It’s Monday! What are you reading?

October 12, 2015

In an effort to engage more with other bloggers and to talk a little bit more about the books I read, I have decided to start participating in this weekly meme hosted by Sheila @ Book Journeys. There’s also a children’s lit one for people who focus on books from those categories hosted by Jen Vincent at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee Moye from Unleashing Readers. I’m seeing a lot of cross-posting in my future, basically.

This past week, I finished:

  • The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry (middle grade, audiobook)
  • I Love You, I Hate You, Get Lost by Ellen Conford (YA, short stories)
  • The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron (adult non-fiction, self-help)
  • Creating Unforgettable Characters by Linda Seger (adult non-fiction)


As of today, I’m reading:

As If!: The Oral History of Clueless… by Jen Chaney — Yes, still. Here’s a fun quote from it since I have no idea when I’ll finish.

Donald Faison: That was my go-to when I wanted to be with a girl. I’d say, “Come over and let’s watch Clueless.” Absolutely. Clueless was the ultimate wingman. They love the movie. They didn’t give a shit about me being in the movie, they just loved the movie, period. I didn’t start getting girlfriends until Clueless came out. It worked well for me. It’s true. It’s because I kept it real. That’s exactly right. Because I was keepin’ it real.


Bless him.


Till You Hear from Me by Pearl Cleage


Till You Hear From Me by Pearl Cleage — I’m listening to this one on audiobook and one of the narrators is Bahni Turpin who I really enjoy. The plot is a little slow (I’m 1/3 of the way through and the two major players haven’t met yet), but I’m interested to see what happens. The male main character, Wes, is despicable so I’m really intrigued by that. So far, I can’t tell if this will end the way this type of narrative typically does (the two main characters fall in love) or if a whole lot of crazy is going to go down instead. I really feel like it’ll be the latter, so we’ll see.


Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri

Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri — I *just* started this one today, and I am intrigued so far. The opening was definitely action packed, and I can see reluctant readers being totally sucked into it. A horse right in the middle of Philly! Intriguing.

Next week, I’ll add in some info about reading challenges and such, but I think this is a good first post for the meme, yes? Yes.

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  1. Cheriee Weichel

    Ghetto Cowboy looks like an intriguing read. I’m mortified to admit that I have never heard of Clueless before!

    • Akilah

      Well, now you have and that means you can watch it!

  2. Crystal

    I really enjoyed working through The Artist’s Way. That’s actually how I got into blogging. That writing every day was HARD though. Ghetto Cowboy is excellent. And yes, I would agree this is a good first post! 🙂

    • Akilah

      Thank you! I’m excited to finish Ghetto Cowboy, which is good because I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump.

  3. Ms. Yingling

    Fine post! I love Ellen Conford and actually still have the book you’re reading in my library! Ghetto Cowboy did very well in the Cybils Awards and was shortlisted several years ago. Welcome to IMWAYR!

  4. Jane

    Welcome to the neighborhood! 🙂 Oh, I can’t believe how long ago Clueless came out…I feel old…! 🙂 Ghetto Cowboy looks interesting, I’m always looking for engaging, well-written books for reluctant or struggling readers. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Cait @ Paper Fury

    It is an EXCELLENt post! 😀 I really enjoyed reading it! And that Ghetto Cowboy sounds really intriguing (although I misread the cover and thought it said Ghetto Gowboy and I was like “say what“. XDX Ahem. And I call myself a reader *shakes head at self*) And looks like you had a productive week of reading last week, too!! I’m about to start Sea of Shadows and am a BIT nervous…because I really really want to love it because FANTASY.!!
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!


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