It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 5/1/17


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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.



for winning a copy of Posted by John David Anderson



for winning a copy of Cowboy Car by Jeanie Franz Ransom


Last Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make us Instantly Make us Want to Read a Book

Wednesday:  Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, and Marjory Wentworth

Thursday: Review and Giveaway!: Share, Big Bear, Share! by Maureen Wright

Giveaway open until Wednesday!

Friday: In the Middle School Classroom: Creative and Argumentative Writing with Papertoy Glowbots by Brian Castleforte


 Last Week’s Journeys


This was one of those odd weeks where I didn’t have anything that I HAD to read, so I was able to pick what to read. To be honest, this is always harder than I think it should be because I have so many books I want to read; however, I decided to go for my #mustread list and a book that Michele recommended to me this time.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is just a perfect high school story. It has the right bits of snark and romance and drama.
I am so mad at myself for waiting so long to read The Hunted! I loved The Living, and I loved The Hunted. It is interesting though because they are two very different dystopian/post-apocalyptic stories because they deal with two different conflicts, but you really need to read both to understand the full devastation you are just introduced to in The Living.

Moon Shadow was recommended by Michele Knott, and I know exactly why! Moon Shadow is a wonderful middle grade allusion to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde but more than that as well. It is hard to explain. It is about dealing with change and standing up for yourself and growing up and learning about your personality.

And I finally finished the Masterminds series! OH MY GOODNESS! The whole premise and story and everything is so good! I can’t tell you much about this one because it’ll spoil the first two, but I highly recommend all three.

With Trent, we have discovered book movies on Hoopla through our public library, and it has added another level to our reading because you get the read along ability of a picture book and you get the narrator of an audiobook and you get animation! This week we read You and Me by Susan Verde and Locomotive by Brian Floca.

Another picture book that Trent, Jim, and I have been reading this week has been Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by Josh Funk, and reading it with Trent now that he is a bit older is just hilarious! He asks SO many questions and argues about what things are and overall just gets really into the story.



.I enjoyed Share, Big Bear, Share by Maureen Wright (click the link to enter the giveaway!) and On Duck Pond by Jane Yolen. Both are excellent books for different reasons. Share, Big Bear, Share made me laugh, and I immediately thought about its classroom possibilities. On Duck Pond is a quiet book that reminded me of Make Way for Ducklings. This book just feels like a classic.


This Week’s Expeditions

I’m currently reading Five Worlds: The Sand Warrior by Mark Siegel, the first book in a new graphic novel series, and I am listening to Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington, a title on our Sunshine State Young Reader Award list. Here’s the list if you are interested:


.I’m just about finished listening to The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I graduate next Monday, and then, my work load will decrease exponentially, I hope! I am looking forward to more time to read. 🙂


Upcoming Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: The Ten Covers of the Rainbow

Wednesday: You Can Be a Paleontologist! by Dr. Scott Sampson

Thursday: On Duck Pond by Jane Yolen

Friday: The Sweet Spot and The Perfect Trip by Stacy Mozer

 So, what are you reading?

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12 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 5/1/17”

  1. Kellee, the more I read how much you enjoyed the masterminds series, the more certain I am that I need to finish it up. I really enjoyed the first one. It’s so delightful to read what you and Trent are up to in your reading lives together.
    Ricki, Congratulations! Graduation is exciting news. I wonder if you will feel a bit empty now that it is all over. Remembering that you have a new baby, I doubt it. I’m really looking forward to finishing up reading all the titles as a Chocolate Lily juror so I can get to reading The Hate U Give.

  2. Oh, I am so glad you loved Moon Shadow! I think kids are going to love meeting Lucia. I know they will enjoy the idea of getting to do things through their shadow 🙂
    Ricki, I can’t wait to see what your blogging will be like once you are officially done!

  3. Wow, Kellee – you read SO many good books last week! I’m not familiar with any except the Masterminds series (which I can’t wait to finish now that I have the audio for book 3), but they all sound good. I am a bit jealous that you got to pick what to read because I have had a long list of obligation books for the past 2 months – they’ve all been good but I do miss that feeling of finishing one book and getting to choose ANY book on the shelves for my next read! Soon…

    Ricki – I can’t wait to read The Hate U Give! I think I am going to put it on my iPod for a roadtrip this weekend. I normally try to listen to my audio in the order I got them so I don’t get too far behind on reviews, but I am hearing such great things about this novel that I think it needs to jump up to the top of the list!

    Hope you both enjoy your books this week –


    Book By Book

    • It was weird. It actually took me a bit to decide what to read because there were too many possibilities!
      I hope you like the end of Masterminds and much as I did!

  4. I just read ON DUCK POND to second graders today and they really enjoyed it. They got a kick out of me trying to awkwardly read aloud from an F&G.


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