60/60 Reading Update for 2021

10 Middle Grade Books I Want to Read in 2021

This year, I decided to try a scaling reading goal, adjusting my Goodreads tracker up by another 10 books whenever I’m able to complete the current challenge.

To date, I’ve read over 60 books, so my new goal is set to 70. Per tradition, I’m featuring another stack of books I’d love to read in the near future.

10 Middle Grade Books I Want to Read in 2021
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20/20 Reading Update for 2021

10 Middle Grade Books I Want to Read in 2021

At the start of the year, I decided to use a scaling goal to track my year of reading. My original goal of 10 books bumped up to 20, and thanks to #BookADayMay and a surprisingly productive summer reading session, I’ve blown through that goal and then some with a total of 50 books!

I’m bumping up my Goodreads goal to 60, and highlighting some more books on my To-Read pile for 2021!

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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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