Sunday, January 3, 2016

#MustReadin2015 Update and It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

A little late in updating my MustReadin2015, inspired by Carrie Gelson and Maria Selke, but here it is!  I only read 15 of 35 - not a great record!
1. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

READ Sept. 2015
2. Duke

READ Jan. 2015
3. The Interestings
4.His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg

NEW to the list - the first 7 are 2014 Cybils' finalists in middle grade fiction.  Since I'm a Round 2 Judge, I need to read them ASAP!

5. Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood
READ Jan. 2015

6. All Four Stars

READ Jan. 2015

7. Death by Toilet Paper

READ Jan. 2015

8. Ice Dogs

READ Jan. 2015

9. Nickel Bay Nick

READ Jan. 2015

10. The Crossover  11. The Meaning of Maggie

Both READ in Jan. 2015

I've already read Crossover and The Meaning of Maggie, but will reread them for Cybils' judging.

Then there are many other titles I want to read in 2015 because of seeing them on year-end best-of lists or heard from friends, tweets, blogs, or family members!

12. The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

READ in October 2015

13. Glory O'Brien's History of the Future

READ May 2015

14. The Boundless

Got through most of the audio, and then it was due back to the library - never got back to it. :-(

15. Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)

I loved the other two in this series.  I'd really like to start them from the beginning again and read them all the way through.

16. The Book of Strange New Things

 My mom wants to discuss this one with me.

17. Greenglass House

LOVE the cover of this one.

18. Egg and Spoon

19. Nest

20. dash

21. Belzhar

22. Nuts to You

23. Fish In A Tree

READ Feb. 2015

24. What the Moon Said

25. How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied

26. Under the Egg

27. The Great Greene Heist

28. 59 Reasons to Write

This book is being published in January.  I can't wait!


We're reading this at school when we return from winter break.

30. The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)
READ July 2015

 31. Jack

READ Sept. 2015

My class loved Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, so I can't wait to read the next one, coming out in April.

32. The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2)

The 5th Wave was awesome, so I definitely need to read the sequel.


I read about this book from Franki Sibberson on A Year of Reading.
34. Olive Kitteridge

I've wanted to read this novel for a long time.  Readers seem to either hate it or love it.  We'll see!

35. threatened

READ April 2015
Despite not making as much progress as I wanted to, I'm ready to make a new list this week.  This is a combination post, so here is what I read last week:
These are memes started by Teach Mentor Texts and Book Journey, and I'm excited to participate, along with many other bloggers, in reviewing books I read the previous week.  I'll be reviewing picture books through adult books.
The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
"The set of her chin suggested she might have slain a dragon before breakfast. The look in her eyes suggested she might,
in fact, have eaten it."

So describes Feo, a wolf wilder. What a unique and compelling story, full of adventure, danger, courage, and loyalty. Loved it!

Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)

I listened to the audio of this book and enjoyed Willowdean's strong voice.  While I didn't love it as much as many of my Goodreads friends did, I appreciated its message.
The Hummingbird
The Hummingbird by Stephen P. Kiernan

I had a hard time with the war story woven into the narrative of Deborah Birch's story at first, but realized its importance at the end.  This is a unique and touching novel.  It would be great for book clubs!
Nooks & Crannies
 Last Bus to Wisdom


  1. What will you do about the 2015 Must-Reads that you didn't get to? Will you be making a new list of 2016s? I have some 2015s (and 2014s and 2013s, etc.) that I haven't gotten to but I've moved on to new books and will have to fit older ones in as I have breaks on my calendar. Here is what I read last week. Happy reading!

  2. Carrie Gelson also mentioned the Wolf Wilder this week. I put it on hold. :)

  3. I had some of these must reads on my list as well. I read Blue Lily, Lily Blue last spring, and with The Raven King coming out this year, I listened to it again during winter break. I've read some of the others on your list. Greenglass House is the one I would suggest you don't miss. Good luck this year.

  4. So many must reads on your #mustread list! I am behind on my Oppel reading and also 5th Wave and Maggie Stiefvater. There are so many books out there and so little time!

    Happy reading this week!

  5. Holly, so pleased to meet another The Wolf Wilder fan! LOVED this title a lot. You did well with your Must Read list! Lots of great titles read.

  6. Have fun with CYBILS - one of my teacher students did her report on Death by Toilet Paper and she enjoyed it immensely. Hope 2016 would be a better year for your book lists!

  7. I got to some of your must reads as part of reading my way through the Cybils shortlists. Have fun making your list for this year, and remember, you make the list, the list doesn't boss you!