Monday, March 6, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 03/06/17

It's Monday! What are you reading? was started by Sheila at Book Journey and was adapted for children's books from picture books through YA by Jen of Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee of Unleashing Readers. You can visit either site for a round up of blogs sharing their weekly readings and thoughts or search Twitter for #IMWAYR.

Last Week's Posts

After having no new posts for last week's IMWAYR, this week I've overcompensated by joining the Slice of Life Challenge!

Young Adult

The Sun is Also a Star (2016) by Nicola Yoon [Printz Honor book]. (I listened to the first two-thirds as the audio book.) I thoroughly enjoyed this witty circadian novel by Nicola Yoon. This was my first attempt to start listening to more audio books during my commute, but eventually my impatience to find out what happened in the story got the best of me! (I had to beg and borrow the school's copy of the book from one of my students, but it was worth it.)

Natasha and Daniel alternate narratives within the book (with the occasional side note from an omniscient narrator), and I loved how the audio version added so much to their individual characters (yes, even the narrator's). Theirs is a story about the universe, about love, about fate, but mostly about the crazy interconnectedness between everything that happens - whether we can see those connections or not. Young adult me would have also thoroughly enjoyed this story, especially as a I struggled with feeling both trapped and uncertain about what the future might hold.

Everything Everything (2015) by Nicola Yoon. Inspired, I then immediately turned around and checked out her first novel, Everything Everything, which revolves around a girl named Maddy who has "bubble boy" syndrome. This one I did not like as much, perhaps because I enjoyed The Sun is Also a Star so much, perhaps because it seemed at times too much like A Fault in Our Stars, perhaps because I just hard a harder time connecting with the characters. I'd be curious to hear from those who gush about this one.

Happy Reading!


  1. I still haven't read either one of these Katie, but am glad to hear you enjoyed them as so many have.Writing for SOLC takes a lot to time!

  2. I loved both of these books! I'm in the same boat this month--my reading time is being shared with my writing time for SOLC and I can't figure out how to create more moments in a day to do it all!

  3. I just couldn't get into Everything Everything. It was well written, but it just didn't grab me. I think I'm just too old in spirit for YA, I always end up rolling my eyes at those crazy kids. 😉

  4. I'm glad I read Everything Everything before The Sun is Also a Star, which I picked up from the library last Saturday. I enjoyed Everything more than I expected and was really taken off guard by that ending.

  5. We are so impressed you could post on Mondays and do SOL#17 - That is a ton of work! Thanks for telling us your thoughts about these books. We will save these for summer reading.

  6. I read The Sun is Also a Star first too. Haven't gotten to E,E. I've heard great things about it. Maybe since there will be months between the two I'll enjoy it??

  7. Nicola Yoon is an author I haven't read yet and everyone says I need to--I need to get to them! I wish I'd put them on my #mustreadin2017...

    Happy reading this week :)

  8. I have also started to listen to audiobooks during my commute. I have Nicola Yoon's books on my hold list. I recommend listening to Ghost by Jason Reynolds well done audiobook.

  9. I've had my issues with Everything Everything (which I also included in my review last year), this is actually the reason why I hesitate in picking up The Sun Is Also A Star. :(

    1. I found The Sun is Also a Star to be both a much different and much better story.


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