April & May 2021 Recap

Change often happens at a gradual pace. News and accomplishments quickly becomes part of your normal day-to-day as the novelty wears off and we move on to the next thing. Huge changes or life-altering events are oh-so easy to recall, but what about the small daily efforts that got you there? What about the other things that happened concurrently? I think those are worth something, too.

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#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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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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#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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Show & Tell – Summer Reading Wrap-Up

It’s been a great summer of reading. In total, I’ve plowed through about 30 books in the last 3 months! I owe a lot of my success to the various reading challenges that went up this summer, mainly from #MGBookVillage and #MGCarousel.

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Show & Tell – Summer Reading Bingo

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I may have bit off more than I could chew in July, but I certainly had fun mowing down on these books!

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Show & Tell – Ye Olde Notice

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Did you know that some of my photos are featured on Middle Grade Carousel’s Instagram? If you don’t want to miss any shots, go give @MGCarousel a follow!

Show & Tell – Summer Reading Bingo

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June is over, and I managed to squeak in a BINGO! With a total of nine categories filled out on the board, I’m feeling pretty good about the dent in my summer reading pile.
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