t’s time for our first #MustReadin2017 update!
How are you doing with your list? Making progress? Only read a few? Distracted by other titles? Please share!
Like, last year, I made a list of 30 titles and made a commitment to try and read most of them. Ideally, at least 20 is my plan. My #mustread lists serves as launch pad for my reading year. I am happy to revisit the list when I am in a reading slump or not sure of what to read next. Other times, new titles are on my radar and I don’t even think twice about the list. When I need it though, it’s there full of reading inspiration.
I am happy to report that four months into 2017, I have read ten titles. So, it looks like I am exactly on track – a third of the way into the year and I have read one third of my list.
Here are the titles I have completed with a little bit of raving about each one.
Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes (MG)
Celebrate as Garvey is able to find himself and move beyond the self-doubt, the teasing and bullying and the pressure of his father’s expectations. A novel in verse.
Saving Red by Sonya Sones (YA)
YA. A novel in verse. Many themes are covered. Mental health, homelessness, family.
The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz (MG)
Incredibly researched, full of magical and historical details. Not surprised this title was honoured when the Newbery honor titles were announced.
Every Single Second by Tricia Springstubb (MG)
So many things are explored: trust, loyalty, commitment, forgiveness, judgement, prejudice, love. A powerful middle grade read.
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (YA)
This book is a story of being ridiculously human. About hope and faith and choices and kindness. About family and responsibility and dreams.
Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz (MG)
An emotional MG read about one young girl’s OCD that begins to spin out of control. Highly recommended.
It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas (MG)
This book explores the Iranian Hostage Crisis, dealing with middle school while still figuring out America and all of the complexities of family and friendship a 12 year old girl from Iran might experience. And it’s super funny and touching and so wonderfully written!
Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart (MG)
Dramatic and hard to put down. There were parts of this story I found absolutely creepy. Kids who love action driven books will love this story. Kids are devouring this book in my class. They pass it back to me and agree, “Some parts were creepy!”
Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan (MG)
Holly Goldberg Sloan has a way of showcasing characters in stories that we don’t always see together. Short is a story all about friendships between generations. It’s also about a play and all of the wonderful behind the scenes preparations. I fell in love with the characters here. A must read middle grade novel!
The Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen (MG)
This middle grade novel will keep readers on the edge of their seat. Weevil and Ani are very likeable characters and it is easy to cheer for them. Mystery, adventure and interesting character dynamics.
I also read and loved Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones which was on my #MustReadin2016 list and I never got to it. Placing these books on a list like this really does help me keep them in mind!
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Next update will be on September 7th 2017!
HAPPY READING EVERYONE!