Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Best of the Bunch: October 2018

Today I'm sharing the best book I read in October.

Of the 13 books I read this month, I had three 5-star reads:

March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

It's OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids by Heather Shumaker

March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

I really liked the book on navigating interactions between children, but it's geared more toward teachers and parents of multiple kids, so it wasn't an all-time favorite for right now. But the March books definitely were! (I'm still reading Book Three, the final book, or I would have just picked the whole series for my Best of the Bunch.)

Framed by Rep. John Lewis showing up for President Obama's inauguration, this tells the story of Lewis' childhood up through the successful integration of lunch counters at the start of the civil rights movement. I knew most of the pieces of the story — lunch counter sit-ins, arrests, the involvement of SNCC — but it was fascinating to be told the entire story as a complete narrative, including how they trained for the sit-ins, their trial runs, and that they were released after refusing to pay bail. The pacing of the story, the integration with the artwork, and the artwork itself were all excellent, thanks to the talents of illustrator Nate Powell. This book is written in a way that feels very accessible to young adults but is also captivating for adult readers. I'm glad I picked up all three volumes from the library so I could read the full story straight through!

What is the best book you read this month? Let me know in comments, or write your own post and link up below!

Looking back:
One year ago I was reading: The Secret History and Birdsong
Five years ago I was reading: Behind the Beautiful Forevers and Roots
Ten years ago I was reading: Black Boy

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