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.
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.
Thursday: Guest Post: Classroom Uses for Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell; Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o; The Crown by Derrick Barnes; The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson; Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds; and You Matter by Christian Robinson
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- Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy: I love this webcomic turned graphic novel, and it is so funny–Huda’s humor is ON POINT. My past student, Basma, who shared how important books with Muslim representation are to her as a Muslim woman here on Unleashing Readers, stated on her review, “This book is a fantastic story of figuring out who you are and how you fit into the world. From a representation standpoint, it’s exactly what I was looking for. To be seen, not only as a Muslim woman, but as a someone who’s struggled with their identity and where they fit.”
- Hunter X Hunter by Yoshihiro Togashi: This manga was given to me by a past student because it is their favorite anime, and I can see why! Gon is amazing and the supporting characters are characters. I can definitely see why this story is loved.
- Almost American Girl by Robin Ha: This was an intense and beautiful graphic memoir that is just so easy to connect with and is accessible. It is such an important story for kids to see themselves in or learn about others with similar stories to Robin.
- The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen: The beautiful way the author weaves Tíên’s story and fairy tales is just breathtaking; the inclusion of the fairy tales really moved along Tíên’s story in a way I hadn’t seen in a book before. Oh, and the art is GORGEOUS!
- Moving Target and Return Fire by Christina Diaz Gonzalez: I am so excited that Christina Diaz Gonzalez is going to be our author for this upcoming school year, so I am working on reading all of her books (I already LOVED Invisible and Concealed). This series is one that it going to be an easy sell to students because it has so much adventure, action, and mystery! I can’t wait to book talk it! I think fans of Spy School, Alex Rider, and City Spies are going to definitely want to dive head first into this duology.
Trent and I have been adding back in bedtime reading in addition to our 20 minute family reading time, and here are the books that he chose to read this last week:
- I’m Worried by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
- Who’s Like Me? by Nicola Davis, illustrated by Marc Boutavant
- It’s Not the Three Little Pigs by Josh Funk, illustrated by Edwardian Taylor
- Unicorn Christmas by Diana Murray, illustrated by Luke Flowers
I went on a big rom com read-a-thon, and I LOVED it! They are such a pleasure to read!
- Finished The Wedding Date series (The Proposal, The Wedding Party, Royal Holiday, Party of Two, and While We Were Dating) by Jasmine Guillory: I loved loved loved this series! As you can see, I devoured it! Does it have tropes, yes, but each story is also unique, funny, romantic, and everything! I even made a character map between the books to look at all of the connections:
The books seem to be all stand alone, but they are really companions that should be read in order because you can get spoilers of some of the books if you read them in the wrong order. I definitely had a favorite and a least favorite, but I think it’ll all really depend on the reader. I am a huge fan of the inclusion in this series though; it makes me so happy!
- The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams: This body positive rom com has one of my favorite protagonists: she has a great family, has a rockin’ job, and has so much confidence. I love it!
- The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren: This is a pretty unique premise and includes a lot of statistics, but in the end it is just a devourable rom com!
- So We Meet You Again by Suzanne Park: This rom com looks at identity, societal expectations, living as a first generation American, and still has all the fun rom com aspect!
- Beach Read by Emily Henry: Other than The Wedding Date series, Emily Henry has written the two favorite rom coms I’ve read: Book Lovers and this one. I will say, I do not like the title of this one because it sets you up for something that the book was definitely not, but what it is is so good! I love that Emily Henry mixes in book love into her lover books 🙂
This is Kellee’s week to write the long IMWAYR post, so I’ll be back next week.
Some of the books I read this week were on my #MustReadin2022 list, so I was able to check some more off! This upcoming week, I am trying to read some more of my of them though I also have some more rom coms that I want to read! We’ll see what I feel like 🙂
Tuesday: Student Voices: Thoughts on Characters from Ana T., Katie S., Eva S., and Gabriela C.
Thursday: Guest Post: Classroom Uses for Concealed by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Last Gate of the Emperor by Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel David Makonnen, Maya and the Robot by Eve Ewing, and The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles
Saturday: Guest Review: There’s Only One You by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook, Illustrated by Rosie Butcher
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