It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 2/12/18


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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: Books That Have Been on our TBR List the Longest

Wednesday: History’s Mysteries by Kitson Jazynka

Friday: SuperPowers! by M.H. Clark

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Art in Stories” by Nancy K. Lodge, Author of Mona Lisa’s Ghost (Lucy Nightingale #2)


 Last Week’s Journeys



  • Eliot Schrefer! I had no idea! I am sure you all know how much I love his Ape Quartet’s first three books and overall am just a huge fan of Eliot as a person and author. When I first read Endangered, I went and looked up his past books and saw that they were quite different than the new direction of his books, and I just never got around to reading them; however, Eliot is my book club’s February author, and one of my girls chose to buy The Deadly Sister and read it, so I made sure to also to allow for us to chat about it. Wow! What a dark, twisted story!
  • Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz lived up to all of the recommendations I’ve gotten for it. It is hard to talk about it with positive adjectives just because of the truly devastating story that Gratz shares with his readers. Jack Gruener’s story which is unbelievable yet was six years of his life. I highly recommend this novel (and I’ve already passed it onto a student!).

  • I found out a couple of years ago that Ferdinand was one of my husband’s favorite books when he was younger, and I tried to read it with Trent, but he had no interest. However, this week he chose it as one of his bedtime books, and he loved it! When we got done, he asked if it was the same as the movie, and I had a surprisingly deep conversation about the differences between the book and movie with my almost four-year-old.
  • Hoopla, through my public library, has so many audiobooks to chose from for kids; however, many of them are commercial like Disney or Nick, so I’ve been trying to listen, in the car, to the ones with Trent that aren’t brand name. I downloaded The Little Shop of Monsters on Monday, and Trent became obsessed. We’ve probably listened to it twelve times. Since he liked it, I also got the book from my public library, so now he can follow along.
  • Recently, Trent has switched from wanting to be a zoologist to wanting to be an astronaut. Part of this new love is a focus on our space books including Oh No, Astro! and Earth! which Trent really loved. I am so impressed with how these authors combined humor, narrative, and information.
    • Trent also recently got a “Moon in Your Room,” and I would highly recommend it to anyone with a young kid. Each day we look up what phase the moon is in, and we set it up to match (if you have an Apple Watch, you can look at it on there!). It then is a nightlight, but turns off after 30 minutes.

Hi, all! I am away for the next two weeks and unable to post. I’ll be at ALA Midwinter this Sunday and Monday, and my sister is visiting from NYC the following weekend for the long weekend. I look forward to catching you all soon!


This Week’s Expeditions

  • I have started the Series of Unfortunate Events since I finished all of the Whatever After books that are out, and it is a series that ALL of my fourth period class who has read it said I have to. So far so Bad just like the title says.
  • I have two more Eliot Schrefer books I hope to read this week. I’ve started Mez’s Magic, and I love Mez’s voice! I’m assuming The School of Dangerous Girls will be super different and super good.


Upcoming Week’s Posts


Tuesday: Books with a Love Story that We’ve Recently Read and Enjoyed

Wednesday: Heroes of Black History by Time Kids

Thursday: Love, Mama by Jeanette Bradley

Friday: Kellee’s Classes’ Mock Caldecott Experience (and her reactions to the ALA Youth Media Awards)


 So, what are you reading?

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12 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 2/12/18”

  1. I’ve been seeing the ARC loot from those who attended the ALA Midwinter in my FB – and I am sure you have your share of great books to take home with you! 🙂 I devoured Lemony Snicket nearly 20 years ago – still my favourite.

  2. My 12 year old has recently become obsessed with Series of Unfortunate Events. A few years ago, someone sold me the hardback series for $20 so he’s nearing the end and only putting it down so that he can read Ready Player One. We have a deal in our family that if any of our children read the book, we take them to see the movie in the theater (otherwise they have to wait until it’s on DVD). Also, I haven’t yet read any of Alan Gratz but it’s been on my list for a while. Thanks!

    • I think it is the new Netflix series that brought it back to the forefront because my 6th graders are all talking about it.
      Gratz is a must read!

  3. I read The Deadly Sister years ago, and only recently realized it was the same author!

    I always like Gratz’s novels, so I definitely want to read this one.

    Is this your first time reading A Series of Unfortunate Events? We had fun listening to the audios on road trips with our sons – Tim Curry was an awesome narrator!

    Enjoy your books this week –


    Book By Book

    • Yes! It is my first time reading them! I love the audio and so far really like the book! 🙂
      I’ve been so impressed by Gratz’s novels!

  4. Well, The Deadly Sister sounds a bit to creepy for me. I couldn’t finish Alan Gratz’s Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II. it just terrified me too much, so I have been afraid to try Prisoner B-3087. I loved Refugee and enjoyed Code of Honor, so maybe I need to give it another chance.

  5. I got Mez’s Magic at NCTE – I want to get to it, and read the other books in the Ape Quartet because you speak so highly of them!


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