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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 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.

Last Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Top Ten Books We’ve Read So Far In 2015

Wednesday: Kellee and Ricki’s #MustReadin2015 Summer Update

Friday: From Kellee’s (Huge) Library Pile Part Seven

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: This is not going to be a very exciting update folks. We’re going through some really rough sleeping stuff over here with Trent, so I have been going to bed much earlier knowing that I will be woken up over and over again all night (if you are friends with me on Facebook, I am sure you’ve seen the updates!). I have read hardly anything at all this week! Stinks because I really love summer for all the reading time!! Here’s hoping this week is better!

Ricki: This week, I finished the wonderful, fantastic Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley. What a treat! Last week, I compared it to another favorite, A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd. I enjoyed every second of that book. Usually, I give my books away after I read them, but I am hanging onto this one. It is going to be an epic bedtime read for my son when he is a bit older. I also read Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine. This is a heart-wrenching picture book about Henry “Box” Brown, who escaped slavery in the Underground Railroad.

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: Who knows! I may switch to something shorter just to feel successful. I also am listening to a book, but have not been driving much, so I may find a shorter audiobook to feel successful there too. I’ll let you know how it goes next week!

Ricki: I am continuing to truck along with my philosophy book from the early 1900s. I’d like to tackle more books on my #mustreadin2015 list, but I am also intrigued by the new book, The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes. This is why I get behind on my must read list!

Upcoming Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Top Ten Dystopian Books We’ve Ever Read

Wednesday: Big Book Summer Challenge: Revolution by Deborah Wiles & East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Be Careful or You Might Learn Something…” by Linda Fausnet, Author of The Joyville Sweat Sox

 So, what are you reading?

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24 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 7/6/15

  1. Linda Baie says:

    Best wishes with the sleeping, Kellee. It will work, eventually! Hope you find some sweet picture books! I just told Jen that I was looking forward to Circus Mirandus, Ricki, & here you are saying good things about it, too! A must find & read!

  2. Can’t wait to read Circus Mirandus… Just finished reading The Key to Extraordinary, very special book…
    Happy reading to both of you! 🙂 **Kellee- patience, it takes time… no fun during the transition. A night vision camera helped me a bunch…

  3. I hope you get much more and better sleep this week. Lack of sleep makes everything hard.

    I do want to read Circus Mirandus. I’ve been hearing such good things about it.

  4. Ms. Yingling says:

    I’m the only one who found Circus Mirandus overly sad! I couldn’t give my ARC away. My students all recoiled at the word “circus”! Maybe something bad went on locally?! As for sleeping, I think my 17 year old would sleep until noon everyday. It happens eventually, but is hard while you aren’t getting enough sleep!

    • Kellee says:

      I am going to read it soon, so I will let you know what I think.
      My students actually loved Circus Galacticus, so I don’t think circus bothers them.
      Soon hopefully Trent will be sleeping more–hopefully!

    • Ricki says:

      I am gathering that you don’t love sad books. I didn’t find it to be overly sad, but I certainly see how someone would think so. I think the magic outweighed the sadness for me.

  5. So sorry you are going through some sleeping difficulties with Trent, Kellee – everyone goes through that at some point. I think ours were at a bit older age, when he was in a bed and kept getting up. “Crying it out” was the toughest thing we ever did! Just know it will pass. Hope you get to some reading this week.

    I have heard such great things about Circus Mirandus, Ricki! Can’t wait to read it.

    Enjoy your books this week –

    Sue

    2015 Big Book Summer Challenge

  6. Looking forward to your dystopian post on Tuesday. I wish you sleeping magic Kellee. My children were terrible sleepers so I truly feel for you. Now, at 12, I often have to wake them! There is sleep in your future!I am looking forward to Circus Mirandus Ricki and our chat later this month. Thanks for participating in the #Mustreadin2015 update!

  7. Andrea Payan says:

    Kellee–Good luck with the sleep stuff. My sister has been going through that with my niece lately. Tough stuff! I hope Trent gets back on track soon. Ricki–I need to get my hands on Circus Mirandus. It looks fabulous. I also understand getting behind on your must read list. I get so interested in all the new books and then have a hard time getting caught up with all the books I already own. Have a great reading week!

    • Kellee says:

      Thank you Andrea! Hopefully it fixes itself soon. I wouldn’t even mention it, but it is going on and on and it is really messing with my reading so I felt I needed to share so you all knew why I wasn’t reading.
      How old is your niece?

  8. I’m so sorry Kellee about your lack of sleep. These are the hardest times in parenting I think. We once tried to let our oldest ‘cry it out.’ I couldn’t stand it and just brought him into our bed with me. This helped soothe him and eventually he learned to sleep on his own again. Best wishes.
    Ricki, So many people are saying such terrific stuff about Circus Mirandus! I’m starting to become jealous of everyone who has read it! I should be getting it from the public library soon, as it has finally arrived there. Now I’m worried that my expectations will be so high, the darn book will never be able to live up to them!
    Happy reading to both of you this week.

  9. Read short books, especially if you’ve caught yourself in between big books. Try J.K. Rowling’s Very Good Lives. It’s a speech but it’s in book format so it counts. Plus, it’s nor filler.

    I love both A Snicker of Magic and Circus Mirandus.

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