It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 10/11/2021


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!: Susie B. Won’t Back Down by Margaret Finnegan

Thursday: What Is Love? by Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Carson Ellis

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  • The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy by Anne Ursu: I CANNOT wait to review this one for you tomorrow! It is definitely going to be one of my favorite reads of the year.
  • What is Love? by Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Carson Ellis: Check out Ricki’s review from last week–it does a beautiful job of showing off this picture book!
  • Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi: I was a bit worried about starting this one because I remember when it came out and everyone said it wasn’t as good as Children of Blood and Bone, but I found it to be just as engaging as the first! The mythology, history, and drama of Orïsha got more intense, and I just had to keep reading to find out what happened next. I am very much looking forward to book 3!
  • Inside Cat by Brendan Wenzel: Wenzel makes such beautiful picture books! With this one, I loved the way the rhythm of the words matched the movement of the illustrations, and the picture book had a great message about getting outside of your own little bubble.
  • I Survived the Great Molasses Flood, 1919 by Lauren Tarshis: I had no idea about this tragedy, so I am so happy that Tarshis chose to focus on it. This man-made tragedy is an example of powerful people causing destruction and death of those they deem not worthy enough to protect.

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


One of my students who I admire and respect gave me this book this week. She told me she wanted me to read it, so of course, I did. Dare to Disappoint by Özge Samanci is a beautiful graphic novel with an interspersing of drawing and real images. It feels like a beautiful work of art, and I loved reading and learning about the author’s life her experiences growing up in Turkey.

I loved the latest Charlie and Mouse installment: Charlie & Mouse Lost and Found by Laurel Snyder (illustrated by Emily Hughes). These stories are just so charming and highly encourage my kids to read!



I am not sure what I want to read next! I’ll probably pick something from my Must Read list.

Listening: You Should see Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Trent Reading: Saving Xenos by Cara J. Stevens


I am reading several books right now, but Clarice the Brave by Lisa McMann has captured my heart. My 7-year-old is reading it aloud to me. The vocabulary is a bit tricky for him (I think the book is meant for a slightly older crowd), but he’s sticking with it because it’s very high interest for him. I worried we wouldn’t find another book he loved so much after he fell in love with Black Boy Joy, and this one has definitely captured his attention!



Tuesday: Blog Tour with Review and Educator’s Guide!: The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy by Anne Ursu

Thursday: Charlie & Mouse Lost and Found by Laurel Snyder, Illustrated by Emily Hughes

Sunday: Student Voices: Ideal Bookshelves by Kellee’s 7th and 8th grade Student Literacy Leaders


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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6 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 10/11/2021”

  1. Even though I live in Massachusetts, I knew very little about the Great Molasses Flood until I read Tarshis’s book. It’s new to my students too and they find it very interesting.

  2. Love that you read what your students suggest. I keep an eye on your GR as I am retired now, but when book buying for great nieces and nephews I look to see if Kellee had anything to say. Its a winner if you did!

  3. Kellee, all of those books look so good! I’m glad you found The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy to be so excellent, and I’m also glad Children of Virtue and Vengeance lived up to your expectations. And the I Survived book sounds fascinating!

    Ricki, I will have to track down Dare to Disappoint, since I am always clamoring for more graphic novels, especially ones good enough that students convince their professors to read them—and ones that their professors love too! Thank you both so much for the great post and link round-up!

  4. Kellee~ I’m happy to see Children of Virtue and Vengeance lived up to your expectations. I remember enjoying it, even if it went in some directions I wasn’t expecting at all. And my oldest really got into the I survived books some years back. I think they’re really the perfect length to hook readers into learning so much more. I’ll have to see if we have a local copy of I Survived the Great Molasses Flood, 1919.

    Ricki~ I’m so glad your 7-year-old is enjoying reading Clarice the Brave to you. So very special!


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