It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 10/23/23


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: Apart, Together by Linda Booth Sweeney & Ariel Rutland

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “There’s a World of Inspiration Out There” by Karah Sutton, Author of The Song of the Swan

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Today is my day off from IMWAYR, but you can learn more about any of the books I’ve been reading by checking out my read bookshelf on Goodreads.




I fell hard into the Emily Henry ferver. After reading and enjoying Book Lovers a couple of weeks ago, I decided to read her other three popular novels. I’ve always enjoyed romance and love watching people fall in love, so I just kept going. Needless to say, it’s been a busy week of romance. I don’t typically read adult novels, but this was a fun splurge. I think I’ll go back to YA, middle grade, and picture books now.

I’ve noticed it is very popular for people to rank the order of which they enjoy Emily Henry’s novels. I suppose I’ll play along, but I found them to be quite similar to each other. Anyways, here is my order of enjoyment with the carats that people on the internet are using:

Beach Read > Book Lovers > People We Meet on Vacation > Happy Place

To be perfectly honest, though, I am unclear about the impassioned defense and rating of the books on the internet because all four were enjoyable. The first two ranked higher for me because I loved the literary theme. The third was not as exciting for me because I am not much of a traveler, but I did enjoy the friends-to-lovers theme. The fourth ranked lowest to me because I hate break-up novels (not a spoiler–the novel starts with a breakup), but I did love the bond between the friends! All four were a pleasure to read, and I can see why people love this author.

Middle Grade

I couldn’t have been more excited by this author collaboration. Kekla Magoon and Cynthia Leitich Smith are two of the best authors writing today, and I was very eager to start the Blue Stars series. It lived up to my (very high) expectations! This is a series that will be very popular among kids. After I finished it, I gave it to my own three children, and they sat in the corner (or on the couch) and didn’t get up until they’d read it cover to cover! I recommend getting your hands on this book, Mission One: The Vice Principal Problem.


I am really enjoying the beauty of Eagle Drums by Nasuġraq Rainey Hopson.


Tuesday: Mascot by Charles Waters and Traci Sorell

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Cats vs. Dogs” by Paul Meisel, Author of Boom!


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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3 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 10/23/23”

  1. The new Kekla Magoon title looks intriguing! I’m almost up to March titles, but it’s not available on Edelweiss OR Netgalley yet. I’ll have to see what you think, then hunt it down!

  2. I ended up reading your post on Mascot before reading the #IMWAYR one. I already had Mascot on my to read list, and even in my must read in 2024 list. I’m not sure I can wait that long though.


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