It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 9/20/21


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: Review & Giveaway!: How to Win a Slime War by Mae Respicio

Thursday: Spooky Sleuth & Solve by Victor Escandell

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Point-of-View Flip as a Way into Creative Writing” by Shirley Reva Vernick, Author of Ripped Away

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  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi: First, I must applaud the brilliance of the audiobook. The narrator does a fantastic job, and I am so glad that I chose to listen to it! And this brilliance on top of the intricate world and complex characters that Adeyemi created equals a fantastical read that all fantasy fans should pick up!
  • Haikyu Vol 1 by Haruichi Furudate: Haikyu ended up being way more character driven than I thought it was going to be which was a pleasant surprise as I was worried it was going to be less enjoyable for someone who is not a volleyball fanatic, but no, it was a fun read, and I can see why it is so popular!
  • Fairy Tale Battle Royale Vol 1 by Soraho Ina: I found this manga at my library and it seemed right up my alley, and boy, was I right! Mix of action, tale retellings, alternate worlds, and weird zombie characters?! Um, yes please!
  • Go Wild! Sea Turtles by Jill Esbaum and Go Wild! Pandas by Margie Markarian: These were both perfect nonfiction books for Trent as sea turtles and pandas are two of his favorite animals! I really liked how the books were structured with each spread focusing on a different element of the animals life. We will definitely get more from this series!
  • Fussy Flamingo by Shelly Vaughan James: This is the final SSYRA, Jr. book that Trent had to read, and he liked it so much that after reading it he wanted to read it to me. Lola is such a fun little flamingo who embodies what a lot of kids have: curiosity and rebellion! Lots of fun!
  • Ben Y and the Ghost in the Machine by K.A. Holt: This is the second book in the The Kids Under the Stairs series. The first book was from Ben B’s point of view and now this is from Ben Y’s point of view. I love Holt’s novel-in-verse style–it adds such a lyrical element to the story. And her style mixed with the relatable stories that Holt tells (this one is about Ben mourning the loss of her brother while also figuring out their identity, place in school, and friendship) equals really great reads!
  • Marty by Rachel Noble: I loved this extended metaphor about inclusion, identity, and friendship. Marty’s story makes me sad that so many feel like outsiders in their community and world, but I hope, like Marty, they all find a friend and a place to call their own.
  • The Perfect Fit by Naomi James: I love so much about this book! First, it is about fitting in and how fitting in doesn’t always mean everyone is the same (and actually that we’re all better when we’re surrounded by differences). Also, it is a great math book as it looks at shapes and patterns. Math AND SEL?! What a wonderful combo for an elementary classroom!

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


Last week, I forgot to share that I read Spooky Sleuth & Solve by Victor Escandell! You can click the link for my full review!

I also read the young adult book Go With the Flow by Lily Williams and Karen Schneemann. This was a great graphic novel that was all about friendship, feminism, and periods. Yes, the graphic novel used red, black, and white as the colors, and the entire book explored what it is like to be in high school and have your period. It is very difficult to describe this book, but I loved a dad’s review about how it really helped him understand what his daughters might be going through! We need more books like this in the world. It will be appreciated by so many!



Reading: Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

Listening: Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Trent reading during family reading time: HiLo #7: Gina, the Girl Who Broke the World by Judd Winick

Jim reading during family reading time: Fables #9: Sons of Empire by Bill Willingham


I am keeping up with the reading that my grad YAL class is doing. We are reading Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams soon, so I am reading it!


Tuesday: Teaching Guide for The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo

Thursday: Be the Dragon: 9 Keys to Unlocking Your Inner Magic by Catherine J. Manning, Illustrated by Melanie Demmer


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 9/20/21”

  1. Kellee, I TOTALLY agree on Bahni Turpin’s narration of Children of Blood and Bone. Absolutely fantastic! I can’t wait to hear what you think of Children of Virtue and Vengeance.

    Ricki, Go With the Flow sounds intriguing. And I just discovered we have a copy at one of my libraries, so I’m ordered it online! I’ve had Genesis Begins Again on my list for so long, but haven’t yet put it into my rotation.

  2. Kellee, Children of Blood and Bone sounds excellent—I’m so glad you enjoyed it! And Marty sounds like such a sweet story as well. I also keep hearing good things about K.A. Holt’s books!

    Ricki, I should take a look at Go With the Flow—I am always in need of new graphic novels (actually, I’m not, since I have a bazillion on my shelves, but whatever—I’l just buy more). And Genesis Begins Again is SO GOOD—I hope you enjoy it! Thank you both so much for the great post!

  3. I am looking forward to reading Ben Y, but I don’t have a copy yet. I have to say that I did not get as many readers for BenBee as I had hoped, although I had a student check it out today. It just takes one to love it and spread it to their friends sometimes… I also really love reading those HiLo books, I was glad to see that on here as well. Thanks for all of these shares.


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