It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 9/11/23


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
For readers of all ages

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop we host which focuses on sharing what we’re reading. This Kid Lit version of IMWAYR focuses primarily on books marketed for kids and teens, but books for readers of all ages are shared. We love this community and how 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. The Kid Lit IMWAYR was co-created by Kellee & Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

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: If You Meet the Devil, Don’t Shake Hands by Sylvia Whitman

Friday: Student Voices: Book Recommendations from Anja K., Meghan K., & Teresa Z., 7th graders, and Silvia S., 8th grader

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Teaching the Next Generation about September 11th” by Jacqueline Jules, Author of Smoke at the Pentagon: Poems to Remember

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It’s my week off! To learn more about any of the books I’m reading, check out my read bookshelf on Goodreads.



I read Abraham Verghese’s The Covenant of Water. This book is a pretty intimidating one for many—it’s almost 800 pages long. My goodness, though, it is unforgettable. The story follows multiple generations of the same family—from 1900 to 1977. A condition plagues the family: In almost every generation, at least one family member dies from drowning. This is particularly difficult because they live on the Malabar coast in South India. The writing is absolutely captivating. I never read Cutting for Stone, and now I am going to get it. I am so glad I read this book.

I read I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy in a day. The topics in this book are difficult to digest—Jennette McCurdy details her experiences as a child actor and the pain within her relationship with her mother. I absolutely recommend this book, but it’s a tough one to read, for sure.

I am not in love with the title of this book: How to Hug a Porcupine: Negotiating the Prickly Points of the Tween Years by Julie A. Ross. However, it’s a great book about parenting tweens, and I feel like I gained a lot of helpful tips as a parent for future years. A lot of this book reflects my philosophy of building relationships with children, but there were a lot of parenting moments that helped me in different ways than when I was teaching this age level.

Middle Grade

I enjoyed reading The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket with my kids.

Picture Books

  • The Book from Far Away by Bruce Handy, Illustrated by Julie Benbassat—This wordless picture book is great for fans of Aaron Becker. It pairs a child who is human with a child from another planet, and it teaches the power of sharing.
  • The Museum of Nothing by Steven Guarnaccia—This book made me giggle! It’s literally about a museum of nothing. This book will activate kids’ imaginations!
  • The Ogre in the Hall by Céline Sorin, Illustrated by Pascal Lemaître—A great book for kids who are afraid of the dark (or going to the bathroom in the middle of the night). The ogre is very sweet.
  • Taco Falls Apart by Brenda S. Miles, Illustrated by Monika Filipina—A great book that teaches the connection of thoughts and behavior/actions.



  • Reading with my eyes: Invisible Son by Kim Johnson
  • Reading with my ears: Book Lovers by Emily Henry
  • Reading to my children: The Swifts: A Dictionary of Scoundrels by Beth Lincoln, (Illustrated by Claire Powell)


Tuesday: Educators’ Guide for The Rumor Game by Dhonielle Clayton & Sona Charaipotra

Thursday: Dear Unicorn by Josh Funk, Illustrated by Charles Santoso

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Create Your Own Dragons: Fantastical Creatures Shaped by the Natural World” by Kacy Ritter, Author of The Great Texas Dragon Race


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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5 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 9/11/23”

  1. My own personal children were HUGE Lemony Snicket fans– I was always a bit miffed when we never find out what RFD stands for! When my daughter and her boyfriend merged their collections of Snicket books, I knew that they were really serious! Have a great week.

  2. Because I loved Cutting for Stone so much The Covenant of Water has been on my TBR list since before it even published. Then when I found out how long it was I put off reading it. I feel like I’ll eventually read it at some point, but I have to get in the frame of mind to read a long book.


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