It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 9/19/16


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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 Were-Hyena_MORPH shy A Child of Books A Million Times Goodnight_cover-REVISED

Tuesday: Favorite Sci-Fi Books

Wednesday: Blog Tour with Giveaway, Review, and Author Post!: 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!: “How a Novel Can Save Our World” by Kristina McBride, Author of A Million Times Goodnight


 Last Week’s Journeys

Well, this week has not bee a great reading week. Work has taken up a lot of my free time because I have been reading my students’ reading autobiographies whenever I had free time (which I haven’t had a lot of). But I am currently reading a few! See below.


I received some great forthcoming picture books from Penguin this week! All were excellent. I will post full reviews closer to their publication dates this spring, but I thought it might be nice to feature them early, too!


I was very touched by Dad and the Dinosaur by Newbery Honor Winner Gennifer Choldenko. I love Caldecott Award Winner Dan Santat’s illustrations, so the book really worked for me. It is about a boy who hides his fears and only feels brave because of his toy dinosaur. I particularly liked the bond with his father, and I had my husband read the book to my son one night this week. They really enjoyed reading it together.


I adored Life on Mars by Jon Agee. It is a very funny story about an astronaut on mars who is searching for life. Little does he know, there is an alien/monster behind him most of the time. This would make a fantastic read aloud. I know my toddler was giggling the entire time we read it.


I had fun reading the poems of Feel the Beat: Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to Swing by Marilyn Singer. This book is a must-have for any kids who enjoy or are interested in dances. As an adult, it took me back to my dancing lessons with my husband before we got married. The book features numerous dances from the Argentine Tango to the Two Step. I imagine this is going to be a favorite among many children.


This Week’s Expeditions

see how they run

AH! See How They Run got so good so quickly! I once again don’t want to get out of my car because I just want to keep on listening. I have about 2 hours left, so I will definitely finish it this week. Then I’ll have to wait for the series to continue….


I’m almost done with Blood Brother which I’m reading for my Wednesday review. I look forward to sharing this text with you all!


I’m very excited to be moderating a panel with Brendan Kiely at ALAN about modern love stories, so I am currently reading his newest The Last True Love Story. It is on pause, so I can finish Blood Brother, but as soon as I finish it, I’ll be back!

Trent and I also have two piles of picture books to read! First, we visited the public library and Trent went wild with picking books! I also received some picture books I have been wanting to read so badly, so I cannot wait!


girl in pieces

I am still making headway on a few of the books I posted last week, but I thought I’d also add this book (Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow) that I am listening to on audio. It’s a very dark novel, and I am really invested in the story. I look forward to finishing it!


Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday blood-brother truth or dare Olivia Decoded

Tuesday: Ten Audiobooks We Love

Wednesday: Blog Tour with Review!: Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniels and his Sacrifice for Civil Rights by Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace

Thursday: Truth or Dare by Barbara Dee

Friday: Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway!: Olivia Decoded by Vivi Barnes

Sunday: Author Guest Post!

 So, what are you reading?

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

  1. Kellee – I STILL haven’t gotten through my piled-up e-mails for YA review books/audios or the fall catalogs, so I STILL haven’t gotten See How They Run! I keep thinking I will catch up, then someone else comes home sick…
    (Reading autobiographies! How cool! I want to be in a class taught by one or both of you, for sure)

    Ricki – I thought Girl in Pieces sounded familiar, but I was thinking of Girl, Interrupted (which was made into a movie) – turns out Girl in Pieces is being compared to Girl, Interrupted in reviews! So, I wasn’t that far off. Sounds like a good one.

    Hope you both enjoy your books this week –


    Book By Book

  2. Kelle I would be green with envy, except that See How They Run is now ready for me to download from the VPL! Ricki, those look like great picture books. I am trying to convince my partner to take dancing lessons now that we are both retired, but so far, I’m not having much luck.


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