I followed this activity in 2015 and made a list on Goodreads but I didn’t share it with anyone. With light prodding from MustRead host Carrie Gelson of There’s a Book for That (now there is a blog worth following), I decided to post my list this year because I had so much fun reading other reader’s lists. If by chance you have not heard of the Must Read group, it is a community of readers who share their lists of books they intend to read each year and they check-in during the year to share what has been read.
Last year I may have put too many books on my list, but I see it as something to focus me and not really all that binding. I had 55, and read 32 of them. Now that I have some K-7 library time in my assignment I will include more picture books. Last year, I recorded having read 49 books on Goodreads that were not on my Must Read list. As was the case last year, I will likely get horribly distracted by shiny new books that appear and by the piles of books that form on my desk and in my house. Also, I had some trouble finding the newer books on my list without going broke. I prefer reading paperback too, so some of the newer books will likely not be read.
My list will be split into sections but most of it is what I call middle grade fiction.
Picture Books (although I hope I read far more than this)
After writing this I read Sparky! and it was so funny. I recommend it for anyone of any age with a sense of humour. Wolfie the Bunny was also very good. It reminded me of Julius the Baby of the World. There was one very good spot for a prediction, my Kindergarten students will love it.
Early Chapter Books
Not sure that the first two books really fit this category. I am really interested to read The Perilous Princess Plot. I have it on order. I picked it with my two children (5 and 8) and it might become a read aloud.
Potential Family Read Alouds
My daughters read Rump together and loved it. Our favourite series as a family is probably The Land of Stories so any fairy tale theme book has a head start in our household.
Middle Grade Fiction
This is pretty much where most of my reading resides. I have a lot of purchasing to do if I am to read these books. Realistically, I will probably read about 2/3 unless I win a large lottery. I intend to read them all! Honest!
I have way too much fun reading young adult, and then I sometimes feel sad that I don’t have any grade 8s in my school to recommend some of the books to. I do have a few students who might read a couple of these and a few of them have already read Cinder. I have no idea why I picked this particular A.S. King book, I just knew I wanted one on the list and with Andrew Smith I just decided to read at least one of his.
I just got The Peripheral and I really want to read that, but my upcoming purchase of Seveneves (the paperback) is the most anticipated on this list.
If you made it this far, thanks very much. Let me know if you think there are a few that I should read right away. Some of these books were on last year’s list too, and I resolve not to have any on a third list (they will be read or not listed anymore).