“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:
- Things Jolie Needs to do Before She Bites it by Kerry Winfrey
- Invisible Ghosts by Robyn Schneider (audiobook, narrated by Caitlin Kelly)
- Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by various authors/illustrators
- Runaways, Vol. 1: Find Your Way Home by Rainbow Rowell & Kris Anka
I have a busy week ahead, and since I know I won’t have a ton of reading time, I’m going to focus on graphic novels, middle grade novels, and audiobooks. Here’s a few of the books on my TBR for the week:
Moonstruck, Vol 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis & Shae Beagle
Queer werewolf barista? Um, yes.
The cover of this graphic novel is absolutely gorgeous and it’s full of magic, paranormal happenings, and queer characters. I’ve been excited to read this one for a while, and decided to finally move it up on my list. I’m not much for fantasy in general, but I do enjoy contemporary settings with paranormal elements. Also, I’ll read pretty much anything that centers queer POC characters.
You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly
I’ve been trying to read more middle grade books and I’ve recently fallen in love with Erin Entrada Kelly’s work. Land of Forgotten Girls was beautifully heartbreaking, and I absolutely loved Hello, Universe; I haven’t read Blackbird Fly yet, but the kids at my library are always recommending it to me. As a mixed Filipina-American, I’m always looking for more Filipinx representation in kidlit, and Erin’s books have been such beautiful contributions.
Have you read any of Erin’s books? Which one has been your favorite?
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North & Erica Henderson
This week, my coworker & I are having our first official Comic/Graphic Novel Teen Book Club at our library, so I’m trying to brush up on some more recent Marvel comics. So far, I’m loving this adorable comic about a girl with the strength, speed, and agility of a squirrel. Squirrel Girl is a true MVP—fighting crime while navigating college (and hiding a tail).
Fun fact: we didn’t have squirrels where I grew up. Instead, we had the mongoose. Squirrels are way cuter.
What are you reading? Do you read graphic novels or middle grade books?