It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/15/2021 #imwayr


I’m still on book cover sharing for the time being. But first… in school library news last week, I was surprised to find this article in my Facebook feed this week. The surprise came from the fact that the two Texas school districts mentioned are ones with which I have an intimate history. I attended Leander Independent School District as a student from 2nd grade into high school. Then years later I became a classroom teacher for the Keller Independent School District (and later completed my school librarian internship there). In any case, we are pretty much guaranteed that these two books will have a HUGE sales spike in coming weeks (since banning is one of the very best promotions)!

If this is your first visit to my blog, welcome! Today is Monday, and I regularly participate in a weekly #IMWAYR meme. Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give Kathryn’s (at Book Date) “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” meme a kidlit focus, reviewing books in children’s literature (picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, or anything in the world of kidlit). If you enjoy this type of reading, join us every Monday to share what you’ve been reading!

I’ll have to gush over these books in future Goodreads reviews over the December holidays. And at that time, I may come back here to copy/paste to coordinate. That said, if you aren’t yet familiar with these titles, please head over to Goodreads to read the publisher’s notes. It was an EXCELLENT week finishing these!

Just Finished



Currently Reading



Next Up



Updated #MustReadin2021 Chart


Reading Challenge Updates: 

Goodreads Challenge:  234/365
#MustReadIn2021: 27/49

What are YOU reading?

11 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/15/2021 #imwayr

    1. It’s been a pretty rough year and I’m not sure if I’ll finish my “must read” challenge, but I’m giving it everything I can. lol Once we get to the holidays, though, it’s so hard to keep up. Thanks for visiting, Karen!


  1. I am impressed by your progress on your MustRead list. I think I’m going to add The Magic Fish to my MustRead list next year. I have a copy of it around here somewhere. Enjoy The Westing Game!


  2. That article you shared is pretty enraging, and unfortunately unsurprising—I like to think of the kidlit book world as this wonderful, accepting environment completely insulated from the world, but alas, it’s not, and the world gets totally bent out of shape about it. Then again, I suppose if you’re going to have any kind of large impact, the books need to be visible to the world—and to critics!

    And I’m so glad you enjoyed reading all of these books—I haven’t seen much of The Magic Fish in the blogging circles, so I’m glad to see someone else enjoying it! And I’m glad you got a chance to cram Class Act in as well. Also, your #MustReadin2021 progress is so impressive! Thanks so much for the wonderful post, Shaye!


  3. Horrifying that book banning is still going on! Like you said, it should at least boost sales for both books! I keep hearing good things about The Magic Fish. I had The Westing Game in my stack (again) for the R.I.P. Challenge, but I never got to it (again). It’s been on my TBR shelves since my youngest son read it in middle school – he’s 23 now!

    Wow, you’re doing great on your #MustRead2021 list!

    I’m late again this week, but I hope you’ve been enjoying your books!

    Book By Book


  4. I’ve got THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING, too. Looks intriguing. CLASS ACT is a definite read for me. I just finished Ben Philippe’s CHARM IS A VERB, which was excellent. Plus, there’s a firefighter MOM!


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