Saturday, January 3, 2015

My Must Reads in 2015

While I often record a book title in my phone so I won't forget it and mark several books as "to read" in Goodreads, I really have never made an official list. I always have a stack along with a mental list, but composing a list at the beginning of a new year is new to me!

2015 Releases

  • All the Answers by Kate Messner
  • Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
  • Jack by Liesl Shurtliff (Rump was one of my favorites, and I can't wait for this one!)
  • Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff
  • Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper (Need I say more than the author's name?)
  • The Way to Stay in Destiny by Augusta Scattergood
  • The Whisper by Aaron Starmer

Recent Books That I Missed

Next are some more recent books that I am planning to read soon!
  • The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
  • Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  • Lulu's Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst
  • The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis (I actually just started this one today!)
  • The Paper Cowboy by Kristen Levine
  • The Quirks: Welcome to Normal by Erin Soderberg
  • The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer
  • The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner

Older Books

My last books are some older titles. I only became a librarian three years ago, and before that I taught first grade for years. My reading then consisted mostly of picture books, early-reader chapter books, and adult books. Unfortunately, I missed out on a lot of great children's books during that time. With so many new books coming out each week, it's hard to "catch up"! I have been trying to read some books that were popular (and some still are!) from prior years.

I only recently read the first Harry Potter book. When I began as a new librarian, a friend and mentor suggested to me that I only read the first book in a series, since there were so many books I would need to read. While I think that was good advice at the time, I'd like to move forward with this series.
  • Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling

Below are some other books from series that have been popular with several students, and I haven't read any of them! Fortunately, I have learned what type of readers to recommend most of them to, but it's not the same as having read them yourself! I am only including the first book in each set for now.
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  • Who Could It Be At This Hour? by Lemony Snicket

  • Legend by Marie Lu (This is the only book on the 2015 Rebecca Caudill List that I haven't read, as I didn't buy it for our K-5 library due to its recommended age level for readers. Still yet, I want to have read the entire list before March when the winner is announced!)

That totals 25 books! I am looking forward to all of them!


  1. Fantastic list! We share many titles :-) The Summer of Letting Go made my top 14 in 2014 list. Loved that title. The Boundless was a favourite read aloud with my children. Off to Goodreads to add Echo to my TBR!

  2. Great list! There are so many new ones coming out in 2015 that look so good! I can't wait! Happy reading.

  3. I've had The Summer Of Letting Go sitting on a shelf for ages, but haven't gotten around to it. I hope to read it this year, but I'm not adding it to my must read list as it is already to long!