Must Read in 2015: Year End Update

Last January, I had 24 titles on my #MustReadin2015 list and lots of reading ambition!

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During 2015, I was able to complete 18 titles from the list. As the end of the month neared I had mixed feelings about this. First I felt reader guilt or book list pressure or some such anxiety. But then I relaxed. I read 75% of my list. 18 titles that had special place for in my reading life. I liked them all. Some, I loved. Some of these I might have forgotten about and the list guaranteed I didn’t.

The six titles I didn’t get to?  They aren’t going anywhere. And, I will get to them if the reading stars align. Some I had on my shelf from the library and then had to return because they were requested. Some I wasn’t in the mood for at the particular time I planned to read them. A few I am saving for a different time.

The thing about reading any book? The experience leads somewhere interesting. New thoughts, new books, new ideas. All worth it. The joy of reading is endless!

Some highlights from my list?

I am going to share reading experiences rather than book summaries. If I have read the book, there will be comments or reviews somewhere on this blog.

Reading Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell introduced me to  a new to me writer and I went on to read Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms and The Wolf Wilder. All three – fantastic books! I now have a new can’t miss author.

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell Must Read in 2015: Year End Update

I was blessed to read Jack by Liesl Shurliff aloud to my class from last year – the year before we read Rump.  When the students found out that Liesl had 2 more books coming following Rump,their initial excitement turned to despair. “But we won’t get to read them together!” Reading Jack with the same group of students was such a pleasure. As links between the stories occurred, eyes lit up and smiles erupted.

Jack by Liesl Shurtliff Must Read in 2015: Year End Update

Some of these titles are attached to particular holiday memories. I read some during the early morning hours of vacations while the rest of the house slept. I look at some of these titles and I can recall being teary, fearful, relieved or just plain comforted about human kind.

I found some favourite characters that have stuck with me.

Albert from Fish in a Tree written by Lynda Mullaly Hunt He is the kind of understated hero everyone needs to know.

Fish In A Tree Must Read in 2015: Year End Update

The boys and the Dads from The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy. I loved the beautiful, messy, busy, loving family vibe.

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher Must Read in 2015: Year End Update

Benjamin in Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart I couldn’t sleep worrying about this guy. Such a book.

Death by Toilet Paper Must Read in 2015: Year End Update

I thought about making my list smaller for 2016. Wouldn’t that mean I would have a better chance of completing the list? Maybe. But then I decided that I needed wiggle room. Room for “in the mood” choices. Room to be led in other directions. My list for 2016 is likely going to be 30 titles long and I’m aiming to read most of them. And I can already guarantee that that is going to be absolutely okay. 🙂

Want to know more about #MustReadin2015? Read here This post also includes links to all of the bloggers who wrote Must Read in 2015 lists.

Thinking about joining us for 2016? Please do! Make a list and read some, none or all of the titles on it. Reading is amazing but reading plans are pretty wonderful too! Just reading all of the lists is a great reason to pour a big cup of coffee and do some book dreaming!

We will be sharing lists beginning January 5th 2016! Please join in using the hashtag #mustreadin2016 or by leaving me a comment on this blog.

 

Must Read in 2015: Fall Update

Summer reading is over and fall is here! How have you been doing on your #MustReadin2015 list? Progress? Ready to dive back in this fall? it’s time to share!

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My #MustReadin2015 list has 24 titles on it and I have completed sixteen and have just started another title. So, slowly, but surely, making progress.  I often get distracted by other books but when I do read a title from this list, I am always reminded of all of the good reasons I placed it on the list in the first place.

Here are the titles I have completed since our last update:

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The courage of a student, the compassion of a teacher, the celebration of spirit. Loved this little gem of a book. And a big shout out to the character of Albert – you are my kind of super hero! How wonderful that this will be a Global Read Aloud selection this fall!

Fish In A Tree Must Read in 2015: Fall Update There's a Book for That

The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall

Reading about the Penderwicks is soothing. It’s celebratory. It is like coming home after a long trip and being absolutely charmed by the known, the ordinary, the nuances of family. I love every little detail on every page. If you too are a Penderwicks fan, then story details don’t matter, reuniting with these characters is as wonderful as you hoped it might be.

The Penderwicks in Spring Must Read in 2015: Fall Update There's a Book for That

Lost in the Sun written by Lisa Graff

What a concept for a book. What is life after you accidentally kill someone? (freak accident) Now there is a big question! Somehow, this title answers it. A book about a young boy lost. Dealing with family. Making friends. Being really angry. Moving on.

