It’s Monday! What are you reading? July 9, 2018

“It’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date. The folks at Teacher Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given #IMWAYR a new lens on books for kids & teens. Check out their blogs to see what they’re reading!

I’ll be using #IMWAYR mostly to organize my reading list for the week and set out my book goals. I hate making decisions and find it so much easier to map out my reading at the beginning of the week rather than having to decide what to read next after each book I finish.

Here’s what I read/listened to last week:

This year I’ve been trying to read more graphic novels, and have been slowly working through the Harry Potter audiobooks (since I’m apparently the only librarian ever who hasn’t read them).

Here’s my TBR for the week:


51q2whyCIkL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Things Jolie Needs to Do Before She Bites it by Kerry Winfrey

Jolie can’t wait to have jaw surgery to fix her underbite, but she also can’t help but wonder if she’ll die during surgery. As she counts down to the big day, she and her BFFs race to finish her bucket list.

As a former teen-with-an-underbite who got jaw surgery like Jolie (and the author!), I preordered this book as soon as I heard about it and am so excited that its release date (7/10) is this week. Just like Jolie, I had a totally ridiculous fear that I would die during my jaw surgery. I know I’ll relate to Jolie so much, making this one of my most anticipated 2018 reads.


35230429Invisible Ghosts by Robyn Schneider

Rose Asher’s life hasn’t been the same since her brother’s death, but not for the reason you’d assume. Logan has been appearing as a ghost for four years, and even though this means they can still binge-watch shows together after school, it also means that Rose has missed out on a lot of normal things, which she’s pretty much okay with. But when a childhood friend moves back to town, Rose’s life gets shaken up one more time.

I’m currently listening to the audiobook version of Invisible Ghosts on my commute and am hoping to finish it this week. It’s not something I’d normally read, but  I love ghost stories that aren’t scary, and I’m always so happy to see more Jewish and Filipino representation in YA. Also, that pink and purple pastel cover is swoon-worthy.


chaos of standing stillChaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

Stuck in an airport during a blizzard, Ryn and Xander accidentally swap phones and find themselves pulled into a night of adventures. Through their night, Ryn is forced to confront her grief over the death of her best friend.

This was a 2017 release that I’m finally trying to get to this week. I normally don’t care for books that take place in one night (I’m a sucker for long story arcs and character development), but books about grief always get me. Plus, Jessica Brody will be visiting a local bookstore near me later this month, so I wanted to read it before I see her there.

What are you reading this week?

10 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are you reading? July 9, 2018

  1. Nice bunch of books. I read all the Harry Potter books as they were released. My students and I enjoyed the excitement of the lead ups to each release. I haven’t read them since. I’ve enjoyed some books by Jessica Brody but haven’t read this one yet. I hope you enjoy it. Come see my week here. Happy reading!


  2. While I’ve read all of the Harry Potter books, I’ve not yet gotten to any of the books you’ve shared this week. And what a clever title for a book about jaw surgery! Thank you so much for sharing and have a wonderful reading week!


  3. Glad that you’re finally making your way through the Harry Potter series! I need to be as organized as you with my to read list haha. The jaw surgery book sounds amazing. Let us know how it is when you get around to reading it!


  4. I liked Anya’s Ghost and had it in my class library before I retired. I never got into the Harry Potter books because when I read the first one to my class it failed miserably. Mind you they weren’t a book loving class, little did I know it was going on to be a set of very famous books!


    1. People have been trying to get me to read Harry Potter since I was a kid and I could never get into it! I was never much into fantasy. But now that I’m finally working through the audibooks, I’m enjoying them much more than I thought I would!


  5. I read Harry Potter so long ago that I probably need to re-read, at least one or two. I work at a used bookstore & they still fly off the shelves! Thanks for all the titles, new to me except for Anya’s Ghost. My son had that surgery, though I doubt he would like to read the book. I will put it on my list, though.


  6. It looks like you had a wonderful reading week! I read one Harry Potter book and haven’t seen one of the movies and I was a librarian for 10 years. I just couldn’t get into them.
    I really enjoyed Spill Zone and am looking forward to the sequel which is supposed to be coming out some time this fall.


  7. I really loved Anya’s Ghost and my ‘junior’ book club of middle graders at the time enjoyed it too when we had it for our monthly book club discussion. Enjoy the rest of your reading week!


  8. I am so excited for you to be reading Harry Potter for the first time, and the audiobooks are brilliant. And the two graphic novels you read are so good also.

    Hope you had a good reading week 🙂


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