It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 9/23/19

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers and share all of your readings of the week.

Happy, Happy Monday! I was very excited for today because I actually started a new job…YAY! I started working at the Children’s Center and am helping 5-year-olds learn as well as watching the after school program. It was so gratifying and fun to be around kids all day and I am excited for the new journey. I will also be starting to substitute teach soon too! Lots of exciting change in my life.

Last #IMWAYR we had a whole class book, The One and Only Ivan, which won a Newbery Award and I read a couple of other books that I discussed. This weeks focus again was Newbery Award winners and honors books. Now I will say, with these books my four hours of reading went by extremely fast but with my last day at my previous job and other life happenings I did not get too much additional reading read. Here is what I did get read…

When You Reach Me written by Rebecca Stead

This book was a truly beautiful but also heartbreaking story about friendship, family and the everyday life for children. The characters of this novel are not trying to save the world, they are just simply trying to save one person and right a wrong doing. They are each unique with their own little quirks and personalities which really adds to the story overall.

Miranda, the main character, is a young girl loving in New York City. She is friends with Sal and has been for as long as she can remember. One day, Sal gets punched in the stomach and ends up shutting Miranda out of his life. This leaves her very confused. Later, she starts getting mysterious notes. Who is sending Miranda notes about events that have not happened yet? The element of suspense is on every page while you try and unravel the story.

This would be a great book for 5th grade and up. Students will enjoy the aspect of solving the mystery in this book. It goes through many complex, real life issues from single-parent struggles to issues with trust to bullying and racism. The concept of death and acceptance is a huge part of this book as well. These are all great topics to teach students.

A Wrinkle In Time written by Madeleine L’Engle

Funny, both my books kind of tied together this week because Miranda’s favorite book is A Wrinkle In Time. I do have a confession to make though…before this course, I have never read this book. There I said it. I have not finished this book yet but am about halfway through it. So far it has been very enjoyable but I will give more of a review next week.

So, what are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments below and maybe even chip in your two cents of what I should read next!

5 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 9/23/19

  1. It was just about a year and a half ago that I first read A Wrinkle in Time and I also read it back to back with When You Reach Me. Someone from our #IMWAYR community recommended I read them together, actually. I remember really enjoying When You Reach Me, but I wasn’t quite as enthralled with A Wrinkle in Time. That was just before the movie came out and so a lot of us were reading or re-reading it. And I was surprised at how many people who loved it when they were in middle school didn’t appreciate it as much when they read it years later as an adult. It makes me scared to go back and read some of my favorite books from my childhood — like A Dog Called Kitty by Bill Wallace and The Mouse and the Motorcycle series by Beverly Cleary and Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls and a few Judy Blume books. I just don’t know if I could take the heartbreak if I discovered I didn’t still love them the way I did as a child. lol Have a wonderful week, Destiny!

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    1. Hi! I have the same feeling as you on A Wrinkle In Time actually…I’m not super interested in it. I was defiantly more interested in When You Reach Me. I completely understand the fear of not wanting to ruin your love for a book you once had. Not going to lie, it’s happened to be this semester with a few books I remember from my childhood.


  2. I am the opposite — I loved Wrinkle in Time, I still love, and I still reread it and the rest of L’Engle’s books. I liked When You Reach Me, but not as much. I was frustrated when how long it took the protagonist to understand things. But I’ve definitely had the experience with other childhood books, where they just don’t work as well.

    I was not an education major, but I took a few children’s literature classes in college because I loved children’s books and they were well worth it. Enjoy your Newbery discussions (even though I go to the Cybils lists for my recommendations nowadays).

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    1. Hi! I think it’s interesting how we all have different tastes in books. I agree that When You Reach Me took a while to understand what was going on to but it made it more captivating for me. I have learned I either love or really dislike Newberry books for some reason haha. Thank you for sharing!


  3. Destiny, Congratulations on the new job! I need to add “A Wrinkle in Time” to my reading list. I have heard of it often but have never read it. I spent time working at an after school program as a tutor and as a grant/financial manager and it is a great way to make a big impact on kids’ lives. That is exciting that you will be subbing soon as well! Subbing gives you the opportunity to see how different teachers operate, get lesson ideas, and experience different grade levels, not to mention make some money! Will you sub just elementary or all grades?


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