It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 8/20/18


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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.



Tuesday: Teaching Tuesday: Small Things to Build Community and Rapport in Your Classrooms

Wednesday:  Book Tour with Review and Giveaway!: It’s Show and Tell, Dexter! by Lindsay Ward
Giveaway open until FRIDAY!

Thursday: It’s Your First Day of School, Busy Bus! by Jody Jensen Shaffer

Friday:  Blog Tour with Reviews and Teaching Tools: Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse by Marcy Campbell & Corinna Luyken

Sunday: Author Guest Post and Reading Guide!: “How a love of language and travel influenced The Magic of Melwick Orchard” by Rebecca Caprara

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I finished both Dumplin’ and The Mark of Athena this week! I LOVED Dumplin’, and I cannot wait to read Puddin’. I wish Will had existed when I was a kid. I also finished The Mark of Athena, and I am finally getting into the series, and the cliffhanger definitely makes me want to get to House of Hades as soon as I can!


Trent definitely has found some favorite books over these last couple of weeks. Some of them revolve around his love for stuffed animals. First, he is LOVING all of Salina Yoon’s books! Penguin and Bear always have to join us when we read about them or their friends. We’ve read many Penguin, Bear, and Duck books recently. Second, he is still loving Pete the Cat! Anything Pete the Cat. And finally, Nibbles is still a favorite as well. We read both of his books over and over. His other favorite reads right now are all Tinyville Town books. He loves all of the different characters, and he gets so excited when he notices that a character from one book is in another!


Our classes start this week, so I’ve been planning, planning, planning. I feel like I am on a rollercoaster. I am the type of person who overplans for each day and then adjusts 90% of what I had planned when I meet the students. It is probably an exorbitant waste of time, but I can’t stop myself.

My neighbors brought us a box of old books that they no longer want. My son and I have been reading a lot of old favorites like Make Way for Ducklings. I very much abide by the mantra that you can never have too many books, and I am realizing that my kids’ rooms might look a bit nicer if they didn’t have stacks of books everywhere. Ah, well.



Our first Faculty & Staff Book Club choice is Solo by Kwame Alexander, so I started it this weekend. I am also listening to Vincent and Theo, and I am in awe of the brilliance of Deborah Heiligman’s ability to weave such a fascinating nonfiction narrative.


I started The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed on audio. So far, I like it a lot!


Tuesday: Books for Ricki’s Fall 2018 Adolescents’ Literature Course

Wednesday:  Picture Book Science Series: Physical Science for Kids by Andi Diehn

Thursday: Drawn Together by Minh Lê

Friday: Teaching Guide and Review!: Water in May by Ismée Amiel Williams


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15 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 8/20/18”

  1. Have fun on that roller coaster, Ricki. I still have not read Puddin’, but it’s on my list! It is fun to read those old books, Ricki. My granddaughters still love them, too. Have a wonderful week!

  2. You remind me that I want to read Puddin’ sometime soon. I really enjoyed the first one. Vincent and Theo is truly amazing. Enjoy. I have Nowhere Girls, but still haven’t read it. I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts Ricki.

  3. Kellee, I’m so happy to hear about Dumplin’! I’ve been trying to figure out where to squeeze it in. I’d also like to read Vincent and Theo just as soon as things slow down a bit.

    Ricki, How fun to luck into a box of old books! And yes, our house would probably look much cleaner without books piled everywhere. LOL I’ve heard good things about The Nowhere Girls, so I’ll look forward to hearing your thoughts once you’re finished.

  4. Hi Kellee, It’s not that I didn’t enjoy Dumplin’, I just couldn’t understand the whole beauty pageant thing to begin with.
    Thanks for the heads up about The Nowhere Girls Ricki. I’ve just added it to my long list of books on hold.

  5. I feel like I am really missing out, not having read either Dumplin’ or Puddin’ yet! I’ve heard so many good things.

    I think I have Solo in my audio backlog – will have to move it up the list.

    I love hearing updates from both of you on what your kids are enjoying – brings back so many good memories!

    Enjoy your books this week – and happy first week of school, Ricki!


    Book By Book

  6. I couldn’t get past the making fun of the girl with the limb length difference at the beginning of Dumplin’. I put it down immediately….


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