Thursday, January 5, 2017

Must Read in 2017

Before I get to my Must Read in 2017 list (check out There's A Book for That for more info about this fun challenge) I have a thing or two to say about last year's challenge:

I didn't do fantastically on blogging my Must Read in 2016 recaps last year or, really, getting many of the books actually READ at all - 17 out of 50 (though I am in the middle of 2 more), 
but I did make a list:
and did one mid-year update:

but before I move on to the new year, I want to just highlight my VERY FAVORITES of the books I read due to MUST READ IN 2016:
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine
I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister by Amélie Sarn

 The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

All five star books according to me!

Here are the posters I keep in my office of ALL the books on my list with "R"s on the the titles I read:

now, ON TO 2017!

My only real guidelines for making lists each year are:

1. I can't put any on this year's list that were on last year's list (this helps keep my list to a manageable number and is less depressing then when I don't read the SAME BOOKS year after year), and 
2. No books from the current year can be on this list.  For me, my Must Read lists are always about catching up with titles I missed!

I am a teen librarian, so my lists tend to skew YA, but I try to include a variety of genres and, especially, a diverse slate of authors and protagonists.  I have found after doing this several years, that I always try to put the super popular, New York Times bestselling YA novels on my list, and they are almost always not to my taste, so I went a bit more obscure this year (for the most part).

so, without further ado, here's my Must Read in 2017 list! (it's 51 titles this year.  I'm bad at brevity)

The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden & The Trial of the Century by Sarah Miller
This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon by Nancy Plain
Samurai Rising by Pamela S. Turner

Ten Days a Madwoman by Deborah Noyes
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Ghost by Jason Reynolds

When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan
The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz

The God Box by Alex Sanchez
Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
The Anatomy of Wings by Karen Foxlee

A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert
Far from You by Tess Sharpe

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Daughters until Devils by Amy Lukavics
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
I Crawl Through It by A.S. King

A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston
Take the Fall by Emily Hainsworth
Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Tell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin

When we Collided by Emery Lord
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
The Head of the Saint by Socorro Acioli

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman
Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan
The Smaller Evil by Stephanie Kuehn

And I Darken by Kiersten White
And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

Pasadena by Sherri L. Smith
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby

The Door that Led to Where by Sally Gardner
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Check out other's lists at There's a Book for That or search #MustReadin2017 on Twitter!


  1. I am so behind in reading YA, what I used to read the most of when teaching! Great list here. I've noted some on a "second" list that at least will remind me of some I do want to read, but aren't on my list, like the Tim Federle book. Thanks for sharing! (I enjoyed Burn Baby Burn!)

  2. I see some really fantastic books on this list! And I really like the poster and R for crossing out books. I do like checking things off....

  3. I've only read one of these - The Girl Who Drank the Moon. It was great. Ghost and When the Sea Turned to Silver are two I've been wanting to read. All the others are new to me. I'll have to check some of them out.

  4. I have the same criteria in that all titles must be prior to this year. It is my "catch-up" list, not my current list. I don't read as much YA because I teach 6th graders, but I have read Ghost and it was really good. I recognize many of your titles from the Nerdy Book Club they must be good ones! :)

  5. I have some of the same titles that you've listed. I heard about The Girl Who Drank the Moon at Nerdcamp, bought it, and never read it. It's moving up to the top of my list. Have fun reading!

  6. I keep forgetting about the Grace Lin book! I'm going to have to add it to my Must List (maybe for next year so I can remember it for this year, hahaha).

    A Corner of White is the first book in one of my favorite series, so I hope you get to it and enjoy it.

  7. I love your criteria of obscure books. I find the best reads are the ones where at the end, I'm reeling and wonder what just happened to me. They aren't always the books that are the most popular though. The ones on your list that I have read, Highly Illogical Behaviour and I Crawl through it, definitely fall into this realm. Happy reading and good luck this year.

  8. Love looking at all of the YA titles here! I highly recommend anything Jason Reynolds and loved both titles that you have here! I also love your poster!


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