IMWAYR and Reviews

IMWAYR and Reviews

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other. Make sure to visit these blogs (and those linked in their posts) to find new books and new friends.

(The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.)

You can view all of my September reads here, but below is a list of the books I read this past week and my thoughts. Comment below if you’ve read some of these or want to know more.

Books I Finished between September 19-25

This week I finished a lot of books-7! Here are my thoughts! Have you read any of them?

You can click the links to view summaries of the books on Goodreads.

Middle Grade

Girl on FireGirl on Fire by Alicia Keys
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a great superhero graphic novel! It had everything kids would like-great characters, unexpected heroes, family, and friendship.

View all my reviews Hero for the Hungry: The Life and Work of Norman BorlaugHero for the Hungry: The Life and Work of Norman Borlaug by Peggy Thomas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you Media Masters Publicity for sharing an ARC of this book with me and the LitReviewCrew. I was initially drawn to this book because it took place during the Great Depression. That is one of my favorite parts of American History to read about. I really enjoyed this book-the short chapters with illustrations kept me turning pages and reading about how Norman worked through problems and got to where he won the Nobel Peace Prize was really engaging. I also enjoyed the helpful tips and actions you can do at home.

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Young Adult

Abuela, Don't Forget MeAbuela, Don’t Forget Me by Rex Ogle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you Norton Young Readers for a chance to read this book! Rex Ogle’s books are so powerful and I am so thankful that he opens his heart and shared his experiences with the world. His life has not been easy and I hurt so much for him. Thank you Rex for sharing your stories. Readers will find solace in reading something that is similar to their lives and others will grow from experiencing your life.

View all my reviews Caraval (Caraval, #1)Caraval by Stephanie Garber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wish I could stay in this world forever! I really enjoyed Garber’s world building and her characters. It was a fun adventure full of magic, mystery, love, and family. I can’t wait to read the next.

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The Bluest EyeThe Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a powerful read and seriously a must read for all. It broke my heart, but it was needed. I really liked how Toni Morrison was able to weave everyone’s stories together.

View all my reviews Beach ReadBeach Read by Emily Henry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Emily Henry’s books are such great romance reads! I especially liked this one because it was about two authors!

View all my reviews Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave RevoltsWake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts by Rebecca Hall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a fantastic memoir! This is a must read.

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Option Pile-Books I May Pick Up This Week


Check out my BIT ABOUT BOOKS Fall 2022 Reading Challenge Board! Visit their website for more information, more book ideas, and a template.

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