Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Must Read in 2018

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It's going to a strange reading year for me in 2018 because, for the first time in 10 years (and definitely for the first time since I started doing the #MustRead challenge in 2014) I no longer work with teenagers. Now the only reason I have to read any YA is because I WANT to. Since my lists are usually composed mostly of YA, it's going to be very different to switch gears to younger books!
2 rules I always follow when creating my lists:
No unread titles from last year's list (though ones from previous lists are fair game. This makes it so much easier to narrow down my list)
No titles published in the current year (I, personally, use these lists to catch up on things I've missed) 
So here is my list of 56 titles I am going to try my hardest to read in 2018: I know, I know! It's too many books! I will never get through ALL of them! I just reached a point where I couldn't cut ANY more, so I've given myself something extra extreme to work toward this year:
Presenting Buffalo Bill: The Man Who Invented the Wild West by Candace Fleming - because this is the only Candace Fleming biography I've not read
Three Pennies by Melanie Crowder - I really liked both Audacity and A Nearer Moon by Crowder
Siren Sisters by Dana Langer - I love mermaid-esque books

Have heard lots of buzz for all three of these 2017 titles:
One Last Word by Nikki Grimes
Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis -It sounds really fun and everyone I know who has read it has loved it
 A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge - I put a Hardinge book on my must read list every year! I will read anything and everything she writes
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez - the plot sound so fun and different

 Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh - I will read almost anything if it's got a creepy ghost
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate - so many people I know love it
#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale - looks like such a great, extremely necessary book

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling - Have heard it's wonderful
Patina by Jason Reynolds - Big fan of Reynolds YA novels, but haven't read his MG stuff yet
Elizabeth and Zenobia by Jessica Miller - it sounds like a gothic MG novel and there aren't nearly enough of those
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan - The only Riordan series I haven't read!
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder - intrigued by the strong love it or hate it reactions
A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold - enjoyed Infandous and am curious to see what Arnold can do with a younger title

 Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman - Gaiman has the BEST audiobooks
The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby - Bone Gap is one of my favorites

8 Graphic Novels (or in the case of Thornhill, heavily illustrated novel) that I've heard are great:

 March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell 
Giant Days Volume 1 by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Whitney Cogar
Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke

Thornhill by Pam Smy 
Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez Gomez

 Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
Here's the YA I've decided to add. Mostly favorite authors I want to catch up with, or newish books people I trust say are FABULOUS:
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Dodger by Terry Pratchett

 Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse 
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Caraval by Stephanie Garber

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

 La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Odd & True by Cat Winters
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

 The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich 

The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein
Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

 In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan 
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

 The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline





  1. First, I've read all 3 in the group with One Last Word, all terrific. My 3rd grade granddaughter loves Princess Cora & the Crocodile & we're rooting for it to get some Newbery love. 2nd-I have others on my list like you, too, looking forward to reading the new Maggie Stiefvater's book, Dear Martin & The Book of Dust. There are so many good ones here! Happy Reading!

  2. I always love your long and detailed lists! I was in the LOVE it camp with Orphan Island.Long Way Down and Dear Martin were favourite reads of 2017 for me. Happy reading!

  3. I LOVED Siren Sisters. This is a really eclectic list. I got some great ideas!!

  4. You have some fabulous books on your list. A few that I've read that especially stick out include: The Marrow Thieves, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, and The First Rule of Punk. I've got some of the same titles on my list this year too. It will be interesting to compare notes on them.


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