It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 7/18/16


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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.


Last Week’s Posts

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top ten tuesday 9781454917489_plc.indd ah-choo a piece of home tia isa

Tuesday: Ten Bookish Facts About Us

Wednesday: Please Be Nice to Sharks: Fascinating Facts about the Ocean’s Most Misunderstood Creatures by Matt Weiss

Thursday: Blog Tour with Review!: Ah-Choo by Lana Wayne Koehler and Gloria G. Adams

Friday: Modern Immigrant Experience in Fiction Picture Books: Tía Isa Wants a Car by Meg Medina & A Piece of Home by Jeri Watts

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Building Stories with Words” By John E. Stith Author of Deep Quarry, Manhattan Transfer, and others


 Last Week’s Journeys

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Happy reading this week, everyone! I am taking this week off to spend some time with my family. I’ll update you next week on what I’ve been reading.


if you could be mine

I’ve started a research project about Muslim/Islamic YAL. I’ve learned so much and am really enjoying myself. This book, If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan, was absolutely fantastic. It is set in Iran and about two teenager girls who are in love. Obviously, a major theme is forbidden love. I know very little about Iran, so the setting and culture were particularly interesting to me.

125 Wacky Roadside Attractions

Henry and I started with some nonfiction and read 125 Wacky Roadside Attractions, a National Geographic book. I liked how we could look at attractions both in the United States and abroad. Now I have a lot of countries I want to visit!

And as usual, Henry and I read about fifty picture books, but all were re-reads for me. 🙂


This Week’s Expeditions

the unlikely hero of room 13b

I’ve got about an hour left of my audio book, The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten. I’ve loved it and plan to use it in an NCTE presentation I am doing.


Henry and I are trying something new. We are attempting to read a chapter book at night (one with very few pictures) after his picture books. Tonight was the first chapter of The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, and besides constantly kissing my cheek as I read the first four pages, he seemed to be paying attention. He’s 2.5, so I know I might be pushing my luck here. Cross your fingers for me!


Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday ocean animals my friend maggie

journey quest return

Tuesday: Ten Books Set Outside the United States

Wednesday: National Geographic Kids Ocean Animals: Who’s Who in the Deep Blue by Johnna Rizzo

Thursday: My Friend Maggie by Hannah E. Harrison

Friday: Review and Giveaway!: Journey Trilogy by Aaron Backer

Sunday: Author Guest Post!

 So, what are you reading?

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12 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 7/18/16”

  1. If You Could Be Mine sounds interesting, Ricki. And good luck with that longer chapter book with Henry. You’ve read so much to him, I imagine he’s ready. Have a great week!

  2. Awww…that visual of Henry kissing your cheek while you read was awesome! I miss those days 🙂 DiCamillo is a good choice for first chapter book. My boys enjoyed The Mouse and the Motorcycle when they were young.

    I’d love to see the Wacky Roadside Attractions book! I bet we’ve been to lots of them in the US on our cross-country roadtrips. Our personal favorite was Carhenge in Nebraska – was it in your book?

    Enjoy your books this week – and Kellee, I hope you are enjoying your time off with your family!


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    • Thanks, Sue! He is quite a charming little boy. If the mouse theme goes well, we will definitely try The Mouse and the Motorcycle! Henry loves motorcycles, so I am sure it would be a hit!

  3. I can’t wait to read My Friend Maggie. Ever since I totally ugly cried over the ending of Extraordinary Jane I have vowed to read everything Hannah Harrison publishes.

  4. I’m really looking forward to My Friend Maggie too!
    I got to see Return at ALA and it is gorgeous!
    I still need to read The Unlikely Hero. I brought it with me, but I don’t think I’m going to get to it.

  5. I hope you have a great time with family Kellee.

    Ricki, I really enjoyed If You Could Be Mine and I also liked Farizan’s other book (that is a lot lighter) Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel. I hope you keep us updated on the rest of the books you read for this project. Good luck with the chapter book experiment.


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