Tuesday, January 2, 2018



Thanks to Carrie Gelson of There's A Book for That for hosting a #MustRead group at the beginning of the year for those who continue to create a list of lonely books on shelves or lists that we are excited about when bought or listed, then ignore, or find others that call more loudly.  See the above link to Carrie's blog to find out more!

Here are my plans for #MustReadIn2018. I'll post the list above with others in recent years!

        I’m keeping some books from last year, but in a separate list, hoping I will find time to read those I still don't want to miss! It’s hard to delete books, but they will stay on my shelves, waiting! This time I've noticed that many of the books are YA. Somehow I've slipped away from them and focused on those for younger kids. I want to read these YA that were so well reviewed last year, giving new looks at teen experiences.

Thirty-Four Books -  

Books read will be changed to blue as we move through the year!

Me And Marvin Gardens - Amy Sarig King

Greetings from Witness Protection - Jake Burt
Posted - John Anderson

Tumble & Blue - Cassie Beasley 

Beyond The Bright Sea - Lauren Wolk

See You In The Cosmos - Jack Cheng

Amina’s Voice - Hena Khan

Hello Universe - Erin Kelly, Isabel Roxas

Flying Lessons & Other Stories - Ellen Oh

American Street - Ibi Zoboi

Scythe - Neal Shusterman

The Smell of Other People’s Houses - Bonnie Sue Hitchcock

Long Way Down - Jason Reynolds 10

The Hate U Give -  Angie Thomas

Turtles All The Way Down - John Green

All The Crooked Saints - Maggie Stiefvater

Scar Island - Dan Gemeinhart

Playing By Heart - Carmela A. Martino

Solo - Kwame Alexander
The Playbook

Lucky Broken Girl - Ruth Behar

Titanic, Voices from the Disaster - Deborah Hopkinson 20

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter - Erika L. Sanchez

Dear Martin - Nick Stone


Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and The Carlisle Indian School Football Team - Steve Sheinkin


Bright Dead Things - poetry - Ada Limon

H Is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald

from past lists:

Countdown - Deborah Wiles
The Birchbark House - Louise Erdrich
I’ll Give You The Sun - Jandy Nelson

90 Miles to Havana - Enrique Flores-Galbis
Dash - Kirby Larson


  1. Changing the color as you read them...What a good idea!

  2. Oh Linda, you've got some great reading ahead of you! I've got Scythe on my list too, we'll have to discuss after we both read :)

    1. I hope I can get through "most", Michele! I love Shusterman's writing, will let you know when I'm ready to read! Thanks!

  3. Aidan, my oldest, and I were looking at Scythe last night at the book store. (Because it is -8765 degrees here.) While it didn't come home with us, it will probably end up on a pile this year! Happy Reading! (P.S. I loved Solo!)

    1. Sorry you have such cold, Kendra. I can't believe it's kind of passed us by. I'm looking forward to both Scythe & Solo, such a wonderful year of books last year! Thanks & keep cozy!

  4. I am so excited in advance for you as you have some of my recent favourites here: Me and Marvin Gardens, See you in the Cosmos, Lucky Broken Girl and Greetings from Witness Protection. You have an incredible reading year ahead! Thanks for being part of this community since the beginning!

    1. I know they will be good, Carrie. I'm glad you've continued all these years. It is a wonderful challenge!

  5. What a wonderful set of books - so many i would love to read as well. happy reading in 2018 Linda!

    1. Hi Beverley, great to hear from you and know that you're still reading, too! Thanks!

  6. So many wonderful books! I am still in the middle of several of these--started in 2017 and put down temporarily to read something else and never gotten back to, a bad habit. My first reading challenge of the year should probably be to finish up what I started last year!! I'm crowdsourcing my list again and will take one of the adult books from your list--I'm excited about both. Been meaning to read H Is for Hawk for a long time. And I really want to read more poetry in 2018.

    1. I've stopped a few this year, too, just had to move on to others, I guess. I've had H Is For Hawk a long time & really wanted to read it, but. . . Now perhaps I will. I read lots of poetry but mostly for kids, so this one is a gift from my daughter, & I want to be sure to read it! Happy reading, Elisabeth!

  7. We have a couple of the same book on our lists, (Scythe, Posted, and Bright Sea) and several that I already own but didn't put on list, (90 Miles, Solo) but I loved Long Way Down and Scar Island is my favorite from Gemeinhart! Such goodness on this list! Happy Reading!

    1. Yes, I keep wanting to read Bright Sea, but kept putting it off! Can't wait for time to read others, too. Thanks for sharing about Scar Island & Long Way Down, Leigh Anne!

  8. There are some books I really loved on this list - Posted, Amina's Voice, Hello, Universe and a couple of others. You have some great reading ahead of you!

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Lisa. I've had those in my mind for a while, just couldn't find time for them!

  9. You have a fabulous reading year ahead of you if the ones on your list that I haven't read are as good as the ones I have. I rolled over a couple of books from last year's list, but figure if I don't get to them this year, I will leave them off the list next time. Happy reading!

  10. So many great titles on your list! I loved Me & Marvin Gardens, Hello Universe, Long Way Down, and Hate U Give! There are some titles we share for this year, too! The danger of reading other people's lists, though, is seeing some I wish I had added like Tumble & Blue! Happy reading!

  11. There are some WONDERFUL books on your list! I hope you enjoy Posted, American Street, Scythe, Other People's Houses, The Hate U Give, Turtles, Scar Island, and Dear Martin as much as I did!


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