It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 9/12/16


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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 Fun Home race car dreams emma g BJORN'S GIFT.2016.Brehl

Tuesday: Top Ten Board Books According to our Toddlers

Wednesday: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

Thursday: Blog Tour and Review: Race Car Dreams by Sharon Chriscoe

Friday: Emma G. Loves Boyz: A True Love Journal Volume One by Taro Meyer

Sunday: Author Guest Post!!: “Stepping Back Into History: From 9/11 to the Cuban Crisis in the Second World War” by Sandy Brehl, Author of Bjorn’s Gift


 Last Week’s Journeys

Razzle Dazzle Unicorn stone heart Secret coders 3 crafty cat

Thank you so much Netgalley for letting me have the opportunity to read these four upcoming graphic novels! They are all must reads though they are all SO different. Pheobe and Heavenly Nostrils never disappoint; The Stone Heart is a perfect, action-packed sequel to The Nameless CitySecrets & Sequences continues the secret coders story; and The Amazing Crafty Cat is a perfect book for artistic students.


This book is so much fun!  Funny yet important! The theme in this one is quite evident, but don’t forget to continue the conversation with the elephant also to talk about how everyone makes mistakes and that’s no reason to not like someone! And don’t miss out on Heidi’s Nerdy Book Club post about her inspiration.

Gone Crazy in Alabama

Rita Williams-Garcia’s Gaither Sister series is one of those series that everyone should read. It deals with so many different topics and themes, and Gone Crazy in Alabama is a wonderful finale. There is a very shocking twist about 3/4 of the way through, but the ending is perfect.


see you at harry's

I sobbed through 60% of Jo Knowles’ See You at Harry’s. This is a powerful book, and as an emotional pregnant woman, it really hit me hard. I am looking forward to recommending it to my students!


Henry and I enjoyed They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel. It is a clever book that would be fantastic to teach  point of view. Each animal sees the cat in a different way, and the perspectives are fascinating. This is a great book that would be a great addition to classrooms.


I really enjoyed Mix It Up by Hervé Tullet. I’ve been trying to teach my son about colors, so this book was a great way to get him interested in the topic! And I avoided a lot of mess!


This Week’s Expeditions

see how they run

I’m still listening to See How They Run by Ally Carter. It continues right where All Fall Down ends, but I am still having trouble getting into it; however, I had the same trouble with the first. I am sure Ally Carter has something up her sleeve.

I am not sure what I am going to pick up next! I will let you know 🙂


black like me

I am slowly making my way through John Howard Griffin’s Black Like Me, and as I said last week, it is most certainly NOT because it isn’t an excellent text. I am hoping to finish it this week.


I am excited to start Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed. I’ve been working hard on keeping up with books that feature Islamic/Muslim content for a new research project, and I have heard this book is excellent!


Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday Were-Hyena_MORPH shy A Child of Books

Tuesday: Favorite Sci-Fi Books

Wednesday: The Curse of the Were-Hyena by Bruce Hale

Thursday: Shy by Deborah Freedman

Friday: A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston

Sunday: Author Guest Post!

 So, what are you reading?

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19 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 9/12/16”

  1. Kellee, I loved the first book in Williams-Garcia’s series, but I need to find the rest of them!
    Rikki, I sobbed through See You at Harry’s, too. Such a powerful book!

  2. Kellee, I am also a fan of those Gaither sisters. I still need to read the middle one in the series. As you know, I’m waiting for See How they Run. I’m sorry it starts out slow, but if it is good, then slow is ok.
    Ricki, Don’t you just wish you could write like Jo Knowles? She writes so much truth into her work that the tears feel authentic. Written in the Stars is on my list.

  3. See You At Harry’s just destroyed me, I blubbered like a baby throughout most of that wonderful book. Such wonderful characters and beautiful writing. I haven’t actually spoken to any children who’ve read it, though – just fellow emotional grownups!

    • That’s a good point—I don’t know any kids who have read it, either! I blubbered like a huge baby. That book really hit me hard. It didn’t help that my son is 2 and a half.

  4. Wow, Ricki, it sounds like you have really discovered some amazing book through this Islam/Muslim project you are doing! I hadn’t heard of this one yet. See You at Harry’s sounds great, too!

    Kellee, with all those wonderful graphic novels, you are reminding me that I am overdue for reading one! I am so behind on everything that I haven’t even looked through the publishers’ fall catalogs yet – hope I don’t miss out. I will try to get to that this week – thanks for the reminder!

    Hope you both enjoy your books this week –


    Book By Book


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