Monday, February 1, 2021

#IMWAYR ~ 2/1

In 2021 I'm trying to return to communities that support me as a reader, a writer, and a teacher. Not sure how regular I will be, but I am here today. 

Jen Vincent at Teach Mentor Texts and Kelle and Ricki at Unleashing Readers co-host It's Monday! What Are You Reading? Stop by and see what others are reading this week.

I have been taking a break from social media, and I am loving the reading time it is affording me. I've reacquainted myself with Netgalley again, and our library just made Hoopla available, so I am loving my reading life right now.

Here's what I read last week:

In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner (ARC by Netgalley)

I loved The Serpent King and Goodbye Days from Zentner, and this one is just as amazing. I loved how Cash uses poetry to help him get through his grief and learn about what is important in life. The writing is absolutely beautiful. You will want to put this on your list for August.

Hooper by Geoff Herbach

Adam needed basketball. It saved him, and he knew it. Each year, I have students who need basketball maybe more than basketball needs them. It's books like this that teach kids being part of a team is more than just playing the game. Although this is written for young adults, I would have no problem handing it to my middle school students.

Hunter's Choice by Trent Reedy (ARC by Netgalley)

Hunter's Choice by Trent Reedy is a much-needed book in my classroom library. I have many boys who are outdoorsmen, and I do not have books to fill this need. Plus the female characters add even more appeal. The exploration of human life and our role in wildlife is appropriately done for this age group. It has just enough suspense to keep the reader's attention and keep them turning the page. I can't wait to purchase this one for my classroom library.

On my reading radar for this week:

I am struggling with Everything Sad is Untrue. I want to abandon it but giving it a little more time. If you have read it, please let me know if it's worth plugging away.

Thank you for always welcoming back the prodigal reader!


  1. I loved The Science of Breakable Things. It addresses mental illness in an accessible way.

  2. I bookmarked your books, Leigh Anne, all new titles to me. I was ready to start Everything Sad is Untrue, but I have a library book, the new one by Gary Schmidt, I need to read before it's due. Everything Sad... won the Printz so I thought it would be great, but everyone of us is different & likes different books. I can't tell you what to do but perhaps push through a little longer? Glad to see you here!

  3. Thanks for sharing the title Hooper. I missed this one, previously. I have Everything Sad is Untrue on my #MustReadin2021 list and I simply cannot say enough about The Science of Breakable Things. I borrowed it, read it, loved it, and bought my own copy. I hope you love it!! Have a fantastic reading week, Leigh Anne!

  4. I haven't read anything by Jeff Zentner so I think I will be looking for the other books you mentioned by this author and will definitely put In The Wild Light on my list for this summer. It seems like The Science of Breakable Things needs to be on my list too from other comments here. Happy reading!

  5. I'm looking forward to reading In the Wild Light. I agree that Jeff Zentner is a brilliant author. I don't know how I missed Goodbye Days. I have scheduled myself to read and review this one closer to the publication date. (If I can wait this long)
    Happy reading this week.

  6. What a great set of books! The Science of Breakable Things is a book I hadn't even heard about until today, but a lot of people have been talking about it after Keller's Newbery win last week! Thanks for the great post!