It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 1/9/23


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: Kellee’s 2022 Reading Recap, Favorite Reads, #MustReadin2022 Update, & #MustReadin2023!

Thursday: K is for Kindness by Rina Horiuchi, Illustrated by Risa Horiuchi

Sunday: Author Guest Post by Lydia Lukidis, Author of Deep, Deep Down

**Click on any picture/link to view the post**



I haven’t updated since early December 5th, so I have quite a few books to share with you!

That's Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger Paradise on Fire by Jewell Parker Rhodes Rain Is Not My Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith Rebound by Kwame Alexander Zara's Rules for Record-Breaking Fun by Hena Khan Illuminae by Amie Kaufman Talk Santa to Me by Linda Urban The Christmas Clash by Suzanne Park #Notyourprincess by Lisa Charleyboy Randoms by David Liss

  • That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger: I’ve been meaning to read this book for years, and I am so happy to have finally gotten to it. It was a tough read, as an educator, but I think it is also important to think about how victims keep living and having to determine how to live as their new self. Keplinger wrote a book that sucked me in and kept me reading.
  • Paradise on Fire by Jewell Parker Rhodes: This book was so suspenseful! I held my breath so many times during the story as I didn’t know how the characters were going to survive.
  • Rain is not my Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith: I’m so glad that Heartdrum Press republished this book of Smith’s as I did not have it on my radar, and I truly loved it. It was such an emotional book, looking at grief and trauma, but also a heart-filling story, showing how to survive after a loss and how your passions can help with your healing.
  • Rebound by Kwame Alexander: I do not know what took me so long to read this story of Chuck Bell, the Crossover twins’ dad. This book shows us how the amazing father Chuck was came to be.
  • Zara’s Rules for Record-Breaking Fun by Hena Khan: What a fun early middle grade novel from Hena Khan!!! Zara has a set group of neighborhood fans, so when a new family moves in, Zara has to figure out how to keep everything as wonderful as it always has been.
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: Illuminae is an epic sci-fi novel if there ever was one! The text structure of this novel is so unique, and I really liked it. It is filled with transcripts, maps, medial reports, emails, and more to tell the story. Very clever!
  • Talk Santa to Me by Linda Urban: Francie loves Christmas, and especially the nostalgic Christmas magic that her grandpa spread through his Hollydale Holiday Shop and Santa School. But her grandpa died and now her aunt is in charge and wants to change it all; Francie is fighting to make sure that doesn’t happen. All while also trying to connect with the cute boy that works at the tree lot.
  • The Christmas Clash by Suzanne Park: This Christmas book is filled with holiday cheer but also community activism, friendship, and family!
  • #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Woman edited by Lisa Charleyboy: This powerful book is filled with Native American women’s voices screaming out with their stories, poetry, and reflections.
  • Randoms by David Liss: Another great sci-fi book that I am so glad that I finally read. Zeke is a sci-fi fan who finds himself on a space adventure with aliens in hopes of forming an alliance. The book is filled with humor and action that keeps the reader wanting to read, read, read!

A Man and His Cat, Vol. 2 by Umi Sakurai A Man and His Cat, Vol. 6 by Umi Sakurai A Man and His Cat, Vol. 3 by Umi Sakurai A Man and His Cat, Vol. 4 by Umi Sakurai A Man and His Cat, Vol. 7 by Umi Sakurai A Man and His Cat, Vol. 5 by Umi Sakurai

  • A Man and his Cat Vol 2 through 7 by Umi Sakurai: This is one of Trent’s favorite mangas, so when he finished, he handed me the pile and said, “Read.” It is a fun story that is deeper than just the title suggest, but also just as sweet as it does.

The Gorillaz Art Book by Gorillaz Gorillaz by Gorillaz

  • The Gorillaz Art Book & Gorillaz: Rise of the OgreGorillaz are reigning in my house right now. Trent and I went to see them in October and since then, he listens to them very often, so my big gift I gave to him was the Gorillaz Art Book, which is a book with 40+ artist’s interpretations of the band. I also decided to read Rise of the Ogre which is a fictionalized story of the band and its beginnings.

I also read a TON of picture books! I had a pile from publishers to read, and I loved all of the following (click on the image to read about the book)!

Over and Under the Waves by Kate Messner You Are My Pride by Carole Boston Weatherford All Are Neighbors by Alexandra Penfold The World Belonged to Us by Jacqueline Woodson This Story is Not About a Kitten by Randall de Sève Tree Hole Homes by Melissa Stewart This Is a School by John Schu The Rise (and Falls) of Jackie Chan by Kristen Mai Giang Because Claudette by Tracey Baptiste Jovita Wore Pants by Aida Salazar Born Hungry by Alex Prud'Homme Mama's Home by Shay Youngblood A Little Ferry Tale by Chad Otis Hurry, Little Tortoise, Time for School! by Carrie Finison Jo Bright and the Seven Bots by Deborah Underwood Brave Every Day by Trudy Ludwig I Forgive Alex by Kerascoët Everything in Its Place by Pauline David-Sax When a Friend Needs a Friend by Roozeboos Solitary Animals by Joshua David Stein Betty White by Deborah Hopkinson Only the Best by Kate Messner Stillwater and Koo Save the World by Jon J Muth Curve & Flow by Andrea J. Loney The Lights That Dance in the Night by Yuval Zommer Cloaked in Courage by Beth  Anderson No Bunnies Here! by Tammi Sauer The Year We Learned to Fly by Jacqueline Woodson Blips on a Screen by Kate Hannigan Holding Her Own by Traci N. Todd The Blur by Minh Lê Mae Makes a Way by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich The Girl Who Built an Ocean by Jess Keating Pink, Blue, and You! by Elise Gravel King Kong's Cousin by Mark Teague Don't Eat Bees by Dev Petty If the World Were 100 Animals by Miranda Smith One Turtle's Last Straw by Elisa Boxer Turtle's Penguin Day by Valeri Gorbachev In the Blue by Erin Hourigan Mama's Days by Andi Diehn Listen by Shannon Stocker

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


I’ll post my update next week!





Tuesday: You So Black by Theresa tha S.O.N.G.B.I.R.D., Illustrated by London Ladd

Sunday: Author Guest Post by Kimberly Behre Kenna, Author of Artemis Sparke and the Sound Seekers Brigade


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