#IMWAYR – August 21, 2016

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date, and adapted by Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts with a children’s/YA focus. The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. These weekly roundups are a great way to discover new blogs and bloggers, share titles, and add to your ever-growing to-read list.

Hot…hot hot hot hot hot….It has been HOT. It was 30 degrees yesterday. THIRTY DEGREES. (That’s 86 degrees for you Yankees). Sure, compared to the East Coast heat wave that might not sound all that impressive (actually I was surprised when I did the conversion,it feels so much hotter than a measly little 86 degrees….), but here in the air conditioning-less Pacific Northwest, 30 is HOT.

OK, weather-related rant over and done with, on to the books!

This week I…..

Shared some ways to use Shaun Tan’s wonderfully weird picture book Rules of Summer  in a class or library group setting.

rules of summer cover

  • Talked about some of my favourite book settings, and completely forgot to mention others (I blame it on my melting brain….).

TTT Top Ten Tuesday The Book Wars

I participated in another edition of Nonfiction Wednesday, talking about The Toad, another edition in one of my favourite nonfiction series for young reader, Elise Gravel’s Disgusting Critters!

I co-hosted another Diverse Kids Lit roundup – be sure to check it out for some fantastic titles and inspiring posts!


My British Columbia-based Reading Staycation experience continues with one of my favourite story time books, the very funny Grumpy Bird by Vancouver-based Jeremy Tankard. Who can’t relate to this grumpy bird who wakes up on the wrong side of the bed?

I shook my Reading Staycation series up a bit with an interview with the fantastic, super-talented and super-duper nice Vancouver-based illustrator Dawn Lo. I love being able to support local, independent artists and creative entrepreneurs – the artistic life is a rewarding one, but it can also be pretty challenging, so let’s all support each other!


I’m currently enjoying a new-to-me Stephen King novel, The Cell.  The premise is pretty cheesy – a mysterious event dubbed “the pulse” has turned cell phone users into terrifying zombie-like creatures. Cell phone usage = zombification. Not really the most imaginative (or subtle….) premise there (tell me what you really think about young people, Mr. King…), but if you can overlook that aspect of the novel it really it quite enjoyable (so far anyway).  King is a thoughtful, clever writer who balances shocking horror and character-drive story to create very readable experiences.  But oh MAN is this novel done a major disservice by its unintentionally HILARIOUS back copy…

From international bestseller Stephen King, a high-concept, ingenious and terrifying story about the mayhem unleashed when a pulse from a mysterious source transforms all cell phone users into homicidal maniacs. There’s a reason cell rhymes with hell.

Cell: A Novel by [King, Stephen]

So, there’s my week in a nutshell! Hope everyone has been having an AMAZING week – stay cool and hydrated everybody (unless you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, you lucky duckies)!


15 thoughts on “#IMWAYR – August 21, 2016

  1. Hot indeed! I am not a fan. I like cool breezes, the promise of rain and forest walks. This hot weather is not for me! I am so pleased that Gravel is continuing to publish these titles. Hope there are more!


  2. It’s been hot and muggy here too for two weeks and then today it finally got cool- we had storms roll through yesterday and today it was like upper 60’s, very nice. Rules of Summer looks great (that cover makes me VERY curious), and I liked your Top Ten list too (especially the way you described the Middle earth locations). The Toad looks cute too. 🙂

    Hope your area cools off!


    • Well, we’re really a bunch of complainers here in the Pacific Northwest (I place myself firmly at the head of the whining committee!), especially compared to the weather everyone else is experiencing! My partner has been out to NYC and Toronto in the summer a few times for work recently, and boy has that been a weather shock!!!

      Rules of Summer really is an insane book, it’s pretty awesome, definitely worth a look!


  3. I love Shaun Tan, his work is very unique. I have used his books from time to time in my classroom. I hope you enjoy Stephen King’s novel Cell. I used to be a big fan but lately have had trouble connecting to his newer novels. Hope you manage to stay cool. It’s rain over here in Australia as we are getting to the end of our winter. Happy reading!


  4. Yup – Hot. My partner and I were talking about heading off to Oliver BC where we have a house and air conditioning! We love to spend long days tubing down the river to keep cool. I will have to get my hands on Rules of Summer.


  5. I am ashamed to admit that I haven’t had Shaun Tan on my radar since Tales from Outer Suburbia, bought for my own teens; thanks for refreshing my memory. Two more books added to my shopping list!


  6. Rules of Summer is an absolute favourite – I don’t think Shaun Tan can do wrong in my eyes, ever. Loved seeing the new Stephen King novel too, interesting premise indeed.


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