Thanks again to Carrie Gelson for continuing to host this fun challenge. Last year, I had a list of 66 books and got through 48. At first, I thought I was going to have a drastically shorter list for this year, but eventually it got to 65. So, mission accomplished, the list is shorter this year!
A couple of things I have noticed about this list, and I am curious if there are similarities in your lists. First, it will cost me a lot of money. There are a lot of books I do not own, and my library does not have. I actually cut a few books from my list because I don’t have them, and I don’t think my public library system will come through for them. I also had other books by the same writer on the list already. Secondly, I think I have more YA books on this list compared to past years. As an elementary teacher, I am a little concerned that this will make the challenge more difficult, but maybe that is the point. I might not give myself the time to read some of the YA books if I don’t have them on the list. Similarly, I have fewer picture books but I will likely read a lot through my work in the library this year. I am also giving myself permission to read more sequels than in past years.
Here is some of the reading I hope to get to this year. 65 books, and hoping to do better than the 48 I read from last year’s list. It’s a big list, but I did just watch The Fellowship of the Ring, so a long journey seems like just the thing to do, and this group seems like a bit of a Fellowship.
I have a few more that do not have cover art yet that I have added to the list.
Blackthorn Key Adventures #4 by Kevin Sands- Not sure of the title, not sure of the cover. Just sure I need to read it! He visited our school in September and I had a chance to talk to him over dinner about the next book which sounds great and will arrive in September.
Mighty Jack #3 by Ben Hatke- Similarly, I know little, but must read it. Those cliffhanger endings! Can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em. I think this comes out at the end of the school year, as the second book did.
Resistance by Jennifer Nielsen- I hope its out in 2018. Goodreads is a little vague about this.
Mission Defrostable by Josh Funk- I have this fear I somehow missed the cover and its hiding online, but I doubt it. A must read in my house and at school. It’s better known as the third Lady Pancake book.
Inkling by Kenneth Oppel- Just a little description and my desire for another Kenneth Oppel middle grade novel is enough. From the Goodreads description, “When the ink from an artist’s sketchbook gathers itself together and escapes from the pages, this spark of creativity transforms the lives of a family desperately in need of a change.” I hope this one is out in 2018 as I have read. But like Resistance, its vague info.
Amulet #8 by Kazu Kibishi- Finally, I will get to say that I have the eighth Amulet when a student asks me for it! I have read that it will be out in the fall of this year.
Thanks for reading through my list. If you have some favourites from this list, I would love to hear them. I am currently reading Refugee and likely to start Wishtree after that so they can go back into circulation in the library. I look forward to reading your lists as well.