Saturday, January 7, 2017

Must Read in 2017


Here we are in a New Year! I am usually not one to make resolutions, but I do like to make reading goals. Last year I was one book shy of meeting my #mustread goal, reading 39 of 40. I had broken it up into New Releases, Books I've Missed, and Classics. This year I had a little more trouble making the list. It is certainly not that I don't have a large amount of books to read, but I think I was just a little less organized going into this project. After working on it off and on for a few days, I composed a list of 35 books.

Most of the books I have chosen this year are books that have been previously published, with a few upcoming 2017 releases mixed in. Many came from my own Goodreads "to read" list, while some I added after reading other #mustread updates. One thing that I want to do this year is to begin keeping a reading journal. I don't plan to write a great deal about each book, but I feel like I read so many books during the year that I really lose track of the characters and important details. I am hoping that keeping a few notes will help me to remember so that I can better help readers in their search for that perfect book!

My list for 2017:

  • Audacity Jones to the Rescue by Kirby Larson (2/26/17)
  • Another Brooklyn by Jaqueline Woodson (2/20/17)
  • The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey
  • Be Light Like a Bird by Monika Schroder (2/25/17)
  • A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold (4/6/17)
  • Compass South by Hope Larson (2/25/17)
  • Flying Lessons by Ellen Oh (3/1/17)
  • The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson (3/5/17)
  • Gone Camping by Tamera Will Wissinger (5/2/17)
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (3/15/17)
  • Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes (2/5/17)
  • House Arrest by K. A. Holt (2/12/17)
  • Jumping the Scratch by Sarah Weeks (2/1/17)
  • Liberty by Kirby Larson (3/27/17)
  • Payback by Gordon Korman (3/12/17)
  • Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt (1/23/17)
  • Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
  • My Life with the Liars by Caela Carter (2/23/17)
  • The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs by Cylin Busby
  • Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder (4/15/17)
  • Piper Green and the Fairy Tree by Ellen Potter (2/21/17)
  • The Playbook by Kwame Alexander (1/14/17)
  • Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz (1/28/17)
  • A Rambler Steals Home by Carter Higgins (5/21/17)
  • Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart (1/24/17)
  • Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes (2/5/17)
  • Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan (2/10/17)
  • Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand (1/17/17)
  • The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (2/17/17)
  • Under Their Skin by Margaret Peterson Haddix (5/27/17)
  • The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann (2/1/17)
  • The Warden's Daughter by Jerry Spinelli (2/11/17)
  • When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin (2/18/17)
  • The World From Up Here by Cecilia Galante (1/7/17)
  • When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds (3/8/17)
I look forward to jumping in and having a great year of reading. Happy 2017 and happy reading!