It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 8/17/15



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.

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Last Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday children growing wanderers

25 boys Ricki 25 Boys Collage

Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Fairy Tale Retellings

Thursday: 25 Boys Who Stand Out (in Middle Grade and Young Adult Literature) for Ricki

Friday: 25 Boys Who Stand Out (in Middle Grade and Young Adult Literature) for Kellee

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “In This Place: An Imagery Writing Activity” by Kate Ormand, Author of The Wanderers

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: I have no excuse for the lack of reading I did this last week. Trent is finally feeling better (last day sick was Tuesday!), but then we just ended up doing a bunch of stuff together. I am super sad to go back to work tomorrow because I don’t get to spend as much time with Trent. I also pampered myself a bit 🙂 I did finish The Fall of the House of West by Paul Pope, the second book in the Aurora West series which is a prequel to Battling Boy, and I really enjoy the story and characters. She is such a tough cookie, and this book was a roller coaster!

  • Aurora wants to know who killed her mother. But because she is hiding her investigation from her father, there is no one to monitor what she is doing, so through her investigation, things do not really go as planned. I loved this continuation of Aurora’s story. She is such a strong character, and I love that she and her father are willing to put their lives on the line to protect others in her city. There are definitely some BIG surprises in this one. Throughout the book you will feel so many emotions: frustration, shock, sadness, anger. All rolled into an adventure-filled GN.


With Trent, we have been reading a bunch of Sesame Street mini-board books because he is in love with Elmo as well as some of his other regulars; however, I was able to sneak in A Good Day by Kevin Henkes. Man, I enjoy Kevin Henkes’s books. They are so quiet but special. I also finished a bunch of picture books for review, so I will share my thoughts about them when I review.: Goodnight Songs: A Celebration of Seasons by Margaret Wise Brown, Your Alien by Tammi Sauer, Monster Needs Your Vote by Paul Czajak, Fab Four Friends: The Boys Who Became the Beatles by Susanna Reich, and Tristan Wolf by Mariana Llanos.

Ricki: Unfortunately, Ricki has a fractured elbow, which makes it very painful to type. She will be out for one more week and promises to return with some good books to share. 

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: As I didn’t get as much reading done as I hoped, I pretty much have the same reading plan as last week. I am 75% done with a reread of The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher in preparation for reading book #2, The Tiara on the Terrace. After these, I want to read Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz. However, with going back to school (lesson plans and focus calendars are due by next Monday!), I am not sure how much reading I will get done. There may be some dry weeks coming up…

Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday Fab Four Friends Race car count

monster needs vote VillainKeeperLastDragon_CVR

Tuesday: Ten of Our Auto-Buy Authors

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “When Things Aren’t Perfect” by Laurie McKay, Author of The Last Dragon Charmer Series

 So, what are you reading?

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20 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 8/17/15”

  1. So sorry Rikki! I hope that elbow gets better quickly.

    Kellee, I’m glad you got to enjoy time with Trent before heading back to work. Have a great school year!

    • Fab Four Friends is BEAUTIFUL! The artwork is amazing.
      Wise is always writes such special books. I was happy to read this one.

  2. Whoa, a fractured elbow? Ricki, that sounds painful! Hope you recover quickly – at least you can still read!

    Kellee – sounds like you are reading some good books, and it’s great that you’ve had so much time with Trent! I remember well how hard it was to go to work with a little one at home. I extended my maternity leave then worked part-time for a while. I did part-time again after my second son was born. I guess that’s not an option for a teacher…but at least you get these lovely summers off to spend time with him! Enjoy your last week.


    Book By Book

    • I am reading some great books! I just have to figure out how to get more time to read. We plan on joining the Y as well, so I will have to fit reading and exercise in…
      Unfortunately, part time is not an option, but it will get easier and easier each day; however, it is sad each day as well. Sadly my last week is over–off to work I go!

  3. So sorry, Rikkie, that fractured elbow sounds like no fun at all. I hope you feel better soon.

    Kellee, enjoy these last days of summer with Trent before heading back to school. I’m in a little different boat this year. I’m home (for the second year of freelancing) while my daughter goes back to school.

    • Thank you for the well wishes, Kay. It is hard to go back, but thankfully I love my job.
      Hope the freelancing is going well!

  4. Sorry about your elbow, Ricki. Yikes. Best wishes to you in the healing. And Kellee, I hope you’ve had a great day, despite the challenge of going back. You’ve had such a nice summer with Trent. Hope it all goes well this week! Happy reading, too!

    • It has been a wonderful summer with Trent!
      Thank you for the well wishes. Today was pretty meeting-filled, but we’ll start getting into the meat of things tomorrow and Wednesday.

    • Great idea! I’ll chat with Ricki, and maybe we can include it next week.
      I am waiting for my reading to get back to normal a bit, but I really hope to be a Cybils judge at some point. I just don’t want to commit to anything right now.


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