It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 7/26/21


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: 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

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  • Whatever After is such a pleasurable series to read! I love the characters and each book is different to keep the reader excited to see what happens next. Good as Goldthe 14th in the series, was no different, and this time there is actually TWO fairy tales mixed in!
  • Trent and I read Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel this week again (reread), and it is such a fun read. I almost think Owl is my favorite Lobel book!
  • We also listened to I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888 by Lauren Tarshis which was an event in American history I did not know about. Tarshis has a great series going for her (with like 21 of them out now!). Like Whatever After, there is obviously a formula that she follows during her plotting, but because the historical events, plot, and characters all change, each book keeps you wanting to read!
  • The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg had such a unique background (food truck), dealt with a very important topic (rape), and was an opposites attract romance story–all equaled a pretty quick read!
  • Pushout by Monique W. Morris was a tough book to read because the data and information shared is indisputable and something I wish we could change immediately; however, the systemic issues that need to be addressed are going to take a major overhaul in our education and society. Read this to remind yourself why we fight for this change.

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


I read and loved The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta. It is a beautiful story and lyrically stunning. I highly recommend it.



Reading: Slay by Brittney Morris

Trent reading: Animorphs The Graphic Novel: The Invasion by K.A. Applegate, Michael Grant, and Chris Grine

Listening: The Unicorn Rescue Society: The Secret of the Himalayas by Adam Gidwitz and Hena Khan

Trent and I listening to: I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 by Lauren Tarshis


I am with family this week, so I likely won’t be able to read as much YAL (outside of picture books that we’ve gotten from the library). Maybe I will surprise myself, though!



Tuesday: Kingdom of Secrets by Christyne Morrell

Thursday: Long Distance by Whitney Gardner

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Princesses Wear Pants by Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim

Sunday: Student Voices: Recommended Mangas by Sabrina Kayat and Lisa Wojciechowski, 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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5 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 7/26/21”

  1. What a great set of books! Kellee, Pushout sounds like such a valuable read, so I appreciate you recommending it! And I know some people who read The Music of What Happens, but it was good to learn a little more about it—it sounds very impactful.

    Ricki, The Black Flamingo sounds like a great read—I remember seeing it on Amazon but ultimately deciding to get some other books instead, but it’s good to see a reminder of it! And I hope you enjoy your time with family!

    I look forward to seeing the review of Long Distance this week—I keep forgetting to order a copy! Thank you both so much for the great post and link round-up!

  2. Long time reader, first time commenter (well, maybe not, but it has been a while). I couldn’t see the comment button here, but I finally spent more time to see it.
    Anyways, I typically really enjoy your posts and appreciate you hosting all of these other blogs as well.
    I remember reading the first two Whatever After books, and I enjoyed them but haven’t kept up on them. When I have a student or two enjoying them, we buy one or two as needed, but we don’t have all 14 in our library yet.
    I Survived is so popular for us that we have to have all of them, and the graphic novels as well. It would spark a revolt.
    I enjoyed the Unicorn Rescue Society but it seems that they are not as popular with my library patrons as they are with me, and I really don’t know why.
    Thank for all the great shares!


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