“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
- Squad by Mariah MacCarthy, audiobook narrated by the author
- Up For Air by Laurie Morrison
- The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie, audiobook narrated by Sophie Amoss
- Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller
- The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston, audiobook narrated by Emily Lawrence, Caitlin Davies, & Eileen Stevens
- My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren, audiobook narrated by Shayna Thibodeaux & Deacon Lee
Last week was a great reading week for me, and I’m really hoping to keep up the momentum!
WHAT I’M READING THIS WEEK:
The Meaning of Birds by Jaye Robin Brown
Jess always struggled to control her anger, but falling in love with Vivi helped her funnel her emotions into art instead. But when Vivi dies in their senior year, Jess finds her future uncertain and begins to fall back into her rage.
This heartbreaking YA contemporary is told in alternating timelines: sophomore year, as Jess falls for Vivi, and senior year, as she grieves for her. I’m about halfway through and already know I’m going to shed plenty of tears by the end! I’ve seen a lot of YA books about grief that deal with the loss of a parent, friend, or sibling, but not too many about the loss of a partner/significant other. I’m obsessed with the cover, and I love that the queer rep is own-voices.
The Meaning of Birds is out on April 16. Thanks HarperTeen for the review copy!
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
A spooky, atmospheric YA novel about the town of Four Paths, where the descendants of the founders have powers, and a beast lurks in what is known as the Gray. This book also touches on family, grief, and much more!
I just started this audiobook and am super curious to see where the story goes. It’s spooky, dark, and whimsical. The Devouring Gray has been compared a lot to Stranger Things, and I definitely see the connection; this also is a perfect recommendation for readers who loved Claire Legrand’s Sawkill Girls! I’m exited to listen to the rest of this, though I have a feeling I’ll need to do so with lots of lights on!
What are you reading this week?