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

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. 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!

Jen Vincent, of Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee 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.

Welcome to Unleashing Readers!  We thank you for checking out our new blog and cannot wait to share our love of books and teaching with you. This week we will be getting you acquainted with our blog during our Unleashing Readers Launch Party. We hope you’ll come back and check us out. 


Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: This week I continued rereading my books for the award committee, so unfortunately I cannot talk about them. What I can share is that I finished an (adult!) Al Franken audiobook entitled Oh, The Things I Know! which, if you like Al Franken, was quite funny.  He really knows how to find humor in just about any situation.


Ricki: I am also continuing to reread books for the award committee, and sadly, I can’t talk about them either. We will surely share news about them when we are permitted. I finished The 5th Wave by Ricky Yancey and loved it. I plan to post a review next Thursday to share its goodies. I also finished Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley, an excellent graphic novel about Kinsley’s life, told through food.


This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: I am going to take a quick break from rereading because I got a book from the library that I had been waiting for: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I have heard such great things about it from some people I know who have great taste. After finishing it, I will go back to my rereading though I am almost done.  For my audiobook, next in line is a Margaret Cho (adult!) book which I hope is as hilarious as her stand-up.


Ricki: My school librarians gave me one more day to finish Les Miserables, so I will finish that today or tomorrow. Honestly, it has been insufferable, so I’ve been trudging through it for weeks. I always tell my students to put down books they don’t like, but I never seem to follow my own advice! I am also reading Eleanor and Park, like Kellee, and we plan to team up for a review later this month (yahoo!).


Upcoming Week’s Posts



So, what are you reading?

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40 Responses to Launch Week: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 6/24/13

  1. Earl Dizon says:

    Happy Launch Week, Kellee and Ricki! “One Day More” for Les Miserables!

    • Kellee Moye says:

      Thank you Earl! Hope you enjoy the blog.
      HA! (about “One Day More”)
      Happy reading this week!

    • Ricki Ginsberg says:

      I laughed out loud at this one. It’s over! I wonder if Les Miserables has a good finale song. Phew. That was a tough read. Thanks for stopping by our blog!

    • Earl Dizon says:

      I was wondering what that Giveaway widget was for. I didn’t realize you were actually giving books away.

      Here are my choices in order of preference:

      Drama by Raina Telgemeier

      In Darkness by Nick Lake

      I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells

  2. Linda Baie says:

    It seemed to say I’d already commented, but wanted to tell you Congratulations and best wishes, Kellee and Ricki! I would like to win any of the first three on the list! Thanks!

    • Kellee Moye says:

      I am so glad that you stopped by! You have been such a great support for me over at TMT and I really appreciate you coming to check out Unleashing Readers as well!
      Happy reading this week 🙂

    • Ricki Ginsberg says:

      I can’t wait to get to know you! Thanks for joining us during launch week. I hope you find a great book this week! 🙂

  3. Kristen H. says:

    I would love to win Will Sparrow’s Road by Karen Cushman. 🙂 Thanks so much for the giveaway and cannot wait to see all the content coming up this week.

    • Kellee Moye says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by and also being part of our blog hop later this week 🙂
      Happy reading!

    • Ricki Ginsberg says:

      Thanks, Kristen! We are excited to see who the widget picks as winners. Be sure to stop by in the next few days to enter more times!

  4. C Jackson says:

    I’m excited to subscribe to “Unleashing Readers”! I would love to read A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Morgan and to add it to my classroom library. Happy Launch Week.

  5. Karen Yingling says:

    Like the look of the new blog! Sorry about Les Miz– our 8th grade “enriched” class was made to read it; it was almost like punishment because they were doing well in class. Some classics are great, but there is a right time for everything, and sometimes NOW isn’t it!

  6. Sheila DeChantal says:

    Congratulations on the new blog!

  7. Katie Brown says:

    I just started Stephen King’s novel, Duma Key. I have only read one other book of his (11/22/63) and it was excellent. I am nervous about this one, though, because it is SCARY! I keep reading it and waiting for someone to jump out and scare me. Hasn’t happened yet, but I know it’s coming! DARN YOU, STEPHEN KING!

    • Kellee Moye says:

      I LOVE Stephen King!
      How was 11/22/63? The premise fascinates me!

      Duma Key is supposed to be creepy- enjoy? 😀

      Happy reading!

    • Ricki Ginsberg says:

      I still have nightmares from watching IT when I was younger. Maybe I will venture out and try a Stephen King book this summer. You’ve inspired me!

  8. Tammy says:

    Congratulations, Kellee! I’ve started my “beach book” list, and I’m currently reading Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand. All of her books take place in Nantucket and involve lots of sun, sand, beach food, friends, romance, and friendship.

  9. Andrea Payan says:

    Congratulations Kellee and Ricki on this new blog! It looks like it will be an excellent resource for teachers. I am super curious about your secret award committee reads. Can’t wait to hear about it when you can share. Ricki-I feel your pain with Les Miserables. I think I have picked that one up at least three times and tried. As for the giveaway: The title I am not a Serial Killer really stands out at me. I also would love to have a copy of In Darkness for my classroom. Any of the books on that list would be awesome so if I were to win I would not be picky.

    • Kellee Moye says:


      Thank you so much! I am so glad you stopped by 🙂
      I cannot wait to share the award info as well! We’ll definitely have a post as soon as we can share.

      🙂 Happy reading!

    • Ricki Ginsberg says:


      Yes! I vowed to finish it before the movie. The problem was that I kept getting interrupted by amazing books, so it took a few months to finish. We will definitely share the award committee information, particularly when it is public. 🙂


  10. Jennifer Fountain says:

    Congrats on the launch! I can’t wait to see what you two have in store for us! 🙂
    I would love to win I Am Not A Serial Killer. I got that in my ALAN box, but my boys passed it around all semester and it never made its way back…must have been good!

    • Kellee Moye says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by Jen!
      The title alone of Serial Killer sounds like a book boys will steal 🙂

      Happy reading this week 🙂

    • Ricki Ginsberg says:

      Jen! Hi! So excited to see you on here. I haven’t read it, but I know a few girls who loved it. It is always tough when we give our students the books and never get to them ourselves. Ah, it is all in the job description! ::wink::

  11. Holly Mueller says:

    Excited about your new blog, Kellee and Vicki, AND for launch week! Just added your button to my blog. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Eleanor & Park! I have Relish and 5th Wave waiting on my end table to read this summer!

    • Ricki Ginsberg says:

      Holly, both are excellent. I think you will really like them. I am getting more and more excited to read Eleanor and Park as I read everyone’s comments. Thanks for joining us in our blog adventure!

  12. Megan@YA? Why Not? says:

    Congrats on the new blog! I loved Relish and can’t wait to get 5th Wave. As for your giveaway, it’s hard to pick from that great list!

    • Ricki Ginsberg says:

      Thanks, Megan! It is definitely one to buy. I loved it! I will be sure to post the review after launch week. 🙂

  13. Jen V says:

    Congrats to you both! The blog looks great! I’m always amazed by how much reading and rereading you do for the committee…but it just occurred to me how difficult it seems like it would be to have to also keep all that reading secret! That seems like double the willpower!

  14. Crystal Brunelle says:

    I loved Eleanor and Park to pieces. Have a great time with it!

  15. Jo says:

    I got so confused when I saw this post, but I think I’ve got it now.
    I want to read classics, but they can be so difficult to work through, often I don’t even try. For instance, I’d LIKE to read Moby Dick and Dracula, but no go yet.

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