Thursday, April 6, 2017

#MustReadin2017 Update!

It's time for an update on my #MustReadin2017 list! Thank you, Carrie Gelson, for encouraging us to make reading plans!
1. Salt to the Sea Cover
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

This was one of my Junior High Girls' Book Club picks.  I'm embarrassed to say I didn't finish it in time for our meeting. :-(  I'm still struggling through it.  I know everyone loves it, but I'm finding it a slow read.  Ugh!

Lily and Dunkin Cover
READ 1/10/17
Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
I'm listening to the audio of this book and am captivated by the endearing main characters

The Girl Who Drank the Moon Cover
READ 1/14/17
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
We read this for a staff book club pick, and I'm so excited it won the 2017 Newbery Award!

The Inquisitor's Tale Cover
READ 1/19/2017
The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz
Our staff book club also read this one, and so we were thrilled when we learned that it won a 2017 Newbery Honor!!


The Lie Tree Cover
Still haven't gotten to it.
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

Snow White Cover
READ 1/24/17
Snow White by Matt Phelan
An interesting historical retelling of Snow White.  In order for kids to fully grasp it, they would need background knowledge of the 1920s/30s and would need to do a lot of inferring - it's not an easy graphic novel!


Cloud and Wallfish Cover

Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet

Not yet - still want to read it!


Full of Beans Cover

READ 2/15/17
Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm
This was such a unique historical fiction novel for middle graders since it was set in Key West during the Depression Era.  I loved being immersed in that setting.


Some Kind of Happiness Cover

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
Not yet.
I saw Claire on a panel at NCTE and loved what she had to say.  I look forward to this book!


Falling Over Sideways Cover

It's sitting on my night stand!

Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick

I got this title from the 2016 Young Adult Fiction Nerdies.  I've loved every Sonnenblick novel I've read, so I'm sure this will be no exception.


Still a Work in Progress Cover

Not yet.

I bought this a while ago and haven't gotten to it yet.  The subject matter in this book hits close to home, so I want to be sure to get to this soon!


Throne of Glass Cover

Still waiting to read...

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I've been wanting to get to the series for a while now.  We picked as one of our books for my Junior High Girls Book Club in the spring.  My daughter, Libby, loved it and has gone on to read the rest of the series.


Moo Cover
READ 2/15/17

Moo by Sharon Creech
Aw, this brought me back to my 4-H and Warren County Fair days.  Loved this simple story of a city girl moving to Maine and discovering the magic of taking care of farm animals and showing them at the local fair.  Charming.

The Sound of Gravel Cover
READ 1/29/17
The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner

My book club picked this one for January. It was kind of icky, I have to say.


Born to Run Cover

Got 15 hours in on our way back from Florida after Christmas break - LOVED it so far (and so did my husband - he finished it), but haven't I finished it. :-(

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen


Presenting Buffalo Bill Cover
Not yet.

I love Candace Fleming books!  I got to see her at NCTE in a round table session, and she talked about this book.  


The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary Cover
Not yet. 

I read a Colby Sharp post and a Donalyn Miller post about this book - how can you resist after those two rave about a book?


Finding Perfect Cover
Nope, not yet, but several of my students have read it, and they loved it!

Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz

This is a 2016 Middle Grade Nerdy winner.  It looks great!


Scar Island Cover

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Some Kind of Courage, and Dan Gemeinhart Skyped with us after I finished Some Kind of Courage as a 5th grade read aloud.  I've yet to get to Scar Island, but many of my students have read it and liked it!

Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart


What Elephants Know Cover
Not yet.

What Elephants Know by Eric Dinerstein

I accidentally bought TWO copies of this book - I must have loved the cover!  It's about time I read it!


Upstream Cover
Still need to get it back from Libby!  Ha.

Upstream by Mary Oliver

I love Oliver's poetry, and I know I'll love these essays.  I lent it out to my daughter, Libby, though, so I need to get it back!


Flying Lessons & Other Stories Cover
I've read the first two stories and love it so far!

Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh

I'm excited about a book of short stories for middle graders!

Just a few more - these are books that aren't published yet that I can't wait to read!


Short Cover
READ 2/21/17 I like it a lot!

Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan


Orphan Island Cover

Requested from the library!

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder


The Inexplicable Logic of My Life Cover

The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Oh boy - only 8 out of 25 so far.  That's okay!  There's still lots of reading to be done in 2017!!  The year is young...


  1. Great list, Holly. I see we have some of the same books on our lists. I think I need to add Scar Island, Short, Snow White, and Orphan Island to my list. Thanks for sharing! ~Amy

  2. #12 is on my list too! I was glad to see some thoughts on it. I've been picking it up...putting it down...picking it up...well, you know. Thanks for the update!

  3. You have a wonderful list. We share some titles, and you have a couple I see that I would like to read as well. I think you will love Scar Island!

  4. You've got some books on here that I want to read too! You've gotten through quite a few. There's always more to read!

  5. I've read many here, Holly, and loved them, like Cloud & Wallfish, Still A Work In Progress, & The Last Fifth Grade. . . But, there are others I still want to read-Scar Island & Short are two. I have Flying Lessons, hope to start it soon. I'm sure that all are good. And you probably saw that I'm slowly fading Upstream. Get it back! Thanks Holly!

  6. I totally agree with you about Snow White: not an easy graphic novel to read! So much left unsaid in it, lots of inference necessary--to the point where I had to backtrack several times to figure it out, and if the setting and time period is unfamiliar, I do think readers would struggle. But really gorgeous! I have had so many students recommend Salt to the Sea to me, but I have found Septys's other books such slow going that I have yet to finish one! So... not too inspired to pick that one up either. Not really sure what my block is there since so many readers who have similar tastes to mine adore her books.

  7. I LOVED Salt to the Sea. I hope you can get into a reading groove with it. I couldn't put it down! Falling Over Sideways was another title I really loved! Happy Reading!

  8. Great list. I suggest you move "The Inexplicable Logic of my Life" to the top of the list. It came out awhile ago and it is AMAZING!!!! Happy reading!

  9. All new to me! Thank you for sharing.

  10. I need to do my update. I'm embarrassed by how few of the books I promised to read I have actually read. One of my students loved Still a Work in Progress but was shocked to find out the AR level was 4th grade. She felt the content should've placed it higher. Yet another case against book leveling. I have many of the same books as you in progress. I do love the sharing of book love.