My Must Read Novels of 2018

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!

Where will our reading lives take us? What adventures and emotions will we experience through the books we read? Always, there are endless possibilities.

So many books. Limited time.

New books to distract us from other books.

A must read list ensures not all are forgotten!

My Must Read Novels of 2018

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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. I use this list like a 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. But it also waits patiently when I am distracted by new books.

Making a list like this – a To Read list – also allows us to reflect on the reading that we want to do. I know I want to emphasize middle grade novels. I also want to ensure that I am reading from various genres but honour that I will typically gravitate to realistic fiction.

This year I split my list in two. Half of these books are titles published in 2017 or earlier and the rest published in 2018. 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.

2017 or before

These first two titles are from my #mustreadin2017 list that I still want to read

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley  Read March 22nd 2018 5/5 stars

WishTree by Katherine Applegate   Read March 29th 2018 5/5 stars

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser  Read January 13th 2018 5/5 stars

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling  Read February 4th 2018 4/5 stars

Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman Read December 27th 2018 5/5 stars

The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh  Read February 11th 2018 5/5 stars

Jane Unlimited by Kristin Cashore  Read June 10th 2018 3/5 stars

Solo by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess Read February 18th 2018 5/5 stars

Karma Khullar’s Mustache by Kristi Wientge

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater Read January 21st 2018 5/5 stars

Titles published in 2018

Grump by Liesl Shurtliff  Read October 13th 2018 5/5 stars

The Jigsaw Jungle by Kristin Levine

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes Read July 14th 2018 5/5 stars

Good Dog by Dan Gemeinhart  Read March 27th 2018 4/5 stars

In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner  Read July 6th 2018 5/5 stars

Loser’s Bracket by Chris Crutcher  Read June 23rd 2018 5/5 stars

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed Read July 11th 2018 5/5 stars

Breakout by Kate Messner Read December 16th 2018 5/5 stars

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor  Read April 22nd 2018 5/5 stars

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi  Read May 6th 2018 4/5 stars

Escape from Aleppo by N. H. Senzai Read May 13th 2018 5/5 stars

Sunny by Jason Reynolds  Read December 7th 2018 5/5 stars

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake Read August 19th 2018 5/5 stars

Knock Out by K.A. Holt Read February 18th 2018 5/5 stars

Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead Read July 15th 2018 5/5 stars

What novels are at the top of your TBR list? Please share! 

15 thoughts on “My Must Read Novels of 2018

  1. I have some of these older ones on my list and have read a few, but oh, those new titles for 2018! I know each one will be good to read! Fun to see that Liesl Shurtliff has a new “tale” coming out! Thanks, Carrie, the list grows!

  2. Great list – I have read none, but own many of yours! And a few that I didn’t know about like Knock-Out and Bob and many that I WANT to read…like your entire list! 🙂

  3. I love it! I see we’ve been surfing the same lists and recommendations. 🙂 I’m mad I didn’t put Gae’s new book on my list. Darn it! And Kate’s! Darn it again. Ha. I’ll read them anyway. 🙂

  4. I’m still working on my list Carrie, and it’s hard to whittle it down to a manageable number when I read other people’s lists and keep adding to my own!

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