Wednesday, April 4, 2018

#MustReadIn2018 Update


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 her newest update and others, too.

Here are the books from my #MustReadIn2018, and those read so far. I may not get them all finished, but believe I've done better thus far than this time last year. I've completed FIVE of the thirty-four, and am headed for number six! Each one is one I'm sorry to have missed earlier, all wonderful books!

If you have any books you are convinced I need to read SOON, tell me in the comments!

Thirty-Four Books -  

Books read are changed to blue as I read them!

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 - Nic 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. I still have to read The Hate U Give and Dear Martin. I'm sure I'll think they are as amazing as everyone says, but because they are YA and I can't recommend them to my elementary students I have put off reading them.

    1. I understand. There is just so many you can read. I enjoyed both, but they were intense. Thanks, Lisa.

    2. I have the same thoughts about those two titles as Lisa. I put The Hate U Give on my list, but not Dear Martin, only because my public doesn't have it. As Lisa wrote, it is easy to put off reading YA, even easier if I have to pay for it. I hope you enjoy Me and Marvin Gardens, I have read it and passed it to two people but neither have finished yet. I like reading what others have to say about it. It was bizzare to read an A.S. King MG book after many of her YAs.

    3. I know what you mean, can't buy them all! Thanks for being another to recommend Me and Marvin Gardens!

  2. I can't wait to see what you think of Me and Marvin Gardens - I loved this one! Dear Martin was really well done I thought.

    1. There are many titles I hope to get to, like Me and Marvin Gardens. Fun problem, right? Thanks, Carrie!

  3. "Lucky Broken Girl" is excellent I just finished reading it! Fast read, I didn't want to put it down.

    1. Terrific to hear this, Michelle. I'll remember!

  4. I think I am going to start the title I borrowed from your list, H Is for Hawk, this week. I have started Dear Martin but lost momentum with it. I'm struggling with that one for some reason. I am hoping to get to many more titles on your list this year. So many wonderful books to read!

    1. Yes, I agree! I'm embarrassed that I bought H Is For Hawk when it came out, and still have not touched it! I hope you enjoy it, Elisabeth, and hope also to start it soon myself. Thanks!

  5. You have read some wonderful and challenging books so far. I also have a copy of H Is For Hawk that I purchased ages ago and then forgot about....

    1. I know I would love it, Cheriee. Hoping my list will make me start! Thanks!

  6. I've read and loved several of the books you have finished. Yay! You have some great titles ahead of you too.

    1. Thanks, Crystal, I'm sure I do, just need to find the time to read more!


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