It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 3/6/17


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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   

Tuesday: Ten Books We Wish Had More Pages in Them

Wednesday: If I Were a Whale by Shelley Gill

Thursday: Duck and Hippo in the Rainstorm by Jonathan London

Friday: Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “An Adaptation: Better Than The Original?” by John Powers, Author of Queen of Sky Island


 Last Week’s Journeys


I am so glad that I finished Loot before the Skype visit on Tuesday. I really enjoyed the book, and I cannot wait to hear what Jude Watson has to say. I also finished Showing Off, the third Upside-Down Magic book, and I loved, loved, loved a certain Ms. Starr moment at the end of this book that I cannot wait to talk to my two boys who are reading it right now.

I can’t list all of the books that Trent and I read together, but we read a new title this week: Don’t Touch This Book by Bill Cotter. We are a huge fan of Don’t Touch This Button, Cotter’s first Larry book, and we are huge fans of the second as well.

We’ve moved to a new level of our bedtime reading with Trent. He has moved to liking longer picture books and wanting to read more. He also has started reading to us which is probably my favorite thing that has ever happened to me ever. If you ever want to see all of the books I am reading with Trent, we have a Goodreads shelf:

Just for fun, check out Trent 🙂
(and I’m sorry about the not centering)


This week, I read Mapping My Day by Julie Dillemuth and I Am (Not) Scared by Anna Kang. These two picture books were a delightful interlude to my dissertation writing. I recommend both highly and will be blogging about Mapping My Day this week and I Am (Not) Scared in the upcoming week. 🙂


This Week’s Expeditions

I am currently reading an independently published memoir written by one of my students’ grandmothers. It is a journal she wrote after her family was taken from Poland and deported to Siberia. Her story reminds me of Between Shades of Gray but I know this story is complete true (while Gray is based on Sepetys’s family’s history) makes it even harder to read. After I finish the memoir, I actually don’t know what I am going to pick up next as I have a couple of different books I need to read.


I am, unfortunately, not reading much because I need to finish my dissertation. I spend every waking hour working on this.


Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday 

Tuesday: Ten Reasons We Love ARCs

Wednesday: Honey Girl: The Hawaiian Monk Seal by Jeanne Walker Harvey

Thursday: Mapping My Day by Julie Dillemuth

Friday: Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway: A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

 So, what are you reading?

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20 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 3/6/17”

  1. It’s so cool to see and hear Trent reading. 🙂

    I wish you the best on completing your dissertation Ricki. I Am (Not) Scared looks like another fun one from Kang.

  2. OMG, Kellee – Trent is SO adorable!! And I hear you – my favorite bit of home video of all time is our older son, at about 4, “reading” Sandra Boynton’s 1, 2, 3 aloud to his baby brother while snuggled into the glider together. Awesome stuff.

    Wow, how cool to be reading a memoir written by your student’s grandmother! The Sepetys book was so powerful – I can’t imagine reading a real-life first-person account. Now you’re making me feel bad because I have a self-published memoir here that my son’s friend’s aunt wrote last year, and it’s been sitting on my shelf. I really should get to it.

    Good luck on your dissertation, Ricki!


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    • Awww! I can picture that! So sweet 🙂
      I loved reading the memoir then talking her about it today. It is so intense!

  3. K and I just finished watching Trent! We’re so excited to see you guys soon! I’m going to get him to say “watermelon” a lot 🙂
    The third UDM is the only one I haven’t read and now with that tease, I’m going to have to get to it!
    Ricki, I’m so looking forward to I’m (Not) Scared, I’ve enjoyed the other books by that team! Happy writing to you!

    • Isn’t that the best part?!?!? I love how he says it 🙂
      I cannot wait to see you soon!!!!!!!!!
      You’ll know the exact part I was talking about when you read it 🙂

  4. Oh this video! I love the fingers out as he talks about the strawberries – 5 no, 4! So great! Love love love!I am finally reading an Upside Down Magic book – these are really great! Getting the first 3 into my collection. Ricki, good luck!


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