It’s Monday! What are you reading? January 14, 2019

“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!







37819089Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America

I’ve already mentioned this short story collection many times and it’s a 2019 release that I was super eager to get my hands on! I’m excited for another powerful book celebrating Blackness that I can recommend to teens at my library. This book absolutely needs to be on the shelf of every public and high school library.

I’ve already gotten through the first story in the collection and am excited to read more! I’m planning on switching back and forth between the audiobook and the ebook. I’m definitely most excited for Brandy Colbert and Jason Reynolds’s stories, since they’re two of my favorite authors, but I’m also really looking forward to discovering some new-to-me authors in this collection.


20821111The Young Elites by Marie Lu

My partner has recently gotten really into audiobooks (yay!) and we’ve started listening to them together. I’m so excited that we’re starting The Young Elites, since it’s one that I’ve started multiple times but never get around to finishing. Fingers crossed that I finally finish it! I love stories about power-hungry girls who are strong and powerful and want to destroy things.

It’s been a challenge for us to find audiobooks that we both enjoy, because I pretty much only want to listen to YA, while my partner mostly prefers adult science fiction and outdoorsy books (like Wild). Please let me know if you have any suggestions for books we might both enjoy!


What are you reading this week?


9 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are you reading? January 14, 2019

  1. Nice variety of books. I have been reading less YA since I retired and enjoy seeing the books you choose. Come see my week here. Happy reading!


  2. Your audiobook adventure sounds fun! My family struggles to find something we all want to listen to too. What about Martha Wells’s Murderbot sci-fi series? All Systems Red was an Alex Award book. Maybe some YA nonfiction! Steve Sheinkin’s books are good on audio. Maybe Candace Fleming’s Family Romanov or Deborah Heiligman’s Vincent & Theor?


  3. I did NOT know that Bahni Turpin narrated There’s Someone Inside Your House! That definitely bumps this one up on my list if I can get to it on audiobook. And I’m excited to get to Internment by Samira Ahmed, too. My only experience with Marie Lu is the Warcross series, but I’ve heard so much praise for The Young Elites. I hope you enjoy it, Ari!


  4. I’m sure the Marie Lu books are good, just hard to find time for so many books. I’ve read less YA recently but put the ones you shared on my list, all sound good. I don’t listen to book often at all, but one that I still remember is the series by Patrick Ness, the Chaos Walking dystopian series. You may have already read it. Thanks, Ari!


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