It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 6/22/15



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.


Jill the OWL

for winning a copy of The Disappearance of Emily H. by Barrie Summy


Dawn G. 

for winning a copy of My Dog is the Best by Laurie Ann Thompson

Last Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My TBR For Summer 2015

Friday: Blog Tour with Review, Author Guest Post, and Giveaway!: The Vanishing Island by Barry Wolverton
Giveaway open until Thursday!

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “The Joy of Sharing Literature in A Classroom” by Miriam Spitzer Franklin, Author of Extraordinary

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: I had a pretty good reading week. My son was sick for 3 days, so it really hindered a lot of my normal reading time; however, I was still able to finish three novels. First, I finished Revolution. It is brilliant. I will say the length is a bit daunting, but the way that Wiles crafts those 500 pages  is amazing. I also finished a mythology-based, action-packed YA novel called Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland. Very cool novel that is full of adventure! Finally, I finished listening to X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon, and I now can understand all of the love it is getting. Quite a interesting, thought-provoking look at Malcolm X’s younger life.

In addition to these and reading Sandra Boynton with Trent, I did introduce him to Down by the Bay by Raffi. I love that this song that I listened to when I was a kid has a board book! It was so much fun to sing it to him.

Ricki: This week, I finished Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. Oh, how I loved this book. The characterization and voice are incredible. This book was one of the (slightly) older publications on my #mustreadin2015 list. I shouldn’t have missed it when it first came out in 2013! I highly recommend it to anyone else who hasn’t read it. 

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: I just started reading Diamond Boy by Michael Williams which is novel set in the diamond fields of Southern Africa by the author of Now is the Time of Running (which I loved). After it, I plan on getting to Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley and And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard.

I am going to take a break from audiobooks to listen to the newest episodes of the podcast Undisclosed, but when I start listening to audiobooks again, I plan on picking one of the Audiobook Sync books.

Ricki: I am trapped in dissertation reading. I am reading Ideas by Husserl, and I have fallen asleep each time I’ve picked it up. It was written in 1917 and translated in 1931. I like philosophy, but it is quite dense!

Upcoming Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Happy 5th Anniversary to the Top Ten Tuesday Meme!: Our Top Ten Tuesday Topics

Wednesday: Two Year Blogiversary: Ricki and Kellee Check-In

Thursday: Ricki’s Favorite Pairings of YA Books with Classics

Friday: Top Checked Out Books by Kellee’s Middle School Struggling Readers


As part of our two year blogiversary celebration, we wanted to expand our resources here on Unleashing Readers! In our Navigating Literary Elements section of our page, we share books we feel can be used as mentor texts/exemplar texts when teaching different literary elements. In addition to updating the original Setting, Characterization, and Language pages, we have now added Voice and Conflict pages! Please check them out, and we hope you find them useful!

So, what are you reading?

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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23 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 6/22/15”

  1. I just saw your special announcement. That’s cool. I hope teachers are using the resources you’re providing them.

    I feel like I’ll end up reading Diamond Boy before the year is out for some reason. And CB7 is one of those books I don’t know how I let it get away from me the first time around!

  2. Kellee, I love Wiles Countdown, but haven’t read Revolution yet. I do need to find it. I wonder if our library has it yet? Ricki, I’m glad to hear you loved Counting by 7s. So many things about it blew me away. I enjoyed reading it aloud even more.

  3. I’m glad to hear you all liked X, Counting by 7s and Revolution. Those are three that I really enjoyed. I hope that you survive the academic reading Rikki!

  4. Hi Ladies!
    Looking forward to our Revolution talk tonight 🙂
    I bought X, but I think it will be a fall read. I went through my piles and organized. Trying to get through as many #mustreadin2015 books this summer.
    Kellee, I asked our library to get a copy of The Very Nearly Honorable Pirate League in audio because we don’t have it! I’m hoping they order it.

  5. Sounds like you are both enjoying summer so far!

    I am also loving Revolution, Kellee – the summer of 64 was a year before I was born, so i really didn’t know any of this history – it’s all very fascinating (and appalling), plus the story is great! I missed the download of X but have heard it’s really good.

    Ricki, I missed Counting by 7’s when it came out, too – really need to get to it finally!

    Enjoy your books this week –


    2015 Big Book Summer Challenge

  6. I keep forgetting to download the Sync titles–thanks for mentioning them and jogging my memory! I loved the voice and story in Counting by 7s. I’m so far behind on my #mustreadin2015 list. I’m mostly wanting to read books for grown-ups right now, oddly enough. I’m just going with it!

  7. Kellee I’m so glad you loved Revolution. I loved the #revolutionchat yesterday on twitter. Wasn’t it cool that Deborah Wiles joined us?
    Ricki I’m glad you enjoyed Counting by 7’s. It was my favourite book last summer. Kellee, All these books you are reading now are new to me. I look forward to reading your comments next week. Ricki, good luck with the academic reading.


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