Saturday, January 30, 2016

Celebration Saturday - Celebrating my #MustReadin2016 List


I love linking up to a wonderful celebratory community, inspired by Ruth Ayres, every Saturday!

     Carrie Gelson, at There's a Book for That, is hosting #MustReadin2016.  I enjoy participating in this book bonanza each year, so I'll try again!  I didn't get to a lot of my list last year, and many of them had been on my list the year before.  Therefore, this time, I'm just going to let those books completely go for now and make a brand new list!  I've tried to make this list as diverse as possible - in genre, subject matter, characters, etc. Here we go - celebrating my 2016 reading list!

1.  I don't think I've actually dreamed about a book before, so this might be a first.  Earlier this week, I dreamt I went to the bookstore and picked this off the shelf.  I think it's the cover that has intrigued me so much (it IS done by Jon Klassen, after all), along with all the buzz.  I don't have to wait long - comes out next week.  I can't wait to read it!

Pax by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Jon Klassen

2.  I recently finished Ally Carter's first installment of the Embassey Row series, so I'm ready for #2!

See How They Run by Ally Carter

3.  Let's face it: if Kate DiCamillo writes a new middle grade book, of course it has to be on a Must Read list!  I loved hearing her speak a couple times at NCTE 2015!  I have to wait until April to meet Raymie.

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

4.  Kirby Larson had a book birthday this past week, so it is time to take a trip to the bookstore to grab this first in a new series.  I can't wait to get to know Audacity! 

Audacity Jones to the Rescue

5.  This is already on Colby Sharp's "2017 Newbery Contenders" list.  If that isn't a reason to put it on my list, I don't know what is.  I have to wait until March for this one.

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eager

6.  I will be seeing Rainbow Rowell at the OCTELA (Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts) Convention at the end of February.  I adored Eleanor and Park and really enjoyed Fangirl and LandlineCarry On is her newest one, so I'm looking forward to it.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

7.  Here's another book Nerdy Book Club story folks have been talking about...

Lily and Dunkin

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart

8.  I want to catch up on books that won ALA Youth Media Awards this year that I never got to read in 2015.  I was thrilled that I had already read all the Newbery and Caldecott winners.  However,  I hadn't read the Coretta Scott King Author Book Award winner, Gone Crazy in Alabama.  I read the first in the series, One Crazy Summer , so I need to catch up on P.S. Be Eleven, and then Gone Crazy.

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia
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Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia
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10.  Because I've loved the Jason Reynolds books I've read, All American Boys and When I Was the Greatest, I'd like to read his Coretta Scott King Honor Award winner, Boy in the Black Suit.

Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

11.  I read the Printz Award winner, Bone Gap, but not the Honors, Out of Darkness and The Ghosts of Heaven, so they're on my list.

Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez


The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

13.  I read the Sibert Award winner, but I missed two of the books that won Sibert Honors:  The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club and Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March.

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose


Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom  by Lynda Blackmon Lowery
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15.  I want to read George and The Porcupine of Truth, the Stonewall Book Award winners.


George by Alex Gino
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The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg

17.  I know there was a lot of buzz around the William C. Morris Award winner, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, so it's on my list.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

18.  I love Steve Sheinkin's books, so I need to catch up on his YALSA Award-winning book, Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War.

Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin

19.  The last award winner I want to make sure I read is the Schneider Family Book Award for teens, The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B.  I read the other Schneider Award winners.

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Roten

20.  I CAN'T WAIT for this one (April):

Booked by Kwame Alexander

21.  My students will be excited for Red!  We've read Rump and Jack, so we can't wait to read Red's story!  This one comes out in April, too.  April is going to be a great month for book birthdays!

Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood

22.  I'm hearing a lot of 2017 Printz buzz about this one:

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

23.  Marie Lu's second installment of the Young Elites series came out, so it's on my list!

The Rose Society by Marie Lu

24.  I need a few adult books and some professional books on my Must Read list, so here we go!  All the Light We Cannot See has been on my bookshelf for awhile.  One of these days this year, I will pick it up.  I know I'm going to love it.  It's a Pulitzer Prize winner, after all!

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

25.  This is our next book club book - we LOVED A Man Called Ove, his previous book:

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman

26.  This is one I missed when there was a lot of buzz around it.  It's on my Kindle, waiting...

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

27.  Here's another one on my Kindle that I've yet to read and have heard lots about - I loved Big Little Lies:

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

28.  I need a book of poetry on my list, so I chose one of the National Book Award for Poetry finalist books that appealed to me...

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay

29.  Kate Morton's new one looks great!

The Lake House by Kate Morton

30.  The National Book Award for Nonfiction went to Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

31.  A National Book Award for Nonfiction finalist went to a book by Sy Montgomery, an author who also writes for children.  It sounds SO intriguing!

The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

32.  And several professional books - I'm concentrating on writing instruction.
I know I should have read this a long time ago, but I'm finally reading it cover to cover!

Mechanically Inclined by Jeff Anderson

33.  One of my colleagues told me this is a must read...

Writing with Mentors by Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O'Dell

34.  I love Lester Laminack and Reba Wadsworth, so I'll be reading this one:

Writers are Readers by Lester Laminack and Reba Wadsworth

35.  This new one by Ralph Fletcher looks awesome!

Making Nonfiction from Scratch by Ralph Fletcher

Wow - okay.  I could probably add a few more, but this is a pretty extensive list.  I need to stop making lists and start reading!!


  1. What a list! Thrilled to see The Boy in the Back Suit here. Such a special book. Of course this list makes book lists I have even longer!

  2. Glad I made the list!!! Let me know what you think, Holly.

  3. I will never run out of great books to read. Your list is amazing. I did get an ARC of Booked and read it. Superb!

  4. Great list. I had a dream a couple months ago of a story idea and I thought in the midst of it, it had a very Kate DiCamillo feel to it. I wish I could have remembered the details.

  5. Great list! I LOVE Hour of the Bees!

  6. I've read a few, and am looking forward to many of the others, Holly. Whew, how to get to the older ones and still read some of these new ones on your list (like Pax) is a challenge. Great list. As for adult books, I loved All The Light You Cannot See and Between The World and Me. Happy Reading!

  7. So many amazing books to celebrate. Ruta Sepetys is coming to Michigan on February 10th and I am elated. Every time I hear her speak she makes me cry.

  8. Those are great books!
    Me Before You is my favorite adult book, so far :)
    I'm listening to P.S. Be Eleven right now. I love the narrator.
    Happy reading this year!

  9. That's a great list - aren't we lucky to have such an unending supply of great reads.

  10. Holly, this is such an extensive list with great titles. I really want to start reading through your list.