It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 12/11/22


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: Piece by Piece: How I Built My Life (No Instructions Required) by David Aguilar & Ferran Aguilar, Translated by by Lawrence Schimel

Thursday: Magnolia Flower by Zora Neale Hurston, Adapted by Ibram X. Kendi, Illustrated by Loveis Wise

Saturday: The Atlas Obscura’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid by Dylan Thuras & Rosemary Mosco, Illustrated by Joy Ang

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Fridge Problems” by Josh Funk, Author of The Great Caper Caper

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This week is my off week! I will see you after our winter break! To learn more about what I am reading, check out my 2022 Goodreads Challenge page or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.


I’ve been on a roll. This week, I read three young adult books. All three were absolutely excellent.

The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas is highly engaging. It’s set in another world, in which ten semidioses, all ages 13-18, must compete in high stakes competitions. The purpose: to replenish the Sun’s power so that Sol can travel and bring light and keep evil Obsidian gods away. The winner bring light and life to the temples, and the loser is sacrificed (killed by the winner) in order to be used as fuel for the Sun Stones. This book will keep your heart rate up. I have recommended it already to several teens who loved The Hunger Games. For me, though, this book has much more depth than The Hunger Games.

Laura Gao’s Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American is not one to miss. There is so much to unpack in this book. I’m using it in one of my courses next semester because the messages of the graphic novel memoir are very compelling and thoughtful. This ranks as one of my favorite graphic novels that I’ve ever read.

Whew. This book has my heart. We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds is about a girl named Avery who is uprooted from her DC home to go live with her dying (mean) grandmother in a rural town in Georgia. She is openly queer and meets Simone, a next-door neighbor. Avery wants no drama, but she quickly learns that there are a lot of family secrets that no one is talking about. Five stars. This book is very well-written. The characters felt like real people, and I didn’t want this one to end!



  • Listening to: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
  • Reading: Chaos Theory by Nic Stone


Tuesday: Ricki’s Best of YA 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Encouraging Young Readers” by Bethan Woollvin, Author of Three Little Vikings


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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1 thought on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 12/11/22”

  1. It looks like you’ve been reading some great books lately, Ricki! I made note of Messy Roots, since I am always looking for compelling new graphic novels to try. And I feel like Aiden Thomas has been churning out novels since Cemetery Boys—I’m glad to hear this new one is a hit! And I love that you’re posting a gift guide tomorrow—that is such a creative idea. Thanks so much for the wonderful post!


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