Sunday, January 19, 2014


I have a MONSTER To-Read list on Goodreads (939), so I love this challenge set up by Carrie Gelson and Maria Selke to knock off some of those books on our lists that we definitely want to read in 2014.   

Now, how do I narrow this down to a manageable list for a post?!  Of course, I'll be reading outside this list, too, but here I go:
The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy, #3)

READ!  Finished 2/14/14
1. I got the ARC of Shadow Throne at NCTE, and haven't seen it since!  My students have confiscated it, and they report back that it is amazing! 
Seven Stories Up

READ!  Finished 2/2/14
2. My students and I loved Bigger Than a Breadbox, so we have eagerly awaited this companion novel.
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
3. This young woman's story is so inspiring! 
Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)
4. I look forward to finishing the Lunar Chronicles series.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

READ!  Finished 3/15/14
5. I've been hearing lots of great things about this book. 
The Summer of Letting Go

READ!  Finished 4/23/14
6. I loved The Pull of Gravity and have been looking forward to Gae Polisner's new one.
The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)

READ!  Finished 2/10/14
7. I need to see what happens to the Raven Boys!
8. Because I love everything Kirby Larson writes and I have a signed copy!
All My Noble Dreams and Then What Happens
9. A student book talked this last week, and now I really want to read it!
The Interestings
10. Megan loved this book, and I've heard lots of great things about it.
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
11. This has been on my to-read list for a long time and now he has a new one!
12. Because it won the Pulitzer Prize and my mom loved it.
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
13. I've had this on my bookshelf for I don't know how long.  Now he has a new book out.  I want to read both!
14. Here's his new book, also on my list:
The Good Lord Bird
The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)

READ! 10/21/14
15. There's an awesome bookseller at Joseph-Beth that convinced me I need to read this book.
His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg
16. Louise signed this for me at last year's Dublin Lit conference, and I haven't gotten to it.  It looks so good!
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)
17. I have wanted to read this series for FOREVER!
Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)

READ! 6/17/2014
18. This book's cover is gorgeous, isn't it?  I know because it's been sitting on my bookshelf for a year!
The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)
19. Another one I've had sitting around my house for a long time!
The Round House
20. Because it won the National Book Award!  I have a student reading The Birchbark series.  I'd love to read those books, too.
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
21. My husband read the whole series!
Gone (Gone, #1)
22.  My 6th graders love this series.
Anya's Ghost
23.  I first heard about this book from Donalyn Miller at a conference a couple years ago.  A couple of my students read it and loved it!
Paper Towns
24.  I'd like to read all John Green's books!
Eye of the Storm
25.  I like everything Kate Messner writes but haven't gotten to this one yet.
The Forgotten Garden
26.  I read another one of Kate Morton's books for book club and loved it.  Everyone said they liked The Forgotten Garden even better!
Mere Christianity
27.  I can't believe I've never read this.

READ! 8/19/14
28.  I loved Countdown and am SO excited about this next book in the series!
Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)
29.  Since this is the very first book on my giant To-Read list, I should read it!!
Better Nate Than Ever

READ!  Finished 2/6/14
30.  Lots of people recommended this book, and I think my middle graders would love it.  I'd like to read the sequel coming out, too.
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

READ! 1//21/14
31.  There is already 2014 buzz about this book.
The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List

READ!  5/26/14
32.  My sixth graders are very interested in the Holocaust, and I'd like to add this to books I could recommend.
The Invention of Wings

READ!  Finished 3/29/14
33.  Because it's an Oprah pick!!
All the Truth That's in Me
34.  This looks SO good!
The Goldfinch

READ!  Finished 1/26/14
35.  To set myself up for success, I'm adding the book I'm currently reading and need to finish for book club!
That felt great!  Now I know what I want to tackle for sure this year!
 Since I made this list, I'm also going to join Gathering Books' Check Off Your Reading List Challenge.  I hope to get to Level 3:  Rabid Bibliophile. ;-)  Thanks, Myra, for another fun challenge!


  1. I really enjoyed A Long Way Gone! I couldn't put it down and I normally don't read non-fiction. It was a book club pick and everyone else liked it too! Good List!

  2. Great list. I wish to switch from five work days to two, so I would have time to read everything people are suggesting. The only two that I have read from your list are Gilead and Paper Towns. Have you read anything by Khaled Hossein? I am currently reading his And the Mountains Echoed. His Kite Runner and Thousand Splendid Suns were powerfully written.

  3. I love seeing other people's lists that are so varied! I'm trying to fill in those "reading gaps" this year, so it's always nice to get ideas. And I'm glad to see someone who has a list as long as mine! We spend so much time reading what just came out and what we've missed, it's crazy to think about all the books we don't even know that will be published in 2014! I just shared my TBR list with 4th graders this week, they loved seeing it. It's nice to be a positive role influence, isn't it? Happy reading :)

  4. So many great titles on this list! Love all of your reasons for reading too! So excited you have joined us! See The Shadow Throne at the top of your list. My children and I are counting down until this release! Sounds like you just need to reclaim yours long enough to read it!