This is the blog of children's book author and third grade teacher, Stacy Barnett Mozer. I blog about my own writing journey, the journey of other kidlit authors, my classroom, and talk about books. Thanks for stopping by. Your thoughts are always welcome (and encouraged).

Monday, January 2, 2017

#IMWAYR January 2, 2017 Vacation Week Part 2

Each week I try to join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers to share all of the reading I've done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. It's #IMWAYR Vacation Week Part 2!

Last week I made a list of the books I planned to read. I read almost all of them, plus two I wasn't expecting. Here's what I read this week:

Middle Grade

This book has been on my TBR list for a while and I'm glad I finally had a chance to read it. It is the story of a village that has been held hostage by a witch that claims one baby each year, a witch that finds new families for those babies, a man who decides there must be another way, a broken mother, a lovable swamp monster, a tiny dragon, and a girl who drank the moon. I loved the way the lives of these multiple characters entwine together. It is a beautiful story filled with magic and love. 

Young Adult

You know you are reading a great fantasy series when your dreams start taking place in the series setting. This imagined world has fantastic characters, redeemable villains (at least some of them), magic, betrayal, adventure, and a spunky female main character to follow through the pages. I enjoyed the way different points of view were weaved in and out of the narrative.

At high school orientation five strangers are grouped together and write letters to be opened the last day of school. For the next four years we follow their lives through twists and turns until they finally meet again at graduation. A really enjoyable read that brought me back to high school.

Currently Reading


If you like my reading choices, you can check out all the books I've read on Goodreads.


  1. I can't wait to read Finding Perfect! It is on my list for 2017. Have heard so many great things.

  2. Finding Perfect is on my 2017 must read list. I've had The Girl Who Drank the Moon on mine for ages too, but never gotten to it. Infinite In Between looks interesting, but I'm not sure I want to go back to high school!

  3. I have to agree with Cheriee - I definitely don't want to go back to high school! I read everything but contemporary YA as a teen precisely because I didn't want to be reminded that I was stuck in high school! ;-)

  4. Thanks for sharing these titles--I just added Finding Perfect to my 2017 list! I also loved The Girl Who Drank the Moon--such a beautiful and well-written story!

  5. The Girl Who Drank The Moon seems like a really interesting read - I hope I find it in our libraries.

  6. Finding Perfect was an excellent read. I am definitely reading it aloud to my 3rd graders. Full review next week.


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