It’s time for the fall #MustReadin2018 update!
How are you doing with your list? Which titles have been favourites? What other books might have distracted you? It’s time to share!
I have 30 titles on my list this year and my goal, like last year, is to read most of them. At least 20 and then, I feel like it is progress! At the spring update in April I had read 9 titles. Now I’ve completed 19! So I am well on my way.
Since April, I have completed these titles and am again sharing my brief thoughts and impressions:
Jane Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
This is the one title I had to work hard to complete. I wanted to love this YA novel. And I really liked aspects of it. But, it was just not for me. Multiple possible endings. And realities? Just too much.I was such a Graceling fan so I was disappointed that I didn’t really enjoy this book.
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
Now this book! LOVED!! Ivy’s family survives a hurricane but then she must navigate cramped family quarters, less attention from her busy Mom overwhelmed with caring for baby twins, feelings of love that are new and unexpected. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and have quite the soft spot for Ivy. I would instantly place this title in my classroom library if I was teaching Grade 5 or higher.
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
I finished this book more than a month ago and I still think of it every few days. Truly haunting. A story of ghosts – dead black boys who have been killed in ridiculously unnecessary ways. Blurs history with fiction. Such a read. Would make an incredible read aloud in a middle school classroom.
In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner
Beautiful writing takes us through the hard and heartbreak of the grieving process – sometimes so muddy and muddled we need a lot of guidance getting through. Loved Klee and all of those guiding him through. Polisner is one of my favourite YA authors. I will read anything she writes!
Loser’s Bracket by Chris Crutcher
This book I really liked. Such an exploration of family. If you love YA realistic fiction that is real and true and gritty, I highly recommend this one! I was waking up before 6 a.m. to sneak in pages.
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
Completely engaging. What a wonderful choice for the Global Read Aloud. Amal is an incredibly courageous and compassionate character. I couldn’t put this one down.
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
Middle grade perfection. Connor just keeps getting better and better. I dare you not to want to root for Mason Buttle as every kind of grief soaked kind of bad luck gets thrown at him. This story has so many layers. Would be a fantastic read aloud in a middle grade classroom. (Grade 5 and up). A character I will not forget.
A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi
This young adult novel does not shy away from any of the harrowing details that are part of a refugee’s journey. Follow Tareq and his family as he leaves Syria in search of safety and hope.
Escape from Aleppo by N. H. Senzai
I learned so much about the Syrian crisis in this book about Nadia and her desperate search to become reunited with her family as her city is being bombed. This is a middle grade read.
Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
Sweet and endearing. Loved this title full of magic and affection. Sometimes weird books are just weird – this one is weirdly wonderful.
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Our year end update will be on December 27th 2018!
HAPPY READING EVERYONE!
So many of these I’m going to add to my TBR!
Unleashing Readers (Kellee and Ricki) Fall Update: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=17306
So fun to read about your progress.
So many books I want to read on this list! Permanent Goodbyes and Aleppo are on my read soon list, so I hope to get to them within the next month or so. Ghost Boys is phenomenal, isn’t it? Beautifully executed.
I won’t comment on each, but Escape From Aleppo & A Land of Permanent Goodbyes are on my list. I loved several others, including Bob, such a sweet and clever book. Thanks for the post, Carrie. I haven’t done so well in the reading of my list this time, but here it is! https://www.teacherdance.org/2018/09/mustreadin2018-recap.html
Sweet and clever is exactly Bob.
I loved Bob! Many of the other titles on your list are on my tbr list! Here’s my update http://www.literacyonthemind.com/2018/09/books-i-planned-to-read-in-2018-update-2.html
So wonderful how many people enjoyed Bob!
Here is my Fall Update. I am hoping to get to a few that you have here too, such as Bob.
You have read a lot of great books!
Thank you Carrie for hosting! Here is my update http://readingtl.blogspot.com/2018/09/mustreadin2018-fall-update.html
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Wait, wait, wait. Chris Crutcher has a new book out? HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS? So anyway, thanks for that rec.
Also, yes 19 is definitely well on your way! Yay!
Here’s my list: https://wp.me/p14eyw-2aH
Definitely a great one to read – this Crutcher novel.
19 is a great start! Thanks for hosting us! I have my eye on Bob…
Well Bob is pretty sneaky so make sure that eye is a close one.
I read Mason Buttle, Bob, Amal Unbound, and Ghost Boys in the last couple months too, unfortunately none of them were on my Must Read list! I enjoyed each of them so much though 🙂 Several of the others you read look great too, too many good books to read!
Always so many books!
I agree completely with your thoughts on Ghost Boys. It’s been haunting me too. I loved Bob, The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle and Amal Unbound. Many of these other books are on my list. Perhaps they will make my list next year?
I had my update ready last week, but forgot to post it. Here it is
So glad you remembered 🙂