It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 10/28/19


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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.


Wednesday: Educators’ Guide for Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo

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**Descending: Finished recently to last Monday**

  • Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya: “Emilia Torres has a wandering mind. It’s hard for her to follow along at school, and sometimes she forgets to do what her mom or abuela asks. But she remembers what matters: a time when her family was whole and home made sense. When Dad returns from deployment, Emilia expects that her life will get back to normal. Instead, it unravels.”
  • Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson: “When Abdi’s family is kidnapped, he’s forced to do the unthinkable: become a child soldier with the ruthless jihadi group Al Shabaab. In order to save the lives of those he loves, and earn their freedom, Abdi agrees to be embedded as a spy within the militia’s ranks and to send dispatches on their plans to the Americans. The jihadists trust Abdi immediately because his older brother, Dahir, is already one of them, protégé to General Idris, aka the Butcher. If Abdi’s duplicity is discovered, he will be killed.”
  • Trent read this week: Cat the Cat Who is That? is a wonderful series for my emergent reader! Fun repetition and sight words = a successful and engaging read! We’re going to have to get more from this series! (He loved Let’s Say Hi to Friends Who Fly, too, but he wasn’t up to reading it that night.)
  • Trent’s favorite from this week: My Dad at the Zoo by Coralie Saudo, My Cousin Momo by Zachariah O’Hora, and Minerva Louise on Halloween by Janet Morgan Stoeke
  • We liked all the books we read, but others we LOVED this week: I Am Not a Fish by Peter Raymundo, Emily’s Blue Period by Cathleen Daly, The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier, and The Quiet Boat Ride by Sergio Ruzzier

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2019 Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.


My sons can’t get enough of Captain Underpants. We returned 16 library books and took out two of these. That’s all they want in the world—to read these (somewhat hilarious) books about potty humor, naughty boys, inventions, and underwear superheroes. I am joking, of course. The books are quite genius, and I am in awe of Dav Pilkey’s skills. I’ve really loved reading these books, and I am looking forward to reading the other 11+ books. 🙂

I am just about finished with Tara Westover’s Educated, and I suspect I’ll be done with it tomorrow. I was at my sister-in-law’s weekend with friends, and everyone was raving about this book. I only read a few adult books a year, and this one has been well worth it. It reminds me a lot of The Glass Castle. It’s quite brilliantly written. I am looking forward to seeing Tara Westover at the NCTE convention this year.



  • Reading: Her Own Two Feet: A Rwandan Girl’s Brave Fight to Walk by Meredith Davis and Rebeka Uqitonze
  • Starting to Listen: How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox


I am reading and enjoying Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys.


Wednesday: Educators’ Guide for The Trouble with Shooting Stars by Meg Cannistra


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7 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 10/28/19”

  1. Kellee~ LOVE the Fox & Chick books. Just the perfect level of humor that seems to crack us up, no matter our age. So fun!

    Ricki~ Oh how well I remember my older kids enjoying Captain Underpants when they were much younger. I must admit it was fun reading it to them, too! Educated has stuck with me. I listened to the audiobook and just couldn’t get much of it out of my head. And I, too, thought there were some serious similarities to The Glass Castle.

    • I am a huge fan of the two friends books (frog/toad, elephant/piggie, chick/brain, fox/chick) — they just always are a perfect balance of story, humor, and empathy.


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