It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 9/7/15



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.


Jana E. for winning Goodnight Songs: A Celebration of Seasons by Margaret Wise Brown

Christiane for winning A Story of Now by Emily O’Beirne

Last Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Extra Special Author Top Ten Tuesday!: Favorite Fictional Picture Book Educators by Josh Funk, Author of Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast

Friday: Review, Giveaway, and Guest Post! That’s (Not) Mine by Anna Kang, Illustrated by Christopher Weyant

Giveaway open until Friday!

Sunday: 20 Desserts Inspired by Your Favorite Books

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: Oh man, guys! The Tiara on the Terrace by Kristen Kittscher is just as good, if not better, than the first. I love this middle school mystery series because they are pretty crazy mysteries and don’t seem baby-ish but do not have any extraneous horror or sex, so it is perfect for my middle schoolers.  I also read Roar! by Julie Bayless, The Perfect Percival Priggs by Julie-Anne Graham, and Liberty’s Voice by Erica Silverman all in preparation for reviewing them. I really enjoyed them all, but Trent really enjoyed Roar!. He loves animals that roar (lions, tigers, and dinosaurs), so he was so excited to say ROAR on every page. It was so cute!

P.S. I want to apologize for last week and any future week. I am still working on getting used to being a part-time reading coach and a part-time teacher with 70+ students. As I work on this balance, work has been feeding into my home, reading, and blogging time, so I just haven’t had as much time to visit blogs. 🙁 I’m sorry! But I’m sure it will get better as I get used to the schedule.


Ricki: My new goal has been to read more YAL. Because I’ve been so busy these past few weeks, I have been reading dozens of pictures books. I love literature for all ages, but YAL is my passion. So this week, I read I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I fell in love with this book. I can’t stop thinking about those quirky characters. This one will definitely make my favorites list. I also listened to Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone. I knew nothing about the Triple Nickles, so I found this book to be fascinating. I particularly liked learning about the Japanese incendiary balloons. I can’t believe I didn’t know about these important topics in our history.

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: I still have my early reader chapter books to read for my review on Friday, but I plan to read them today. I then have Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz, in preparation for NCTE (which is getting closer and closer!) and Ghostlight by Sonia Gensler, in preparation for a review, to read. I’m setting my sights high and hope to read them both or at least get to Ghostlight. Fingers crossed!

Ricki: I plan to read Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King this week. I am mad at myself for not reading it sooner! I am listening to Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. And lastly—because you care—I am reading Oh Crap! Potty Training in preparation for the potty training adventures.

Upcoming Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Pet Peeves

Sunday:  Author Guest Post: “Space: The Next Frontier in Children’s Books?” by Christopher Peter, Author of Danny Chaucer’s Flying Saucer

 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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27 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 9/7/15”

  1. Nothing more fun than a potty training book! Have you seen the IPad potty? So hilarious. I hope things settle for you Kellee. It sounds like you have a huge load of responsibilities. And Ricki, you’re busy, too. Amazing that you both do so much! Hope the 3 day weekend holds some R & R!

  2. Potty training is an adventure, all right! Enjoy lots of R & R this weekend–it sounds like both of you could use a few moments to stop and rest. I’m imagining a hammmock and a staack of good books and a tall glass of ice cold lemonade.

  3. Kellee – I haven’t heard of the mystery series you mentioned – sounds great – will have to try it! And no need to apologize – that’s my normal state, always struggling to fit everything in, especially blogging & blog visits – no worries 🙂

    Ricki – Funny, just yesterday, I wrote I’ll Give You the Sun on my TBR list – sounds great! And Glory O’Brien is high on my list, too – hope you enjoy it.

    Enjoy your books this week –


    Book By Book

  4. Kellee – no apologies needed. Balancing work and family is enough of a struggle – you are doing so much! Enjoy reading and roaring with your little guy. Ricki – oh, potty training 🙂 I potty trained twins – they were pretty quick about it buy whoa, there was a lot of pee in my life for a few days! Happy reading both of you!

  5. Kellee – your schedule sounds challenging! Hang in there! I’m looking forward to Tiara on the Terrace. I saw Kristen Kittscher at NErDcamp this summer! Ricki – I LOVED I’ll Give You the Sun.

  6. Kellee, I’m excited to read The Tiara on the Terrace, especially if you think it’s better than the first one.

    Ricki, I’ll Give You the Sun was amazing. I recommend it to all of my art-loving friends.

  7. I am so happy to read that you have fallen in love with I’ll Give You the Sun – one of my top YA books read this year. Jandy Nelson is simply so fearless in her writing. I will also be writing a full review of this one very soon. 🙂


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