#IMWAYR April 8, 2019

#IMWAYR time again, when readers share what they have been reading and find out what others have been up to in the past week. Kathryn hosts the adult version of this meme at Book Date. Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers host the kidlit rendition. Whatever you are looking forward to in your next great read, these are fabulous places to start your search.

It has been a frenetic week. Between writing a poem a day, reading and responding to other people's poems, working four days a week, completing a MustReadIn2019 update, getting in some reading and working on my part of a quilt that must get finished soon, I need at least another day in the week. 

At the school library where I am working here in Vancouver, I set up a Poem of the Day display and have recruited students to chose poems. Some have been chosen from books and some have written their own. They are all delightful. We are going to have to share more than one poem a day if everyone's choices are going to be displayed!

On a truly happy note, our granddaughter and her parents returned on Sunday from visiting family in Korea. My husband and I were deeply missing our little monkey, Ada, and it was nice to see the grownups too. The house sure is noisier!


MustReadIn2019 Spring Update

Poem A Day Posts

1. Morning Ritual
2. Early Garden

4. Akebono Prunus X Yedoensis

Word Stew
7. endings are never really


I am trying to read everything by Lauren Castillo that my library carries.

4 stars
Melvin and the Boy by Lauren Castillo

This is the sweetest book about a young boy who wants a pet. He brings home a turtle, but realizes that it isn't happy so he returns it to its pond.

5 stars
Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo

Love love love! I am a city grandma, but so are my grandchildren. The city is a wonderful place for all of us!


4 stars
The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer & Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)

Anything that will hold the interest of a group of wrangy grade 7's after lunch is amazing, right? I did think this book was stunning before then, but they are living proof. This lyrical story of the big bang theory and how we came to be here on eart, is a delight to read aloud. Ekua Holmes illustrations are glorious.


5+ stars
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #2) by Jessica Townsend & Gemma Whelan (Narrator)

The absolute worst thing about this book is having to wait for the next one.
I adore the complexity of Morrigan Crowe and the rest of the characters. In the midst of this fabulous fantasy are lessons on being a misfit and bullying. Gemma Whelan’s narration is just brilliant!

4 stars
Blended by Sharon M. Draper (Author and Narrator)

I enjoyed this book because I really loved Isabell and her family. I also loved the slow, thoughtful pace. Draper has done a phenomenal job helping middle grade kids understand why we need the Black Lives Matter movement. I also like that she helps adults and other students understand what it’s like to be shuttled back-and-forth between divorced parents.
5 stars
Wicked Nix by by Lena Coakley & Jaime Zollars (Illustrator) 

I was infatuated with this book from the first page. It called upon me to remember all I read about fairies long ago. I adored Wicked Nix and his antics. After finishing it I wanted to crawl back into Lena Coakley's world. Nix is a fairy who was left behind after the last Midsummer's Eve revelry. With the help of Mr. Green, the spirit of the forest, Nix has managed to survive, but now a people has trespassed into their woods. Nix is certain that the queen won't be happy with this turn of events and tries to scare the intruder away. I expected the ending, but was still suprised. 

I just started listening to Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan. I'm still reading Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy by Manjusha Pawagi.


My next audiobook will be whatever shows up or whatever I feel like listening to. I'm hoping to start reading Watch Us Rise by RenĂ©e Watson.


#MustReadIn2018 10/25

#MustReadNFIn2018 5/12 1 in progress

25 Books by Canadian Indigenous Authors 6/25

25 books by Canadian Authors 21/25

Goodreads Reading Challenge 121/333


  1. I loved Blended! I hope Sharon Draper continues Isabella's story.

  2. Yes, I see that you are very busy, & now the family is back, busier! I love that you're writing the poems, have enjoyed them very much. And, I agree, Lauren Castillo's books are wonderful! Thanks, Cheriee!

  3. I am SOOOO happy to hear of how much you liked Wundersmith, Cheriee. I liked Nevermoor and thoroughly enjoyed the world building there, but Wundermith was a home run for me -- everything I love about an enticing, addictive series. And I'm adding Wicked Nix to my TBR list. It sounds very good and like something I'll enjoy for personal reasons. Thank you for all the shares!

    1. I agree with you that Wundersmith was even better than Nevermoor! I am addicted to this series.

  4. I am not sure how soon I want to read Wundersmith because the wait for #3 will be so long, but I could split the difference by waiting a bit before #2. It was certainly a great opener. Wicked Nix has such a great cover, I might try that one as well. Thanks for the post!

    1. Wundersmith is even better than the first one. I'm contemplating rereading Nevermoor, but realistically know that I don't have time just to read everything I want to just once. How do you find time for rereading?

  5. Great progress on your reading challenges so far!keep it up!

    1. Thanks Earl. I noticed that you were doing well too!

  6. I thought I'd read all of Lauren Castillo's books, but I don't think I've ever seen Melvin and the Boy. I am really looking forward to Blended--it's been on my TBR forever. Clearly I need to move it up!