Lost in the Sun Must Read in 2015: Fall Update There's a Book for That

Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart

From the title and the cover, one would think this is a light hearted novel. There is humour but it is full of emotions. In fact, I woke up early one morning worried about the character and had to finish the book to make sure all was okay. What do you do when you are twelve, you have lost your Dad and money is an issue? This title explores this reality in creative, but always authentic and sensitive ways. Fantastic characters and family dynamics.

Death by Toilet Paper Must Read in 2015: Fall Update There's a Book for That

If you have been participating in #MustReadin2015 and written an update post, please share using the #MustReadin2015 hashtag! I know we just shared in July – so if anyone just wants to check in via twitter, that’s wonderful!

Want to know more about #MustReadin2015? Read here This post also includes links to all of the bloggers who wrote Must Read in 2015 lists.

We will share our progress on our year with these lists around about December 31st.

Happy reading everyone!

Must Read in 2015: Summer Update

Summer reading is here! How have you been doing on your #MustReadin2015 list? Progress? Ready to dive back in this summer? it’s time to share!

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My #MustReadin2015 list has 24 titles on it and I have completed twelve. Exactly half and a summer of reading ahead! Numerous titles on my list are currently packed with me on a trip where I plan to read a lot! So I am hoping to complete two or three more titles from my list this week.

Sometimes I look at this list and worry that I won’t get to these titles but honestly, every time I complete a novel from this list I revisit my original reasons for including it back in December and am so glad these titles on my TBR list have that special Must Read status!

The novels I have read since our spring update:

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby 

There is reason for all of the raving about this YA title. The characters are so very unique – different, mysterious but so very appealing. The story is full of intrigue, suspense, mystery and magic. It is haunting and sad yet full of hope and transformation. It is one of those books that must be experienced and the less you read about it in advance, the better because each surprise, each “around the corner” is so delicious.

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby Must Read in 2015 Summer Update There's a Book for That

Jack by Liesl Shurtliff

We finished this book on the very last day of school. The best response, “This book was so perfect because it had more than one happy ending!” We loved how Jack tied to Rump in such unexpected ways. Another fantastic read aloud by Shurtliff! Can’t wait for Red!

Jack by Liesl Shurtliff Must Read in 2015 Summer Update There's a Book for That

The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern

Whoa Maggie. What a girl you are. Voice bellows from the pages. What a family. So much that is challenging. Not much that is perfect. So very endearing. A fantastic book about family.

The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern  Must Read in 2015 Summer Update There's a Book for That

Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly

Early on I wasn’t so sure about this novel. There was nasty middle grade interactions that made me absolutely cringe. Cruelty, insensitivity, racism. Miserable stuff. But midway through, I began to love the friendship developing between Apple and Evan. Evan is a kid I wish existed in every school – so many young people need him to help navigate the social world that can be so cruel. He approaches it with wise perspective and personal strength. He’s just plain smart and really right on so many levels. I look forward to more books from this debut author.

Blackbird Fly

The Shadowhand Convenant by Brian Farrey

I read this title aloud to my children. We read the first in the trilogy about a year ago and were completely captured by these unique characters in such a fresh fantasy story. This story continued to keep us guessing right until the last pages.

Shadowhand Covenant Monday May18th, 2015 There's a Book for That

If you have been participating in #MustReadin2015 and written an update post, please share using the #MustReadin2015 hashtag!

Want to know more about #MustReadin2015? Read here This post also includes links to all of the bloggers who wrote Must Read in 2015 lists.

And now for a confession and an apology.

Confession: I have messed up a little with these update dates. Originally, I had planned 3 updates and somehow, I looked at 2014’s schedule and got back to four updates. Call it over eager. Mostly, it is about busy and not checking carefully and actually creating more posts not less! So I apologize if you weren’t planning to update until September. I will still host an update as originally planned on September 3rd. As always, update posts are purely optional – it is fun to see how people are doing with their lists and what books they are loving. Join in if you would like 🙂

Apology: I can’t create a link up for leaving post links below as I am away and staying at a hotel with terrible internet access that keeps kicking me off. Thankfully I had prewritten most of this post earlier! Please leave links below in the comment section

Happy Reading to everyone! Crossing titles off a list or making choices as the mood hits – it’s all reading! Enjoy!

