“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 by focusing on books for kids & teens. Check out their blogs to see what they’re reading!
I use #IMWAYR mostly to organize my reading list for the week and set out my book goals. Here’s what I read last week:
- Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
- How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
- You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly
- Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag
I’m also currently finishing up the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire audiobook (narrated by Jim Dale) and will be starting Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as soon as I finish.
And here’s what I’m excited to read this week:
Love and Other Alien Experiences by Kerry Winfrey
I loved Kerry Winfrey’s most recent book, and I’m really excited to read her debut novel. She’s amazing at writing truthfully about doubts and fears, and I’m interested to see how she writes about mental health. I also love that the protagonist of this novel is obsessed with aliens.
Here’s the full Goodreads summary: “Mallory hasn’t left the house in sixty-seven days–since the day her dad left. She attends her classes via webcam, rarely leaves her room (much to her brother’s chagrin), and spends most of her time watching The X-Files or chatting with the always obnoxious BeamMeUp on New Mexico’s premier alien message board.
But when she’s shockingly nominated for homecoming queen, her life takes a surprising turn. She slowly begins to open up to the world outside. And maybe if she can get her popular jock neighbor Brad Kirkpatrick to be her homecoming date, her classmates will stop calling her a freak.
In this heartwarming and humorous debut, Mallory discovers first love and the true meaning of home–just by taking one small step outside her house.”
Puddin’ by Julie Murphy
Julie is the author of one of my favorite YA books, Ramona Blue, and I absolutely adored Dumplin’. I have had Puddin’, the companion to Dumplin’, on my shelf since it came out, and I’m hoping to finally get to it this week and find out what Millie has been up to.
Also, Dumplin’ totally gave me new levels of admiration for Dolly Parton. It should be a requirement that you have to listen to Dolly while reading it.
Here’s the full Goodreads summary: “Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream—and to kiss her crush. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they will surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing they might have more in common than they ever imagined.”
What are you reading this week?