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.
Thursday: Warrior Princess: The Story of Khutulun by Sally Deng
Saturday: Guest Review: Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, Illustrated by Laura Freeman
Sunday: Author Guest Post by Mary Batten, Author of Life in Hot Water: Wildlife at the Bottom of the Ocean
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- Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon: I really, really, really liked this book, and I don’t see why there hasn’t been more hype around it. I loved the characters, the story, the evolution, and definitely the theme. Beautifully written with real representation.
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: I can see why this book is so popular–the characters are pretentious yet interesting enough that you are intrigued and you have to figure out the truth behind all of the terrible. I know lots of people said they figured it out; I didn’t, so the reveal worked for me. I look forward to reading the prequel.
- Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart: This one was harder for me to get into. It reminded me of Memento the movie in that you never knew what was true and what wasn’t and the sequence just wasn’t right. This one didn’t work for me as well, but I am glad I read it!
- The Nerdy Dozen by Jeff Miller: I can see why students like this book–it is full of action and keeps you on the edge of your seat!
- The Million Dollar Race by Matthew Ross Smith: I ended up really liking this book! It is just written really well, and I loved the characters–you just cannot help but rooting for them all!
- Fenris & Mott by Greg Van Eekhout: This is a newly released book that all of my elementary and middle school educators will want to get for their classroom or library! Van Eekhout takes the reader on a heart-stopping adventure full of Norse mythology, including the potential for the mythological pup, Fenris, to eat the entire world. Mott is a character that readers will connect with and the friendships found within the pages are unique and heartwarming. I cannot wait to share this book with students!
- Your Lie in April Vol. 1 by Naoshi Arakawa: Always looking for new manga for my library, and this is one a friend recommended. It is a slice of life story that has a sad premise but also has hope. I have a feeling it gets sadder as the series goes along though…
- Penguin & House Vol. 1 by Akiho Ieda: YAY! An all ages manga! I am so happy my friend Shannon is as into finding mangas for the school library as I am. This one is just so silly and charming–I mean it is a brilliant penguin and a blockhead guy in silly antics!
- By the Book by Jasmine Guillory: I loved this Beauty and the Beast retelling with an editorial assistant and a past-prime bad boy who is supposed to be writing a memoir. Kept the essence of the fairy tale but got rid of all the cringe parts.
- Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid: This book was fascinating! I don’t want to tell you too much about it, but I highly recommend it for contemporary adult fiction fans.
- People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry: Although I still liked this fun rom com, it was my least favorite of Emily Henry’s. It dragged at the beginning for me, and I just didn’t connect with the characters as much. However, I have seen people saying this is their favorite, so you never know.
- The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley: Two “enemies” who used to write books come together to write the final book of their contract while fighting all sorts of tension?! Yes please!
To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2022 Goodreads Challenge page or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.
It is Kellee’s week to share a long IMWAYR post, and she’s taking next week, too; I will update you all on my reading in a couple of weeks!
Reading: Delirium by Lauren Oliver & Hooky by Míriam Bonastre Tur
Listening to: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart & Stella by McCall Hoyle
Tuesday: Student Voices: Insights from Karina D., Emma Y., Nour B., Maria F., Bianca C., and Anabella S.
Thursday: Guest Post: Classroom Uses for Astronuts by Jon Sciezska, El Deafo by Cece Bell, Jukebox by Nidhi Chanani, One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale, and Squish: Super Amoeba by Jennifer L. Holm
Saturday: Guest Post: Classroom Uses for Stargazing by Jen Wang, The Party by Sergio Ruzzier, Twins by Varian Johnson, and When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed
Sunday: Author Guest Post by Dianne White, Author of Look and Listen
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!
2 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 8/8/22”
It looks like you’ve been reading some great books, Kellee! I haven’t heard of Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From, which is surprising—the synopsis looks incredibly compelling. But I definitely have that feeling with other books too, where I wonder why they’re not nearly as popular as they should be! Penguin & House looks like a really fun manga as well. And getting to read The Mysterious Benedict Society is always a great time! Thank you both so much for the wonderful post and link round-up!
I am looking up a few of the MG reads that you shared this week that I have missed out on such as The Million Dollar Race, but what most struck me was your comparison of the Lockhart books to the movie Memento. I remember really liking that shows twists, just the way you described them, trying to puzzle it out. My oldest has read the first book, and I should really give that one a try. Thanks for all the reviews and for hosting the link-up this week.