It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 4/11/16


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

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. 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!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, 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.

Last Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday slowest book ever Mother Bruce

mustread2016 finny

Tuesday: Ten Bookish People You Should Follow On Twitter/Facebook

Wednesday: Blog Tour and Review!: The Slowest Book Ever by April Pulley Sayre

Thursday: Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

Friday: #mustreadin2016 Spring Update

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Giving Writing a Try” by Andrea Young, Author of Finny and the Boy from Horse Mountain

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: My reading week has not been very successful. It was a super busy week, and I just couldn’t find as much reading time as I’d hoped. I am ALMOST done with The Mechanical Mind of John Coggins, and I hope I am done by the time that this goes live. I also read Monster Needs to Go to School. Both books are going to be reviewed this week 🙂

Ricki: I was at the AERA conference this week. It’s a convention for people to present their latest research. For those of you who go to NCTE, the sessions are similar, but all of the presentations require uploads of full research papers, so it is a bit more formal. They do panel sessions, symposiums, roundtable discussions, and poster presentations. I enjoy listening to the research and like how it is different from NCTE, in many ways. That said, I am a die-hard NCTE gal, and I always miss my NCTE family while I am at AERA. I found a few NCTE/ALAN folks, and we had a nice, warm embrace and excitedly talked about this year’s NCTE conference. I went to a really cool session that critiqued LGBTQ and disability policies in schools, and I also attended two rockstar sessions about enacting social justice in the classroom. I am pumped to integrate these ideas into my syllabus.

I read Lenny & Lucy by Philip C. Stead. What an interesting, quirky book! I’d love to hear what you all thought about it. Because of the nature of planes (turn technology on…turn technology off) and my ever-going nausea, I had to flip between an audiobook, paper book, and e-book. Therefore, I didn’t finish any of the three YA books I read this week.

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: I am still listening to The Terrible Two, and it is quite entertaining! After I finish John Coggins, I am not sure what I am going to pick up next–I’ll let you know what I chose next week!

Ricki: I am listening to All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, reading Curiosity House: The Screaming Statue by Lauren Oliver and H. C. Chester on my Kindle, reading Invisible Fault Lines by Kristen-Paige Madonia on my computer, and reading George by Alex Gino on paper. I like to make my life as complicated as possible. I will say that all four books are excellent. 😉

Upcoming Week’s Posts

raymie weird and wild National Parks Guide

Monster School Cover john coggin sarah and her twirling

Tuesday: Exclusive Reveal!: Teaching Guide for Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Wednesday: National Parks Week: A Weird and Wild Beauty by Erin Peabody & National Geographic’s National Parks Guide U.S.A.

Thursday: Blog Tour and Review!: Monster Needs to go to School by Paul Czajak

Friday: Blog Tour, Character Q&A, Giveaway, and Review!: The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin by Elinor Teele

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “Picture Books: Better Than Teddy Bears” by Dawn Marie Hooks, Author of Sarah and her Twirling Toes

 So, what are you reading?

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25 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 4/11/16”

  1. I haven’t attended an AERA conference yet – but my colleagues have done several presentations. And a former research colleague did present in our behalf a few years back since I wasn’t able to attend. Maybe next year. :)I really am intrigued by Raymie Nightingale. While I haven’t read much of Kate DiCamillo’s novels, my daughter and I adored Flora and Ulysses.

  2. I’m currently rereading Peter Nimble And His Fantastic Eyes before I treat myself to Auxier’s new book, Sophie Quire And The Last Storyguard. I really live his writing!

  3. I’ll look for the upcoming Monster post, I enjoyed Czajak’s other Monster books.
    I enjoyed Lenny and Lucy. I loved that there was this guardian for the house. The illustrations were beautiful. I’m always on the fence for Stead’s books, but this one I loved!

  4. Life is so busy – interesting to read about other people’s busy! Ricki I hope you enjoy all of your books you are in the middle of. Your conference sessions sound really interesting. Kellee looking forward to hearing about your next read!

  5. I really loved Lenny & Lucy–my favorite PB of 2015. It felt like such a classic to me–a book I could have read and loved in the 1970s or today. I love how the Steads always keep their books open-ended–not everything is explained, not all threads have to be connected. And that wallpaper! I’ve been struggling to settle into a book since I finished Euphoria–serious book hangover there. Hoping to find something to commit to this week. Have a great reading week!

  6. Wow, sounds like you are both tackling some great books – I haven;t read any of the ones you mentioned yet except George, which was very good on audio.

    The conference sounds interesting, Ricki. Teaching seems like a very rewarding career (hard but rewarding!).

    Hope you both enjoy your books this week –


    Book By Book

  7. AERA sounds like an interesting but intense conference. I agree with you though about being a hardcore NCTE lover. 🙂

    I loved Mother Bruce so much! I cannot wait to read Hotel Bruce. I will be impatiently waiting for October on that one!

  8. Ricki – I love all the various formats of reading you’re enjoying – I hope you can keep them all straight! Ha. I loved Lenny and Lucy! Kellee – I haven’t read The Terrible Two OR John Coggins. Yikes! I need to put them on my list. Happy reading!

  9. Kelle, I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on The Mechanical Mind of John Coggins. It just sounds like such a fun book.
    Ricki, the conference sounds fabulous. I love these opportunities to challenge and stimulate my thinking. Maybe when I retire I will go and finish my phd.I loved All American Boys and George (except that I don’t understand why transgender girls seem to want to be so stereotypically girly)
    Hope you both have a wonderful reading week ahead of you.

  10. I would agree that Terrible Two is entertaining. I listened to it also.

    I thought Lenny & Lucy was sweet. It’s a very quiet story and it totally made me smile.

  11. All American Boys is on my to eventually read list. I’ve been hearing good things about it since it first came out. I love introducing customers to The Terrible Two. They love it!


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