It’s Monday! What are you reading? April 8, 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!







32048835Squad by Mariah MacCarthy, audiobook narrated by the author

I’m currently listening to this audiobook and am hoping to finish it soon, since it’s a super short one at just 5 and a half hours long. This YA contemporary is about Jenna, a cheerleader who, in the wake of a massive friend breakup and leaving her cheer squad, must find a way to reinvent herself and start over.

This book is a dark, funny Mean Girls-esque contemporary that’s super different from the YA books I normally read! I also love that the audiobook is narrated by the author. Jenna’s love interest is a trans guy named James, and I appreciate that she’s challenged to be a better ally and to actively educate herself rather than put that work on James.


41104100Up For Air by Laurie Morrison

I just received this ARC through the Kid Lit Exchange network and after starting it this weekend, I’m already hooked! This middle grade novel is about Annabelle, a girl struggling in school and dealing with feeling out of place. She finally starts to find a space for herself when she begins swimming alongside the high school swim team.

I was a swimmer all through high school, so I absolutely love reading about swimmers in MG & YA! I also love that this novel is about struggling in school and seeking help, as well as the pains of growing into teenagehood. This would be such a perfect book for young readers getting ready to move up to YA.

Up For Air is out on May 7!



What are you reading this week?

11 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are you reading? April 8, 2019

  1. The Wicked King reminds me I need to get started on The cruel Prince soon! It’s one of those books I’ve been meaning to get to, and just haven’t! Ergh.

    Happy reading 🙂


  2. How interesting that I also read The Wicked King last week and I’ll be finishing Up for Air this coming week. We’re on the same wavelength!! I also have Squad on my TBR list, so I’ll look forward to reading that one eventually. Have a wonderful reading week, Ari!


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