“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!
WHAT I READ LAST WEEK
- We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia, audiobook narrated by Kyla Garcia
- Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
- You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn
- Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds, audiobook narrated by Nile Bullock
I’m shocked I managed to get through 4 books last week (and they were all so good!), even though I was super busy! This next week is going to be even busier so I’m not expecting to get a lot of reading done.
WHAT I’M READING THIS WEEK:
In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton
This has been on my TBR for so long! It’s a YA historical novel about a Jewish teen who moves to the South in the 1950s. As a part-Jewish reader, I’m always looking for YA books with own-voices Jewish rep, and I am so excited to see a historic novel about Jewish characters that isn’t just about the Holocaust.
I started it yesterday and after just a few chapters, I’m already hooked. In the Neighborhood of True is out on April 9, so be sure to look for it at your local bookstore or library! Thank you Algonquin Young Readers for the review copy.
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Phiippe, audiobook narrated by James Fouhey
This contemporary YA novel is about a black French Canadian teen who moves to Austin, Texas. I’ve seen so many people raving about this book! I keep checking out the audiobook but then not having time to actually listen to it, but I’m hopeful that I’ll actually have the time to listen this week.
I get a lot of teenage boys at my library who specifically ask for YA books with boy main characters. I always remind them that there’s no such thing as a “boy book” or a “girl book,” and that they can read any book! But, I’ve realized that most of the books I read have girls as the protagonist, so I’m trying to read more books with male protagonists to diversify my recommendations to teens.
What are you reading this week?