Thursday, July 2, 2015

Must Read in 2015 - Halfway Point - Update

Here we are at July 1! This marks not only the midpoint of the year, but for my district it marks the middle of summer vacation. As of today we have had five and a half weeks of vacation, with exactly that many remaining. It is also a day that I am looking over my "must read" list for 2015.

Since the last update in April, I have read or listened to seven more books from my list of 25. I continue to be pleased with the books on my list as I have really enjoyed all of them.  My latest reads  are listed below:

These are both fantastic books for young readers! They are both humorous stories, and they both work well for the younger end of our middle grade readers. Both books are part of a series, so they offer more to readers who become fans! 

If you like adventure and fantasy mixed with a bit of history, the next two books are ones you don't want to miss! I listened to the audio version of both of these, and I was often on the edge of my seat! I would recommend both The Boundless and Mark of the Thief, particularly for the upper middle grade students.

Two more books have been part of my must read list so far in 2015. These are both books that I highly recommend. The first, Gone Crazy in Alabama, is part of the Gaither Sisters series, and it continues the story of the sisters as they travel to the South. In Jack, Author Liesl Shurtliff shares a more in-depth look into the life of Jack (& the Beanstalk) than we've ever known!

At this point I only have two books left on my list. I only recently read the first book of the Harry Potter series and am eager to continue! My final book will be The Whisper by Aaron Starmer. It is part of the Riverman trilogy. I enjoyed book one and took part in a wonderful Twitter Book Club chat with the author so I am looking forward to this one as well.

By our next checkpoint I will have hopefully completed both of these books. While trying to stay caught up on some new titles, I am also enjoying the list of Rebecca Caudill titles from the 2016 list. I hope everyone is meeting their must read goals and having a wonderful summer!

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