Saturday, January 15, 2022

MustReadin2022 - Fourteen to Love

          Thanks to Cheriee Weichel and Leigh Anne Eck who continue this really important tradition, originated by Carrie Gelson, see the graphic above. If you wish to link a post for 2022, Leigh Anne is gathering HERE until the end of January

          I'm going to write nearly the same thing I did last year!  I didn't finish my list again. Too, too many books are moved to the top of my reading. This time, I'm showing you a book stack of those that will be on my 2022 list. These are those I own and really WANT to read, so will try again for two!  My goals have changed somewhat, am more aware of new authors, some BIPOC, and I want to read their books while also reading those authors I already love. I'm now reading poetry for the Cybils, am a judge for Round Two. And, I seem to be reading more adult books. There are some special ones recently published. Yikes, there are so many!  

         Remember I work at a used bookstore with co-workers and customers also recommending their recent "great reads". My list grows longer there, too, in addition to reading all your posts, and ones on Monday with the #IMWAYR group, on twitter, etc. It's a pleasure that I won't whine about. How could we ever tire of learning about good books?

Here's my round-up for last year of those I've read, and I've added the link to my Goodreads review of them. I will add two others to my list from 2022. I READ NINE OF TWELVE ON THE LIST.

With The Fire on High - Elizabeth Acevedo

Clap When You Land - Elizabeth Acevedo

Echo Mountain - Lauren Wolk

The Black Friend - Frederick Joseph

Prairie Lotus - Linda Sue Park

We Dream of Space - Erin Entrada Kelly

Coop Knows The Scoop - Taryn Souders

Superman Smashes the Klan - Gene Luen Yang

Show Me A Sign - Ann Clare LeZotte

And here's a pic of my new list, fourteen in all! 

Two from last year:

           The One and Only Bob - Katherine Applegate

           Doodleville - Chad Sell


Nine new on my list - Middle School and Young Adult

           African Town - Irene Latham and Charles Waters   (just out)

           Tight - Torrey Maldonaldo

           Flying Over Water - N.H. Senzai and Shannon Hitchcock  

           The House That Wasn't There - Elana K. Arnold

           The Shape of Thunder - Jasmine Warga

           The Hedgehog of Oz - Cory Leonardo

            Everything Sad Is Untrue - Daniel Nayeri

            Piecing Me Together - Renee Watson  

            Charming As A Verb - Ben Philippe

    Three for Adult

            Small Things Like These - Claire Keegan

            All That She Carried -

                The Journey of Ashley's Sack, A Black Family's Keepsake - Tiya Miles

            Lightning Strike - William Kent Krueger

Happy Reading Everyone!

One note: I just picked up Gary Paulsen's final book, Northwind from my local Indie, Tattered Cover. While bittersweet, I know I'll read it soon, too. He has given us many stories to love.


  1. Always so envious that The Tattered Cover is your local indie. We made it a stop when we visited Colorado and were never disappointed. I made a shelf of want-to-read books last year and have now piled nine more on top of the spines of those books. All That She Carried is one I want to read in 22. I missed reading middle grade last year. You've inspired me to make my list!
    May I recommend a title? Petroishka in Paris by Jane Smiley! Definitely different from her usual books, but so charming.

    1. Wouldn't it be fun to go to Tattered Cover together? Thanks for the extra recommendation, Ramona. I put it on the list! Happy Reading! I will look for your list!

    2. I spelled it wrong, it's Perestroika in Paris.

  2. You have so many great books picked out for the challenge, Linda! I've heard of a few of these (my sibling actually read Charming as a Verb a while back!), but quite a few of them are completely new to me. It looks like you have a nice balance of MG/YA/adult books! And I agree, there's so many ways to get book recommendations, but it's always worth it when you get to read something you wouldn't have picked up otherwise! Thanks so much for the wonderful post, and good luck in the challenge!

    1. Thanks, Max, so many books, so little time! I picked up Charming as a Verb at the used bookstore. Sometimes super donations come through & I have to be careful not to bring home too many. It's a good problem to have, right?

  3. I loved The Shape of Thunder and envy you getting to read it for the first time. I've read The One and Only Bob, but the rest of the books on your list are all new to me. Happy happy reading this year!

    1. Thanks, Cheriee, sorry I missed this earlier. Every time I've read others' lists, I've found new ones, too. And so many more are coming! It's a problem that's a good one!

  4. I recently read Small Things Like These. I had never heard of the Magdalene Laundries before and reading the book made me wonder why it's something I didn't know about.

    1. Now you've intrigued me, Lisa. It was a gift for Christmas so I didn't know it at all. I'll try to read it soon. Thanks!

  5. What a beautiful stack of books! You have several new-to-me titles. That is one of the "dangers" of reading these posts - the stacks only get bigger!

    1. I know what you mean. My list has grown from all the lists, then from the ALA Awards this week, too! Lots to look forward to in 2022! Thanks, Leigh Anne!


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