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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#ReadByColor – Rainbow Week 2021

Rainbow Week 2021: April 11-17. Hosted by @ElzaKinde on Twitter. #ReadByColor.

Having reached the exciting goal of 300 blog followers here at ElzaKinde.com, I’ve decided to celebrate in the only way I know how… with tons of colorful graphics, games, and Middle Grade book recommendations!

Rainbow Week 2021

April 11-17 | hosted by @ElzaKinde

Join me this week in sharing colorful reads across social media to create a rainbow of recommendations. This will be a fun way to show off the beautiful books on your shelf, find new titles for your TBR, and provides a great excuse to add some bright, happy color to your feed!

How to Participate:

  • Follow me here on my blog, and on social media via Twitter and Instagram for regular updates.
  • Use the hashtag #ReadByColor on event-related posts.
  • Pop in any time between April 11-17 to join in the conversation, share pictures, and participate in all the fun and games.
  • Share the news with your bookish friends! The more the merrier.

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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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February & March 2021 Recap

February & March 2021 Recap: Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic

There are times in life when every square on the calendar is filled, every scrap of paper in sight is scribbled with To Do lists, and the only thing keeping you going is the series of alarms on your phone that tell you to eat at regular intervals. These are the times when a little Spring Cleaning: Personal Schedule Edition is in order. Refine, rethink, remove. Even a few small changes can make the whole world feel new.

February & March 2021 Recap: Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic
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January 2021 Recap

There’s no better excuse to leap at new opportunities, try something different, and start new routines than a brand new year to play with. I’ve found a lot of fun and interesting ways to give myself that fresh start feeling this January, and I believe it’s been an overall success.

January 2021 Recap: Milestones, MGLit, and Making Improvements
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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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#NewYearsReads2021

With the promise of new books to read, debut authors to discover, and fresh resolve to make time for our TBR, there’s a lot to look forward to in 2021. If you’re excited to share your plans for the future and your favorites from the not-so-distant past, I’ve got your back!

New Year’s Reads

January 1-8 | hosted by @ElzaKinde

Join me on social media to ring in the new year with a celebration of all the books we’ve loved from this past year. This is an awesome opportunity to pick up some new recommendations, connect with fellow readers, and maybe find some inspiration to try something new with your reading in 2021!

How to Participate:

  • Follow me on Twitter and Instagram for regular updates.
  • Use the hashtag #NewYearsReads2021 on event-related posts.
  • Pop in any time between January 1-8 to join in the conversation, share pictures, and participate in all the fun and games.
  • Share the news with your bookish friends! The more the merrier.

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#ReadIfYouDare2020

If you’re looking for something to do in wake of canceled costume parties and treatless doorsteps, I present you with a bookish alternative.

Read if You Dare: A Bookish Halloween Party. Saturday, October 31 from 6PM-Midnight (PST).

Read if You Dare

Saturday, October 31 | 6PM-Midnight (PST)

This open house style event will be hosted via Twitter. I’ve got lots of fun & games prepared so fellow bookworms and bloggers can mingle, talk about the books we love, and and maybe fit in a little extra reading before the month is over!

If you’re not a fan of horror, no worries! Pick whatever you like to read. You’re still welcome.

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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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