It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 12/11/17


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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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Tuesday: Ten New Authors We Met at NCTE/ALAN 2017

Wednesday: Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone by Alice Briaere-Haquet

Thursday: Prince and Pirate by Charlotte Gunnufson

Friday: Emily and the Spellstone by Michael Rubens

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Talking to Kids about the Sixth Mass Extinction” by Laura Perdew, author of Extinction: What Happened to the Dinosaurs, Mastodons, and Dodo Birds?


 Last Week’s Journeys


  • I was a bit worried about Knock Out by K.A. Holt because House Arrest has quickly become one of the books I rave about the most, and I didn’t know if a sequel would be able to stand next to it in my mind and heart, but MAN! It does! Knock Out takes place years later and the main character of House Arrest is now a secondary character. I don’t want to tell you much more because the premise of Knock Out spoils the end of House Arrest (in my opinion…K.A. Holt says you could read them in either order, but I’m partial to the publication order because it adds more suspense in both).
  • The Whatever After series keeps surprising me! Although the main premise is formulaic (Abby and Jonah go through a mirror and mess up a fairy tale, so they have to fix it and it changes), the actual stories have each been very unique! I can definitely tell why this series is so popular! Bad Hair Day is about Rapunzel, and within the first 20% of the book, Abby has cut off Rapunzel’s hair, so they have to figure out how to fix that one.

It’s finals week, so I’ve been reading all of my students’ writing. Many of them are creative writing majors, and their work is wonderful!


This Week’s Expeditions

My life has been full of so much fun lately! The holidays are my favorite because we get to celebrate family and friendship and kindness and goodness. Oh, and I love Christmas music! But that also means my life is full of non-reading things thus affecting my reading life.

  • I am almost done with Cold as Ice, Whatever After #6, and I cannot wait to find out how it ends! It is a retelling of “The Snow Queen.”
  • I actually am surprising myself that I haven’t read Thunderhead yet. I don’t know if I am psyching myself out of starting because 1) then I’ll have to wait even longer for the final book in the trilogy, 2) It is going to be a time-suck of a book because I won’t want to stop, 3) I just am so worried that it is going to not be what I want after Scythe. But I need to get reading because I have students and teachers all waiting to get their hands on my ARC (however, at this rate, they may just have to buy their own copy in January). We’ll see how it goes…


I am finally reading American Street by Ibi Zoboi and am loving it.


Upcoming Week’s Posts

Tuesday: Ten Favorite Christmas Books from Maria N., 7th grade

Wednesday: The Musnet Series by Kickliy

Thursday: Inky’s Great Escape by Casey Lyall

Friday: Red & Lulu by Matt Tavares


 So, what are you reading?

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8 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 12/11/17”

  1. I have one of the Whatever After books, but haven’t read it. After reading your post I’m thinking I should put it in my pile to read soon.

  2. Sometimes I find the holiday season stressful & overwhelming but I am enjoying it so far this year! I think it helps that all of my 2017 writing assignments are finished and turned in…and also that we won’t be traveling again until January, so are looking forward to a quiet season at home – that’s rare for us!

    I didn’t realize Scythe was the start of a trilogy. I still need to get to that one.

    Ricki, what a coincidence! I just started American Street on audio about a half hour ago when I took my walk. I had nothing pressing audio-wise, and looked through my long backlog of downloads – that one caught my eye because I have heard SO many good things about it. Glad to finally be getting to it and enjoying it so far – hope you do, too!


    Book By Book

    • The holiday season is my favorite time of year, but I also know that it is BUSY and some things that are usually easy to do in my life (reading for example) get pushed to the side. But I also know that what I’m doing only comes around once a year, and reading will be there when the season is over 🙂

  3. I too have read less in the past week and that may be the case again this week. The holidays mean that there is simply more going on around me. I really enjoyed American Street Ricki. I still need to read Scythe Kellee.


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