Ricki and Kellee’s #MustReadIn2017



#MustReadIn2017 is hosted by Carrie Gelson at There Is A Book For That:

“For anyone out there with a To Be Read list that seems like it will never end, this challenge is for you! This is all about making your own personal list of books (5? 10? 20? 30? more?) that you commit to reading in 2016. Books can be published in any year, be from any genre, and be from any category (adult, YA, MG, Graphics, NF, etc.).  As your TBR list grows, you promise you will get to the books on this list.”

These are our hopeful lists. Some are books we’ve been wanting to read for a long time, while others are books we just really want to read as of right now (January 2016), and lastly, some are books we really need to read because we’ve promised someone. We included young adult and middle grade books because they are what we are always trying to push ourselves to read more of, but as Carrie said, we will absolutely be reading many books not on this list! And don’t worry, we will still be reading the latest and greatest picture books to our boys.

Now without further adieu:



Ricki’s #mustreadin2017

1. 33 Snowfish by Adam Rapp

2. Blankets by Craig Thompson

3. The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride

4. Dime by E.R. Frank

5. For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…And the Rest of Y’all, Too by Christopher Emdin

6. Gem and Dixie by Sara Zarr

7. Ghost by Jason Reynolds Completed 1/27/2017

8. The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle Completed 5/28/2017

9. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley Completed 6/12/2017

10. Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

11. Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby

12. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

13. March by John Lewis Completed 7/1/2017

14. The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

15. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

16. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

17. Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

18. Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan

19. The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock Completed 10/23/2017

20. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Completed: 5 out of 20

Kellee’s #mustreadin2017

1. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer 5/8/2017

2. A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold 2/25/17

3. The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

4. Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina 11/8/17

5. Dime by E.R. Frank

6. Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett 9/15/17

7. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley 8/18/17

8. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera 10/9/17

9. The Hunted by Matt de la Peña 4/22/17

10. Little Monsters by Kara Thomas 10/6/17

11. March by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin 6/20/17

12. Posted by John David Anderson 4/14/17

13. Scythe by Neal Shusterman 9/5/17

14. Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan 9/30/17

15. Simon vs. the Homo Sapians Agenda by Becky Albertalli 4/27/17

16. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

17. Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper 10/18/17

18. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon 5/7/17

19. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin 5/26/17

20. The World’s Greatest Detective by Caroline Carlson

Completed: 16 out of 20

We’d love to hear about your #mustreadin2017 list!


10 thoughts on “Ricki and Kellee’s #MustReadIn2017”

  1. I see some of my Must Read in 2017 titles on both of your lists as well! I am in the middle of both Scythe and Wolf by Wolf now and enjoying them very much. You’re reading many books that I am very interesting in, so I’ll be eager to see how you like them!

  2. I really loved the MC in Short, but I haven’t found other readers sharing my love. I’ll be interested in what you guys think.
    I own, but have not read (story of my life), a lot of books on your list. We’ll have to compare notes (if I read them this year!)

  3. There are some great titles on both these lists. I am very interested in Short. It sounds like a great story with an important message. Looking forward to hear what you think of your must read books throughout the year.

  4. We share some of these titles for reading his year. When I see books I’ve finished I see you are going to have a fabulous reading life. I hope you enjoy Highly Illogical Behavior, The Boy in the Black Suit, Simon vs. the Homo Sapians Agenda by Becky Albertalli and Holding up the Universe.

  5. I have some of the same ones that you both have, and have read others. Guess we’re all swimming along in a similar reading pool, right? I’ve noted more titles in a 2nd list after reading everyone’s. Now there’s more!! I enjoyed Burn Baby Burn a lot, and have used Seedfolks for a variety of activities, and as a read aloud. It’s great. Happy Reading!

  6. I have seen The New Jim Crow pop up a lot here recently, so that is one I need to look for. After reading All the Bright Places, I put Holding Up the Universe on my list and hope it is just as good. I recognize several of your titles from the 2016 Nerdies! That is always a good sign!

  7. Thanks for the great lists. I have Scythe as well. I got an ARC and should have already read it. I had Stella by Starlight on last year’s list and did not get to it. I didn’t buy it until summer and then got very distracted. I hope I read it this year, even though it is not on my list.

  8. I was so excited to sit down and finally have time to start reading all of these lists this Saturday afternoon. Laundry is in. Shopping is done. Goodreads is open! I particularly love reading your lists as we often seem to fall in love with the same titles! We share some titles and I see some books I can’t wait to hear your reactions to – like Burn Baby Burn (loved!) and Ghost (on my favourites of 2016) I don’t know about Scythe – off to put in on my TBR list


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