Thursday, December 31, 2015

Must Read in 2015 Challenge

#mustreadin2015 final update

I just read over my original post for the #mustreadin2015 challenge. I had big reading plans and even more plans to post my thoughts after each book I read. I fulfilled part of my reading plans by reading galore- but failed in posting about all the books I read. Whoops! 

Instead of being disappointed in the fact I didn't post about the books I read, I am going to celebrate what I did read. I can honestly say, I truly loved most of the books I read. For the books I did not read, I am going to include them in my #mustreadin2016 list. 

Here is my  list of books:
All Fall Down by Ally Carter
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
Ranger in Times Series by Kate Messner
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson 
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd-
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

Additional books I read: (I even found time to read a couple adult books!)
Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff
The Thing About Leftovers by C.C. Payne
El Deafo by CeCe Bell 
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt
Paper Things by Jennifer Jacobson 
Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
I'll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Re-read Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia McLachlan 
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate 
George by Alex Gind 
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
Who Do you Love by Jennifer Weiner 
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella 
All the Answers by Kate Messner
Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper
Rules by Cynthia Lord 
Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavolva by Laurel Snyder 
Landline by Rainbow Rowell 
The 14th Goldfish by Jenni Holm 
A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban 
A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord

Last night, after browsing through other blogs, I realized I hadn't listed all the picture books I had read! How silly of me! All I have to say, thank goodness for Amazon Past Orders Option and Goodreads.

Billy's Boogers by William Joyce
I Wish you More Amy Rosenthal
Glamourpuss by Sara Weeks
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
I Really Like Slop by Mo Williems
The Gingerbread Man Loose in School by Laura Murray
My Pen by Christopher Myers
Mix It Up by Herve Tullet
Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett
Max's Words by Kate Banks
Word Collector by Sonja Wimmer
The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter
Little Red Writing by Joan Holub
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt
Picky Nicky by Cathy Dubowski
Silly Willy by  Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Space Kid by Roberta Edwards 

Holy Moly- I intended to read 10 books;  I ended up reading 48!!   I am beyond amazed at the other books I read. Looking back at 2015, reading all of these books has helped me make connections with students and teachers. I love, love, love recommending books to my colleagues and students! Books bring people together and help us all connect, no matter our differences. 

Joining the #mustreadin2015 challenge has been amazing. I hope that you will consider joining #mustreadin2016.  Look for the link-up on January 5th.  Check out her blog here for everyone's final update for 2015.

Happy New Year! Can't wait to start reading and growing my list of books! 


  1. We read a lot of the same novels this year! I hope you get a chance to read Brown Girl Dreaming. It is really fantastic! So pleased you joined us!

    1. I am going to add Brown Girl Dreaming to my 2016 list. Can't wait to put my 2016 list together!

  2. I love both your "official" list and all the other books you read, too! There are a lot of great ones in there! I'll second Carrie's comment about Brown Girl Dreaming-- that is a phenomenal book, and it really has stayed with me. I also think that Kate Messner has done a nice job with the Ranger in Time series. If you have younger or reluctant older readers, these books grab readers' attention, and Kate's excellent research means that the historical information is accurate as well. I'll be curious to see your 2016 list! Happy New Year!