It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 5/15/23


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: Blog Tour with Review & Educators’ Guide!: Greatest Kid In the World by John David Anderson

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I haven’t updated in a month, so I have some great books to share!
I do want to give a shout out to audiobooks because I am in a bit of a reading rut; without audiobooks, I would have only read 4 non-graphic novels over this last month, but with audiobooks, I read 11! So thankful for them!

Battle for the Park by H.D.  Hunter Amari and the Great Game by B.B. Alston The Sister Switch by Sarah Mlynowski Maizy Chen's Last Chance by Lisa Yee A Rover's Story by Jasmine Warga

  • Futureland: Battle for the Park by H.D. Hunter: This book needs more hype! It is such a fun sci-fi book that is about the problem of technology, including AI, in the wrong hands. It is gripping, important, and keeps you wanting to read!
  • Amari and the Great Game by B.B. Alston: A great sequel that continues the momentum of book one and doesn’t lose the magic!
  • Best Wishes: The Sister Switch by Sarah Mlynowski & Debbie Rigaud: I am just such a fan of Mlynowski’s stories, her standalone and her co-written ones, and this is no exception. I look forward to see what happens in the rest of this series as the magical bracelet gets passed to the next kid.
  • Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee: No wonder this book won everything it did–it is well written, heart-warming, teaches history, has a great lesson, is important, and just an excellent read! Anyone who reads this is going to love Maizy and her group of family and friends.
  • A Rover’s Story by Jasmine Warga: This book received a lot of hype when it came out among my blog friends, and I can see why; I am so glad I finally read it! It is so funny with a lot of heart and a bit of adventure. I loved the two points of view to include insight into what is going on on Earth while we follow Rez’s adventures to Mars.

The First Rule of Climate Club by Carrie Firestone Dress Coded by Carrie Firestone Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca One of Us Is Back by Karen M. McManus

  • The First Rule of Climate Club by Carrie Firestone: What a great book about how kids can make a difference! I loved that the author included the main story about climate change as well as other side stories that add to the engagement of the story. As soon as I was done, I had to read its companion novel, Dress Coded by Carrie Firestone. I do wish I’d read Dress Coded first because it is spoiled a bit in First Rule of Climate Club, but it was still interesting to read how everything came to be. Just like Climate Club, there are additional side stories that are happening at the same time which adds to the book also!
  • Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca: What a beautifully written book! LaRocca’s verse is just superb. That combined with a character who you cannot help but love, equals a heart-wrenching but wonderful story.
  • One of us is Back by Karen McManus: The third in the series! I cannot tell you much about it because it has all of the characters in books 1 & 2 and starts off with something that will make fans of the first two books so mad, but they will also just love this book. Has the same vibe as the first two–a great read!

Hockey Girl Loves Drama Boy by Faith Erin Hicks Picture Day by Sarah Sax

  • Hockey Girl Loves Drama Boy by Faith Erin Hicks: I don’t think I’ve missed a Faith Erin Hicks book yet, and I have enjoyed every single one of them. I love the characters in the books–they are all flawed and lovable, especially the main characters, Alix and Ezra. It also looks at the pressure of high school and being a star and being loved by all. It is multilayered book that is also just fun to read.
  • Picture Day by Sarah Sax: Fans of middle school realistic fiction graphic novels have another one that they need to add to their TBR. Picture Day is about Viv who is embracing who she is and wants to try to help everyone be ask happy as being herself makes her. But she doesn’t pay attention to those she is bulldozing on her way…

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


I’ll see you next week for my update!



Wrong Place Wrong Time Gamechanger Glitch

  • Reading: Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister
  • Listening: Game Changer by Neal Shusterman
  • Listening with Trent: Glitch by Laura Martin


Tuesday: Review and Educators’ Guide: The Witch of Woodland by Laurel Snyder


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6 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 5/15/23”

  1. It looks like you’ve been reading some wonderful books lately, Kellee! I’m glad audiobooks have made books easier to fit in, and I’m intrigued by both of the graphic novels. I haven’t read anything written by Faith Erin Hicks, but I know she illustrated Pumpkinheads, which was delightful! Thanks so much for the wonderful post!

  2. I’ve had reading slumps saved by audio as well, so I’m glad you found a way to keep your reading love alive. My TBR list has grown a lot because these books sound great. I’m always interested in middle grade science fiction.


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