This will be my second official year participating in Carrie Gelson’s excellent MustReadin2017 community. Last year, I started a list of 73 books and read 49 of them. This year, I really wanted to make the list smaller, but still fairly large. I felt that several people split their list into thirds for the updates, so I wanted my number to be divisible by 3. So, I have gone with 66 books for this year, and I am hoping to read at least 50 (to improve on last year’s total). One of the reasons I do these lists is to ensure I read more picture books and early chapter books, but I still don’t feel like I got enough on this list. I should have included After the Fall by Dan Santat but I didn’t really see that one until the other day and I was having such a hard time limiting myself, so I did not. Here is my list beginning with picture books and working through MG, YA and a couple of adult books, and if I had to do this again in a week the list would be a little different.
This year I had so many books that I really wanted to include that I did not look at other lists before composing mine. Usually, I do this, so I think the first distraction that will make reading these books challenging will be checking out all the other great lists that have been posted. If you see a few you think I should skip or read faster, let me know!