It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 3/27/17


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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 Short Novels that Pack a Punch

Wednesday: Review and Giveaway!: Brobarians by Lindsay Ward

Thursday: Review and Giveaway!: I Am (Not) Scared by Anna Kang

Friday: Paint Me a Picture & Tell Me a Story by Emily Bannister

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Journey” by Michael Cottman, Author of Shackles from the Deep

**Don’t miss out on the two giveaways from last week!**


 Last Week’s Journeys


I love Spring Break! Even with our mini-vacation and being a bit busy, I was able to get a lot of reading done. I am not going to list all of the picture books I read (17!) because I plan on reviewing them all soon, so I will share them with you then 🙂

First Second has some amazing upcoming graphic novels coming out!
Pelé: The King of Soccer by Eddy Simon and Vincent Brascaglia is the name I have heard for years because soccer is by far the most popular sport at my school, but I hadn’t know much about him until this graphic novel, and I loved learning about the man that many of my students call a hero.
Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke is just as good as the first one, and I love the world that Hatke has created for Jack, Maddy, and Lilly. The creatures are so creative and interesting, the adventures are heart stopping, and the characters are so well developed. And GUYS! There is an epic cliffhanger ending! I cannot wait!
Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld is everything you would expect from Scott Westerfeld: unique, mind-blowing, and fantastical. I cannot believe this books is not getting more hype because it is going to be a series that readers will not be able to put down and readers will be so anxious to read the next one. I loved the premise that is so mysterious and only little clues sprinkled throughout the book to help you figure things out, but there is SO MUCH more to know–I cannot wait for the next book!


I almost met my Spring Break reading goal!
-Sting is a really awesome continuation of Loot–it was just unique enough to not seem like it was Loot continued but it also really helps you get to know all the characters.
Bot Wars and Bot Wars: Meta-Rise by J.V. Kade are so good! I love the political aspects of this story while it also has such an interesting plot and characters. If you haven’t read them and like sci-fi, I really recommend it.
-Frenzy is TERRIFYING! It is probably the creepiest middle grade book that I have ever read. And there were so many deaths. If you or your students like horror and suspense, they should pick this one up! (Oh, and it was my final book from my state list! I read all 15 of them! Woot!)
-The Chronicles of Nick is a series that one of my students is obsessed with, and he makes comments all the time like, “Why won’t anyone read it?!” So, I promised him I would read it over break, and I can see why he likes it–it is a pretty epic paranormal adventure. I probably won’t continue the series, but I am glad that I can now chat with the student about the world of this series.


Hi! I am off the grid this week because my dissertation is due to my advisor this Wednesday. Hugs to you all, and I apologize for being so elusive this month!


This Week’s Expeditions

This is one of those series that everyone freaks out about me not reading, so I am going to jump in. Hopefully it is as good as everyone says!

After, I plan on reading a few more novels for review that I’ll share later 🙂

I want to apologize for the lack of commenting recently: two weeks ago it was my yearbook deadline, last week was my mini-vacation for my anniversary, and today is the state competition for my Future Problem Solvers. Hopefully next week things will be more back to normal.


Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday 

Tuesday: Top Ten Authors We Would Love to Meet

Wednesday: Teaching Guide for Ada’s Ideas by Fiona Robinson

Thursday: Guest Review: Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

Friday: Review and Giveaway!: Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton

Sunday: Author Guest Post

 So, what are you reading?

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8 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 3/27/17”

  1. You’re almost there, Ricki! You can do it!

    Kellee – wow, so impressed by all your spring break reading! Sounds like an ideal break to me. This week is my sons’ break, but not for me – in fact, I am busier with an extra person home (one son is in NC), plus all his friends coming by – LOTS of cooking!

    The First Second catalog came out already? I haven’t seen one yet! Thanks for the heads up – I have been waiting for it so I e-mailed their PR person just in case I got dropped off the list for some reason. I loved Mighty Jack and can’t wait to read the sequel. And a Scott Westerfeld graphic novel sounds awesome.

    It looks like a lot of your reading lately has been action-packed & thriller-type! Fun 🙂

    Glad you had a good break. Enjoy your books this week –


    Book By Book

  2. Hi Kellee,
    I saw Pelé at netgalley, but had to restrain myself. I am very excited about Mighty Jack and the Goblin King. I adored the first one.
    Marie Lu’s Legend series is one that I had to finish.
    Goodluck Ricki, I’m cheering for you from here in Vancouver Canada.

  3. I enjoyed the Marie Lu series. I will have to get the Pele book. I really like the picture book bio by Monica Brown and my students like reading anything about soccer. Is it elementary level or higher?


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