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IMWAYR: New Books!

Just a quick note here today, then it’s back to reading. There are so many new books out this year already, and they are all fabulous so far. Here’s what is going on this week:

NetGalley: I finished Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca. This story pulled at my heart strings while also taking me back in time to the school life that was so…”Oh my god!” and the 80s music that is still the best. I loved the references to the school dance, the songs, the friendships (stable and tricky ones), and the family that has drama…you’ll just have to read this one. Trust me.

Physical Books: My plans always change, but for this week, my goal is to read The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Isaiah Dunn is My Hero by Kelly J. Baptist. Their covers are both wonderful and they come highly recommended. I need to get into the car and drive for a while to continue Cicely Tyson’s Just As I Am. I was sad to hear of her passing, and this memoir brings her and her loveliness back. She wrote, “Just As I Am is my truth. It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside…” I’m only a few hours in, but I’m loving it.


It’s MONDAY! What are YOU reading?

IMWAYR 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.

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IMWAYR: Mixing It Up

Fall break provided rich, relaxing reading time! Last week I finished books; this week I’m listening to a book and reading an adult title I’ve been waiting for.

I finished I Can Make This Promise, the debut by Christine Day. I loved the touching, complicated story of Edie and her family (and their secrets).

I finished Look Both Ways, by Jason Reynolds. (Check out my review later this week.) A five-star must read for those who love short stories and for those who love how characters interact throughout a text, weaving in and out of each other’s lives.

I’m listening to Thirteen Doorways: Wolves Behind Them All, by Laura Ruby. I love her work! This one is wonderful so far. It’s not what I expected!

Next up: The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Isn’t the cover beautiful? I heard about this one a while back, and now I think I have time to savor it.

It’s Monday! What are YOU reading?

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at 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 your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Kathryn 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 visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.