#MustReadin2019 1/5/2019


With a little nudge from my friend and colleague, Elisabeth of The Dirigible Plum, I’m joining the #MustReadin2019 community, hosted by Carrie Gelson of There’s a Book for That.

Even though I already have an enormous TBR list, I had to ask all the readers in my house for their personal recommendations for 2019 (only books I haven’t yet read). They LOVE giving me suggestions. In fact, approximately 48 hours after my oldest son’s contribution, he came up to me looking wounded — asking me why I hadn’t started reading Stormbreaker yet. LOL

In an effort to keep my list do-able, I narrowed it down to 42 books I hope to squeeze into my regular reading schedule. I’ll post a visual of the book covers and then list them, below, with the authors’ names and Goodreads links. I’m looking forward to visiting everyone else’s list over the next few days!

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I’ll try to put these in order of what age level I think is the intended audience, but feel free to let me know if I’ve got it wrong:

Middle Grade:
Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
Naomis Too by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich & Audrey Vernick
The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta
Breakout by Kate Messner
Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling (coming soon)
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
The Oceans Between Stars Kevin Emerson (book #2 in a series of 3)
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

Young Adult:
Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen (is this middle grade or YA?)
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (1st of 6 in series)
All Systems Red by Martha Wells (1st of 5 in series)
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz (1st of 12 books, plus several short stories)
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (1st in a series of 3)
Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan
Unleaving by Melissa Ostrom (LOVED her Beloved Wild)
Cruel Prince by Holly Black (1st in series)
Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (1st in series of 3)
Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
Scythe by Neal Schusterman
Wildcard by Marie Lu
Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Toni Adeyemi (book #2 in series)
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
Watership Down by Richard Adams

Adult Fiction or Historical Fiction:
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Game Changer!: Book Access for All Kids by Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp
Educated by Tara Westover
Troublemakers : Lessons in Freedom from Young Children at School by Carla Shalaby
Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Elliott Friedman
The World’s Religions by Huston Smith
The Story of Christianity Vol. 1 by Justo L. González
The Story of Christianity Vol. 2 by Justo L. González

If you are new to #MustReadin2019 and would like to participate this year, here’s a direct link to the There’s a Book for That POST you’ll want to check out and comment on. I’ll see everyone at the Spring (Thursday April 4th), Fall (Thursday September 5th), and  Year end (Thursday December 26th) updates.

63 thoughts on “#MustReadin2019 1/5/2019

  1. Hooray! Love how everyone in your family was more than happy to contribute ideas! And your list has made me so happy because now I can add ONE MORE BOOK to MY list, and it’s going to be Apple in the Middle, which I was really bummed not to include. It was only on Crystal’s list, I believe, and I had another title from her list that I absolutely had to choose. So! NOW I have the perfect list!!! Also, I am totally obsessed with Megan Whelan Turner’s Thief series. The final book comes up in March and I WANT IT NOW. I don’t reread books, but I’ve reread all of the Thief books, some of them several times, and will probably reread them all before March just so I can be fully ready. (They’re really good on audio too.)

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    1. Well, you should know that The Thief made my list because of your raving! Yes, I’ve listened and I’m very excited to finally start this series. And I’m glad you get to add one more book to your list. Someone posted after me, too, so maybe there’s yet another to add to your list. YAY!


  2. Hi Shaye, Glad to have heard from you & was reminded that you posted a list & what a great list. I’ve read many & really would recommend each of those as good to read. I do love the Shusterman Scythe books & All The Light We Cannot See is fabulous. Happy Reading!

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    1. I don’t remember when I purchased All The Light We Cannot See, but I figured it’s finally time to schedule it into my reading. Everything I’ve heard is fantastic. And I think I’ve checked out Scythe twice and had to return it both times, so it’s now or never! LOL

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  3. I have read seven of these, and really enjoyed most of them. 13 Reasons Why was very impacting and hard to read at times. Did I enjoy it? Hmmm. Not sure. The other six, I would give an unqualified yes to.
    I was going to add Cactus 2 as well, but I got burned last year with a book that I added that was never published. I decided not to add anything I could not find a cover for online or on Goodreads. I should have broken the rule, because Dusti Bowling replied to something I wrote on Twitter that it would probably be out in September.
    Great list!

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    1. I’m reading Thirteen Reasons Why because my daughter wants to watch the series and ALL HER FRIENDS have watched the series. I binge-watched it with my husband a few months ago and it was pretty heavy. So we’ve asked her to read the book, first, and then we’ll watch it with her so we can discuss it along the way. That means WE read the book, too. LOL Dusti Bowling says we’ll have a cover by next week. I loved both Cactus and 24 Hours in Nowhere, so I simply HAD to put Cactus #2 on my list. I’ll probably pre-order for home deliver. YAY!


    1. A number of my choices are in series and I get so excited when I know there’s another book coming. I hope I’ll be able to go straight from The Serpent’s Secret into Game of Stars. I prefer not to have a very long break so bits and pieces don’t start disappearing from my mind. LOL


  4. What an exciting list Shaye! We have some of the same books on our lists this year. The ones on your list that I have read are phenomenal, so I know you will have some amazing reading experiences this year! Of the ones that I know nothing about, I shall be looking forward to reading about them.

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    1. I feel the same way about your list, Cheriee — love that we have some in common. And the ones on your list that I’m unfamiliar with, I’m glad to hear about. It will be fun to see everyone’s progress in April!


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