For those readers and list makers, nothing is more exciting than January! The time to make an amazing list of books to read for the year!
A new year and new book possibilities. Where will our reading lives take us? What adventures and emotions will we experience through the books we read? Always, there are endless possibilities.
There are so many books and limited time.
New books distract us from other books.
A must read list ensures not all are forgotten!
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Here are the 30 titles I am going to try and read over this year. As always these titles will represent only a portion of my reading. My goal? To read most of these. This list is a road map of where to turn next when I come to a pause in my reading choices. It is always waiting to guide me.
Making a list like this – a To Read list – also allows us to reflect on the reading that we want to do. I ask myself questions like: Am I reading widely over various genres? Do I have a mix of GN, MG and YA reads? Do the novels I read include diverse characters that reflect the students I teach? The world I don’t know? The experiences I need to know more about?
This year I split my list in two. Half of these books are titles published in 2016 or earlier and half are published in 2017. Hopefully, this will be a nice balance of newly published titles and titles that I have discovered from my fantastic PLN as not to be missed.
As I am now teaching a Grade 4 & 5 class, I wanted to have a lot of Middle Grade titles on this list. So 23/30 books (more than 75%) are MG reads.
Published in 2016 or earlier:
Saving Red by Sonya Sones (2016) YA Read January 8th 2017 5/5 stars Every Single Second by Tricia Springstubb (2016) MG Read February 5th 2017 5/5 stars Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes (2016) MG Read January 1st 2017 4/5 stars
Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King (2016) YA
Terror at Bottle Creek by Watt Key (2016) MG Read April 9th 2017 4/5 stars
Wish by Barbara O’Connor (2016) MG
Snow White by Matt Phelan (2016) MG
The Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen (2016) MG Read March 2nd 2017 4/5 stars The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (2016) YA Read February 7th 2017 5/5 stars
What Elephants Know by Eric Dinerstein (2016) MG
The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz (2016) MG Read January 28th 2017 4/5 stars
Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse (2016) YA
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz (2010) MG
Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz (2016) MG Read February 13th 2017 5/5 stars It Ain’t so Awful Falafal by Firoozeh Dumas (2016) MG Read February 19th 2017 5/5 stars
Published in 2017
The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla (2017) MG
Walking with Miss Millie by Tamara Bundy (2017) MG
Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan (2017) MG Read March 23rd 2017 5/5 stars
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder (2017) MG
Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke (2017) MG
This Would Make a Good Story Someday by Dana Alison Levy (2017) MG
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (2017) YA
The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming by J. Anderson Coats (2017) MG
American Street by Ibi Zoboi (2017) YA
Hello, Universe by Erin Estrada Kelly (2017) MG
Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart (2017) MG Read March 18th 2017 4/5 stars
Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar (2017) MG
Matylda, Bright and Tender by Holly M. McGhee (2017) MG Read April 16th 2017 5/5 stars
Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel by Kimberly Willis Holt (2017) MG
Piecing me Together by Renée Watson (2017) YA Read April 14th 2017 5/5 stars
What novels are at the top of your TBR list? Please share!