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IMWAYR: One More Week of “Independent Reading”


This is my last week of true “independent reading” time, so I’m making the most of my minutes. I’ve been thinking about what “independent reading” means to me — stay tuned on for more writing about this topic as we head into the school year.

NetGalley: I’m trying. Really! I have several titles to read before school starts. The Ghoul of Windydown Vale by Jake Burt is going to be a HIT with my middle schoolers! Compare to R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series books. I loved the plot twists here. It’s creepy, and students love creepy! I’m so glad I went back to listen to The Barren Grounds on audio. Brefny Caribou-Curtin narrates David A. Robertson’s first book in The Misewa Saga with such VOICE — I fell in love with the main characters, Morgan and Eli, all over again.

Physical Books: I finished It Doesn’t Take a Genius (finally) by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and I loved how Emmett and Luke’s summer ended up. What a great summer camp story! I also read the funny and light (is murder light?) Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto. I will start The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley tonight. The book’s thickness is intimidating, I have to say, but I think that’s just my middle school brain talking. I must begin!

“It’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly blog hop with kid lit co-hosts Jennifer from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers. 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. It’s a great way to share what you’re reading and get recommendations from others. We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs each week.


Author: Jennifer Sniadecki

I write about literacy education and my love for reading and writing. My passion is sharing titles I use for school libraries, classroom collaborations, and professional development. My goal is to collaborate, research, and share with other life-long literacy learners. Welcome to my blog!

3 thoughts on “IMWAYR: One More Week of “Independent Reading”

  1. What a great set of books you’ve read/will be reading! I’ve heard a lot of praise for It Doesn’t Take a Genius and Firekeeper’s Daughter—I hope the length of Firekeeper’s Daughter isn’t too daunting once you get into it! Also, are you going back to school next week, or is something else happening that will take up reading time? Either way, I hope you enjoy some books this last week, and thanks so much for the great post!

  2. I also really enjoyed The Barren Grounds, and am thinking about using it with my class for Global Read Aloud. I am also trying to get through some of my e-ARCs on NetGalley and Edelweiss. It has been hard for me to keep up. Thanks for sharing some of your thoughts on the other books, I am adding a few to my list. I have enjoyed some of Jake Burt’s other books.

  3. So glad you loved IT Doesn’t Take a Genius–I did too! 🙂
    Jake Burt is such a great author! I am happy to hear that the new book is good too 🙂
    I cannot wait to read Firekeeper’s Daughter and Barren Grounds–they both have been on my TBR since last year.

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