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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Congratulations to Josh Funk for winning Mr. Fuzzbuster Knows He’s the Favorite!

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Last Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Ten of Trent’s Favorite Books as of His Third Birthday

Wednesday: The March Against Fear by Ann Bausum

Thursday: Guest Review: Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

Friday: The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming by J. Coats Anderson

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee

Thank you to everyone for the happy birthday wishes for Trent! I cannot believe he is three, but I am truly loving this age.

 

I cannot wait to review these two books for you all! Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee is a powerful book about Shakespeare and identity while A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold is one of those quiet yet impactful books about a sweet boy named Bat who is 99.9% guaranteed to become a vet.

I reread Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher for my faculty book club. Rereading it reminded me why it was so memorable for me—it is just so gut-wrenching. Although, the book club meeting brought up some really good questions on if Hannah’s story would help people who were suicidal. We all felt that the book would make teens think about their impact on those around them, but would someone who was depressed or suicidal feel like if Hannah couldn’t make it, they can’t either? That was the question of the night.

I finished Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart before our Skype visit! Here is my book club with Dan:

I loved Scar Island and The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart, and I cannot recommend them both enough; however, I think that Skyping with him took it to a whole new level! His answers about his books, his writing process, and the role of the reader were so insightful.

 Ricki

My dissertation is due on April 1, so I am writing during every waking moment!

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This Week’s Expeditions
Kellee

 

I’m currently listening to Showing Off, the third book in the Upside-Down Magic series, and I just love Nory and her class.

I started then paused and will need to restart Bot Wars by J.V. Kade. I only have two more books to read on our Sunshine State list and Bot Wars is one of them.

However, before I restarted Bot Wars, I really need to read Loot by Jude Watson. My librarian is hosting a Skype visit with Jude, and I really want to read at least Loot before the Skype visit.

 Ricki

Sadly, I won’t be reading this week (other than reading during the day with my sons). These will all be rereads. Wish me luck on my dissertation (ah!).

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Upcoming Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Ten Books We Wish Had More Pages in Them

Wednesday: If I Were a Whale by Shelley Gill

Thursday: Duck and Hippo in the Rainstorm by Jonathan London

Friday: Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee

 So, what are you reading?

Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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11 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 2/27/17

  1. Linda Baie says:

    Best wishes in that final push, Ricki, and Kellee, I have Scar Island coming soon. Will look for your review!

  2. OMG Kellee, I can’t believe there is another upside down magic. I am so excited!
    Thirteen Reasons Why was one of my must read books from last year. I wish I could have been part of your book club, because I wasn’t very impressed by it. It didn’t feel authentic to me, and I wasn’t impressed by the characters. Maybe I would have discovered that I missed something critical.

    • Kellee says:

      That is actually the 3rd Upside Down Magic! I love the series 🙂
      My book club was really conflicted with 13 Reasons–I wish you could have been there too!

  3. Good luck with the dissertation, Ricki! For my husband, the last month or so was just head down write, write, write, eat, write, write, write. You got this!

  4. Kellee, I’ve just had a big jump of readers in the Upside Down Magic series because it was at our book fair. I’ve read the first two and really liked them. Loved Loot, I need to get to Sting.
    Thanks for the Miss Jane Deming review. I think that comes to my house tomorrow! I’ve ordered Duck and Hippo, looking forward to that review!
    Ricki, good luck with your dissertation. I hope you’re seeing the proverbial light!

    • Kellee says:

      The third one is really good also–I love Nory and her friends!
      Just starting Loot–I hope I can get more into it; having a hard time so far.
      I hope you like Jane Deming–I think it was so interesting!

  5. Wow, Kellee, you are reading SO many interesting & varied books! I recently read & loved The Honest Truth, so I definitely want to read Scar Island, too. I just love meeting authors whose books I love! Lucky you 🙂

    Good luck on your dissertation, Ricki!

    Sue

    Book By Book

    • Kellee says:

      The variety is so much fun! That is the only way that I can read more than one book.
      I hope you like Scar Island–it is a modern Lord of the Flies.

  6. Crystal says:

    It’s so cool that you are able to be involved in so many author Skype visits at your school Kellee.

    I wish you well with your dissertation Ricki!

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