#MustReadin2019 4/4/2019


Time for a quick update on my #MustReadin2019 progress. While I usually plan to read between 200 and 300 books per year, I used my “must read” list to include titles that I want to make SURE to squeeze in to my reading schedule. I’ve now finished 86 total books this year. Of those, I’ve read 12 out of the 42 “must read” titles I scheduled — just a little over a quarter of the way through my list. I’m having trouble not getting distracted by all the shiny new books each week, though. LOL I also found out that one of the books on my list had a change in publication date — Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Toni Adeyemi has been moved to a December publication date. So we’ll just hope I can still squeeze that in before the end of the year. But so far, so good…

So first, I’ll show my progress in a book cover image, followed by list format:

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Middle Grade
Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen
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
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

My “must read” Twitter post has been, by far, my most viewed, liked, and retweeted tweet, with over 8,077 impressions and 349 engagements, to date. People appear to be very interested in what we commit ourselves to reading throughout the year.


And after seeing my progress in the first quarter, I realize I really need to bump up my focus on Adult Fiction and Nonfiction this next quarter! I look forward to seeing everyone’s progress this week and checking back in with you all on Thursday, September 5th. To see the rest of our community April 5th updates, check out Carrie’s Spring Update post at There’s a Book for That.


6 thoughts on “#MustReadin2019 4/4/2019

  1. Wow, you’ve read so many great ones, Shaye, & I’m intrigued that you have some older books too on your list, like Watership Down, a marvelous book. There are a number I still need to read and have read others. If I had to say the one you should not miss is All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I have read it twice now & if I didn’t have so many others I want to read, I’d read it again. Thanks for the list. I’m reminded of some that have to go on a “second” list, ha!


  2. Omg 😮 you really read a lot! I envy you 😭 I am happy if I could finish 50 books this year! Anyways.. I love the idea of making a list of must reads, mind if I make a post on it? I will give you proper credits 💕


  3. Wow! 200-300 books a year! I made it to 100 last year and am shooting for 150 this time around. You’ve got a lot of great books on your list! I’ve only read one of the books from yours so far and it was the 2nd Cactus book The Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus.


  4. Congratulations on your progress so far. I love your diverse collection of books. Not only have you had some great reads, it looks like you have more to look forward to. I just renewed Watch Us Rise and hope to get to it soon.


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