 

 

 

Must Read in 2015: Spring Update

It’s time for our first #MustReadin2015 update! How are you doing with your list? Progress? Or have other titles called louder? Sometimes that is the way . . . 🙂

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My #MustReadin2015 list has 24 titles on it and I have completed seven. I am also almost finished an eighth. That puts me pretty much on track considering I’ve completed about 1/3 of my list at 3 months into the year. My #mustreadin2015 titles account for about half of my novel reading so I am proud of how well I have stuck to the list. At least, so far!

The novels I have read:

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King

Everything A.S. King writes is so unique and makes me more of a fan. This is a wild ride. Glory O’Brien has some voice.

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future Must Read in 2015: Spring Update

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith 

Smith writes such incredible young male characters. Likeable, honest, and vulnerable. They are stubborn. Questioning. Navigating the challenges of teeenage times. Boys who don’t need to be perfect. Who are figuring it out. Who get much of it wrong but some of it really right.

100-SIDEWAYS-MILES Must Read in 2015: Spring Update

How to Outrun a Crocodile when Your Shoes are Untied by Jess Keating 

Captures the intensity of this middle school age – the navigating the social world, the figuring out of who one is with lots of humour, surprises, embarrassment and joy. As my daughter, who happens to be 12, and have a twin brother, said “this book is so real.” Ana is a character you will want to keep reading. I will definitely be picking up Jess Keating’s next novel and soon!

How to Outrun a Crocodile when Your Shoes are Untied Must Read in 2015: Spring Update

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Lots of love. Lots of pain. Grief and mourning muddled up with falling in love and living. Some stop you in your tracks images and lines. Wow. After reading Nelson’s I’ll Give you the Sun, I couldn’t wait to get to this book.

The Sky is Everywhere Must Read in 2015: Spring Update

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy 

I loved every member of this wonderful family. I rooted for each of them, celebrated them, smiled so big it hurt my cheeks. This is what family is. Loved the noisy, messy mumble jumble of every day love and family connection explored in this book. A happy, hilarious MG read.

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher Must Read in 2015: Spring Update

Arcady’s Goal by Eugene Yelchin 

A book you can pick up and read in one sitting. But images will follow you around for days. Reminds us how cruel or kind a community can be. This is the second Yelchin noveil I have devoured. I am definitely a fan.

Arcady's Goal by Eugene Yelchin Must Read in 2015: Spring Update

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell 

An absolutely lovely middle grade read. Full of imagination, hope, courage and the magic of the unnoticed. I think this might be a future student book club selection for us.

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell Must Read in 2015: Spring Update

Up next on my list? My children and I are reading The Shadowhand Covenant (Book Two of the Vengekeep Prophecies) by Brian Farrey. I hope we finish it this weekend and then we will begin Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen. For my personal reading, next on my list will likely be Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (I just bought this title with a Christmas gift card!) or The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern (just picked up at the library).

If you have been participating in #MustReadin2015 and written an update post, please share using the #MustReadin2015 hashtag!

Want to know more about #MustReadin2015? Read here This post also includes links to all of the bloggers who wrote Must Read lists.

Next update will be on or about July 1st 2015! We are thinking of doing a twitter chat at this time to share favourite titles. Anyone interested? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

#MustReadin2015

For anyone out there with a To Be Read list that seems like it will never end, this challenge is for you! This is all about making your own personal list of books 5? 10? 20? 30? more? that you want to commit to reading in 2015. Books can be published in any year, be from any genre, and from any category -adult, YA, MG, Graphics, NF, etc titles.  All that matters is that they are books you want to be sure not to forget as that TBR list continues to grow! These aren’t the only titles you will read over the year, but a list to help guide your reading.

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If you would like to create and share a list, contact me on twitter or leave a link in the comments and I will add your list to the #MustReadin2015 lists below. Everyone is welcome! But be warned, reading other lists may grow your own! 🙂

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Last year, the #MustReadin2014 community shared 4 updates – April 1st, July 1st, October 1st and a year end review to share our progress. I apologize for not hosting the year end review due to a nerve injury. Follow the links to check out the variety of update posts shared.

I thought this year, we would try for 3 updates. I am proposing 3 Thursdays: April 2nd, September 3rd and December 31st.  Update posts are purely optional! They can take whatever format you wish: highlighting your favourites, reasons for not reading, simply a list of what you have read, etc.

I managed to finish 25/30 titles on my #MustReadin2014 list

So ready to check out some great lists?

