My Must Read Titles for 2019

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!


Join the #MustReadin2019 community!

To read more about the challenge and add your list, read here.


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 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. Often, I am.

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 didn’t read as much as I usually do in 2018 so my list has more titles that are published in 2018 or earlier (19 titles) and fewer 2019 releases (11 titles).

Here is my list:

Published in 2018 or earlier

The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

The Soul of an Octopus

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi


After Zero by Christina Collins

After Zero

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka Read April 7th 2019 5 stars

Hey, Kiddo

The Dollar Kids by Jennifer Richard Jacobson Read April 19th 2019 5 stars

The Dollar Kids

Wonderland by Barbara O’Connor Read November 19th 2019 5 stars
Wonderland by Barbara O'Connor

Harbour Me by Jacqueline Woodson Read January 6th 2019 5 stars

Harbour Me by Jacqueline Woodson

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena  Read February 11th 2019 4 stars

A Girl Like That

Far from the Tree by Robin Benway Read February 17th 2019 5 stars

Far from the Tree

The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden  Read March 19th 2019 5 stars

The Benefits of Being an Octopus

Lu by Jason Reynolds


All That I Can Fix by Crystal Chan Read January 22nd 2019 4 stars

All that I can fix, chan

From You to Me by K.A. Holt

Girl sitting on pier and lookingat the river

Sweep The Story of a Girl and her Monster by Jonathan Auxier  Read March 24th 2019 5 stars


Tight by Torrey Maldonado


Wild Blues by Beth Kephart Read January 29th 2019 5 stars

Wild Blues

(Time Castaways #1) The Mona Lisa Key by Liesl Shurtliff

The Mona lisa key

The Last (Endling #1) by Katherine Applegate

The Last (Endling #1) by Katherine Applegate

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang  Read March 2nd 2019 5 stars

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Published in 2019 

The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman Read June 16th 2019 5 stars

Padma Venkatraman The Bridge Home

The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu Read May 12th 2019 5 stars

The Lost Girl

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart  Read July 2nd 2019 5 stars

Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

Dig by A.S. King

Dig, King

Song for A Whale by Lynne Kelly Read December  29th 2019 5 stars

Song for A Whale

Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt Read March 7th 2019 4 stars

Shouting at the Rain

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Wargather Read September 17th 2019 5 stars


The Size of the Truth by Andrew Smith Read June 16th 2019 5 stars

Size of the Truth by Andrew Smith

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer

To Night Owl from Dogfish

Where the Heart is by Jo Knowles

Where the Heart is

The Mighty Heart of Sunny St James by Ashley Herring Blake

The Mighty Heart of Sunny St James

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


25 thoughts on “My Must Read Titles for 2019

  1. You have some great titles on your list – some I have read, some are on my “official” list, and some are on my”unofficial” list. I finished Benefits of Being an Octopus, Lu and Hey Kiddo over break and they are all wonderful! Wonderland is also great, but I love everything she writes! I’m looking forward to Coyote Sunrise and Sweep. Yours is the first post I have read, and my list is already grown! But isn’t that the fun of this. Thanks again for rounding us all up! And Happy New Year!

    • So happy to host this challenge Leigh Anne! I love visiting all of the posts too. Although, my list just grows and grows. I absolutely LOVE Barbara O’Connor and can’t wait to read Wonderland.

  2. Homegoing is one of the best novels I ever read. These middle grade novels are among my favorites, too: Tight, The Bridge Home, The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, and Sweep. I didn’t include Other Words for Home or Where the Heart Is on my list, but I definitely want to read both of those. Wishing you a great year of reading!

  3. So much to love in your list, Carrie, & so many for me to remember & try to get to. My ‘secret’ list is adding up from all the posts! Thanks again for hosting this special group! I did love Harbor Me, The Dollar Kids, Hey! Kiddo! & Sweep, am reading Endling now, a new kind of world! Happy New Year!

  4. So many good books on your list! These books are also on my #mustreadin2019 list: Coyote Sunrise, The Bridge Home, The Lost Girl, Shouting at the Rain. Can’t wait to chat about them with you! I LOVED Endling!!! I can’t wait for book 2 in May 🙂

  5. Ah! You have so many titles on your list I want to now add to mine. I have enjoyed several of your choices – especially Homegoing, Lu, and Hey, Kiddo. Enjoy and thanks again for hosting. This is a great community.

  6. I purchased The Soul of an Octopus and gave it away as a Christmas gift this year. It’s on one of my MustRead lists this year too! I’ve told her I want to borrow it when she’s done with it. Same thing for Hey Kiddo! I’m about to go and add all the books not on my want to read list to goodreads and like Linda, I’ve started a new collection with all the MustRead titles I overlooked. sigh…. Have you noticed that the more books you read, the more books there are to read?

  7. You’ve made another great list! So many of these books are on my TBR list for this year too.
    Hey Kiddo is a beautiful read. So powerful.
    Thank you again for hosting this, it’s one of my favorite things to do in January!
    Happy 2019 reading!

  8. I was delighted to see your list — so many great titles here that I’ve loved reading and some that I still hope to squeeze into my schedule over the coming year. I’m especially excited about The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise. And I currently have The Prince and the Dressmaker and Hey, Kiddo both checked out from the library. Thank you for hosting this community. I’m glad I decided to hop aboard for my first year! 🙂

  9. You have so many great titles on your list. I loved Wonderland and Sweep was one of my favorite books from 2018! We have a lot of similar titles on our Must Read lists. I am excited to follow your progress this year!

  10. Our library does a 10 to Try Reading Challenge every year and I just managed to insert six titles from your list into that one. I love reading challenges! Oh, make that seven titles, just looked up Other Words from Home and realized I could plug it into the poetry category. I guess that reading challenge is my “secret list.” Having multiple lists might be why I struggle to complete the ones I put on my #mustread list each year. Oh, the challenges of the bookish life! Thanks for this group. I love reading everyone’s list!

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