It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 10/24/22


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: Drawing Outside the Lines: A Julia Morgan Novel by Susan J. Austin

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “See the Seeds” by Antoinette Portis, Author of A Seed Grows

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Majesty by Katharine McGee Rivals by Katharine McGee Adventures with Waffles by Maria Parr Drawing Outside the Lines by Susan Austin The Pants Project by Cat Clarke The Hawthorne Legacy (The Inheritance Games, #2)

  • American Royals #2 (Majesty) and #3 (Rivals) by Katharine McGee: This series is like reading the tabloids except for with fictional royals and with an insight look. It is gossipy, full of drama, and just grabs your attention and holds it. I cannot wait for book 4!
  • Adventures with Waffles by Maria Parr: A friend gave Trent and me this book when we adopted our cat, Waffle, and Trent and I read this book together. Lena is such a unique character, so it was fun to read about her and her adventures with Trille in their small town. It was a perfect book to read and laugh through with Trent.
  • Drawing Outside the Lines by Susan J. Austin: I loved stepping back to the turn of the 20th century with Julia and experience her marvel as engineering and architectural feats were occurring all over America. I also learned so much along with Julia in the book–it was intriguing to learn about architecture, architectural materials, engineering, and more! Although I know that much of the book is fiction, that Julia is based on a real woman made the story easier to connect with because you knew she succeeded; you knew that all of the hate and bullying and sexism didn’t keep her down. And I wanted to keep following her journey to see all of the amazing things she did to prove people wrong. Overall, a well-researched and also engaging historical fiction novel about a topic and time period not often shared with our middle grade readers. I look forward to sharing it with students and am happy to share it here. (Reviewed 10/18)
  • The Pants Project by Cat Clarke: I’ll be writing a full review of this book in the near future; I loved so much about the book including the character’s fight to stand up for himself even while he was figuring out his identity within himself and within his school, the super supportive families that the characters had, and the look at how to make a productive difference in a safe way. I highly recommend this middle grade book!
  • Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: Well, this story is definitely becoming an unpredictable roller coaster! I cannot say too much about the second book without spoiling Inheritance Gamesbut everything definitely escalated quickly!

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Being Human by Matt Forrest Esenwine, Illustrated by André Ceolin: This guide to being human gets down to the core of what will make us all better: kindness, empathy, compassion, forgiveness, love… Definitions and pro tips share different scenarios with readers to explore what these emotions look and feel like. This journey through some very complex emotions are illustrated perfectly by Ceolin with colorful pictures that reflects our world. Every human needs to read this book and read it often as a reminder how to keep our actions and thoughts heart and human centered.
  • Tell the Truth Pangolin by Melinda Beatty, Illustrated by Paola Escobar: Pangolin is the star of this story set in a kingdom filled with beautiful grounds and a variety of animal characters. When Pangolin accidentally breaks something that belongs to the queen, he has to decide what he is going to tell her. In the end, his conscious wins and he tells the truth. Readers will empathize with Pangolin as he goes through the process of deciding what to do and the guilt he feels, but will ultimately understand that telling the truth was the best possible ending to the story.
  • The Mystery of the Monarchs: How Kids, Teachers, and Butterfly Fans Helped Fred and Norah Urquhart Track the Great Monarch Migration by Barb Rosenstock, Illustrated by Erika Meza: Barb Rosenstock again takes us inside the minds of historical figures to show us motivations for earth changing events, this time we meet Fred and Norah Urquhart, an entomologist and zoologist couple, who asked a question and were going to do whatever was necessary to find the answer. But it was only through help of others throughout the continent that they could have ever gotten the answer! Barb Rosenstock does a wonderful job with the Urquharts story, keeping the reader on their toes while you wonder where the monarchs go, and Meza’s illustrations are a perfect companion to the topic of monarchs: full of life and color. And do not miss the back matter which digs deeper into the science and research introduced in the book.

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


I have had to step away from the blog for a bit; I hope to be back soon.



The Final Gambit (The Inheritance Games, #3)


Tuesday: Quest Kids and the Dragon Pants of Gold by Mark Leiknes

Sunday: Author Guest Post by Amy Hevron


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