Mine is here: Must Read Novels of 2015

Holly Mueller updates her #MustReadin2014 list and shares her new one here: #MustReadin2015

Michele Knott shares her comprehensive list here: #mustreadin2015

Elisabeth Ellington shares her 2015 reading challenges and #MustReadin2015 list here

Niki Barnes shares her list here: Must Read and Nerdlution 2015

Kara DiBartolo shares her list here: #Nerdulution15

Maria Selke has a long list (with lots of variety): Must Read in 2015 

Linda Baie titled her list Must Reads- Books Needing Love – 2015 🙂

Leigh Anne Eck shares her list here: Must Read in 2015

Michelle Simpson has 25 titles on her list: My Must Reads in 2015

Myra from Gathering Books shares a sample of her reading list for 2015 in her post about Reading Challenges

Earl Dizon has an ambitious list of 52 titles to read! His list is here: To Be Read in 2015 

Crystal Brunelle provides a link to her Goodreads #MustReadin2015 shelf in this post: New Year: New Goals

Ann King shares her list (that she agonized over – it’s a great one Ann!): Must Read in 2015: Finally, Commitment

Stacey shares her #MustReadin2014 update and a fantastic list for 2015: Must Read in 2014 Final Update & Must Read in 2015 

Cheriee Weichel, lovely Teacher Librarian, lovelier still, because she is my children’s Teacher Librarian, shares her list here: My 2015 Must Read Books

Hannahlily Angus shares her fantastic list of 45 titles: Must Read in 2015

Lorna Wheaton has great variety on her list here:  My Must Read Books in 2015

Two lists in one! Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers share their Must Read in 2015 lists

Julie aka The Fun Librarian shares her varied list here: #MustReadin2015 

Susan Verdi joins in the #MustReadin2015 fun! Her list is here: #MustReadin2015

Virginia Pratt shares her list here: Reading Challenges & #MustReadsof2015

 

Must Read Novels of 2015

Lots of book love.

So many books.

No ability to slow down time.

These are the things I know to be true. This list allows me to keep track of the titles I don’t want to miss or forget about when I hear about the latest and greatest titles being talked about. I belong to wonderful book loving communities – I am always hearing about incredible books.

This year I am keeping this list at 24 and trying to read them all. Of course, I plan to read many more books over the year. This will be 24 of what I hope will be at least 80 novels in total.

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I chose these titles for a variety of reasons: they are written by beloved authors, they are next in a series I like, I have seen my #nerdybookclub and #IMWAYR friends give them high praise, etc. Many good reasons leads to a fantastic #MustReadin2015 list!

To read more about the challenge and add your list, read here: #MustReadin2015

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Shared alphabetically by author.

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt  (Read December 21st 2015 4/5 stars)

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall (Read July 3rd 2015 5/5 stars)

The Penderwicks in Spring

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper (Read December 24th 2015 4/5 stars)

Stella by Starlight

The Shadowhand Covenant by Brian Farrey (this will be a family read aloud) (Read May 11th 2015 4/5 stars)

ShadowhandCovenant

Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart (Read August 27th 2015 5/5 stars)

Death by Toilet Paper

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff (Read July 12th 2015 4/5 stars)

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (Read July 1st 2015 5/5 stars)

Fish in a Tree

How to Outrun a Crocodile when Your Shoes are Untied by Jess Keating  (Read January 11th 2015 4/5 stars)

How to Outrun a Crocodile when Your Shoes are Untied

Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly  (Read May 31st 2015 4/5 stars)

Blackbird Fly

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King (Read January 3rd 2015 5/5 stars)

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy  (Read February 8th 2015 5/5 stars)

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher

Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire

Egg and Spoon

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (Read January 25th 2015 5/5 stars)

The Sky is Everywhere

Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen (this will be a family read aloud)

Mark of the Thief

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

West of the Moon

Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose

Blue Birds

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby (Read April 25th 2015 5/5 stars)

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell  (Read March 14th 2015 5/5 stars)

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

The Way to Stay in Destiny by Augusta Scattergood

The Way to Stay in Destiny by Augusta Scattergood

Jack by Liesl Shurtliff (this will be a classroom read aloud) (Read June 24th 6th 2015 5/5 stars)Jack by Liesl Shurtliff

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith  (Read January 6th 2015 5/5 stars)

100 Sideways Miles

The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern  (Read April 7th 2015 5/5 stars)

The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern

The Whisper by Aaron Starmer

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Arcady’s Goal by Eugene Yelchin (Read March13th 2015 5/5 stars)

Arcady's Goal by Eugene Yelchin

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