It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 6/8/15



It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Jen Vincent, of Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.



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Last Week’s Post

top ten tuesday alphabet of bugs Cast Off

dungeoneers -c Edge of Forever

Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’d Love To See As A Movie or TV Show

Thursday: Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Author Guest Post!: Cast Off by Eve Yohalem

Giveaway open until Wednesday!!

Friday: Blog Tour, Author Guest Post, Giveaway, Book Trailer, and Review!: The Dungeoneers by John David Anderson

Giveaway open until Friday!!

Sunday: Author Guest Post by Melissa Hurst, Author of The Edge of Forever

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

 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: I wasn’t able to read very much during the week because my last week of school was CRAZY, but I tried to make up for it this weekend. I did finish listening to The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #2: The Terror of the Southlands by Caroline Carlson during my commutes, and it was just as wonderful as the first one! Highly recommended! This weekend I was able to finish the novels The Disappearance of Emily H. by Barrie Summy (check out my review on Thursday) and The Vanishing Island by Barry Wolverton (check out my review next week). Very different books, but both kept me on the edge of my seat. I also finished Llama Llama Sand and Sun by Anna Dewdney with Trent (he is all about touch and feel books right now as well as books that are small so he can carry them around with him), My Dog is the Best by Laurie Ann Thompson (see our review on Friday), Faraway Friends by Russ Cox (see my review on Wednesday), and Little Robot by Ben Hatke. Hatke does such an amazing job with such little words. He is able to really impact the reader without saying more than a word. I love that the protagonist is such a unique, strong, little girl and that she is so innovative. Great theme of friendship and determination.

Ricki: I was bad this week. I started too many books and finished none. I don’t know why I do this to myself. It makes me look like a bad reader! My favorite is Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. You all weren’t kidding. It is wonderful! I keep laughing out loud because Willow is quite the character! 

One of my dissertation committee members send me three books that I must read this summer before I write my proposal. They all concern phenomenological research. In very vague terms, I plan to research the ways secondary English teachers use multicultural young adult literature in the classroom. Therefore, I have to read a lot of books about how to conduct phenomenological research! It sounds boring, but the books are quite interesting thus far.

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: SUMMER IS HERE!!! That means I will get to read more than I did when school was in! Yay! I am still doing a good amount professional development over the summer (a week long online class on assessment, a three week long online class on building a rigorous unit of instruction using the Marzano Instructional Model, a one day coaching foundations course, a one day common formative assessments course, two days end-of-course assessment writing, and possibly another two week long online course that is the extension of the first Marzano course) and I have two secret projects I have to finish by the beginning of July, so we will see if I am able to keep up with #bookaday (or equivalent number of books to equal a book a day). I’m going to try, but not going to make myself feel bad if I can’t.

In my “to read this week” pile, I plan on getting to at least Glory O’Brien by A.S. King, Revolution by Deborah Wiles, and Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland. I also have a lot of picture books I want to read sitting by the couch. I planned to start listening to X this week, but I have instead gotten sucked into Undisclosed a podcast about Adnan Syed, the topic of the podcast Serial. Oops.

Ricki: Please see the above books. I should probably finish those before I make big plans for others. No promises I won’t start another, though. 😉

Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday faraway friends disappearance of Emily my dog is the best

Tuesday: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015

Thursday: Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway!: The Disappearance of Emily H. by Barrie Summy

Friday: Blog Tour, Review, Author & Illustrator Interview, and Giveaway!: My Dog is the Best by Laurie Ann Thompson

 So, what are you reading?

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25 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 6/8/15”

  1. Whatever you two read or don’t read, thanks for creating this community of readers. I’m interested in the Emily H. book and see who what ages it’ll be good for. I love Counting by 7s. It was such a treat to meet the author a couple months ago.

  2. No, Rikki, you are not a bad reader for starting multiple books! I know all too well what it’s like to be tempted to dip into all the books I want to read at once. Besides, it’s not how many books we finish, but how many we enjoy along the way. Enjoy your research books. I was the same way when I was writing my master’s thesis on discourse analysis. I’m glad you are enjoying Counting by 7s. My daughter and I enjoy the comic relief provided by Dell Duke.

    Kellee, enjoy your summer reading! (though it sounds like you are going to be almost as busy with professional development) I miss the days of touch and feel books. I still enjoy picking them in a bookstore just to touch the pages.

    • I’m thinking I might be crazy to have signed up for so much, but we will see!
      Thank you for your good thoughts!
      I liked touch and feel books way before Trent, so I am so excited that he is starting to like them 🙂

    • Goodness, Dell is so funny, isn’t he? The book has a lot of humor. I love discourse analysis. I have been working on a paper that uses DA.

      I like how you say it is the reading we enjoy along the way. I will try to think more positively!

  3. Ricki – wow, you’ve been busy! And I want to read Counting by 7’s, too!! How have I missed it for so long after so many amazing reviews?

    Kellee – Glory O’Brien is high on my TBR list, too! Can you believe I’ve never read an AS King before?

    And I’m reading Revolution this summer, too! It’s one of my Big Books for my challenge:

    So, you should join the challenge, too! Just reading that one book qualifies you. Just stop by the challenge page linked below to sign up 🙂

    Happy Summer to you both!


  4. I’ll have to check back on Thurs. – Keegan read Emily H. and said it was really good. I bought it, but you know, the usual, haven’t gotten to it yet!
    I just started Countdown… then will be Revolution 🙂
    We were gone to Colorado this weekend for Keegan’s swim meet so I didn’t get a post ready in time. Just checking in to see everyone else!

    • I’m glad Keegan enjoyed it! I think it is going to be quite popular!
      Enjoy Countdown! Such a great book!
      And good luck to Keegan!! WOOT!!!!! 🙂
      Happy reading this week!

  5. Isn’t Counting by 7s the best? I loved Willow. I loved all of the characters – they just seem like they wouldn’t be starring in a novel and yet, there they were making the best book ever!I am so impressed with the fact that you two are always participating in Top Ten Tuesday posts that I think I am going to try and participate over the summer starting maybe tomorrow . . . I just picked X up from the library. Oh I need some time to read – not deal with report cards. Blah.

  6. It sounds like you both had busy weeks. I can’t do a whole bunch of books at a time as I never get into any of them properly.
    Rickie, I’m so glad you are enjoying Counting by 7’s. It is such a powerful book about redemption I think.
    Kellie, I had to search goodreads to figure out why Barry Summy was familiar. Her books are popular in our library so I’ll have to check this one out. I’m still waiting for The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates to arrive from the library.
    Happy reading to both of you this week. (And to Trent too!)

    • I can do a whole bunch of books if they are very different. For me, it feels like watching a bunch of different TV shows. Because I am reading a lot of nonfiction, it isn’t very hard. But sometimes I can’t do it!

  7. Yay for summer reading! I really enjoyed Glory O’Brien & Revolution, but don’t know the other titles Kellee.

    Rikki – Glad you liked Counting by 7s. I hope the dissertation reading goes well.

  8. Ricki, I can so relate to starting too many books! I find that when things are busiest or most stressful here, that’s when I restlessly book search and start a dozen new books in a week. And of course make no progress in any of them! Kellee, I am so grateful that PBs count for #bookaday. Otherwise I’d never make it! Enjoy your reading time!


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