It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 8/29/16


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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 real or fake dear dragon busy builders Life Before

Tuesday: Ten Books that Have Been on our TBR Shelf Since Before we Started Blogging

Wednesday: National Geographic’s Real or Fake

Thursday: Dear Dragon by Josh Funk

Friday: Blog Tour with Author Guest Post, Review, and Giveaway!: Busy Builders, Busy Week! by Jean Reidy
**Giveaway open until Thursday!**

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Courting the Reluctant Writer” by Michele Bacon, Author of Life Before


 Last Week’s Journeys

Never Insult a Killer Zucchini

A fun A-Z book focused around wacky science fair experiments and real science. I’ll be reviewing this one because it is a great buy for the classroom.

A Child of Books

Wow. I am a huge fan of Jeffers’ work, and this one is one of his best. It is a book that readers will love because it is a love letter to books and reading and imagination and childhood and art and life. I look forward to reading this one to my students and reviewing it.

Nameless City

This is a new favorite graphic novel, and I cannot wait to read the sequel! The setting is perfect–I love the premise that surrounds the Nameless City. I’m also fascinated by the two main characters–two opposites that should be enemies but instead work together.

Iggy Peck

I love Andrea Beaty’s other two books in this series, so I am so happy to finally get to read Iggy’s story. I love Beaty’s focus on intelligence, creativity, and individuality.


It’s been a busy week in my house between attending doctors’ appointments, preparing to teach for the Fall semester (which starts today!), and attending a bunch of events to gear my son up for pre-k. I definitely feel nine months pregnant because I can’t seem to keep my eyes open to read at night. I am in the midst of three incredible books which I share in my next section below. 🙂


This Week’s Expeditions

more happy than not

Ricki and I, with our other NCTE presentation member, Wendy, are working on finishing our NCTE presentation on Erasing Identities before my dear friend goes on maternity leave, so More Happy Than Not jumped to the top of my need-to-read list because it is the anchor text for our presentation. What a fascinating premise. We look forward to sharing our presentation to you in November.

all fall down

I’m still listening to All Fall Down which has gotten to a point where I don’t want to get out of my car or talk to anyone on the phone because that means I have to stop listening. I really like how different this book is (though I don’t like how the cover makes it seem more generic than it is).

After More Happy Than Not, I have to decide if I’m going to read something for the blog or something for NCTE/ALAN. We’ll see next week!


black like me

I haven’t made progress in this book this week, but I am really looking forward to getting back to it. John Howard Griffin’s Black Like Me is referenced often, and I know it used to be required reading in schools in the 60s. I am halfway through and really enjoy it.

see you at harry's

I am also a bit more than halfway through Jo Knowles’ See You at Harry’s, and I love it. Last week, many of you shared that I better buy some tissues. I am prepared! I am very glad I put this on my #mustreadin2016 list!

shooting kabul

I started Shooting Kabul by N. H. Senzai last night. MY GOODNESS. I could not put it down. At one o’clock in the morning, my husband rolled over and said, “It is so bright in here!” So I decided to be a good wife and turn out the light. I will definitely be finished with this book by next week.


Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday pirasaurs mustread2016 risking exposure

Tuesday: Back to School Picture Books

Wednesday: Pirasaurs! by Josh Funk

Thursday: #MustReadin2016 Fall Update

Friday: Risking Exposure by Jeanne Moran

Sunday: Author Guest Post

 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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19 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 8/29/16”

  1. I know you both are busy, and wish you well in these final days before that baby arrives. Happy reading new board books! Kellee, More Happy Than Not I imagine is good, and Ricki, I still was having my students read Black Like Me when it fit their studies. Have a good week!

  2. Waiting for a new baby is so exciting!
    Kellee, it looks like you have been doing some exciting reading. I’m green with envy about the Jeffers book and the graphic novel looks really good too. I can’t wait to hear what you think of More Happy Than Not.
    Ricki, after reading your thoughts on Shooting Kabul, I’ve added it to my list.
    Happy reading this week.

    • Your post worked this week! Hooray! I am so happy to hear that you will try out Shooting Kabul. I am so in love with it and can’t wait until bedtime to read it!

    • The Jeffers book is brilliant! I cannot wait to review it and share it with my kiddos. Nameless City is a GN that I didn’t hear much about, and I should have! It is really good.

  3. I can’t wait to read more about Killer Zucchini. With a title like that, it’s bound to be good–and I have some suspicions about the zucchini taking over our garden and house, too.
    Good luck waiting these last days for the new baby! I hope all goes well.

  4. Yeah, See You At Harry’s had me bawling…and I was reading it while volunteering at an elementary school library, so I was in the bathroom dabbing at my eyes so the kids wouldn’t be alarmed, ha! That’s what I get for being an emotional reader!!

  5. I loved A Child of Books. K poured over the illustrations! It’s going on my Mock Caldecott I believe! I have The Nameless City to read. Actually had it with me in FL just never got to it!
    Ricki, someone else mentioned Shooting Kabul to me. I will have to look for it!
    Happy reading this week!

  6. So glad you are enjoying All Fall Down, Kellee! I really liked it, too (on audio, also).

    Pre-K for your son and already 9 months pregnant for you Ricki?? Wow! Time flies! Sounds like it will be an exciting fall for you! Black Like Me is on my list, too – can’t believe I’ve never read it! I think SYNC had it this summer, but I missed a few weeks of downloads.

    Hope you both enjoy your books this week & the start of school!


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