It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 8/28/17


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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.


Caitlin C. 
for winning our giveaway of The Real Us by Tommy Greenwald!


Last Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Top Ten Antagonists from Christian U., 8th grade

Wednesday: Marti’s Song for Freedom by Emma Otheguy

Thursday: The First Week in Kellee’s Classroom!: Setting Up the School Year in Week One with Expectations, Kindness Goals, One Word Goals, and Six-Word Memoirs

Friday: Tinyville Town by Biran Biggs

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “How Kids Can Help Homeless Children” by Melody J. Bremen, Author of The Boy Who Painted the World


 Last Week’s Journeys


I finished listening to The Smell of Other People’s House by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, and I DEFINITELY can see why it was honored as a finalist for the 2017 Walden Award! It is a brilliantly crafted story that puts the reader in 1970s Alaska within intertwining stories of 4 teenagers and everyone in their lives.

I very much look forward to reviewing the first book in the Gamer Squad series for you all this week!


I am doing a lot of rereading this week in preparation for the courses that I am teaching this week.

This is my fourth time reading Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. I am very excited to hear what my students think about it because it is my first time teaching it at the college level. I’ve generated a lot of critical activities to engage with the book. I’ll feature them on this Thursday’s post in case anyone wants to swap ideas! It doesn’t matter how many times I read this book—each time, I am swept up by the emotions of the text.

I also reread Teaching English by Design by Peter Smagorinsky in preparation for my class. He does a fantastic job exploring supportive practices for teachers. I love this text for methods courses.

My older son is loving this book right now, so we’ve been reading it each night. I read it a long time ago, so it was great to revisit it!


This Week’s Expeditions

  • Currently reading: Unsouled by Neal Shusterman – I AM SO CLOSE TO BEING DONE! The curse of back-to-school tiredness means I read for such a short time each night, but I cannot wait to finish. It is so good!
  • Currently listening: Knockout Games by G. Neri – I just started this on Friday, so I look forward to getting more into it.
  • Next: Giant Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heuiser Hill
  • Then: Things That Surprise You by Jennifer Maschari

I am very fortunate to work with Todd Mitchell, author of The Last Panther. I visited his book launch this week, and I am very excited to read the book!


Upcoming Week’s Posts


Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday: Thirty Male Book Characters We’d Totally Date by Clara A., Amanda C., Kiersten R., & Ashley F., 8th Grade

Wednesday: Gamer Squad series by Kim Harrington

Thursday: Teaching Ideas for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Friday: Guardians of the Gryphon’s Claw by Todd Calgi Gallicano

Sunday: Author Guest Post!

 So, what are you reading?

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15 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 8/28/17”

  1. Hi Kellee, I listened to The Smell of Other People’s Houses this week also. Holy Carumba!
    Rickie, I’ve read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian a couple of times. It is some book! I’ll be looking forward to hearing what your students think of it.
    Happy reading to both of you this week.

  2. You both have some books that are on my list to read. Ricki, I just got THE LAST PANTHER, looking forward to hearing more. And Kellee, I bought GUARDIANS, so I really can’t wait to hear more about that one!
    Happy reading!

  3. The Last Pumpkin Suite is in my reading stack. It sounds great. Looking forward to hearing what you think. The Last Panther looks very intersting, as well.

  4. I hope to read The Smell of Other People’s Houses soon, and need to re-read The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian. I read it with my students a long time ago and it was an eye opener for them. Have a great week!

  5. I have read Alexie’s book many times. There’s so much there for discussion and I really have enjoyed it. I have to admit though that I think I like If I Ever Get Out of Here even better.

  6. Yup, I’m just now visiting Monday posts – on Wednesday! So far behind…

    The Smell of Other People’s Houses sounds great. I need to catch up on my backlog so I can read some of this great new stuff coming out!

    I enjoyed listening to Absolutely True Diary… and would love to re-read it, maybe on paper this time (as opposed to audio) – it was SO good!

    I’d love to take your class, Ricki – have fun with this new start & the transition to college! My sons started classes yesterday (no English or lit for either of them this year).


    Book By Book


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