It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 4/6/20


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to recommend books to each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

*Please note the new IMWAYR button! 🙂 Feel free to continue using the other one or change to this one.*


Updated Often: The Big List of Online Learning Resources for COVID-19 and Quarantine

Tuesday: In My Heart by Mackenzie Porter, Illustrated by Jenny Løvlie

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “A Man of My Word: How Wondrous Words and Wordplay Make Children’s Books Shine” by Artie Bennett, Author of The True Story of Zippy Chippy: The Little Horse That Couldn’t

**Click on any picture/link to view the post**



  • Seeing Red by Sarah Mlynowski: The Whatever After series is such comfort read for me. I love fairy tale retellings and the twist Mlynowski puts on them makes for so much fun.
  • The Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson: Karen McManus and Serial fans, take note! You will want to read this true crime-like novel!
  • With Trent:
    • More Mac Barnett and Oliver Jeffers! Trent CANNOT get enough of the two of them! We have THE BOY Anthology, and he has been taking it with him just to read out of it. And Mac Barnett is just so darn engaging. I am so thankful that they, and other authors, have stepped up to help us engage our kids during this global crisis.
    • The second Chick or Brain book by Cece Bell just came out, and it is just as ridiculous as the first and with some new characters!
    • For two of our book clubs, we finished Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar and Bad Guys: Furball Strikes Back. Honest moment: Sideways just did not hold up for me; it was one of my favorite books as a kid, but I just didn’t love it as an adult. Trent loved it though, so the engagement lives on. The Bad Guys series is just phenomenally clever and funny–we’re eating up that series!

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2020 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.


The boys loved reading The Bad Guys, Episode 3: The Furball Strikes Back. The books are great because they are very engaging with a lot of pictures. The boys love how they border on inappropriate, so they are engaged from the moment I start reading.



  • Reading: City Spies by James Poni
  • Listening: Whatever After: Spill the Beans by Sarah Mlynowski
  • Reading with Trent: Books for our 3 different virtual book clubs


I’ve been working late nights writing a book. I am excited to finish a couple of longer books with the boys. I am reading a young adult book that is popular but just isn’t grabbing me—I think because it is too depressing in a time period that is awfully depressing. It is slowing me down, and I am wanting to give myself permission to put it down. Is this happening to anyone else?


Tuesday: Review and Giveaway!: Tag Your Dreams: Poems of Play and Persistence by Jacqueline Jules, Illustrated by Iris Deppe

Thursday: It’s Okay To….

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Handling Conflict in Middle Grade Novels” by Ben Gartner, Author of The Eye of Ra


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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5 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 4/6/20”

  1. Love seeing what you both are up to, reading here & on social media. It’s a delight to see your young boys having fun in all sorts of ways! My recent ‘little’ boy, a grandson, is home now from his freshman year at college, still sweet as ever, but. . . I know what you mean about a “right” YA book, Ricki. I don’t know what it is, but scary now is not exactly what I want to read. Best wishes to you both this challenging time. Keep having fun!

  2. I like the new button!
    I’m looking forward to reading Mac’s new book. Whenever the library opens up again 🙁
    I liked the Play book of poetry. I’m sharing it on Friday. I feel like gym teachers could use it during this homeschool time!
    Kellee, can’t wait to hear what you think about City Spies. I pulled it out to read too, but there are a few books ahead of it right now.
    Hope all is well with everyone!

  3. City Spies is sure getting some great reviews. I’m adding this to my list. I’ll look forward to reading your guest post by Ben Gartner later this week — really enjoyed his Eye of Ra! Also, your new IMWAYR button looks oh so grown-up! In fact, all your new matching title bars look fancy! SO PURRRRTY!

  4. So I am new to blogging and this #imwayr community, and I think I shared the wrong link above but now I know for next week. Thank you for doing this! I absolutely love seeing all of the #imwayr blogs. It makes my heart so happy! I hope to connect with everyone soon.

  5. Reading anything except online news articles is challenging for me these days. Soon I will just stop making excuses and sit down and read. It’s won’t be anything scary because I tried that a while ago and abandoned it.
    I too love reading about your reading journey’s with your children. Thanks so much for hosting us.
    Stay safe!


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