It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.
The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.
We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.
Tuesday: A-Okay by Jarad Greene
Thursday: A Hundred Thousand Welcomes by Mary Lee Donovan, Illustrated by Lian Cho
Sunday: Author Guest Post: Author Guest Post and Educators’ Guide: I Am Today by Matt Forrest Esenwine, Illustrated by Patricia Pessoa
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Over these last two weeks, I’ve defintely been in the reading zone! It has been awesome!
- Jackpot by Nic Stone: Nic Stone writes so many different kinds of book–it is amazing! Jackpot is about Rico and Zan’s relationship. Other may say it is about the lottery ticket or just Rico, but in the end it is about their relatioship and how it changes them both. It was a great read!
- Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh: I can see why this novel in verse got the love it did. It is intense, powerful, and needed in our world. It is about Ada finding her way in the world after everything in her world was orchestrated by her highly religious father, her childhood was taken from her by abuse, and her search for identity now that she is on her own.
- A-Okay by Jarad Greene: I reviewed this on Tuesday.
- As Good as Dead by Holly Black: The Good Girl’s Guide to Murder series is over! And PHEW! What an ending! So much happened in this book and everything just ties together from the other two books. But there are also some serious ethical questions the reader will be left with at the end.
- A Tale of Sorcery by Chris Colfer: I LOVE THIS SERIES! Chris Colfer does a brilliant job of making his books seem fantastical and not of our world, but truly, the evils in his books allude to evils in our world. The third book in the series did not disappoint, and I do hope there will be more!
- Grumpy Unicorn graphic novels by Joey Spiotto: Trent loved these graphic novels, so he gave them to me and told me it was my homework to read them. Why Me? is more just lists and introduction to Grumpy Unicorn where the other two are narrative graphic novels. Both show that there is more to Grumpy than meets the eye, though On the Road is probably my favorite.
- Assassination Classroom #3 & #4 by Yusei Matsui: Still need to know if the class is successful! Shared my initial thoughts here.
- The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by Brenda Woods: I reread this wonderful historical fiction novel for my teacher book club (then had to miss the book club–boo!), and I enjoyed it just as much the second time. I think it is a perfect middle grade historical fiction story that will grab the attention of whoever picks it up!
- 14 Ways to Die by Vincent Ralph: Although I am not a fan of the title of this book because it doesn’t capture what it is really about, I did really like the book and the premise. Jess has always wanted to catch the man who killed her mother, so when she has a chance to be part of a You Tube reality show, she jumps at it to bring the serial killer’s killing back to the headlines. And boy does she!
- Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards: This is a pretty messed up book! As you can tell, I am kind of in a thriller reading mood, so I knew that there had to be more going on than just 5 strangers riding in a car together, but as you learn more and more about the situation as the reader and Mira is still clueless, I got so anxious! And the reveal?! Intense!
- Fast Pitch by Nic Stone: I loved softball as a teen, so I was so excited to read this newest from Nic Stone, and it did not disappoint. It was a great mix of softball, social justice, racial history, friendship, and family.
- Robin Robin by Dan Ojari and Mikey Please, Illustrated by Briony May Smith: I’ll be reviewing Robin Robin this week!
- Keeping the City Going by Brian Floca: What a nice tribute to those who kept New York City running during the height of the Covid-19 Pandemic. And with Brian Floca, you know the illustrations are beautiful.
- Unlimited Squirrels in Guess What!? by Mo Willems: The latest in the Unlimited Squirrel series is just as silly, but also so clever, as the others in the series. Trent particularly likes the emoti-corns and the A-corny Joke Times.
To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2021 Goodreads Challenge page or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.
My book revisions are due tomorrow, so I am busy writing!
Reading: Playing with Fire by April Henry, Concealed by Christina Diaz Gonzalez (for my lunch book club) & Assassination Classroom 5 by Yusei Matsui
Listening: Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko
Tuesday: Robin Robin by Dan Ojari and Mikey Please, Illustrated by Briony May Smith
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