It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 1/31/22


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: Tidesong by Wendy Xu

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Keeper of the Lost Cities series by Shannon Messenger

Sunday: Guest Post from Punam V. Saxena, Author of Parent Power: Navigate School and Beyond

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Happy to be back! I haven’t updated since January 3rd, so sorry for the long post!

  • My Brother’s Husband: Volume 2 & Volume 3 by Gengoroh Tagame, translated by Anne Ishii: This manga series is everything you want in a story. Watching Yaichi grow as a person, Kana love Mike unconditionally, and Mike mourn Ryoji filled my heart, and I adored reading their story. I want more.
  • Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld by Shannon & Dean Hale, illustrated by Asiah Fulmore: Gemworld and Amethyst are new members of the DC Comics world to me, so it was great learning about this new world and story. It is definitely a fun and fantastical read.
  • The Goose Egg by Liz Wong was the second read aloud for my UCF class, and Trent was our guest reader.
  • Negative Cat by Sophie Blackall is a book that any cat loving person is going to enjoy reading. It shows the strong personalities of cats, the fierce bond between cat and owner, and how what seems like a negative thing can become positive.

  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson: This was a reread for me, but I wanted to remind myself why Nimona was one of the best graphic novels, and I did. If you haven’t read this brilliant villainous epic of a graphic novel, you should fix that.
  • Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems was my third read aloud to my UCF class because we were discussing illustrations and Knuffle Bunny was used as an example in the textbook.
  • Linked by Gordon Korman: I can definitely see why Linked was honored with the Sydney Taylor Book Award. It deals with the topics of the Holocaust, hate, religion, and acceptance in a different way than I’ve ever read before. And in an engaging, just as you’d expect from Gordon Korman. Also, it was a great multi-cast audiobook!
  • My Bindi by Gita Varadarajan, illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan: This is a great example of a book being a window for a reader. Trent did not know what a bindi was before we read this book, and it was such a perfect introduction as Divya begins wearing bindis to school. I also loved learning more about the meaning behind a bindi.
  • Téo’s Tutu by Maryann Jacob Macias, illustrated by Alea Marley: Téo knows what he loves. He loves to dance and he loves flowy outfits. It doesn’t matter if that doesn’t fit what is expected of him because he knows what he loves. And his parents support him. What a beautiful book.

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2022 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.


I am taking the week off, and I’ll see you next week! 😀



Reading: The Rumor Game by Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra

Listening: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Ears Edition


Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Best Nerds Forever by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein


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 1/31/22”

  1. I really enjoyed A Song Below Water – so deep and lots to discuss there. There was some great humor in Best Nerds Forever, but wow was there a thick layer of sadness. I’m so glad to see my college library has Nimona because I haven’t yet read this one and I’ve heard such great things. I’ll have to keep that on my list for 2022. I really enjoyed Linked and was glad to see it take a middle grade honor for the Sydney Taylor Book Award! Thank you for all these wonderful shares, Kellee!

  2. I agree that Nimona was one of the best graphic novels, and… If you haven’t read this brilliant villainous epic of a graphic novel, you should fix that.
    I also agree that Oliver Jeffers is a genius. My granddaughter and I loved reading There’s a Ghost in this House. We also enjoyed Gladys.
    Happy reading this week.


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