My #MustReadin2014 list has 30 titles on it. As of today, I have read 13 of these books. Since I have read 26 novels so far in 2014, half of my reading has been from my #MustRead list. Sometimes these titles lead me off to read the rest of the series (after Legend I read Prodigy and Champion within weeks) or a sequel (after Better Nate than Ever, I read Five, Six, Seven, Nate!)
Here are the books I’ve read and the rating I gave them on Goodreads.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Read January 3rd, 2014) Rating: 5/5
Legend by Marie Lu (Read January 7th, 2014) Rating: 4/5
Boy 21 by Matthew Quick (Read January 11th, 2014) Rating: 5/5
Forgive me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick (Read January 25th, 2014) Rating: 4/5
The Living by Matt de la Pena (Read January 31st, 2014) Rating: 4/5
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo (Read February 15th, 2014) Rating: 5/5
Listening for Lucca by Suzanne Lafleur (Read February 23rd, 2014) Rating: 4/5
Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy (Read March 6th, 2014) Rating: 4/5
Every Day After by Laura Golden (Read March 6th, 2014) Rating: 5/5
Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle (Read March 19th, 2014) Rating: 5/5
The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech (Read March 20th, 2014) Rating: 5/5
Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Read March 23rd, 2014) Rating: 2/5
The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Read March 31st, 2014) Rating: 5/5
More details of my favourite 4 from this list:
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
If you are no longer 18 years old, you might forget that fact while reading this book. All the vulnerability, fear, brutal soul searching and life lessons will come hurtling back at you as you experience the characters of Fangirl. Rainbow Rowell writes characters that are all about raw and true. Brilliant.
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
I read this aloud to my children and we adored it. It is such a fantastic book to read aloud. We savoured the quirky, the hilarious and the eccentric. We smiled at the characters. We were lulled by the whimsy. And we were charmed by the brilliance of DiCamillo. 5 stars: all glowing and magical!
Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle
Add me to the long list of readers who has been utterly charmed by the character Nate Foster. I loved his small town inexperience. His candor. His charm. The fact that he talks about his parent’s marriage problems, personal problems and parenting problems. I love that he talks about not knowing who he might like in the future and that he hasn’t got a gender all picked out yet. I love his friendship with his best friend. And then there is his audition. Okay, I basically just loved all of it. And I continued to love him in the sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate!
The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen
I have had the pleasure of reading this entire trilogy to my children and this final book certainly did not disappoint. Adventure. Intrigue. Battles and Heroes. Everything a MG title needs to be fully engaging and engrossing! Highly recommend the entire trilogy if you haven’t read it yet.
Some things I’ve learned along the way:
- Matthew Quick is a must read author!
- Dystopian series go downhill fast or remain exciting throughout. If on book 2 you have figured out which of these categories you are reading, remember this and either jump ship or keep reading.
- There are so many Middle Grade titles to be excited about!
- I am so glad I made this list because it has ensured that I have discovered some favourites!
How is your To Be Read list treating you?
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