It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 7/19/21


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 share and recommend books with 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!


Tuesday: Zonia’s Rain Forest by Juana Martinez-Neal

Thursday: Weird But True! Ocean from National Geographic

Sunday: Student Voices: “Reading During High School” by Emily Peraza, High School Senior

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  • Recognize!: An Anthology Honoring and Amplifying Black Life edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson: This is a superb anthology! It has a mix of poetry, primary sources, memoir, and fiction written by brilliant Black authors. I cannot wait to see the finished version (I was lucky enough to get it from Netgalley; it was missing 2 excerpts), and this is definitely should be in all middle and high school classrooms and libraries. Contributors (in order of publication): Wade Hudson, Cheryl Willis Hudson, Sharon M. Draper, Jerdine Nolen, Keith Knight, Lamar Giles, Lesa Cline-Ransome, Nic Stone, Frances Ellen Harper Watkins, Kelly Starling Lyons, Nikki Grimes, Denene Mackell, Frederick Douglass, Ronald L. Smith, Kwame Mbalia, Paula Chase, Daisy Bates, Carole B. Weatherford, Don Tate, Robert H. Miller, Ibi Zoboi, DeRay Mckesson, Adedayo Perkovich, Curtis Hudson, Tiffany Jewell, Alicia D. Williams, Dhonielle Clayton, and Mahogany L. Browne.
  • Flamer by Mike Curato: This book was recommended by Jarrett Krosoczka for those who liked his memoir Hey, Kiddo, and I can definitely see why. Both important, funny, sweet, but also tough, sad, and REAL.
  • Orange: Complete Collection, Volume 1 by Ichigo Takano: The premise of this book is intriguing: the future self of the main character writes to the current self sharing that she has to do everything she can to save a friend of hers. And the story was executed well sucking me in right from the beginning! (My only concern is the idea that a suicide is friends’/families’ “fault” and could be stopped. I understand the sentiment and idea of the story, but this could be hurtful.)
  • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo: WOW!!!!! THE BEST GRISHAVERSE BOOK YET! This was a slow read for me. At almost 600 pages, I read some other book (see above and last week!) while reading it, but it is definitely my favorite thus far. Not much I can share without spoiling things from the previous Bardugo books, but I will say that if you are hesitant to read it, don’t be–move it on up!
  • With Trent:
    • We have an acquaintance who we’re passing along some I Can Read animal books to, and Trent wanted to read them one last time. I love that these exist–both great for early reading and early inquiry.
    • The Bot that Scott Built by Kim Norman: A science-fair themed remix of “The House that Jack Built” that is just so much fun to read.
    • The Snurtch by Sean Ferrell: Ever wonder what that feeling was that you just can’t shake and it makes you just so grumpy? Well, that’s your Snurtch.
    • I’m On It! by Andrea Tsurumi: A new “Elephant and Piggie Like Reading” book! Yay! Trent won a free book at the library for reading to the service doggies for a 3rd time, and this is what he chose and was so excited to read it!
    • Lion Lessons by Jon Agee: Trent really likes this picture book! It is the one he chose to read to me one night. Such a witty book!

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2021 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.


I am with family and unable to blog today. I will see you next week!



Reading: The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg

On Deck: CHOICES! Kingdom of Secrets by Christyne Morrell, Slay by Brittney Morris, Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia, Once Upon an Eid edited by S.K. Ali and Aisha Saeed, or Pushout by Monique W. Morris

Trent reading during family reading time: Animorphs The Graphic Novel: The Invasion by K.A. Applegate, Michael Grant, and Christ Grine

Trent and I listening to: I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarshis



Tuesday: Kyle’s Little Sister by BonHyung Jeong

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Sunday: Student Voices: “Favorite Books” by Addy Brantley & Bianca Teixera, 9th Graders


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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1 thought on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 7/19/21”

  1. Ricki, see you next week—I hope you enjoy your time with family!

    Kellee, it looks like you’ve been reading all sorts of fun books! I have a copy of Flamer that I’m looking forward to reading, and I’m so glad King of Scars lived up to your expectations! I also know someone who read The Music of What Happens recently—I hope you enjoy it!

    This week’s posts look awesome—I just read and enjoyed Kyle’s Little Sister last week, so I’m curious to see you all’s thoughts on it! Wishtree is phenomenal, so I’m excited to see Sofia’s recommendation. And I’m always curious to hear about other people’s favorite books—I’m re-reading my favorite book, Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead, right now! Thanks so much for the great post and link round-up!


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