDEN WITCH by Molly Knox Ostertag
  • Photograph featuring the book THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE GOOFY by Jon Scieszka
  1. Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot by Anna Branford
  2. Snapdragon by Kat Leyh
  3. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  4. Morning Girl by Michael Dorris
  5. Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke
  6. The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng
  7. The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag
  8. The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements
  9. Yorick and Bones by Jeremy Tankard & Hermione Tankard
  10. A Grain of Rice by Helena Clare Pittman
  11. Ungifted by Gordon Korman
  12. When the Circus Came to Town by Laurence Yep
  13. Click by Kayla Miller
  14. Masters of Disaster by Gary Paulsen
  15. Tune it Out by Jamie Sumner
  16. Space Boy: Vol. 1 by Stephen McCranie
  17. A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean
  18. Jack and the Geniuses: At the Bottom of the World by Bill Nye & Gregory Mone
  19. Yorick and Bones: Friends by Any Other Name by Jeremy Tankard & Hermione Tankard
  20. Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith
  21. The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith
  22. The Sleeping Sword by Michael Morpurgo
  23. Space Boy: Vol. 2 by Stephen McCranie
  24. Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
  25. Catwings by Ursula K. Le Guin
  26. Swing it, Sunny by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm
  27. No Talking by Andrew Clements
  28. The Hidden Witch by Molly Knox Ostertag
  29. The Time Warp Trio: The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy by Jon Scieszka
  30. Catwings Return by Ursula K. Le Guin
  31. Camp by Kayla Miller
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10/10 Reading Update for 2021

10 Middle Grade Books I Want to Read in 2021

At the start of the year, I decided to use Goodreads’s annual reading challenge in a new way to help alleviate some of the pressure that comes with trying to pick a reasonable goal for a year’s worth of reading. My scaling goal was set at a reasonable 10 books, and now that I’ve hit that marker, it’s bumping up to 20!

As a celebration of sorts, I’m posting a brand new list of reads I hope to squeeze in this year.

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10 Books I Want to Read in 2021

10 Middle Grade Books I Want to Read in 2021

Challenges have been my go-to resource for getting through my massive To-Read Pile. I’ve relied on Goodreads’s annual reading challenge for several years to help track my progress, and while I love the handy counters and end-of-the-year statistics, picking a reasonable goal has always been a sticking point.

This year, I’ve decided to use tools that I know work for me — lists and colorful graphics! I’ll be setting my Goodreads goal for 10 books. When I finish those, I’ll bump it up to 20. Upon completing that, I’ll set the goal to 30. And so on, until we reach the end of the year.

In the spirit of trying new things, I’ve also decided to create a reading list to work from. Ideally, I’ll be getting through these and posting a brand new set around the same time I bump my Goodreads goal up to 20… but we’ll just have to wait and see. It’s always got to be mystery with us mood-based readers.

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My Reading in May 2020

Last month, I decided to give #BookADayMay a try. I’ll admit, it didn’t go exactly as planned. I hold to my “all progress is good progress” mentality, but 15/31 books doesn’t really warrant a celebratory wrap-up blog post. Instead, I’ve decided to simply share about the books I did manage to read this May.

Elza's progress for #BookADayMay from Middle Grade Carousel at Elymnifoquent.com
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The Beginner’s Guide to Reading Indie

I hope you’re in the mood to read, because it’s #IndieApril season! Yes, I see that tippy tower of books you were planning to tackle in the near future, but there’s always room for more books, am I right?

The Beginner's Guide to Reading Indie

#IndieApril is all about promoting independent authors. These trailblazers go above and beyond the already challenging task of penning a novel—they also take on the full responsibility of editing, formatting, packaging, marketing, and all that other behind-the-scenes business stuff that goes into a glamorous modern writing career. Impressive, no?

Places like Etsy and Kickstarter have gotten us acclimated to accepting creators who make their own path toward success. The world is catching on that the future is highly independent, and support for solo ventures and small businesses is on the rise.

Feeling ready to dive in and try reading something less traditional? Here are a few tips to guide you on your quest to discover excellent indie books.

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#BookADayMay Wrap Up + #MGCarousel Book Bingo for May

#BookADayMay final stack

Books are a big part of my life all year ’round, but kicking off summer with a reading challenge has always been my favorite tradition. There’s something about that first day with the A/C on that makes me wild for a trip to the library…

That being said, it’s a lot easier for me to stay focused when there’s some sort of incentive attached, which is why I decided to participate in Middle Grade Carousel‘s first official #BookADayMay challenge!

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Show & Tell – April Reading

Between #MGCarousel’s book bingo and binging on #IndieApril reads, I packed in a lot of pages during April. An accomplishment, considering I also managed to write 30,000 words for Camp NaNoWriMo (yay!). Oh, and I’ve been plugging away at #36daysoftype on Instagram. It’s been a wild month.

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Show & Tell – Spring Reading Bingo

Reading bingo card from Middle Grade Carousel

Don’t ask how I managed, but that’s a TRIPLE Bingo! I’m pretty excited about having read so much in one month. Honestly, most of them were pretty stellar, too. That’s a win-win in my book!

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5 Reading Challenges You Should Try

I enjoy a good challenge. A challenge gives me the tools I need to succeed. Special criteria or themes allow me to get creative. Time limits provide motivation. Being judged and receiving feedback drives me to make a good impression. If I want to get something done, the first thing I do is turn it into a challenge.


One of the things I challenge myself to do is read more. And, thanks to Goodreads groups and the bookish community on social media, I’ve found lots of fun ways to conquer my To-Read stack while engaging with other enthusiasts!

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Show & Tell – Winter Reading Wrap-Up

My reading this year has felt slow at best, but looking back over the last couple months I’m surprised by the total number of books I’ve finished. This is why we keep track of our progress, friends!


While I was really hoping to kick off 2019 with a bingo, I was a little late to realize any books on out shelf with griffons were on the  L O N G  side! Oops.

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