It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 4/3/23


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: Student Voices: Christina Diaz Gonzalez’s Visit to Kellee’s Middle School

Thursday: Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese-American by Laura Gao

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Nothing Interesting Ever Happens to Ethan Fairmont by Nick           Brooks New from Here by Kelly Yang Nic Blake and the Remarkables by Angie Thomas We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds

  • Nothing Interesting Ever Happens to Ethan Fairmont by Nick Brooks: What would you do if you found an alien in your town? Ethan Fairmont is faced with that question which drives the entire rest of the book. My favorite part was Ethan’s scientific mind and how he uses it to deal with all the situations that he faces in the book. I also loved the friendship in the book as it felt real because it showed true up and downs.
  • New From Here by Kelly Yang: This book starts in January 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic begins and goes through early March. I didn’t realize how much reading about COVID would bring back terrible memories, but it definitely did. Luckily, the book was written very well and the Wei-Evans kids were fantastic which made it a fine companion as I revisited such a tough time.
  • Nic Blake and the Remarkables #1: The Manifestor Prophecy by Angie Thomas: I’m reviewing this on Tuesday!
  • We Deserve Monuments by Jaz Hammonds: This novel is written so well; specifically when it comes to character development. I loved meeting them all while Avery explores her new home, new friends, new school, new dreams, and, specifically, the generational family trauma that is all new to her.

Monstrous by Sarah Myer The Hidden Kingdom by Tui T. Sutherland Mermaid Scales and the Town of Sand by Yôko Komori Show-ha Shoten!, Vol. 1 by Takeshi Obata Insomniacs After School, Vol. 1 by Makoto Ojiro Helck, Vol. 1 by Nanaki Nanao

  • Monstrous: A Transracial Adoption Story by Sarah Meyer: This graphic memoir that takes us through Sarah’s inability to fit in, the racist bullying and remarks she faced, and the rage that all of this brings. But it also shows hope. And as a avid artist, which she explores in the graphic novel as well, the artwork is superb.
  • Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #3: The Hidden Kingdom by Tui T. Sutherland: This story takes us into the RainWing kingdom and shows the struggles that Glory, and the rest of the dragonets of the prophecy, face.
  • Mermaid Scales and the Town of Sand by Yôko Komori: This manga starts with Tokiko’s move to a coastal town as her parents deal with a divorce. Tokiko’s only memory of her last visit to the town is that she was saved by a merman when she almost drowned; this memory drives her draw to the ocean but these strange memories are not helpful as she is trying to find a home in the new town. I was a fan of Tokiko, and the artwork sets the quiet tone with purely beautiful art.
  • Sho-Ha Shoten! Volume 1 by Takeshi Obata: This first volume of this slice of life manga puts a stage fright comedian on a journey to finally use his skills on the stage. There are definitely some laugh out loud moments and a definite theme of going for what you love versus what is expected.
  • Insomniacs After School Volume 1 by Makoto Ojiro: Another slice of life manga that doesn’t much get into the story in this first volume. In it you meet the two insomniacs who find friendship around their struggles. I look forward to seeing what happens next.
  • Helck Volume 1 by Nanaki Nanao: Vermilio cannot believe that the front runner for the new Demon Lord is a human, even if Helck is a human who says he hates humans. The rest of the book questions this situation and takes us through different trials as the trials for the Demon Lord throne continues.

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


This is my week off; see you next week!



  • Reading: Just finished Nic Blake and about to go to the Florida Future Problem Solvers State Competition, so I am not sure how much reading time I’ll have, so we’ll see!
  • Listening: A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus
  • Listening with Trent: Amari and the Great Game by B.B. Alston


Tuesday: Nic Blake and the Remarkables #1: The Manifestor Prophecy by Angie Thomas


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