It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 9/3/18


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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: Our Big Book Summer Challenge

Wednesday: Nonfiction Picture Book Round Up

Thursday: Little Man Little Man by James Baldwin

Friday: Fiction Picture Book Round Up

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  • Well, last week I didn’t give myself enough credit! I didn’t mention that I did finish Solo by Kwame Alexander. It is our first school book club book, and it is going to be amazing for discussions!
  • This week, I finished House of Hades, and we are at the climax of the series, I think! It is ridiculously suspenseful and full of action. I have a few other things to read then I will jump into Blood of Olympus. 
  • Vincent and Theo is brilliant. It is a tragic story, but a story full of beautiful brotherly friendship and genius. It is obvious that Deborah Heiligman lives and breathes her subject while she is writing her books. I am also super honored to have been part of the conversation about the hats on the front (check out the note on this inside flap! That was my dad’s idea!).


For some reason, I’ve been starting dozens of books, but I haven’t read more than 100 pages in any book. My nightstand is filled with half-finished books (all books that I loved), but I haven’t finished them. I think I am overwhelmed by the many, really great, recent publications, and I am having trouble committing.

I am teaching American Born Chinese this Wednesday, so I REREAD it for the dozenth time. I love this book.

Henry and I enjoyed Bone Soup by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. I am saving this full review for Halloween! 🙂

This new book, Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, Song of the World by Gary Golio, is a stunner. My son was so inspired by it that we sat and listened to music by Carlos Santana afterwards. It was great to introduce him to a phenomenal musician. I liked how the book focused primarily on his younger years. This helped my son feel very attached to Santana’s life.




  • The Journey of the Pale Bear by Susan Fletcher and The Perilous Journey of Danger & Mayhem: A Dastardly Plot by Christopher Healy are in my “read next” pile.
    • After these two, I have Garbage Island by Fred Koehler to read followed by Another Day and Someday by David Levithan, Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez, Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard, The Dollar Kids by Jennifer Richard Jacobson, and Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai.
    • I am hoping that my ability to read at night without falling asleep really steps up because These are all books I need to read in September. I hope I can do it!
  • I started listening to The Young Elites by Marie Lu. It is recommended by any student who reads it, and it is on my #mustreadin2018 list, so I look forward to it.


I just started Sadie by Courtney Summers. I am intrigued.

My teenaged neighbors are raving about this book. Michael Belanger agreed to Skype with my class. I am very excited and started the book last night. So far, it is very good!



Tuesday: #MustReadin2018 Fall Update

Wednesday: Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop by Alice Faye Duncan

Thursday: Eraser by Anna Kang

Friday: The Girl with More Than One Heart by Laura Geringer Bass


Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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11 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 9/3/18”

  1. Bone Soup looks cute. I’ll have to check that one out for Halloween. I look forward to hearing about the Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem. It’s been on my list to check out when it publishes.

  2. Ricki, I’ve read American Born Chinese with a group, and it is a marvelous book, agreed! And hope you enjoy The Dollar Kids,Kellee. I was sorry to see it end! Have a great week both of you!

  3. Kellee, how cool for your dad’s idea to be used! And I can’t wait to read Vincent and Theo!

    Ricki, I understand the “having trouble committing” comment. There have been SOOO many great books published lately that I’m having a hard time just picking what to start on (because I’m typically a one-book-at-a-time gal, unless one is audio).

  4. Wow, you two are reading a LOT of great books lately! And so much variety! Though I can’t relate to Ricki’s problem – I guess I am kind of rigid because I almost always read one book at a time from start to finish!

    My husband loves Santana – one of his all-time favorite musicians. I can’t believe there’s a kids’ book about him now! That’s how you know you’ve REALLY made it! lol

    Still want to read the David Levithan books – starting with Every Day (I saw the movie but want to read the book). So may good books & so little time!

    Thanks for hosting the link-up and enjoy your books this week –


    Book By Book


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